The Malatu Express – Mala Mala to Mashatu

Walking Safaris at MashatuHeard some good news this week! Two of my favourite game reserves are going to be linked with a new direct charter flight starting in February – Mashatu Game Reserve and Mala Mala in the Greater Kruger

One of the challenges that safari operators face is how to get our clients to the most interesting places without either tiring them out from too much travelling (this is supposed to be a holiday!) or without wasting their precious safari time on a day or two of mainly travelling.

Inevitably a couple of places that you really like, are not recommended so often because of the challenges of incorporating it seamlessly into a safari holiday. One such place is Mashatu Game Reserve in Southern Botswana.

But now Mala Mala and Mashatu have teamed up to offer a new direct charter flight between the two reserves called the MALATU EXPRESS starting in February 2012.

This will combine the diversity of a Big Five South African luxury safari, with the vast open adventurous plains of Botswana. You  can enjoy extraordinary game viewing, professional guiding, and some of the most breath-taking scenery in the Southern hemisphere.

It will depart every Wednesday and Sunday in both directions and the charter will be in a Grand Caravan, one of the most comfortable safari flight planes. At both game reserves, theres a choice of camps to suit most budgets with Mashatu also offering a tented camp option, and Mala Mala Reserve also offering the uber-luxurious Rattrays at Mala Mala

As we are tailormade safari specialists, we can put various safari options together but we recommend the following

•    Fly to Polokwane (50 mins) and then enjoy a 2 hour road transfer to Mashatu. Stay for 2-3 nights
•    Fly direct from Mashatu to Polokwane to stay at Mala Mala for 2-3 nights

From Mala Mala, you can return to Johannesburg, or take a direct flight from the nearby Kruger Airport to either Cape Town or Victoria Falls. Contact us for an itinerary…

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Kate Bergh is co-founder of Cedarberg African Travel, a specialist tour operator for Southern and East Africa.

She heads up the South African office, having lived in South Africa since 1993. Her home looks up to the Cedarberg Mountains, where she enjoys hiking and cycling, when she’s not out discovering new places to visit, with her three children in tow. Kate has travelled extensively throughout the region to Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe as well as most areas of South Africa. She also loves history, meeting people and a good thriller...

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