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.

Mashatu GR is located in a remote eastern corner of Botswana bordering South Africa. 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. Mashatu offers a twice-weekly flight from Johannesburg, subject to a minimum number of passengers. Chartered flights can also be organized from Maun, Kasane, or another camp in Botswana, or from Cape Town, or any lodge in South Africa.

There are several other options when coming from Johannesburg. You can rent a car and drive yourself – the trip takes about seven hours. Alternatively, there are scheduled flights from Johannesburg to Polokwane Airport (PTG) in South Africa, and you can book a two-hour transfer from there.

When coming from South Africa overland, you need to cross the border at Pont’s Drift. You leave your car behind at the border, and the lodge will pick you up. The border has strict opening times, from 8 AM to 4 PM.

You can also rent a car in Gaborone and drive to the lodge through the western boundary of the reserve. The drive 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 the following domestic South African carriers:

Passport, Visa and Other Entry Requirements

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

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