Tuli Safari Lodge is situated in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve – a unique and historically significant location where the country meets its neighbours Zimbabwe and South Africa and at the confluence of two great rivers, the Limpopo and the Shashe. It forms the cornerstone of the proposed Greater Mapungunwe Transfrontier Park.
Tuli is scenically very different to the rest of Botswana, with very varied topography and habitats: dominant basalt formations and large areas of sandstone hills and ridges, together with a network of (mostly dry) riverbeds and riverine forests as well as open grasslands and marshy areas. From vantage points on top of the rock formations, the plains of Botswana stretch away to the north.
Take a look at this video to give you a feel for the lodge, landscape and wildlife of Tuli.
The Reserve was created in 1964 and extends to 72000 hectares, shared between private landowners and local communities. The area is home to a diverse range of wildlife and is recognised as an Important Bird Area with over 350 species recorded.
The Reserve is also fascinating from a historical perspective. Bushmen paintings provide a reminder of the area’s original inhabitants many thousands of years ago. Remains of ancient settlements relating to the Mapungubwe era (circa 1075-1220 AD) are dotted throughout the area, the most significant being the Motloutse Ruins. The reserve also played a role in Rhodes’ southern African empire-building and witnessed several conflicts during the Boer War.
The Northern Tuli Game Reserve (NOTUGRE) is also known as The Land of Giants – this was the title of a book about Tuli by photographer and author couple Roger and Pat de la Harpe. These giants relate to some of the Tuli specials: the huge vistas and big skies; enormous baobab and nyala berry trees; the large herds of plains game (including eland, the largest antelope species); large herds of Africa’s largest land mammal, Tuli’s famous elephants; a breeding ground for Africa’s heaviest flying bird, the kori bustard and the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, as well as Tuli’s great historical heritage. Please note that on some maps the Northern Tuli Game Reserve is listed as Mashatu or Mashatu Game Reserve.