BIG SKIES, GIANT ADVENTURES
At the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers is a land of big vistas, big skies, giant trees and great herds of game. Rich in history and mythology, it is a place where the present echoes with footsteps of the past and stirs the imagination, making it difficult to leave and impelling one to return. The greater Tuli region, which encompasses the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, is bounded by the Motloutse, the Shashe and Limpopo rivers in the northeastern corner of Botswana and the southwestern part of Zimbabwe. The region has a variety of landscapes, which fall into several broad categories... Beautiful riverine forests along the river banks and watercourses, particularly on the banks of the Limpopo, Motloutse and Shashe rivers, Karoo sandstone outcrops forming picturesque hillocks and buttresses, dolerite dykes - the most spectacular being Solomon's Wall - and Mopane savanna presenting vast vistas with clean horizons, magnificent sunsets and no sign of human habitation or excroachment.
Travellers keen for a more active safari experience will delight in all there is on offer. You can hike the reserve, bike the reserve, horse-ride the reserve, and even hot air balloon the reserve! At Mashatu Game Reserve, guests can accompany elephant or predator researchers, to gain first-hand insights into the behaviour, feeding habits, territories, demography, and social structure of these animals, as well as critical wildlife conservation issues. Photographers will delight in the hides established at some of the major waterholes, providing interesting perspectives and close-up views, especially in the dry season.
Game viewing in the Tuli Reserve is excellent, sometimes called the Land of Giants, thanks to the high density of elephants living here - around 600 elephants in a relatively small area. Most naturally occurring wildlife species are present, including kudu, zebra, impala, duiker, wildebeest, grysbok, common waterbuck, steenbok, and warthog. Local specialties include the klipspringer antelope and the rock dassie (hyrax) along with large herds of eland – often not seen elsewhere in Botswana. Aardvark, aardwolf and bat-eared foxes, black-backed jackal and African wildcat are all found too. All major predators, including lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena, are present. The permanent pools in the Limpopo river harbor crocodiles and all the waterways are home to a variety of indigenous fish. Wild dogs, roan antelope and tsessebe have been reintroduced on the South African side of the river. The birdlife in Tuli is also good due to the diversity of habitats with over 350 species having been recorded to date.
View our safaris that include Mashatu