Squeezed into Botswana’s far eastern corner is a narrow wedge of land known as the Tuli Block. It’s a particularly wild and beautiful area, with spectacular rocky outcrops, game-rich plains, and towering baobabs. To the north and east, the Shashe River forms the border with Zimbabwe and to the south, the Limpopo River marks the border with South Africa. Wildlife wanders freely through the region but is more concentrated on the Botswanan side where the majority of the land is managed by private game reserves.
Most of Tuli’s private game reserves don’t allow self-drive access so to see the area properly you’ll need to stay at one of their camps and book a guided game drive from there. Self-drive visitors can still get a good feeling for the area on the transit road west of the Pont Drift border post. The road passes ‘Solomon’s Wall’ as it crosses the Motloutse River. These 30m basalt cliffs rise up from the river bank and are all that’s left of a much larger buttress that once formed natural dam. There’s an excellent chance of spotting zebra, kudu, and elephant from the road.
The Tuli Block makes a good overnight stop for journeys between Botswana and South Africa. The transit road is rough gravel and prone to washouts after heavy rain. During the dry winter months, it’s manageable in a sedan, but a high-clearance or 4×4 is recommended at all times of the year. Self-drive camping is available at Molema Bush Camp and Limpopo River Lodge, among others, but most of the area is privately run and self-drive exploration is limited. Lodges and tented safari camps are also available.
If you would like to inquire about our car hire options, one of our consultants will readily assist with any questions you may have.