Tuli Transfrontier Park

Tuli Transfrontrier Park                      
The Reserve was created in 1964 and extends to 78000 hectares, shared between private landowners and local communities. The area is home to a diverse range of wildlife, renowned for its Tuli elephants - the largest elephant population on private land in Africa, and is recognised as an Important Bird Area with over 350 species recorded. A pack of wild dog has recently been reintroduced to the reserve (for more information, please click here), and there are plans to reintroduce black rhino over the next few years.

The Reserve is also fascinating from a historical perspective. Bushmen paintings provide a reminder of the area’s original inhabitants many thousands of years ago. Remains of ancient settlements relating to the Mapungubwe era (circa 1200-1270 AD) are dotted throughout the area. The reserve also played a role in Rhodes’ southern African empire-building and witnessed several conflicts during the Boer War.

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Tuli Transfrontrier Park                           
The Northern Tuli Game Reserve is situated in the easternmost corner of Botswana, in a unique and historically significant location where the country meets its neighbours Zimbabwe and South Africa and at the confluence of two great rivers, the Limpopo and the Shashe. It forms a key part of the proposed Greater Mapungubwe Trans Frontier Conservation Area. Tuli is scenically very different to the rest of Botswana, with dominant basalt formations and large areas of sandstone hills and ridges, together with a network of (mostly dry) riverbeds and riverine forests as well as open grasslands and marshy areas. From vantage points on top of the rock formations, the plains of Botswana stretch away to the north.

Wild dog reintroduction
A pack of African Wild Dog ( Lycaon pictus) has been reintroduced to the Northern Tuli Game Reserve.
African Wild Dogs, which are the most endangered of all the African carnivores, used to occur in the area before being hunted to local extinction around the beginning of the last century. It is hoped that their re-introduction into the area will contribute to growing the population of these greatly endangered animals.
This important project is being professionally managed. The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and Wild Dog Action Group act as expert advisors. Four of  the dogs are collared and a researcher is monitoring the pack closely. In addition, a community liaison officer is educating the local community and farmers as to the role and value of the African Wild Dog.

Northern Tuli Game Reserve is assisting with the many and varied expenses which come with a project such as this, which include vehicle running costs, radio collars, employment of the community liaison officer and so on. Tuli Safari Lodge has supported the project by sponsoring two GSM collars, which enable the researchers to track the pack and remotely access data about the dogs’ movements.