Northern Tuli Game Reserve while not as well-known as some Botswana safari destinations is a wonderful place to enjoy nature's riches. The scenery lends itself to photography with huge skies and panoramic plains filled with distinctive baobab trees, rocky outcrops, riverine forests and open savannas. All of the Big 5 can be seen here and staying at Tuli Safari Lodge you have a combination of game drives and guided walks to enable you to explore it all.
The lodge is set in attractive, peaceful grounds and has several places indoors and out where you can rest between excursions and take in the views, catch up on some reading and socialise over a chilled drink. The swimming pool is perfect for cooling down on a hot day, and there's a short walking trail you can follow at your leisure plus a nearby hide overlooking a waterhole for more wildlife encounters. This is a small lodge with just ten suites so you soon get to know your fellow guests. Meals are generally eaten together which adds to the group feel, and served in a number of locations often followed by the singing of the Tuli choir.
There are eight tented suites and two classic suites. All have similar features and provide comfortable and spacious accommodation including an en-suite bathroom and separate shower. You have an indoor sitting area, tea and coffee making facilities, lots of storage space and a private deck. They are all named after wildlife found in Tuli.
A typical day at Tuli Safari Lodge begins with a hot drink and muffins served in the lounge before the early morning game drive or guided walk. On arrival back to the lodge you are treated to brunch followed by time to unwind. Afternoon tea precedes the second safari of the day which may include nibbles and sundowners before returning to the lodge in time to shower and change for dinner. None of this is written in stone and your hosts are happy to adapt to your needs and wishes to make your stay the best it can be.
Open: Tuli Safari Lodge is open all year.
Location: The lodge is in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, close to the borders with South Africa and Zimbabwe. It is on the banks of the Limpopo River. The lodge can be easily reached from South Africa either via a flight to the Limpopo Valley Airfield or to Polokwane from Johannesburg, or by road.
Rooms: There are ten guest suites, made up of eight luxury tented suites and two classic suites. The luxury tented suites have a large bedroom with space for armchairs, a ceiling fan and an en-suite bathroom with twin vanity units, a shower and a bath on an adjoining open sided terrace. Amenities include hot drinks maker, a hairdryer and a safe. They can sleep up to three adults. Classic suites are non-tented and have similar features and layouts to the tented suites, plus air conditioning and an outdoor shower on in a private patio. These suites can accommodate up to three adults or two adults plus two children under 12 years. Tented suites are named phofu (eland), phala (impala), thutwa (giraiffe), manole (kingfisher), kgokong (wildebeest), kgaka (guinea fowl)l letlhakela (lilac-breasted roller) and lekototo (mongoose). The classic suites are called kolobe (warthog) and nkwe (leopard).
Activities: Two guided safari activities (two game drives or one game drive and one nature walk) a day are included. Additional guided walks can be arranged subject to availability. You can also watch wildlife from the lodge’s several hides, follow a self-guided 0.5km walking trail within the grounds, join a night drive and visit the local village. Staff can arrange a sleepout at a hide for a true wildlerness experience.
Facilities: The lodge has an outdoor swimming pool with a shallow end for children, a small hide by a waterhole within its grounds and a ‘star deck’ viewpoint. There is a main lounge leading out to a deck, a bar and large bar deck and a cosy winter lounge. The gift shop sells books, crafts and clothes. There is a free laundry service.
Dining: Meals are usually eaten together as a group in a variety of locations within the lodge grounds.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Suites are large enough to accommodate families with two children. There is a Kids@Tuli activity pack and special activities for youngsters like making plaster casts of animal tracks and going frogging. Baby sitting can be arranged. The minimum age for bush walks is 12 years. Families with children under 12 need to arrange an exclusive use safari vehicle, subject to availability.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access.
Tuli Safari Lodge is committed to supporting the community which borders Northern Tuli Game Reserve, with some 85% of the staff coming from these villages and around 60% of their purchases made in the local district.