Tuli Safari Lodge
Northern Tuli Game Reserve
Tuli Safari Lodge is located between the time-sculpted kopjes of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve and the legendary
Limpopo River. Tuli Safari Lodge was once a farm, originally registered in 1957. The history is a little sketchy, though
we know attempts were made at farming cash crops (including peanuts) under irrigation. In 1964, just as the Northern
Tuli Game Reserve was founded, a Johannesburg businessman Monty Fuhr purchased the property and started
transforming the farm into a safari Lodge. Monty set a precedent that has stayed with Tuli to this day by warmly
welcoming children of all ages, and by establishing the idyllic gardens which make the Lodge such a relaxing retreat
over and above the safari experience.
Tuli Safari Lodge’s extensive grounds – always a few degrees cooler than the surrounding reserve - make the Lodge
a really relaxing retreat in its own right. There is plenty to do within the Lodge, with a large swimming pool, waterhole,
hide, walking trail and lots of lovely vantage points overlooking the Limpopo River and game reserve.
The heart of the Lodge is little changed from Monty’s day, retaining the charm and character of the era. The bar is
built around the base of a 500 year old Nyala berry tree – one local lady recalls being lifted up into the branches of
this tree by her grandfather to protect her from Lions! Tuli Safari Lodge is a hidden gem. Tucked in the easternmost
corner of Botswana, it is a unique, timeless part of Africa with spectacular wildlife, breath-taking landscapes and
fascinating history. A verdant oasis, in a ruggedly beautiful wilderness … the yin to Tuli’s yang. Time spent in this
relaxing retreat perfectly complements the varied safari adventures in the reserve beyond the Lodge gates. Such is
the magical soul of Tuli Safari Lodge.
Tuli Safari Lodge at a Glance:
Just 10 elegant suites nestle in Tuli Safari Lodge's peaceful, spacious gardens.
8 Tented Suites are under draped canvas and elevated. Large wrap-around decks are designed to provide a relaxing
outdoor space with views over the Tuli grounds and surrounding bush. The interiors are a modern take on classic 'out
of Africa' décor, with a flowing open plan design.
All suites feature an island bed, lounge area, freestanding bath, separate wet room shower, double basin vanity area,
toilet and lots of all-important hanging and drawer space plus tea/coffee facilities, hairdryer and safe. The tented suites
are 72m2 plus 60m2 decking.
2 Classic Suites are thatched with solid walls and air conditioning. Both have very similar internal layouts and features
to the tented suites, with a shaded veranda area.
All the suites can be made up as doubles or twins and are large enough to accommodate two children under 12 on
single beds sharing with their parents if required. We can pair suites for families or friends who would like some
separation without being too far apart!
Safari activities on offer at Tuli Safari Lodge are varied, with guided game drives, bush walks, several hides, night
drives and meaningful community visits.
The Northern Tuli Game Reserve's wildlife roams in abundance and diversity, home to 48 large mammal species,
totalling approximately twenty thousand animals, which include Elephant, fifteen large herbivore species and four cat
species to mention but a few. Tuli Safari Lodge must be one of the few places where Elephant Shrews and Elephants
are (almost!) guaranteed sightings, sometimes from the same spot!
Mammals in the Reserve include: Aardvark, Aardwolf, Chacma Baboon, Bushbaby (Greater, Lesser & Thick-Tailed),
Bushbuck, Bushpig, Caracal, Black-Footed Cat, Cheetah, Civet, Dassie (Rock & Yellow-Spotted), Common Duiker,
Eland, Elephant, Elephant Shrew, Bat-Eared and Cape Fox, Genet (Large And Small Spotted), Giraffe, Scrub and
Spring Hare, Hippopotamus, Impala, Black-Backed Jackal, Klipspringer, Kudu, Leopard, Lion, Mongoose (Banded,
Selous, Slender & White-Tailed), Vervet Monkey, Cape Clawless Otter, Pangolin, Striped Polecat, Jameson's Rock
Rabbit, Serval, Tree Squirrel, Steenbok, Warthog, Waterbuck, African Wild Cat, Blue Wildebeest, Burchell's Zebra,
Hyaena (Brown & Spotted) and Honeybadger. Rhino And Buffalo are not present in the Reserve.
Tuli is home to a large number of resident as well as migrant birds, 350 different bird species have been identified in
the area with 90 different species counted in the Lodge grounds by keen birders in just one morning.
Home to some 60 mammals, 300 bird species, 100 plant types and numerous reptile and insect species, at Mabula, all natures' wonders are revered - from the 'Big Five' (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) to the 'small five' (ant lion, leopard tortoise, buffalo weaver, elephant shrew and rhino beetle). This is the Heartland of the Safari experience.
Tuli Safari Lodge is around 5 hours’ drive from Johannesburg and around 6 hours’ drive from Gaborone. When the Limpopo River is not crossable at Pont Drift, guests may leave their vehicles at the border post on the South African side and cross to Botswana using a passenger cable car. A Tuli Safari Lodge guide will meet our guests on the South African side.
If guests are travelling to Tuli from or via South Africa with children, please note that South African authorities require parents to provide full copies of their children's birth certificates showing both parents.
Children are most welcome at Tuli Safari Lodge and may partake in the activities with their parents, or alternatively you can make use of our babysitting services.
There is 24 hour electricity to all rooms.
All Pictures supplied by Tuli Safari Lodge