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Tuli Block in Botswana

The Tuli Block is a narrow tract of land on the eastern edge of Botswana, bordering Zimbabwe in the north and east, and South Africa to the south.

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Everything you need to know about Tuli Block

The Tuli Block is a narrow tract of land on the eastern edge of Botswana, bordering Zimbabwe in the north and east, and South Africa to the south. Much of the area is owned by private safari lodges and Tuli is renowned the world over for its many geographical and historical features, including the Sani cave paintings, Solomon’s Wall and the Lepokole Hills. Tuli Block is also a safe-haven for a variety of Africa’s most sought-after animals, with large prides of ferocious lions and cheetah, herds of elephants, the occasional hippo and crocodiles roaming the land between towering baobab trees and steaming lakes. The biggest draw to the area is its location, at the meeting point of three countries, on the migratory route for some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife, with animals visiting Tuli from neighbouring national parks and wildlife reserves. There is a wealth of history spread across Tuli, with trenches and fortifications from the Anglo Boer Wars, trees older than humans, and some of the continent’s oldest safari lodges calling the block home.

Where is the reserve located?

Tuli Block is a narrow slice of Botswana on its eastern border, nestled between Zimbabwe to the north and east and South Africa to the south. Tuli is approximately 120 square kilometres and it includes the meeting point of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers and the Tuli Circle conservancy area. The Tuli Block is quite unlike most of Botswana, with rocky outcrops and red sandy areas dominating the landscape. The baobab, yellow barked fever, and huge nyala trees are bound by the Motloutse and Limpopo rivers, and countless small lakes and flowing streams scattered across the block. The Solomon’s Wall basalt cliff and Tswapong and Lepokole Hills cast shadows over the landscape.

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What type of wildlife will we see?

Countless wild animals and birds live in the Tuli Block. It is not uncommon to see large prides of black maned lions chasing waterbuck between baobab forests and herds of African elephants stripping the leaves off tall trees. Wildebeest, kudu, eland and bucks migrate through the block, and hippos and crocodiles bathe in the steaming rivers waiting for food to pass by. Tuli is famous for its private safari lodges, and Ker & Downey® Africa can arrange a stay in the best place to spot these animals.

Top experiences to enjoy at Tuli Block

If you ever wanted to embark on a safari journey at the meeting point of three countries, then Tuli Block will not disappoint. Horse safaris, exploring the rugged landscape of the area, is not to be missed. Game drives are the mainstay of this tract of land, with expert guides taking adventurers deep into the bush in search of some of the continent’s most awe-inspiring wildlife, as is hiking up the basalt cliffs in search of spectacular views and the Sani cave paintings. Boating along the Limpopo River with crocodiles and hippos is also a popular activity in this part of Africa.

When to visit

Game viewing is remarkably good throughout the year, with no particularly bad time to visit the block. We recommend that adventurers visit Tuli during the dry season between May and October, as at this time there are fewer watering holes and the wildlife are easier to track. The landscape at this time of year is arid, so for photographers, the lush green vegetation in the summer months is best. Birds are most active during the summer months, with chicks starting to fly from their nests.

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