The Tuli Block features the largest privately owned game reserve in Southern Africa. A Tuli safari offers something uniquely different from any other Botswana safari. The spectacular landscape is grand in its proportions with wildlife to match.
Tuli is located on the border of Botswana and South Africa which is created by the mighty Limpopo River. Tuli can be accessed by 2x4 vehicles (only up to a point on both sides of the border) and by 4x4 vehicles on self-drive itineraries from South Africa via Pont Drift border post, and from Botswana via Palapye.
When the Limpopo River is in full flow, you can only cross it by cable car (no vehicles). Air charter flights can be arranged to the private airstrip in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve where there are passport control facilities. Pont Drift border post is open between 08h00 and 16h00 and these times are strictly adhered to.
You can fly directly from Johannesburg to the Limpopo Valley Airfield (Northern Tuli Game Reserve) in Botswana and then transfer by road to your Tuli lodge. Alternately, you can fly to Polokwane Airport in the northern Limpopo Province of South Africa and then self-drive from there onward to Pont Drift border post. There is also the possibility of connecting with certain charter flights from Gaborone in Botswana to Limpopo Valley Airfield.
Tuli in Botswana is sandwiched between South Africa and Zimbabwe on the far north-eastern border. The Tuli Block was consolidated into conservation land from smaller farms to create the Northern Tuli Game Reserve (NTGR), which includes Mashatu Game Reserve, and a wider safari area with lodges and facilities.
The NTGR will form part of the Limpopo Transfrontier Park which is an initiative between Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe to manage this corridor of land. Tuli is defined by 3 great rivers, the Limpopo, the Shashe and the Motloutse.
Tuli is known as the Land of Giants because it hosts a variety of animals which are the largest of their kind in Africa - the Elephant (largest land mammal), the Lion (biggest cat), the Giraffe (tallest mammal), the Eland (largest antelope), the Ostrich (largest bird) and the Kori Bustard (the heaviest flying bird). But that is not all, Cheetah and Leopard are present and Hyena plus many other fascinating species.
Unusually, many types of birds share this spectacular corner of Africa - you'll find land and water birds plus unexpected variety to spice things up. Keep a look out for Black Eagle, Verreaux's Eagle, Lappet-faced Vulture, Pel's Fishing Owl, Ground Hornbill, Kingfishers, Cormorants, Saddle-billed Stork, Bee-Eaters and even Meyer's Parrots.
History buffs will be rubbing their hands in glee on safari here, as Tuli displays archaeological evidence from the long distant past - Dinosaur footprints at Vhembe, Stone Age quarries and tools alongside San rock art, Iron Age settlements, plus more recent sites of clashes between the British and Boer forces. Mapungubwe Hill and its treasures can be visited on a day trip into South Africa.