Tuli Game Reserve
The Tuli block forms a long, thin fringe of
land on Botswana's south-eastern frontier. It is The an area of outstanding
natural beauty with majestic rocks, strange vegetation, abundant wildlife, a
profusion of birds and a rich archaeological heritage.
The Northern Tuli Game Reserve, on the confluence of the Limpopo and the
Shashe rivers, in the easternmost corner of Botswana, is the collective name
for several privately-owned game reserves including the Mashatu, Ntani and
Tuli Game Reserves, covering all the land north of the Limpopo River.
The whole area
consisting of game reserves, hunting and conservation concessions covers up
to 300,000 ha and is the largest privately-owned game conservation area in
southern Africa. Mashatu Lodge has the largest elephant population on
Much of the area is unfenced, allowing the animals to roam freely between
the Motloutse and Limpopo rivers. Apart
form elephants visitors can follow the spoor of lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes,
spotted hyenas, bat eared foxes, aardwolves, cheetahs, kudu,
Burchell's zebras, bushbuck
Spotlight-assisted night drives may reveal porcupines, aardvarks, spotted
genets and civets, in addition to the larger carnivores. Other antelopes are eland, impala
and steenbok. One of the area's attractions
is the game viewing walks and night drives on offer.
Mountain biking within the reserve has become a popular adventure sport to combine
game viewing with the excitement of approaching wild animals in the natural habitat. Armed
game rangers oversee such excursions and add to the experience through their extensive
knowledge of the bush.
Tuli is one of the best places in southern Africa for ornithologists. Over
350 species of birds have been identified in the area, including rock
thrushes, boulder chats, shrikes and cormorants. Different kinds of
kingfishers dart into the streams and rivers, while waders stand in the
Accessibility by road is difficult and the best options for the traveller by
land are by tarred roads from South Africa, or by air to the newly surfaced
Limpopo Valley Airfield.
Accommodation is provided
safari camps in both permanent and tented camps
each designed to combine a luxury safari experience with a taste of the African bushveld.