We love staying up to date on the newest and best accommodations in Africa, so we can craft itineraries perfectly suited to our travelers. It’s even better when new properties open that successfully combine luxury with sustainability and conservation!
Mashatu Euphorbia Villas are due to be completed in summer of 2020 and will be located in the private Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana. They will have just 8 ‘green,’ intimate and luxurious villas, which take advantage of the region’s near-constant sunshine to provide solar energy, along with cutting-edge water treatment and recycling systems. No luxury has been sacrificed in the construction – each villa will have a solar-heated, private plunge pool; indoor and outdoor showers; a primary bathroom and second ‘loo with a view,’ giving guests a feeling of total exclusivity.
The private reserve is home to incredible wildlife and scenery. Each safari vehicle will take only 4 guests, providing for intimate game drives exploring the breathtaking topography and wildlife on the reserve. Mashatu Private Game Reserve is known as the ‘Land of the Giants,’ as it is home to seven of Africa’s giants – elephant, lion, giraffe, the majestic baobab tree, eland, ostrich and Botswana’s national bird (and Africa’s largest flying bird) the kori bustard, all of which are likely to be seen while on safari. Mashatu is also known for its incredible predator population, with lion, cheetah, leopard, spotted hyena and jackal being spotted regularly, along with occasional sightings of brown hyena and African wild cat.
Each villa’s design is based on shape of the local mopane tree’s pod, which are an important food source for many animals during the dry months of the year. They are tucked away inside of a euphorbia forest on a cliff overlooking the Majale River and rolling plains stretching into the distance.
Guests can dine in a boma of euphorbias lit from below, out on one of the viewing decks, or in the privacy of their own villa. Activities range from traditional game drives to mountain biking, walking, horseback riding or enjoying the special underground photographic hide.
We are currently taking bookings for travel beginning this June. Contact a Journey Specialist for availability and to learn more