OVERVIEW ON TULI SAFARI LODGE IN NORTHERN TULI
Tuli Safari Lodge provides an idyllic base from which to explore the Northern Tuli Game Reserve – a unique, timeless corner of Africa where nature and culture combine in spectacular wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and fascinating history. With an established team of friendly staff and just 8 individually designed suites, Tuli Safari Lodge offers a highly personalised stay. The lodge traces its origins back to 1964 when the Northern Tuli Game Reserve was created, and as such it is unconventional in design and layout and has a charming home-from-home feel. Each air-conditioned suite has an en-suite bathroom, double/twin beds (or family rooms) and sitting areas both in and outdoors. It also has two grades of suites – which it call 4 and 5 “ele” – with our “5 ele” suites being the more luxurious, spacious and private. Tuli’s large swimming pool has a small shallow section for children and is beautifully positioned by a secluded rocky outcrop. There is a pretty waterhole to the rear of the lodge, overlooked by a hide where you can relax with a book or a pair of binoculars. Benches along the banks of the Limpopo are also great spots to soak up the atmosphere and spot passing wildlife. And the panaromic view over the baobab-studded plain from our ‘star deck’ on a sandstone kopje (hill) is truly magical. The Tuli curio shop stocks a selection of crafts, books, clothing and CDs of our very own Tuli Choir to take home as a reminder of your stay with us.
Location Of Tuli Safari Lodge
Tuli Safari Lodge is located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve (easternmost corner of Botswana), close to the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site in South Africa. Set in spacious gardens along the banks of the Limpopo River against a backdrop of stunning sandstone outcrops, Tuli Safari Lodge is also unique. Here the welcome is genuinely warm and the ambience is charmingly ageless.
Safari Experience At Tuli Safari Lodge
Each day brings a new adventure as Tuli offers a truly authentic wildlife experience. At Tuli, you set the pace … with varied game activities to enjoy and idyllic grounds to relax in. Game drives and bush walks with exceptional guides, hides tucked away in the bush (where you can also stay overnight for the ultimate back-to-nature experience!) and optional horse rides in the wild.
Activities At Tuli Safari Lodge
Two guided game activities i.e. (game drives and walks) per day are included in your stay but subject to availability, the lodge can arrange additional guided walks for you or the below extra activities at an additional cost. Bush walks give a real opportunity to experience Africa at ground level, taking in the sounds and smells of the bush as well as the sights. The slower pace also enables your guide to explain fascinating facts such as the traditional medicinal use of plants, or to understand more about the dramatic geology or interesting history of the area. 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. There is also the option of sleeping out at the hides overnight, subject to availability.
Horse rides – we can arrange for morning/afternoon or day rides with a well-established horseback safari operator based a few minutes from the lodge.
Community visit – an opportunity to visit the village of Motlabaneng. 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. Guests also have the option to visit the village of Lentswe-le-Moriti with its traditional culture house, where they can learn more about local customs, enjoy a traditional Setswana meal, see the ‘kgotla’ (court) and visit the local school. Community visits are normally in the afternoon and last approx. 2 hours. 50% of the community visit charge is allocated to our community fund.
After dinner night game drive – an optional extra if you are particularly keen to try and spot some nocturnal species.
Visit to the confluence – a morning trip across the Eastern section of the reserve to the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers, the unique and scenic spot where two great African rivers and three countries (Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe) meet. A picnic lunch is included.
Day trip to Molema – a day visit exploring the Western section of the reserve. En-route we pass sites of great historical, cultural and spiritual significance and the geologically fascinating Solomon’s Wall. We also visit a wetland area (great for briding depending on the time of year) and dam (where enormous herds of elephants are know to drink). We arrive at Molema – our self-catering camp beautifully located on the banks of the Limpopo, ajoint venture project with the local community – in time for a leisurely picnic lunch and rest. We then take a slow game drive back, including the usual stop for sundowners.
Day trip to Mapungubwe with Mopane Bush Lodge – Includes return transfers from Pontdrift border post, a guided World Heritage Site tour to Mapungubwe Hill, a guided drive exploring the wildlife and scenery of the park (including the Confluence Site and Tree Top Walk), a packed lunch with refreshments and all entry/park fees. Your Tuli Guide will drop you off at Pont Drift Border at the border at 09h15 where you’ll be met by Andrew Rae, of Mopane Bush Lodge, who will be sharing his extensive knowledge on Mapungubwe with you during the day, returning to Pont drift at 15h30 where you’ll be met by your Tuli Guide and transferred back to Tuli Safari Lodge. Minimum 4 guests per tour. This tour is subject to availability and requires a minimum 24hr booking notice.
Summary For Tuli Safari Lodge
- Eight individually designed suites
- Swimming pool
- Curio Shop
- Waterhole to the rear of the lodge