Tuli Block, historically known as the Tuli enclave is a long, thin fringe of land demarcating Botswana’s southern eastern border. It reached from the north east corner of Botswana down to the Notwane River north of Olifants Drift. It consists mainly of privately owned game farms offering excellent wildlife safaris.
Tuli Block contains an abundance of wildlife, a profusion of birds and curious geographical features including Solomon’s Wall - an area of sheer basalt cliffs reaching 30 metres in height which once formed a natural dam across the Motloutse River and the Tswapong and Lepokole Hills – rocky outcrops dotted with gaunt sesame trees where the ancestors of the San people left traces of rock paintings. It was in the sands high up in the Motloutse River that the first alluvial diamonds were found in Botswana, an indication of the wealth that was to come. The red sand and yellow barked fever trees that grow along the banks of the Limpopo River, the savannah plains, open marshlands and boulder strewn rocky outcrops are unforgettable sights.
The section up to and including the Redshield has been declared a game reserve known as the Northern Tuli Game Reserve. Much of the area is unfenced and the animals flourish in this wild terrain. Wildebeest, impala, kudu, eland and waterbuck migrate through the area and cheetah, leopard and lion follow the game, mingling with huge herds of elephants. The bird life is diverse and over 350 species have been recorded including boulder chats, shrikes, cormorants, kingfishers and rock thrushes.
During the day you will be accompanied into the bush on foot or 4x4 vehicle by experienced guides and trackers and in the private game reserves night game drives are permitted, giving you the opportunity to see the shy nocturnal creatures like caracul, aardwolf, aardvark and leopard. Mountain biking on organised tracks is becoming an increasingly popular activity.
The best time to visit the area is during the winter months between June and August when the lack of foliage makes for excellent game viewing. The days are warm with temperatures averaging in the mid 20 degrees Celsius. The nights can get quite cold with temperatures sometime dropping to below 10 degrees Celsius. An added benefit to visiting at this time is that there are very few biting insects around. The wet summer months from October to May are a good time to see birdlife, newborn antelopes and lush green landscapes.