Botswana :: Eastern Botswana/Tuli
:: Pont Drift
Category: Protected Areas :: Protected Area
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Situated in the Tuli Block, the Northern Tuli Game Reserve (NOTUGRE) is the largest privately-owned game reserve in Botswana. The formation of the Limpopo Game Protection Association by owners and nature conservationists in 1964 was the beginning of NOTUGRE as we know it today. In 2006, the governments of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe signed a memorandum of understanding, to create the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area (GMTCA), inclusive of NOTUGRE, the Tuli Safari Circle in Zimbabwe, and the Mapungubwe National Park in South Africa.
|Address :||Eastern Botswana/Tuli, Botswana|
|Postal :||P.O. Box 83, Lentswe Le Moriti, Botswana.|
|Contact :||Reservations - Tuli Game Reserve|
|Tel :||+27(0)31 761 3440|
|Email :||Click Here|
|Website :||Click Here|
|Host Website :||Click Here|
|Cellphone Reception :||Intermittent|
|Facilities :||Lodging, Camping, Airfield|
|Landing Strip Nearby|
|Game Viewing, Game Drives, Night Drives, Tours and Excursions, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Mountain Biking, Horse Trails, Bird Watching, Hot-air Balloon Flights, Photography|
|Game to View:||Elephant. Lion. Leopard. Giraffe. Spotted Hyena. Bat eared fox. Aardwolf. Cheetah. Kudu.|
|More Activities:||Conservation Guides Training Courses.|
|Notes on Activities:||Cultural Tours. Local village tours. Ancient rock paintings. Tuli Wilderness Trails.|
|Closest Town :||Pont Drift|
ACCESS & BORDER:
The Northern Tuli Game Reserve is easily accessed via Pont Drift Border Post, open 08:00 -16:00 daily. This is the most eastern border crossing into Botswana and certainly the most unusual. There's no formal road crossing the Limpopo River at this point - you simply drive across the sandy riverbed. Naturally, an off-road vehicle is required, even in the dry season.
Travellers moving onward towards Zimbabwe can make use of the new Mabolwe/Mulambapele border post east of Mabolwe. This is another adventurous riverbed crossing and one that won't be passable if the Shashe River is flowing. Call ahead to confirm that the border post is operational. This is a challenging crossing requiring low-range and good ground clearance, even in the dry season. If you're towing something, find another border post.
ACCESS & RAIN:
After heavy rains, when the Limpopo River is flowing, crossing the river is a bit more challenging, but still doable in a good off-road vehicle. But soon the water levels become too high for a safe crossing and travellers have to choose between using the alternative border posts of Platjan, Zanzibar or Martin’s Drift. Another option is to park your vehicle in no-mans-land, load yourself and your luggage into a tiny little cable car, and head for Botswana with a smooth, steady glide over the Limpopo River.
The cable car is small, holding just 2-3 people and their luggage; you'll have to make arrangements with your accommodation facility to meet you on the other side and transfer you to your destination, as there's no permanent taxi service. The cable car costs BWP35 per person (at time of writing), paid in cash to the cable car operator.
Most lodges will accept Visa or Mastercard but travellers are advised to check on this prior to arrival.
Pont Drift Border Post (Botswana): +267 264 5260.
Pont Drift Border Post (South Africa): +27 (0)15 575 9908.
Mabolwe Border Post (Botswana) +267 263 0057 (seasonal, open 07:30 - 16.30).
Bird lovers can count on more than 350 species of birds in the reserve, including specials such as the Egyptian Vulture and Pel’s Fishing Owl.
Solomon’s Wall is situated on the main transit road, open to the general public, but the surrounding area is private land, and travellers are not allowed to veer off the main track.
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