Getting There – Mashatu GR

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

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Mashatu GR is located in a remote eastern corner of Botswana. The reserve is visited more frequently from South Africa than from Botswana.

The easiest way to get here is by charter plane to the Limpopo Valley Airfield, nearest to the lodge. The Limpopo Valley Air Taxi offers a daily flight from Lanseria, Johannesburg. There are also bi-weekly flights available from Maun and Sabi Sand GR.

From Johannesburg, you can also rent a car and drive yourself – the trip takes about seven hours. Alternatively, there are scheduled flights to Polokwane Airport (PTG) in South Africa, and from there it’s a two-hour transfer.

Overland from South Africa, you’ll cross the border at Pont’s Drift. Leave your car at the border and the lodge will pick you up. The border has strict opening times, from 8 AM to 4 PM.

From Gaborone you can drive a rental vehicle to the lodge through the western boundary of the reserve, which takes about eight hours.

Entry into Botswana is usually through Maun Airport (MUB), Kasane Airport (BBK) or Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) in Gaborone.

Entry into South Africa is usually through O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), near Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Airlines & Ticket Prices

Please check Skyscanner, or for multiple-destination flights check Expedia, to see which airlines can take you to Botswana or South Africa, and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Flights

Your safari operator will arrange any charter flights you require between parks as a part of the package you have booked.

Scheduled flights to Polokwane can be booked with SA Airlink.

Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

Please check our Getting There – Botswana page to learn more about passport, visa and other entry requirements.

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