Wedged between Zimbabwe and South Africa, the Tuli Block is a corner of Botswana quite unlike the rest of the country. Home to the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo Rivers and close to the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site in South Africa, it's a region of dramatic rocky scenery, towering baobab trees and thick riverine forest, with much of it held under private ownership.
Formerly a farming region, Tuli has undergone a dramatic transformation into a well-managed conservation area and much of its north-eastern reaches have been set aside for game reserves under the ambit of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, one of the largest privately owned game reserves in Southern Africa.
Wildlife is prolific here - visitors on a Tuli Block safari can expect to see many species of antelope and there are large numbers of elephant, lion, leopard and cheetah. The Tuli Block is also one of Southern Africa's bird watching hot spots with at least 350 species recorded.
Two excellent private concessions - Tuli Safari Lodge and Mashatu Game Reserve - are set in the Northern Tuli and provide visitors with a unique safari experience.
Tuli Safari Lodge covers an area of about 75km² and is a landscape of red rocks and tangled forest set next to the Limpopo River while Mashatu Game Reserve is home to the largest elephant population on private land. Besides game drives, these reserves offer night drives, (not permitted in Botswana's national parks) as well as guided nature walks, mountain biking and horse-back safaris.
At a Glance
Set on the Limpopo River between South Africa and Zimbabwe, the Tuli Block offers a very different but highly rewarding game viewing experience to the rest of Botswana.