The Tuli Block is a strip of land that lies on the eastern edge of Botswana, sandwiched between Zimbabwe and South Africa. It’s markedly different to the rest of Botswana with dramatic rocky scenery, towering baobab trees and thick riverine forest,dramatic rocky scenery, giant baobab trees and lush riverine forest.


Historically much of the Tuli Block was farmland and to this day a large proportion if it is still privately owned, however, with forward thinking conservation plans, much of it is now set aside as the Northern Tuli Game Reserve and it has now been transformed into one of the largest privately owned game reserves in the Southern African region.


The landscape is stunning and cannot fail to impress, the rocky red outcrops and kopjes capture the eye and contrasting with the forest that lies next to the Limpopo, the colours make for striking imagery.

Wildlife is prolific here with good numbers of elephant, lion, leopard and antelope. Bird lovers will not be disappointed either with over 350 different species recorded.

mashatu elephants watering hole

The Northern Tuli Game Reserve is often referred to as the Land of the Giants – this is not only in reference to the large herds of elephant that roam this land, but also the giant baobab and nyala trees, the big skies and endless vistas, visible from the granite kopjes. It’s well worthy of a visit.

The Reserve is easy to reach from South Africa and combines well in a multi destination itinerary. It lies close to the Pontdrift border post. It’s possible to self-drive here or you can fly to a local airstrip. Road transfers can be organised from Polokwane too, there are regular flights between here and Johannesburg.


There are two excellent accommodation options in Tuli, the newly renovated Tuli Safari Lodge and Mashatu where guests can enjoy a unique safari experience.