When people think of Botswana it’s the well-known highlights that generally spring to mind: the Delta, Chobe and Kalahari. These are in the northern and central parts of the country.
Another widely held assumption is that Botswana is a very seasonal destination, even inaccessible during the Southern hemisphere summer (and Northern hemisphere winter) months.
Tuli is more of a hidden gem. Tuli sits is the south-easternmost corner of Botswana, where the country meets South Africa and Zimbabwe, just upriver from the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site in South Africa. And at just over an hour’s flight or a straightforward drive from the southern Africa regional hub airport OR Tambo in Johannesburg, Tuli really is ‘Botswana on the doorstep’.
Being in a semi-arid zone, Tuli is definitely a year-round destination. Pont Drift must be one of the smallest and friendliest border crossings in Africa, with the added and rather unique bonus of a border crossing undertaken by cable car when the Limpopo River is flowing!
Need any more reasons to come? Here are 5 …
1. Stunning scenery. The Northern Tuli Game Reserve is quite unlike the rest of Botswana in terms of its stunning scenery – typified by huge vistas and big skies, rocky outcrops and baobab-studded plains. It’s a photographer and geologist’s dream location!
2. Great game viewing. Game viewing and birding is diverse and has the added bonus of this really scenic backdrop. With 3 of the Big 5, Tuli is best known for its large elephant herds, has a good record for leopard, cheetah, lion and hyena sightings, vast quantities of giraffe and great herds of plains game including eland. Some more unusual species such as aardwolf, bat-eared foxes and Tuli Safari Lodge’s iconic elephant shrews add to the experience. And night drives, not usually allowed in the more well-known reserves, mean that the nocturnal species also feature highly.
3. Varied activities. Guests have a range of safari activities to choose from at Tuli, enabling the bush to be experienced and explored in many ways! Game drives including night drives; bush walks and hides are all on offer.
4. Great getaway destination with links throughout the region. Tuli is a perfect standalone destination offering an authentic and varied safari experience. It also makes a great stopping point for those travelling between South Africa, Botswana and beyond. Tuli fits well with visits to the Northern part of South Africa, including the Kruger, Mapungubwe, Madikwe, Waterberg and Marakele. And with regular flights into the reserve and using Johannesburg as the hub, Tuli can easily combine with any other destination in Southern Africa.
5. Family friendly. Unlike so many lodges in Botswana, most of the accommodation options in Tuli welcome children of all ages and it’s an ideal spot for multi-generational family getaways – with a wide range of activities and plenty of opportunity to relax.
This is a special part of Botswana that’s right on the doorstep. See you soon!