Near the south-western corner of Sua Pan lies Kubu Island, the original desert island. But for one tenuous finger of grass, the ancient 20-metre high scrap of rock and its ghostly Baobabs lies surrounded by a sea of salt sand. In cool weather, this bizarre sight can make visitors feel like castaways on an alien planet.. a trully phenomenal sight to see with your own eyes. In Zulu-based languages, 'Kubu' means Hippopotamus, and as unlikely as it may seem looking at the current environment, the site may have been inhabited as recently as 500 to 1500 years ago. On one "shore" lies an ancient crescent-shaped stone enclosure of unknown origin that has yielded numerous pot shards, stone tools and Ostrich eggshell beads.
The great Sua and Ntwetwe Pans collectively comprise the 12,000 sq km Makgadikgadi Pans of Botswana. The Makgadikgadi Pans are the residue of a great lake that once covered much of northern Botswana, it was fed by rivers carrying salts leached from the lake's catchment area. Ancient lakeshore terraces reveal that the water depth fluctuated by as much as 33 metres and so the lake covered an area of 60,000 sq km. As the basin had no outlet, the salts were concentrated in low lying areas. So less than 10,000 years ago, climactic changes caused this lake to evaporate and leaving only salt deposits.
If there is one place bird-watchers must definitely visit, it is the Nata Lodge close to the well-known Nata Sanctuary in Botswana. Nata Lodge is right on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans – the largest salt pans in the world and the remains of Africa’s largest inland sea. The Lodge is located among Mokolwane palms on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans. The Nata River forms a delta which feeds Sanctuary’s Sua Pan. This is the breeding ground for huge numbers of water birds such as flamingos and pelicans. Nata Lodge offers luxury accommodation, excellent location for game drives, bird / animal viewing and a sense of being enveloped in the serenity of the African wilderness.
The lodge is surrounded by a canopy of shade trees and the bird feeding and water feature area creates opportunity for bird watchers to enjoy watching a multitude of various birds. The birds can be viewed from either the pool deck or from the bar and restaurant area. Among the different species to be seen are Yellow Hornbill, Glossy Starling and the Helmeted Guinea fowl. After sunset, it is time for nocturnal visitors to grace the guests with their presence, and the bush babies are not shy to come and see what the menu offer in terms of food for them.
Along the cracked and crop-less landscape on the road between Maun and Francistown, where elephants tear up any tree that dares to raise its head, a large grey hulk looms into sight at the edge of the road. If this is an elephant it is a very peculiar one! As the eyes recognise a giant anteater, the brain begins to wonder what might have been in that last beer? Follow the side road pointed out by that anteater snout and you will discover the intriguingly named “Planet Baobab”. The Baobab capital of the world: where the average age of each tree is 4000 years and beyond and the boundless lunar landscape of the Makgadikgadi salt pans is the size of Switzerland! Planet Baobab is home to the largest and coolest pool in the Kalahari and the funkiest bar and restaurant serving interesting and delicious dishes from all across Africa and we are “vegetarian-friendly”! A well known watering hole for travellers of every description and the more colourful characters from Maun.
The park, populated by up to 30,000 zebra and wildebeest closely accompanied by predators, offers guests the chance to experience the exhilaration of seeing large concentrations of game and the resultant predator interaction. The lodge offers a raised hide above the river where guests can enjoy the spectacular wildlife sightings that we’ve come to expect in this part of Botswana. With just 12 thatched chalets, each with en-suite bathrooms, a dining room, reading room and bar in the main lodge, expansive wooden decks and a plunge pool, guests can immerse themselves seamlessly into the ultimate wildlife experience in Botswana.
Having explored the area and enjoyed a spectacular wildlife phenomenon on guided day and night game drives, guests can retire after dinner to a splendid fireplace overlooking the river. Leroo La Tau is situated on the western bank of the Boteti River, northwest of Khumaga Village and about 140 kilometres southeast of Maun. The eastern bank of the Boteti River forms the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, which stretches away from the riverbank towards its interior of scrubland and mineral rich grasslands.
Nata Sanctuary... Mammal species in the sanctuary include antelope such as springbok, as well as springhares, jackals and foxes. However the main attraction is the abundance of bird life. Nata Bird Sanctuary provides one of the best possible views of the salt pans. This is thanks to an elevated wooden hide, which is a beautiful vantage point. The area is an important flamingo and pelican breeding ground. If there is water in the pan thousands of flamingoes, ducks, geese and pelicans are to be seen. It's a sight to behold!
The Tuli Block is quite different from anywhere else in Botswana. The Tuli consists mainly of privately owned game farms, offering spectacular safari opportunities. The most popular area within the block is the North-East Tuli Game Reserve situated between the Limpopo, Motlouse and Shashe rivers and it has a fascinating frontier history and is renowned for its curious geographical features. The Block contains an abundance of wildlife, birds and fascinating topography.
The wildlife that can be viewed here include Elephant, Kudu, Impala, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Lion (some black-maned), Zebra, Leopard, Waterbuck, Eland and Cheetah. Some of the creatures that can be seen at night include Caracal, Aardwolf, Hyena and Jackal. Birdlife is spectacular in the Tuli Block. Bird enthusiasts can look forward to seeing some of the 350 recorded bird species which include shrikes, the boulder chat, the short-toed rock thrush, raptors, woodpeckers and even ostriches. The aquatic species include cormorants and pygmy Kingfishers.
Nokalodi Tented Bush Camp ... and idyllic camp nestled within the fine wonders of the Botswanan Tuli Block. Laidback and fitted with basic amenities, this place is truly a camp lover's delight.. Just imagine expansive Mopane woodland, thriving birdlife fluttering amongst the green leaves and African wildlife ambling along with a delicate grace. This is the ideal spot to bond with nature!
Accommodation at Nokalodi consists of 4 spacious Meru-style tents... quite private. Fitted with a neat en-suite bathroom and a patio, each tent assures you of blissful serenity after an invigorating day under the hazy gold sun. The camp is fully serviced and offered on a self-catering basis. One guided game drive or walk per day is included.
Tuli Safari Lodge is ideal place to get away from it all. Located on the serene banks of the famous Limpopo River, this charming lodge boasts a rich blend of modern comforts and exotic Botswanan beauty. Fitted with life's little luxuries and nestled within the idyllic Tuli Block, this certainly is a timeless corner of Africa where nature and culture combine in spectacular wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and fascinating history.
If you are looking for laidback comforts amongst nature's finest, Tuli Safari Lodge is the place for you. Surrounded by majestic rocky outcrops, blanketed by emerald green plant life that is thriving with exotic African creatures, can you think of a better place to relax and forget all your worries?
Experience a taste of authentic Botswana at Khama Rhino Sanctuary located within 4,200 hectares of sandveld, calcrete basins, and a number of scattered smaller pans. Discover endless horizons, unforgettable wilderness, splendid waterways, sand dunes and an abundance of wildlife in beautiful Botswana. Situated between Central Kalahari and Maun, close to the town of Serowe, Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a true eco-tourism destination, a non-profitable community operated sanctuary dedicated to protecting endangered species, particularly rhinos.
The Botswana Rhino Sanctuary was setup in an area that was optimal and excellent for the habitation and preservation of Rhino’s. It is close to the Botswana Defense Force, allowing for 24 hour protection from poachers. This project has provided many jobs for the local community and has taught the ‘locals’ more about these animals.