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(per day - maximum 4 pax, but ideally suited to 2 pax. This includes 1 optional tutor session per day & 1 x hide session subject to availability upon booking. For dates 1 December - 1 June each year "book 3 days, pay 2" and "book 4 days, pay 3" special on photo vehicle.)



Exclusive use is for groups or single photographers who would like the hides for their own private use. The rate is a per day cost and gives clients access to the booked hide during that day (Full day rate $2000.00 for 2024 and a rate of  $2200.00 for 2025). If you are a group of 8 photographers or more it is usually more cost effective to use the exclusive use rate than the per person rate. Exclusive use of the photographic hides is only applicable to the Matebole hide, subject to availability.

  • All guests using the hide have to be accompanied by a PhotoMashatu wildlife photographer.

  • Should the PhotoMashatu wildlife photographer be unavailable, guests of Mashatu can utilize the hides, at the normal rate in the company of a Mashatu guide.

  • We recommend that photographic hides are pre-booked prior to guests arrival.

  • No children under the age of 12 permitted in the hides.

  • The hides will be closed for maintenance at year end. Please contact our reservations team to inquire about availability and hide closure dates.

  • Guests will be required to sign an indemnity form before using the hides. This is separate to the Mashatu indemnity.

  • All the hides are seasonal and activity may change due to a climatic, or other reasons. You will be notified upon making your reservation if the hides selected are not active.

  • Maximum number of guests per hide:

    • Matebole Elephant Hide – 8 clients.

  • PhotoMashatu cancellation terms apply to all PhotoMashatu products. Copy is available on request.

  • Please note that the photographic hides are closed from 1 December to 28 February each year for maintenance.

  • The PhotoMashatu vehicle, lenses and camera body is available all year round.

  • Drones or UAV’s: Please note that the flying of drones at Mashatu is not permissible anywhere in Botswana without a special permit from Civil Aviation Authority Botswana and the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. Please ensure that written authority from Mashatu Management is granted before applying for the permits.

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