Wildlife & Animals – Northern Tuli GR
By Anthony Ham
Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.
Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.
Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.
Northern Tuli offers great wildlife viewing. Big herds of elephant congregate at the dry riverbeds and dig for fresh water and there are good numbers of zebra, wildebeest and eland as well. Leopard are tracked on a daily basis and sightings are on a par with those in well-known Sabi Sands. Wild dogs have been re-introduced and have settled in well.
Night drives are conducted daily, and several interesting nocturnal species can be spotted including aardvark, aardwolf, civet and African wild cat. More usual sightings are those of bushbaby, genet and springhare. Night drives increase the chances of witnessing leopard, lion and spotted hyena hunting.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
Northern Tuli has seasonal wildlife viewing. The best time is in the dry winter months, from May to September, when water is scarce, and animals gather to drink. At this time the vegetation is also thinner making sightings easier.