Wild At Tuli Safaris

Wild At Tuli Safaris

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Wild At Tuli Safaris is not a package operation; it is an independent, highly specialised, owner-run safari business. Experience, exclusivity and flexibility are hallmarks of our safaris. We can show you the uniqueness of the Tuli Block if you are looking to relax in a charming lodge, be fully catered for and taken on stunning game drives with our Professional Guide. We are based on a 9,000 hectare Reserve called Limpopo River Lodge in Central Tuli Block and our accommodation is in Chalets and Rondavels , a Rustic Bush Camp or Camp Sites, all overlooking the Limpopo river . There is electricity in the Lodge and you can choose to Self-Cater or be Fully Catered for. PLEASE NOTE: we previously operated from another location and some of the guest photos you may see here show tents and a swing bridge - we are NOT located there any more. We have been unable to remove these photos via Tripadvisor so please get hold of us should you want more pictures of our current facilities.
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Tuli Block, Central Tuli Block Botswana
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Frank W wrote a review Aug 2012
Middelaar
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a very nice stay at Helana and Judy's island in the bush. Previous reviewers have made a good description about the facilities and I wholeheartily agree. Food was fantastic and it was very interesting to hear about the day-to day running of a game farm and Botswana practicalities.
We were in KwaTuli during the dry season and although general wildlife concentrations were low we still saw plenty of elephants at close quarters from the wonderful hides on the farm. We also saw porcupine and genet in the camp at night from VERY close and spotted African wildcat during a night drive.
The landscape is great, especially the Northern part of the farm has some beautiful kopjes.
We would like to go back some day in a different season when there's more water.
Frank
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Date of stay: July 2012
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kelli H wrote a review Jul 2012
Copenhagen, Denmark
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was my first bush camp experience that didn't involve hiking with a tent on my back for 7 days, so bear that in mind as you read this...

I loved the Island Camp at Wild at Tuli. It managed to find the balance between actual camping and not having to forego too many of the basics. The tents were large, easily accommodating a king bed, dresser, and desk, with a comfortable mattress and warm duvet. The outdoor bathroom was a refreshing change, although large ants crawled over the toilet at night (to be expected in the middle of the bush, I suppose, and they weren't actually a hinderance). Still, the water was hot, and the footed bathtub was very pretty. Although there is no electricity, light was provided by a series of oil lamps, so there was no struggling with an awkward flashlight.

The food was all homemade and very delicious. The rusks were the best I've had. Again, this is not camping that involves deprivation.

We went during a drought, so the game drives weren't spectacular. Helena tried her best, but the results were limited. We saw warthogs, elephants, lots of impala, eland, and kudu. The area is known for its hyenas and leopards, but we saw none in the short two days we stayed. Still, I didn't mind. The reserve is unfenced, and I would rather not see animals than have them fenced for my entertainment.

The highlight of my stay was meeting Judi and Helena, the owners of the camp. They are friendly and passionate about what they do. Their warmth and down-to-earth hospitality are enough to make me want to return. Prices are lower here than in other bush camps because the owners believe it's important that everyone be able to experience the animals in their natural habitat, something many of us cannot do at other camps.

Overall, it was wonderful, and I highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: July 2012
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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jelico wrote a review Oct 2010
Brighton, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An absolutely wonderful place with an amazing setting, superb accommodation and great camp staff. We were a group of three couples so had the whole camp to ourselves. We were picked up by the ranger, Tipps, at the South Africa/Botswana border and driven to the island. Stunning! The bridge to get onto the island is as scary as it looks but worth the fear. The photos do not do justice to the island or the accommodation. All impeccably maintained and very comfortable. Tents are what they are described i.e they have a distinct "out of Africa" feel but with the luxury of outdoor slipper baths with wonderfully framed views into the bush as well as private outside toilet and shower to each tent. Each has an external deck area with bush & water views. The boma and plunge pool were very pleasant surprises.

Tipps was a great ranger and the other island staff were excellent. We opted for catering and whilst the food was good it was not prepared by the island staff which was disappointing but arrived partially prepared at rather random times, generally considerably later than desirable eg breakfast prepartion starting almost an hour after arrival back at the pre-arranged time following an early morning. walk. A frustration but not really a problem. We also felt that feeding us was somewhat of an inconvenience. It is worth noting that only coffee and tea were provided as drinks which we had not been advised so had no other soft drinks and were short of tonic to go with our gin!

The scenery within the reserve is truly stunning but the amount of game was a bit disappointing due, we were advised, to the amount of hunting that the area has been subject to, meaning that the game is cautious. Would highly recommend a game walk with Tipps who is exceedingly knowledgable and on foot we saw far more than when driving.

Overall an excellent and wholly enjoyable experience.
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Date of stay: October 2010
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Duro21 wrote a review Nov 2014
Swan View, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Cannot speak highly enough of the hosts. Helena and Judi made us so welcome. The staff are helpful without being intrusive. Game drives are a most with Diks going out of his way to assist.
This a must for anyone traveling to Tuli.
Judi And Helena keep it up.
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Date of stay: November 2014Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Luke S wrote a review Jul 2014
South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed there for one night at the end of our camping trip and were so pleased we did. Having stayed at other places in the Tuli Block over the years I can say with confidence that this one is by far the best. The scenery is really wonderful and walking across the swing bridge onto the island was much appreciated by the children. The island itself is small but has beautiful views of the river and other smaller islands, and is good for watching birds, animals or just the world go by. We stayed in Tent I which is at the Northern end and has a lovely feel to it, and a great open air bath tub! Judi and her team run a great operation and we enjoyed it so much we are returning for two nights next month at the start of another safari.
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Date of stay: July 2014
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Carrie M wrote a review Mar 2014
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked this fairly last minute and had absolutely no idea what to expect- it ended up being the highlight of our trip! We drove up from the Waterberg and crossed at Martin's Drift due to flooding at Platjan- Judi gave us directions from there and it ended being a brilliant 3 hour game drive up through game reserves on the dirt road- infinitely more interesting than the tar road on the SA side...
When we arrived at reception we were met by Helena and A.B, who was to be our guide for the duration of our stay. A.B. showed us the way to the camp and when we got there it was absolutely breathtaking. Initially the camp is concealed from view by the big trees on the riverbank, but then you see it nestled in the middle of the river. When we visited the water was quite high due to recent rain so the island was completely cut off- I understand the river is fairly dry apart from large pools in the winter (excellent for game viewing!).
You access the island by a rope bridge (pretty hairy first time you do it!) and the guys brought our stuff across. Due to cancellations after recent flooding we had the whole island to ourselves and it was so peaceful! Our tent was well set out with one of the comfiest beds I've ever slept in, plenty of storage, a great decking area looking out over the river and outdoor shower and bath. The bath was an amazing roll top affair and there was loads of hot water- perfect for lying back and looking for shooting stars! In the morning the light streams through the windows of the tent and you can lie in bed and watch the birds and vervet monkeys playing on the opposite bank.
Game drives with A.B were usually preceded by tea and Judi's excellent carrot cake. A.B. was incredibly knowledgeable and happy to answer all of our questions. We had brilliant elephant sightings and although the leopard managed to elude us again, A.B. did find us a kill in a tree. If you get chance while there ask A.B. to take you on a guided walk- we went down the banks of the Limpopo and it felt like being an old-time explorer! Although you don't see as much game you really get the feel of the place much more than in a vehicle.
Although there is the option to go self-catering (probably better in a large group), we chose fully catered and didn't regret it! Helena is an excellent cook and both she and Judi are wonderful hosts, making us feel completely at home and regaling us with hilarious stories.
There is so much we enjoyed about our stay that I couldn't possibly fit it all in- if you want a truly unforgettable experience that is off the beaten track then this is your place.
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Date of stay: February 2014
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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paivi k wrote a review Nov 2013
Gaborone, Botswana
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely beautiful place. Comfortable accommodation and everything necessary is available in the tent. If there is any improvement one would like to suggest that would be better fridge facilities. But even that did not bother us; the best is the total peace and being in the middle of nature. Have tested many places but here we will be back.
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Date of stay: November 2013
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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gordon_aitken wrote a review Jul 2019
Cardiff, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
started a great family trip to Botswana and South Africa with a stay at Wild at Tuli. From the start Judi was very quick and helpful replying to email enquiries. Journey from Johannesburg Airport in a rental car was very easy , chose to take our time with an overnight stop at Polokwane. Tar all the way until last approx 10km to border, but dirt road was fine. Crossing at Platjan was very smooth and is in the process of being converted to a bridge. Accommodation at Wild at Tuli was lovely. Chalets right on river bank overlooking pools in river bed, great birdwatching on your door step. Resident large spotted genets each night joined as at dinner. All the team were very helpful and friendly. We chose the catered option and Judi was on hand to provide an excellent brunch and dinner at the end of each of our drives , along with very enjoyable and interesting company. With early morning tea and rusks awaiting you pre morning drive and home made cakes before evening drive our weight definitely increased during our stay! Bore hole water was perfectly safe, and pleasant to drink . Fridge on site to call any drinks you bring . Pool to swim during the afternoon break. Game drives were good , nice views from the hills. Excellent birdlife, 20 species of mammal during our 3 day stay including wild cat, springhare, elephant shrew and the very photogenic gennets! We continued our 2 week trip with a loop through then northern tulip block then back into South Africa to Mapungubwe National Park and northern Kruger before back to Johannesburg via Polokwane which worked very well. Would highly recommend a few days at Wild at Tuli in Judi's excellent care if you are in this neck of the woods.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Judi G, Owner at Wild At Tuli Safaris
Responded 15 Jul 2019
HI Gordon, Thank you for the review - it was great to meet you and the family and share our world with you. For us the elephant shrew was a real bonus as we do not see them very often and your pics were superb - thanks for sharing them with us. We hope that the rest of the trip was awesome and tht you will all be back in Africa agin soon. Best Regards Judi
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ChrisSchuur wrote a review Feb 2018
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Looking for an off-the-beaten-track experience enjoying wildlife and nature in Botswana? This is the perfect spot! A beautiful scenery to begin with, a dream location of the lodge on the Limpopo river bank, an open air but private bathroom-with-a-view and guided safari tours and nice meals on request. In the rainy season you may see less wildlife, but for us it was a tremendous experience, not to be missed. Last tip: do use a 4x4 (or simular), fit for the dirt road to lodge and game park.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Daniel T wrote a review Dec 2017
Twickenham, United Kingdom
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As advertised wild at Tuli offer a self catered/self drive option. We chose this, booking via email.

We were asked to confirm where we were travelling from. Unfortunately I missed that email and instead we travelled to Tuli using the location suggested by Google maps as our destination.

On arrival we couldn't find Wild at Tuli, nor any signs whatsoever to help. We stopped at a different guest house and asked for directions. Unfortunately there was no mobile phone reception so we couldn't make a call. The neighbour helpfully gave us detailed directions to what he thought was Wikd at Tuli. After driving about 45 minutes we lost faith in the directions. We managed to get a solitary one bar of mobile phone recpetion and got through to Wild at Tuli who told us to head for Limpopo River Lodge. A vital piece of information that would have saved us two and a half hours of driving.

As we arrived at Limpopo River Lodge reception, long after dark we found a deserted office. Eventually someone came to help us although we got a very cold reception having got her out of bed. It was about 9PM by now and many folks in the area are early to bed and up at dawn.

They had no record of our booking at all and frostily checked us in to an available self catered rondavel.

The rondavel and attached bathroom and kitchen werw excellent and I shall review them properly on the Limpopo River Lodge TripAdvisor page.

Wild at Tuli operate in the vicinity of Limpopo River Lodge and rely on the servicesnof their reception to meet and greet guests. The camp for guests enjoying the catered and guided services of Wild at Tuli is nearby.

The self catered option offered by Wild at Tuli is actually just the accomodation offered by Limpopo River Lodge, sold through Wild at Tuli.

We arrived long after dark in a region where driving at night is broadly discouraged.

Why Wild at Tuli don't provide general directions I have no idea. Simply referring to Limpopo River Lodge would have saved us 2.5 hours and the wrath of the unwelcoming committee.

We saw no one from Wild at Tuli for the duration of our two night stay.
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Judi G, Director - Wild At Tuli Safaris at Wild At Tuli Safaris
Responded 19 Jan 2018
Thank you for your feedback. We are very, very sorry that you had such a challenge finding us. When we did not hear back from you on where you were coming from, we should have followed up and sent directions. Our website does refer to Limpopo River Lodge however perhaps not prominanty enough and we have changed that now. We are addressing trying to get Google Maps and Tracks 4 Africa to make the necessary changes for us as well. Having read your review on Limpopo River Lodge Tripadvisor we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay which is the most important thing. For the sake of clarity for future guests, Wild At Tuli Safaris operates ON Limpopo River Lodge by arrangement with the Reserve owners, and not in the vacinity. We facilitate all bookings that come through our website, Fully Catered or Self-Catering and our guests stay in the lodge. They are received by the staff that reside on Limpopo River Lodge. Best Regards Judi
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katherinedowling wrote a tip May 2018
Perth, Australia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I camped but i do know there are lodges you can stay at. You wont get the nightly animal encounters though if you don't camp!"
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MattheusAlto wrote a tip Apr 2015
Den Hoorn, The Netherlands134 contributions67 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All tents have a very nice view"
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Hazzak wrote a tip Apr 2015
Cape Town Central, South Africa5 contributions1 helpful vote
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"All tents are fantastic!"
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Beth M wrote a tip Apr 2015
Johannesburg, South Africa6 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"island camp"
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mumskie wrote a tip Apr 2015
sussex4 contributions6 helpful votes
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"All the tents are lovely, the views amazing."
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.