Tuli Area

Sometimes referred to as the Tuli Block, this region of eastern Botswana is wedged at the confluence of the borders of South Africa to the southeast and Zimbabwe to the northeast.
Covering 720 sq. km (278 mi), Tuli is made up of private land jointly managed for both tourism and conservation – and forms part of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area. Unlike most of Botswana’s wildlife areas which are generally flat, Tuli stands out for its hilly scenery, which hides some impressive archaeological remnants. The Tuli Area offers a good selection of lodges and wildlife-based activities. The area is renowned for its elephant population, towering baobab trees and excellent predator sightings.

Plan Your Trip

Visitors to the Tuli Area need to book beforehand, whether arriving as part of an organised tour or on a self-drive safari. There is a range of wildlife activities available over and above the usual game drives, including mountain bike, walking and horseback safaris. Underground hides at waterholes are popular with photographers. The wildlife in the area is generally well-habituated, with good populations of general game.

Of the Big 5, lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo are regularly seen, with only rhinos absent. Good sightings of cheetahs and wild dogs are frequent. Offroad driving is permitted in Tuli, and bird-watching is best from November to April. Guests can stay at fully-catered lodges or simple self-catered bush camps. For self-drive, it is best to stock up on all provisions prior to arrival.