Invisible Limpopo to sparkling Delta
Since Botswana is twice the size of the UK, the diversity between habitats across the various safari areas shouldn’t be a huge surprise. But anyone who hasn’t experienced the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, would probably be shocked that this arid landscape could really just be a single flight away from the watery wonder of the Okavango Delta.
Northern Tuli Game Reserve – eastern Botswana
The Northern Tuli Game Reserve in the far east of the country, sandwiched between Zimbabwe and South Africa consists of a number of privately owned safari areas, and includes two of our favourite camps, the luxurious Tuli Lodge and the great value Mashatu Tented Camp.
Tuli Safari lodge offers cultural excursions and trips to the local village of Mothlabaneng. The tour includes a visit to the school, a wine-tasting experience with a difference (at the lala-palm ‘distillery’) and a chance to see traditional basket-weaving, as well as the opportunity to see some of our community projects in action.
Both properties offer drives, walks, and on Mashatu there are several photographic hides and it’s also possible to ride both mountain bikes and horses. The area is famous for its relaxed elephant herds, but also boasts lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena among the predators that might be seen.
While the Limpopo River, on Tuli’s southern border, is dry for much of the year, the deeper channels of the Okavango Delta have constant water and therefore support lush vegetation and high densities of wildlife. Camps such as Xigera and Xaranna are on permanent water and known colloquially as ‘wet camps’ offering water based activities such as mokoro trips throughout the year.
In other areas so-called ‘dry camps’ will only have water in their nearby channels when the annual flood makes its way from the highlands into the Delta between July and September. Outside these months, wildlife drives and in some cases walks, will be the way to enjoy the plains wildlife and predators that call these areas home. Jao is an example of an Okavango Delta camp that offers boat trips and mokoros when the flood is in, and which offers drives, walks and time in their hide during the periods the floodplain is dry.
Few people combine both these areas, but the contrast is worth taking a single flight to enjoy and our team of experts can help you to see more within Botswana than you may have thought possible.
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