Tuli Safari Lodge

Posted on June 11, 2018 by -

Tuli Safari Lodge

Highlights of Tuli Safari Lodge

  • Tuli Safari Lodge offers an excellent all-round safari experience
  • Choice of game drives & walking safaris
  • Just 10 elegant suites
  • Northern Tuli Game Reserve boasts stunning scenery
  • Two hides add an interesting dimension to game viewing and leisure time
  • Family friendly with very low risk of malaria

The 72,000 ha Northern Tuli Game Reserve is a hidden gem in the easternmost corner of Botswana, easily accessed from South Africa. This is a unique, timeless corner of Africa with spectacular wildlife, breath-taking landscapes and fascinating history. Tuli Safari Lodge is a small, luxurious and relaxing safari lodge close to the legendary Limpopo River. It has 10 elegant suites nestled in peaceful, spacious gardens shaded by ancient trees.

Accommodation at Tuli Safari Lodge

The eight tented suites with draped canvas over timber frames are spacious, airy 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, tea/coffee facilities, hairdryer and safe. The two classic suites are furnished and designed to the same high standard, but have outdoor showers in a private patio area. They are thatched with solid walls, air conditioning and a shaded veranda area.

The central area features the lounge, bar and reception/curio shop. There’s a large swimming pool, beautifully positioned by a secluded rocky outcrop. The Lentswe Hide, located just past the boma, allows you to spot the wildlife visiting the pretty waterhole at the back of the lodge in comfort. Alternatively you can visit the swamp hide a short distance from the gates of the lodge if accompanied by a ranger. Enjoy panoramic views of the reserve overlooking a baobab-studded plain from the ‘star deck’ atop one of the sandstone kopjes. Excellent at any time of day, but especially for sundowners. Or sit by the banks of the Limpopo River to soak up the atmosphere and spot passing wildlife.

Wildlife at Tuli Safari Lodge

Northern Tuli Game Reserve is home to a diverse range of wildlife and is recognised as an Important Bird Area with over 350 species recorded. There are 48 large mammal species present in the reserve, totalling approximately twenty thousand animals, which include elephant, fifteen large herbivore species and multiple cat species including lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal and African wild cat. Excitingly, the rare honey badger and aardvark are sometimes spotted. Rhino and buffalo are not present however.

There is a small pack of wild dog in the area which arrived following a reintroduction a couple of years ago. More wild dog are being relocated from a private collection elsewhere in Botswana and will initially be held in two familiarisation bomas, one of which will be located on Tuli Safari Lodge’s property. Once fully acclimatised they will be released, with one or two animals being radio collared.

Varied safari adventures include game drives, bush walks, night drives, hides, meaningful community visits and an excursion to the meeting point of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe opposite Mapungubwe World Heritage Site.

Children at Tuli Safari Lodge

Tuli is fantastic for families; all children are welcome. Children under 12 may not participate in bush walks. If parents would like children under the age of 12 to participate in game drives, please advise us in advance as it may be necessary to arrange an exclusive vehicle for which there may be a charge, depending on how busy the lodge is. Babysitters are available at an additional charge and children’s meals can be made on request. 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.

Thorntree River Lodge

Posted on May 28, 2018 by -

Thorntree River Lodge lies in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, just a short distance from the famous Victoria Falls. The Lodge has been completely rebuilt with an environmentally-conscious design. Drawing inspiration from local customs and culture, it is a modern contemporary design. Tented roof structures maintain the feel of authentic Africa.

Activities

Activities at Thorntree include visits to Victoria Falls World Heritage site, rhino trekking on foot & game drives in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. Cultural village visits, sunset river cruises, fishing, and visits to the Livingstone Museum are other activities.

Accommodation at Thorntree River Lodge

The lodge boasts 8 twin rooms and 2 family units. Each bedroom has its own indoor and outdoor bathrooms, as well as a luxurious private plunge pool. The main lodge consists of a lounge with an open dining area. Here the fine dining experience of African cuisine comes alive. The gym and spa overlook the mighty Zambezi River. Whilst there’s a small library with WiFi for your convenience. The communal deck lies on the edge of the stunning riverside. Here, you’ll find a sunken boma area and an infinity pool. Wooden decking floats on the edge of the river, and moves with the water level to create the illusion of sailing a boat. This helps to achieve a seamless feel between river and land.

Sable Alley Camp

Posted on May 28, 2018 by -

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Sable Alley Camp in Kwai Private Reserve

Sable Alley camp is just a stone’s throw away from the world-famous Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango delta. Overlooking a beautiful lagoon connected to the River Khwai, this enviable location means that the game literally comes to you. From the camp’s swimming pool, lounge and decks you have an uninterrupted view of large herds of game. Elephant and buffalo coming to drink, as well as resident pod of hippos – an idyllic way to spend an afternoon.

But Sable Alley’s expert guides are always on hand to interpret the sights, smells, and sounds of the bush. The massive Khwai Private Reserve offers some of the most diverse habitats in northern Botswana. These include riverine woodlands, open floodplains, and mopane woodland. Game viewing is not just from traditional safari vehicles. At Sable Alley you can also enjoy mokoro safaris. here you are gently ‘’poled’’ along the water in a traditional canoe. This is a wonderful way to do some bird watching or simply relax. There is extensive research activity based in the Khwai Private Reserve. So your guides can enlighten you as to the latest research findings.

Accommodation

Back at camp, home in the bush is a comfortable and stylish tent. Elevated on decks to give a view of the lagoon, the tents have en-suite bathrooms, private verandas and  indoor & outdoor showers where you can wash away the dust of a truly memorable day. There are twelve luxurious tents, all elevated on a deck. Two of these are family suites, comprised of two connected tents for parents and children.

Sable Alley is spacious, sophisticated and stylish. Each canvas-walled suite is 600 square feet (55 square metres). It comes complete with mini-indoor seating area, writing desk, double bed, and Afro-chic décor. Slide open the screen doors at the front for uninterrupted views of the lagoon. In the bathroom, you’ll find two basins, and indoor shower and a flush loo. And if you fancy washing off the dust from the day in the great outdoors, no problem – there’s an outdoor shower with a view too.

Just like the bedrooms, the communal areas are designed around the spectacular vistas. Watch the happenings at the lagoon from the bar, G&T in hand, from the outdoor fire pit, or from a squashy sofa in the lounge. At night, dinner is served either in the indoor dining area, or alfresco on the deck. You’re accompanied by twinkling stars and the rumblings and grumblings of the wildlife. We’ve also added a swimming pool and sun deck, both unique spots from which to watch the hippo pods emerge from the lagoon, or simply for some chill-out time in the heat of the day.

Wildlife

Khwai Private Reserve is 495,000 acres of pristine wilderness. You could go on a single game drive and see more than 50 different species. There are plenty of predators in Khwai: leopard, lion, cheetah and wild dog, all concealed from unsuspecting antelope in the grassy bushes. Hundred-strong herds of buffalo barreling across the landscape, and enormous herds of elephants, trunks swinging and ears flapping. Lastly, keep a lookout for the smaller animals: impala drinking tentatively from pools, baboons shouting from trees, and sable and roan antelope.