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Tuli Block in southeastern Botswana is an arid wilderness where huge baobabs dominate the landscape, herds of elephants and eland roam, and sightings of big cats are a common safari occurrence.

The most well-known portion of Tuli Block is the 720 km² (72,000 hectares) Northern Tuli Game Reserve - The Land of Giants. This is a combination of private game reserves, of which Mashatu Game Reserve is the largest and most popular.

Tuli Block is a cornerstone of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area, which covers nearly 6,000 km² (600,000 hectares) and centres on the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers. South Africa's Mapungubwe National Park is south of Tuli, across the Limpopo River international border, once home to the Iron Age Kingdom of Mapungubwe. To the north and east, Northern Tuli is contiguous with the Tuli Circle Safari Area in Zimbabwe.

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Everything you need to know about Tuli Block

Tuli Block offers the following safari highlights
  • Regular sightings of leopards, lions and cheetahs;

  • Large herds of elephants - the largest population on private land;

  • A dramatic arid landscape of open plains, rocky ridges with huge baobabs, and sandy riverbeds with towering mud banks or rocky cliffs;

  • Activities ranging from the usual game drives to night drives (not permitted in Botswana's national parks), an underground hide for photographers, guided nature walks, mountain biking and horse-back safaris; and

  • Visits to historical sites littered with reminders of a turbulent past – from ancient stone tools and San rock paintings to corroded ammunition casings left over from wars and the passage of hunters.

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The climate in Tuli Block is the same as it is for most of Southern Africa - a cool, dry season from April to October and a hot, rainy season from November to March, with January to March having the highest rainfall. Temperatures range from 8-25 degrees Celsius during the cooler dry months, increasing in September and October and 20-35 degrees Celsius from November to March during the rains.

Wildlife viewings are best during the dry months when vegetation is thinner, and animals are forced to visit waterholes to drink - making their appearance predictable. Once the rains begin, many animals scatter in pursuit of fresh surface water and better browsing/grazing - and the predators follow - resulting in a drop-off in wildlife sightings.

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