Embark on a slack-packing adventure in Northern Tuli Game Reserve, a private conservancy with wonderful walking terrain.
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The "Tuli Block" is in the south-eastern extremity of Botswana, watered by the mighty Limpopo. When temperatures drop in autumn, it becomes one of the best walking destinations in Southern Africa. Tuli Wilderness is part of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, an area with diverse vegetation and landscapes ranging from undulating mopane veld and wide-open plains to riverine thickets and craggy sandstone hills.
The reserve is known for some of the best predator viewing in Botswana, with near daily sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah, as well as hyena, black-backed jackal and the African wildcat. It’s one of the few places where there’s a chance to see the rare brown hyena. There’s a full range of plains game, including giraffe, eland, zebra, the largest herds of elephant on private land in Africa, and about 350 different species of birds.
Tuli Wilderness operates three- and four-night walking safaris that explore the western part of the reserve and the Motloutse River area. The sandstone outcrops are similar to those in the Mapungubwe National Park, and make for dramatic photogenic terrain. A popular destination is the Mmamagwa Ruins complex, which is of the same historical period as the ruins at Mapungubwe, and the reserve also has San rock art to discover.
Walks are guided in the drier winter months from April to October, which is also the time when the night sky is at its sharpest.
Read more about Tuli Wilderness in this news blog.
Tuli Wilderness is normally accessed by road via the Pont Drift crossing. When water levels are low, the river is crossable by 4x4, and otherwise guests transfer by cable car, to rendezvous with a game viewing vehicle for the 30km transfer to Serola Camp. The total journey time from Gauteng is around 7-8 hours.
A typical three-night trail sees walkers overnight at three wild and beautiful locations. The reception camp, Serolo Safari Camp, is on the floodplain of the Limpopo River. Mohave Camp is an unfenced permanent camp used only for walking trails while the newly added Eagle View Star Deck camp has a sleep-out deck which provides an even wilder close-to-nature experience. As Eagle View is far, a game viewing vehicle is used for transfer from Mohave.
Expect to walk for 5-6 hours each morning, exploring the Motloutse River and the interesting Mapungubwe Kingdom era ruins at Mmamagwa. An extra fourth night is a good idea logistically, either by staying two nights at Eagle View, or a night at Seola before departure.
- Tuli Conservancy Trust Levy (P100 per person per stay for SADC residents and P100 per person per night for international guests.)