You've jumped the international border to Botswana and found the the Limpopo Valley airfield just north of the Limpopo River. Welcome to the TULI BLOCK -- an 18,000-acre private game reserve between the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers. The land once belonged to British magnate Cecil Rhodes. Desolate to the casual glance, the burned sand and scrub is the domain of elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, eland, and other antelope. Fuel is not available but Immigration and Customs formalities for entering or leaving Botswana can be accomplished on the field (by prior arrangement). The Tuli Block is an excellent first-day’s destination at the beginning of a Self-Fly Safari®.
Mashatu Main Lodge or Mashatu Tented Camp : "Amongst the Giants - the elephant and baobab tree". Both camps are a 40-minute drive in an open land rover north from the airfield. Along the way you’ll spot antelope, cross dry streams, and gaze out to the distant horizon. During your visit an experienced guide and tracker team will seek out elephants, lions, and the elusive leopard! Included is a morning visit to a special photographic hide, where you view animals from ground level at a waterhole - an incredible experience! Dine at set tables around a warm fire in the boma. As the night progresses – you may be treated to singing and dancing by the staff. Retire to your twin-bedded tent or thatched chalet for a comfortable night's sleep. Additional activities that do cost extra are horse riding or cycling (fantastic experience) or special programs on elephants, lion or a cultural tour presented by specialist guides. www.mashatu.com
TULI SAFARI LODGE – a lush garden oasis on the banks of the Limpopo River. Drive the area in an open land rover. Pause to gaze upon a herd of browsing elephant. Walk along the River. Relax at the Tree Bar. Dine at set tables around a warm fire in the boma. Retire to your twin-bedded thatched chalet and a comfortable night's sleep. Unique to Tuli Safari Lodge: Spend a night in a protected viewing hide overlooking the waterhole. They'll bring out bedding, a spotlight, a few snacks and water -- and pick you up the next morning. You and the bush! Rave reviews from those who've done it! http://www.tulilodge.com/pages/1/welcome-to-tuli