Tuli Block and the days there
Tuli Block is a narrow fringe of land at Botswana’s eastern border wedged between Zimbabwe in the north and east and South Africa in the south. It consists mainly of privately owned game farms offering safari tourism.
Tuli Block is renowned for its geographical features — Solomon’s Wall by the Motloutse River at the southwestern corner of the Tuli Block, as well as for its location near the Tswapong and Lepokole Hills where the ancestors of the San people left traces of their rock paintings. It is readily accessible by road from South Africa and all the major cities in Botswana.
We went to Tuli Block after out time in KuneMoya and Mapungubwe in South Africa. Pont Drift border was an easy crossing as there were no water in the Limpopo river. Still the crossing could have ruined our trip as a huge branch go stuck under the car. It found its way up into a wheel housing almost reaching the brake fluid hose. Just a few centimeters more and we wouldn’t have reached our first destination Tuli Wilderness.
Our days on safari
We stayed at Serolo Camp in Tuli Wilderness for two nights. We did both game walks and game drives and the highlight was our meeting with the Spotted Hyena pup. The game walk to Eagle’s rock was also nice and educational and we had a fabulous bush dinner the first night. All in all a nice experience and I place I might visit again.
Video: Red-billed Quelas at Mashatu Game Reserve
Next stop in Tuli Block was Mashatu Game Reserve. This is an upmarket game reserve and not something I am used to during my trips to Africa. Both me and Maria likes to take care of ourselves so we struggled a little to adapt to being pampered with.
I knew about Mashatu Game Reserve due to their dug down hides and that was the main reason for the trip there. I wanted to try them to see the potential to bring clients there. We got the privilege to test the hides thanks to Shem Compion of C4 Photo Safaris. We tested two hides together with C4 guide Kirsten Frost and enjoyed them immensely.
The highlights in Mashatu Game Reserve was when we witnessed the Chacma Baboon troop come to drink during a hide session as well as seeing the huge flocks of Red-billed Quelas. Both proper spectacles and something to remember from Tuli Block.
Altogether we had five nights in Tuli Block and I am almost certain I will go there again.
Please enjoy this small photo gallery from Tuli Block.