Tuli Block

About Tuli Block

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Tuli Block is located on the border of South Africa and, depending on timing, requires either a road transfer over the border and to the lodge in the Tuli Block, or a chartered flight to Mashatu airstrip. 

Sun Safaris will arrange for guests to get an early flight to Phalaborwa airport in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Arriving early in the morning means that there will be time to connect with a scheduled road transfer that will take guests over the South African border and into the Tuli Block, Botswana.

Alternatively, Sun Safaris will arrange for guests to catch a chartered flight, privately run by Mashatu Lodge (located in the Tuli Block). The chartered flight will fly guests from Phalaborwa airport to the Mashatu airstrip, from where the lodge hosts will meet and drive guests to their booked accommodation at Mashatu

Climate Of Tuli Block

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The Tuli Block experiences a short rainy season, which is peaks in December, mid-summer. The rains are in full force in November after having sporadically started in September.

The warm summer season lasts from September until April, enjoying temperatures of up to 30 degrees Celsius during the day and staying mild into the night. 

For the most part of the year, the Tuli Block is dry, particularly in mid-winter, which in from June to August. The lack of rain means the vegetation doesn't grow and game viewing becomes pleasurably easy. 

Temperatures during winter are cold at night, often dipping below 10 degrees Celsius, but during the day there are pleasant temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius.

Facts About Tuli Block

  • Tuli Block is a narrow fringe of land at Botswana's eastern border wedged between Zimbabwe in the north and east and South Africa
  • The Tuli reaches from the southeast corner of Botswana, where the Shashe and the Limpopo Rivers meet, down to the Notwane River north of Olifants Drift in the South West.
  • The entire conservancy area, including the adjacent safari area bordering the Tuli Circle, comprises about 800,000 hectares
  • The Tuli block is an area of outstanding natural beauty with majestic rocks, strange vegetation, abundant wildlife, a profusion of birds and a rich archaeological heritage
  • The North East Tuli Game Reserve, on the confluence of the Limpopo and the Shashe rivers

Activities In Tuli Block

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The Tuli Block offers a variety of safari options in the area, particularly enjoyed by the adventurous guests and will suit guests who enjoy exercise. Horse safaris as well as cycling safaris are very popular. Guests can take a ride on the wild side amongst elephant or gallop with zebra and wildebeest.

Walking trails as well as 4x4 safaris are also available. Game viewing is good and Mashatu Game Reserve is home to large herds of elephant, prides of lion, and cheetah. Along the river courses, guests can expect to see eland, impala, wildebeest and zebra, whilst at night, the bat-eared fox, African wild cat and the magnificent leopard search for prey.

Mashatu Game Reserve provides a refuge for the largest, single population of elephants on privately-owned land in Africa. Known as the relic herds of Shashe, these elephants are the last living testament to the great herds that once populated the meandering Limpopo valley.

When To Travel To Tuli Block

During the dry winter months the vegetation shrivels and the landscape takes on a bare look, making it easier to spot wildlife. This is also the time when the animals concentrate around the waterholes, providing high drama. The summer months are the best time for birding in Tuli Block as it is the time when all the migrants are in the area and many of the nesting birds are active.

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