The Northern Tuli Game Reserve is located in the easternmost corner of Botswana, close to the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site in South Africa. Tuli makes a great getaway destination, combines well with a trip to Mapungubwe or the Kruger National Park and is also a natural staging post for guests travelling between South Africa, Botswana and beyond.
Tuli Game Reserve
Each day brings a new adventure as Tuli offers a truly authentic wildlife experience, whether you have opted for a game drive or bush walk with our exceptional guides or chosen to spend some time in one of our hides tucked away in the bush (where you can also stay overnight for the ultimate back-to-nature experience!).
Bush walks give a real opportunity to experience Africa at ground level, taking in the sounds and smells of the bush as well as the sights. The slower pace also enables your guide to explain fascinating facts such as the traditional medicinal use of plants or the inner workings of a termite mound and to relate folk tales about the different birds and animals you come across.
The Northern Tuli Game Reserve has been identified as an Important Bird Area and is home to a large number of resident as well as migrant birds, with 350 different species identified in the area. Tuli Safari Lodge is an active member of Birdlife Botswana.
Birding enthusiasts staying at Tuli Safari Lodge can make use of our four hides situated at key locations in the reserve, as well as enjoying two guided game activities (bush walks and game drives) each day.
Birders can enjoy the short walking trail through the lodge which passes through varied habitats. A few common bird sightings on the walk include: Burchell’s Sandgrouse, Namaqua Dove, Meyer’s Parrot, African Cuckoo, Jacobin and Levaillant’s Cuckoo, Great Spotted Cuckoo, European Roller, Purple Roller, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Stork and Saddle-billed Stork. Our resident woodland kingfisher also likes to dip its beak in the pool on regular occasions!
Bird specials in the reserve include:
- Kori bustard,
- Senegal Coucal,
- Three-banded Courser,
- Ayres’s Hawk Eagle,
- Bat Hawk and
- Pel’s Fishing Owl (which nests at one of our bush camps).
Tuli is able to cater for all budgets with camp sites and self-catering chalets at Molema Bush Camp; self-catering en-suite safari tents at Nokalodi Tented Camp; as well as Tuli Safari Lodge (with options for dinner, bed & brunch as well as fully inclusive rates, although please note that self-driving within the Northern Tuli Game Reserve is not permitted).