Botswana wildlife photography holiday

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01 Aug 2020
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

By working with a privately owned wildlife reserve for this photographic safari, we can ensure that the wildlife is protected and it allows for greater control over the environment, to make sure that the wilderness space is preserved and conserved as much as possible. Unlike with national parks, Mashatu Game Reserve can put a strict control over visitor numbers. A few of the measures that the reserve have put in place are:
Only natural grasses, bush, succulents and anything indigenous is planted.
Laundry is sun-dried to save on electricity. Tumble dryers are only used as
a last resort if it rains which tends to run at an average of 29 days of rain per annum.
No animals are killed for human consumption. In the case of overpopulation, animals are moved out of the area. The reserve has open boundaries allowing the animals freedom of movement.
For the last 10 years Mashatu has recycled plastic, glass, paper and cans for everyone in the area.
All guests are given reusable flask to avoid single-use plastic bottles.
Biodegradable detergents are used so grey water can be used to water plants and wash vehicles, to save on this precious resource.

The Impacts of this Trip

Mashatu Game Reserve is a key supporter of Children in the Wilderness Limpopo Valley, donating 2 weeks of accommodation each year. Volunteers and Mashatu staff give their time to act as mentors to educate children and facilitate sustainable conservation through leadership development of rural children in Africa, realising that this is the only way to ensure the sustainability of the environment for future generations. Whilst the program is focussed on the children learning about conservation, it is also about giving them the support and love which they may not otherwise received. Any and all achievements are praised with more focus on creativity than academics and the provision of nutritiously good food and a safe tent with comfortable bed; something that they may not receive in their day-to-day life. Your stay at Mashatu helps to contribute to the financing of this initiative to ensure it can continue to run year after year.

Mashatu has had a policy for the past 30 years that the community should benefit first and foremost from the reserve with priority given to these residents of the community when it comes to employment opportunities and provision of services.

Mashatu also subscribes to the Pack for a Purpose scheme which encourages guests to pack specific items from a list to take along on their trip to ensure that local children and their families are supported in the ways that they need the most.

Fire wood is bought from outside the reserve from local farms and fire wood suppliers so that all fallen trees on the reserve can remain to be formed into tiny ecosystems for insects and other microorganisms.


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