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Botswana

 

Tuli Block is 10 – 20 km wide and 350 km long, stretching from the point where the Limpopo and Sashe rivers meet in the east, to the Notwane River, north of Olifant’s Drift, in the south - west. Tuli Block consists mainly of privately owned farms, but a section of the eastern corner up to the Motloutse River has been declared a game reserve. The entire conservation area, including the adjacent safari area bordering the Tuli circle comprises about 120 000 ha.

Tuli Block is different from anywhere in Botswana as it is generally Hardveld due to the multitude of rocky outcrops, abundance of rocks, stones and pebbles of various shapes and sizes, the network of dry riverbeds. The larger rivers support gigantic trees along the edges and game is plentiful. The Tuli reserve is In the eastern extreme . The Tuli Block is set on the Limpopo Mobile belt, the oldest known mobile belt in the world, with rocks varying in age from 2 700 million years to 3 700 million years.

The vegetation in the area, especially during the rains, is spectacular. The trees along the Limpopo are gigantic – in particular the Nyala trees – the local name Being The Mashatu Tree. There are Fever Trees, an abundance of Wild Sesam And on the rocky outcrops two species of Euphorbia, both being very poisonous and is said to cause blindness.

Game viewing is not as spectacular as in the northern part of Botswana, but is nevertheless still excellent. There are hundreds of elephant and numerous other game species, although predator numbers are dwindling due to pressure of the surrounding farms. In this area, klipspringer and dassies are plentiful and birdlife is teseming and the area is reported to be one of the best bird viewing spots in Southern Africa.

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