​Expert Reviews – Northern Tuli GR

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Stephen Cunliffe   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: September

Stephen is a travel writer and avid conservationist whose work appears in prestigious magazines such as Africa Geographic and Travel Africa.

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One of the largest privately owned game reserves in Southern Africa and incorporating three major private concessions, Northern Tuli Game Reserve is a surprisingly well-kept secret in a country blessed with abundant natural resources. Straddling the Shashe, Motloutse and Limpopo Rivers, which serve as natural boundaries with Zimbabwe and South Africa, the Northern Tuli Game Reserve comprises 71,000 hectares of remarkably varied habitat, punctuated by towering sandstone cliffs, basalt formations and distinctive rocky outcrops. Unfortunately, I personally find the eye-watering scenery diminished by the presence of a handful of unconverted cattle and fruit farms that still remain within the confines of the reserve and significantly detract from the wilderness and wildlife feel of the area.

Nonetheless, Tuli is a melting pot of cultural, historical, archaeological and nature-based wildlife tourism with a variety of camps and lodges to suit most budgets. It’s a good destination for Botswana safari regulars in search of something new and different.

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  • Wildlife
  • Scenery
  • Bush Vibe
  • Birding

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