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Tuli Safari Lodge
Tuli Safari Lodge safari accommodation
Tuli Safari Lodge
In the eastern most corner of Botswana - bordering Zimbabwe & South Africa
The Northern Tuli Game Reserve is a hidden gem in the easternmost corner of Botswana. An hour's flight or straightforward drive from Johannesburg, South Africa, puts this special part of Botswana on the doorstep.
The Northern Tuli Game Reserve is a majestic wilderness with spectacular wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and fascinating history.
Between Tuli’s time-sculpted kopjes and the legendary Limpopo River lies another gem: Tuli Safari Lodge. A small, luxurious and relaxing retreat. A verdant oasis in a ruggedly beautiful wilderness. The yin to Tuli’s yang. Just 10 elegant suites nestle in peaceful, spacious gardens shaded by ancient trees.
Varied safari adventures include game drives, bush walks, night drives, hides and meaningful community visits. Tuli offers a timeless safari with style and soul. We look forward to sharing it with you.
Planning a 3 or 4 night Wildlife Safari Holiday
For something authentic, off the beaten track and memorable, then this is the place to be. understated wildlife experiences, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and a place that will steal your heart. This is the place to be.
Northern Tuli Game Reserve
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 Limpopo/Shashe 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.
Just 10 elegant suites nestle in Tuli Safari Lodge's peaceful, spacious gardens.
Our eight tented suites with draped canvas over timber frames are spacious, airy and elevated. Large wrap-around decks are designed to provide a relaxing outdoor space with views over the Tuli grounds and surrounding bush. The interiors are a modern take on classic 'out of Africa' décor, with a flowing open plan design. All suites feature an island bed, lounge area, freestanding bath, separate wet room shower, double basin vanity area, toilet and lots of all-important hanging and drawer space plus tea/coffee facilities, hairdryer and safe.
Our two classic suites are furnished and designed to the same high standard, with very similar internal layouts and features to our tented suites. They are thatched with solid walls, air conditioning and a shaded veranda area.
We pride ourselves on a personalised approach, and do our utmost to accommodate our guests’ particular interests or requirements – so if there’s something particular you’d like to do please just let us know.
At Tuli Safari Lodge you can experience something different
Our suites are all named after Tuli wildlife: the tented suites are called Phofu (Eland), Phala (Impala), Thutwa (Giraffe), Manole (Kingfisher), Kgokong (Wildebeest), Kgaka (Guinea Fowl), Letlhakela (Lilac-breasted roller) and Lekototo (Mongoose). Our classic suites are Kolobe (Warthog) and Nkwe (Leopard). Tlou (Elephant) is ideal for anyone wanting to stay close to the main lodge area and Pitse ya Naga (Zebra) is a simple suite for pilots/guides staying with their guests at Tuli.
All the suites can be made up as doubles or twins and are large enough to accommodate two children under 12 on single beds sharing with their parents if required. We can pair suites for families or friends who would like some separation without being too far apart!
Enjoying the lodge
Tuli Safari Lodge is quite unique in that it is such a relaxing retreat in its own right. As well as the simple pleasure of just chilling in this idyllic environment, there's lots to do within the lodge grounds ...
The Northern Tuli Game Reserve is a true haven for wildlife. There are 48 large mammal species present in the reserve, totaling approximately twenty thousand animals, which include elephant, fifteen large herbivore species and four cat species to mention but a few. Tuli Safari Lodge must be one of the few places where elephant shrews and elephants are (almost!) guaranteed sightings, sometimes from the same spot!
Mammals in the reserve include: aardvark (including a resident in the lodge grounds), aardwolf, chacma baboon, bushbaby (greater, lesser & thick-tailed), bushbuck, bushpig, caracal, black-footed cat, cheetah, civet, dassie (rock & yellow-spotted), common duiker, eland, elephant, elephant shrew, bat-eared and cape fox, genet (large and small spotted), giraffe, scrub and spring hare, hippopotamus, impala, black-backed jackal, klipspringer, kudu, leopard, lion, mongoose (banded, selous, slender & white-tailed), vervet monkey, cape clawless otter, pangolin, striped polecat, Jameson's rock rabbit, serval, tree squirrel, steenbok, warthog, waterbuck, African wild cat, blue wildebeest, Burchell's zebra, hyaena (brown & spotted), honeybadger. Rhino and buffalo are not present in the reserve.
Tuli is home to a large number of resident as well as migrant birds, 350 different bird species have been identified in the area with 90 different species counted in the lodge grounds by keen birders in just one morning.
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); herds of Africa's largest land mammal, Tuli's renowned elephants; a breeding ground for Africa's heaviest flying bird, the kori bustard 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.
Each day brings a new adventure as Tuli Safari Lodge offers a truly authentic safari experience. You can set the pace and decide how much or how little in the way of safari activities you want to do.
A ‘normal’ day at Tuli Safari Lodge is as follows, with timings adjusted to meet our guests’ requirements and to suit the time of year:
Additional walks – two guided game activities per day are included in your stay, but subject to availability we can arrange additional guided walks for you. For more information about bush walks please see our blog on Africa Geographic '10 reasons to go on a bush walk'. Please note that children must be aged over 12 to participate in bush walks.
Hides – there are several hides situated at key sites across the Tuli reserve. You can spend time in these with your guide as part of a morning or afternoon drive, or if you prefer you can spend some time on your own at the hides with just your binoculars, some drinks and snacks for company.
Community visit – an opportunity to visit the local village of Mothlabaneng. Our tour includes a visit to the school, a wine-tasting experience with a difference (at the lala-palm ‘distillery’) and a chance to see traditional basket-weaving, as well as the opportunity to see some of our community projects in action. Community visits are normally in the afternoon and last approx. 2 hours – exact details are dependent on the time of year so please check with the management team. 50% of all community visit activity fees is donated to our community fund to assist with the funding of various community projects.
Tuli Safari Lodge safari accommodation
After dinner drive – an optional extra if you are keen to try and spot some true nocturnal species and if you’re really lucky you might catch a glimpse of our resident aardvark!
Self-guided walking trail around the lodge grounds - enjoy a short self-guided walking trail of approx. 0.5km around the lodge grounds. The trail is marked by way of painted arrow markers, leading from the main entrance gate, through an area of riverine trees down towards the banks of the Limpopo River, across Tuli’s lovely gardens and back towards the main lodge area. Common animal sightings during the nature trail experience include bushbuck, squirrels, vervet monkeys, baboons, banded mongoose and warthogs with 90 birds counted by some enthusiastic birders in just one morning!
This is a low risk Malaria area.
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