Mashatu is very proud to be a part of the Children in the Wilderness program.
Children in the Wilderness (CITW) is a life skills and environmental education program supported by Mashatu Game Reserve, which focuses on children living in villages near the reserve. The organization began in Botswana in 2001, and currently operates in Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
By exposing children to their natural heritage, Children in the Wilderness aims to create a network of learning sanctuaries that uplifts and cares for our children and conserves our planet. In this way, CITW hopes to inspire the children to care for the environment so that they can become the custodians of these areas in the future.
CITW is a not-for-profit organisation which relies on funds donated by interested donors and fundraising events. One of these events is the Tour de Tuli mountain bike journey, which is hosted by Mashatu and other properties in the area. This will take place at the beginning of August this year.
The CITW programme includes weekly eco-clubs which are run by eco-mentors in 6 villages on the periphery of the reserve, to inspire children to learn more about wildlife and conservation. In addition to the Eco-clubs, annual camps are run for the children and Mashatu Game Reserve donates the Tent Camp to CITW for two weeks in December each year. The camps are to enable children from the rural communities to be exposed to their wondrous natural heritage and to further their environmental and conservation education in a fun and interactive way. The children become Mashatu guests and these camps play a significant and constructive role in this vital community outreach programme.
New Pool at Mashatu Lodge
In other news, the new Mashatu Lodge pool has been completed and is ready to be enjoyed! It’s the new spot for gin and tonics under the African sun and cooling dips after an exhilarating morning drive.
Situated on the outskirts of the camp, there is a sense of privacy and exclusivity. Beautiful raised, wooden decking meanders past the bar (The Gin Trap) and leads to the rim flow pool. When sitting in the pool, there is the illusion that the pool flows into the waterhole; an unfenced and elevated view of the animals drinking. Be sure to take a plunge next time you visit Mashatu Lodge.