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THE TULI BLOCK

ABOUT

Located in the remote southeastern corner of Botswana, at the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo River, the Tuli Region is a beautiful and remote safari destination. The Tuli Region provides stunning vistas and breathtaking sunsets in a place that still maintains a wildness of years past. Thick riverine forests, large sandstone and dolomite plateaus, and endless woodlands make up its landscape. The Tuli region is often referred as the “Land of Giants” due to its prolific big wildlife, towering trees, wide rivers, and expansive views. Taking in the view atop a rocky outcrop that overlooks the Limpopo Valley is a must while visiting this spectacular area.

If you are a seasoned safari goer or someone who likes adventure, the Tuli Region is the perfect destination. In addition to exploring this wilderness on day and night drives in an open 4x4 vehicle, you can safari through its wilderness by foot, mountain bike, or horseback. Other highlights include archaeological and cultural experiences, spending time with elephant and predator researchers, and photographing wildlife from a recessed hide.

SEASONS

Typically in September, the region begins its transition into summer, and temperatures steadily rise. October is the region’s warmest month, as temperatures can reach the high 90s. Summer’s warm temperatures and humidity build impressive thunderclouds, and by early November, the first rains fall. The subsequent time of plenty signals the start of the breeding season for zebras and antelopes, and migratory birds return for the summer months. December’s regular rains bring in each new year with lush productive plains, dense vegetation, and a rolling carpet of colorful wildflowers.

Temperatures remain warm through February, but by March, the heat of summer begins to subside. As this area transitions into winter, the vegetation begins to fade, and daily temperatures remain pleasant, with mild nights. From May to August, temperatures drop rapidly after sunset. It is best to dress in layered clothing during morning and evening activities. Wildlife viewing is more productive this time of year as thinning vegetation provides greater visibility into the bush, and wildlife congregates around permanent water sources.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
HIGH (F°) 104° 110° 100° 90° 92° 88° 88° 92° 102° 108° 104° 96°
LOW (F°) 78° 76° 72° 66° 54° 48° 46° 56° 62° 68° 74° 70°
RAINFALL (mm) 61 65 42 26 12 4 1 2 15 33 55 46
ACCOMMODATIONS
MASHATU MAIN CAMP


MASHATU TENTED CAMP
WILDLIFE

This region is often referred to as the “Land of Giants.” The Tuli Region has a tremendous population of wildlife. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, and massive herds of elephants are highlights year round. The Tuli Region also supports high numbers of plains animals and less common, harder-to-find nocturnal species like aardvarks and African wildcat.

The region’s achievements in wildlife and land conservation are evident from the thriving elephant population. After this land was reclaimed by conservationists and transformed back into wild parkland, elephant herds slowly moved back into the region. The Tuli Region now supports the largest elephant population on private land in Southern Africa, and their numbers continue to grow.

ACTIVITIES
  • Explore the “land of giants” on a 4x4 vehicle and stop at a ground level photographic hide where you camouflage into the landscape and snap photos of wildlife passing by!

  • Embark on a mountain bike safari and see the bush from a completely different perspective! Bike your way through the bush as you are led by experienced guides along wildlife paths and ancient elephant trails.

  • Visit Mmamagwa Ruins, an archaeological site that dates back to 900 AD. View artifacts and rock paintings left behind by different civilizations that moved in and out of the area.

  • Visit Solomon’s Wall, one of the most dramatic geographical features within the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, which towers about 30 meters high on the edge of the river and was an ancient natural dyke that once held back a great lake.