North Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana
The Northern Tuli Game Reserve is a wildlife conservation area protected as a wilderness of savannah, riverine forests, marshland, open plains and sandstone cliffs. It is not only a unique wilderness area with an abundance of African wildlife, but also has a rich archaeological history. The earliest evidence of life in the area are the fossil excavations which have been found in the Shashe Limpopo region.
The region was inhabited by Stone Age man, as the forerunner to a series of civilisations including the Mapungubwe culture of the 12th and 13th centuries, and the Zimbabwe civilisation.
Santhata is situated within the Pitsani Game Reserve which comprises a total area of in excess of 27,000 acres.
The Pitsani Reserve lies within the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, a recognized wildlife conservancy found in the north eastern Tuli Block of Botswana, bordering South Africa to the south and Zimbabwe to the east.
This land with its huge panoramas, big skies and giant trees, welcomes you to a whole new adventure. Experience an abundance of elephants, large cats, herds of antelope and more than 350 species of birds. Where the present echoes with footsteps of the past, making it difficult to leave, and impelling to return. This is Santhata!
Santhata consists of 7 luxurious double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
The social/entertainment area comprises a splendid sitting room and adjoining eating area. The lodge has a conference facility, access to an office and a large equipped kitchen.
The evergreen Santhata garden has a pool and wooden pool-deck overlooking the Limpopo River.
This camp guarantees wildlife as it forms part of a very special and active piece of land.
The manager’s camp is located within the confines of the site but is detached from the main lodge. The camp is fully serviced and includes a cook. So although self-catering, once you are there the food is cooked and tables prepared. A ranger is on hand to take you on a your game drives.
- limited to one breakfast out and one dinner out a week and two game drives a day.
- Guests bring their own food, (although if this is a problem we can supply at cost); no extra charge for food preparation
- The staff are included
Estate with 1 level
7 bedrooms, 7 baths, 10000 square feet
King, King, King, King, King, King, and King
14 guests maximum
Limpopo Valley Airfield or Johannesburg International Airport
30 minutes or 5.5 hours by car
Stunning views of the African landscape.
Please note this property is in the middle of the African bush and guests need to be overseen by full time staff with local knowledge, therefore there is a 350 Euros per day mandatory fee.
- Two game drives (in a 4x4 landcruiser) one in the morning one in the afternoon.
- 5 staff with local knowledge that will be overseeing your stay
- Daily cleaning
- Preparation of meals.
Activities of Interest
- Traditional Game Drive Safaris
- Walking Safaris
- Enjoy a breakfast or dinner out in the bush. Guests are driven in pure African luxury to a nearby hilltop, lit by sparkling lamps that set the perfect scene for an African Sundowner.
- By special arrangement, enjoy a cycle safari
Places of Interest
- The following can be organised by prior arrangement:
- Visit the Mapungubwe National Park, a World Heritage Site, rich in biodiversity, with great scenic beauty and housing the archaeological treasures of Mapungubwe
- Enjoy the unique African culture visiting the local village of Mothlabaneng Village or Bobonong and visit a local tribal court, a rural school, or get taken on a historical or rock art tour.
A truly unforgetable African wildlife experience!
It has been an absolute privilege for our family to experience the magnificence of Africa in such unique spot! We were 2 couples with 3 teenages and 3 kids ranging ages 19 to 8 years old. We want to specially thank our host Andrew for his help on arranging the trip from day one helping us on all the inimaginable logistics: renting the van to take us from Johannesburg to Santhata Camp, renting the small aircraft to fly from Limpopo Valley to Victoria Falls, organising the shopping, the menus... We had a big problem in the South African boarder as we were unaware that they ask for birth certificates for children under 18 and Andrew was so supportive there too. He is a host second to none and made our experience wonderful. The lovely staff at Santhata camp, Pete, Zedrik, Tiny, Lucas, Ophelia, and everyone else were just on top of everything and extremely kind to us all too. We shall never forget our breakfast under the centenary baobab by the river or our magical dinner on the top of the hill by the fire. Our encounter with the elephants drinking in the river, the cheetah resting after his lunch feast, the movement of the long necks of the running giraffes, the intense fight of the zebras for their females, the hundreds of running wildebeests and impalas, the scary hienas, the flights of the eagles, the funny facos, the impressive hippos in the river, the chacals... We dearly enjoyed the intense life, grandeur, and brightness of Africa. Every moment was an experience. We shall always remember and our kids will retain these experiences for many years… ”
TRIP OF A LIFETIME !!
We are a family of eleven people aged from 5 to 68. I stepped way out and our first Third Home stay was at Santhata Camp in Botswana. Our family will always remember what an exciting, unusual, beautiful and educational adventure we enjoyed. Staying at Santhata Camp was the REAL DEAL ! The owner and North Tuli game manager, Piet and ranger Cedric were very patient and totally helpful. Planning a trip with 11 people to another continent then traveling from Johannesburg, South Africa to Botswana was very complicated compared to most vacations. My husband did not want us to get our family in any danger or bad situation. The trip could not have turned out any better. We were so comfortable at the camp. Every meal is served out side on the edge of the Limpopo River. Looking across the river to the South African side was an abundance of animal activity all day long. We took too long game drives every day with our Botswanan ranger guide, Cedric. I wish I could post pictures of the up close encounters we had with lions, hippos, elephants, giraffes, zebra, cheetahs and hyenas. The game drives are in a fine Toyota Landcruiser which carries 10 people. We marveled at what we saw. June is the African`s winter and the temperatures were perfect, cool of 44 degrees to a high of 80 degrees. This trip is not for the faint of heart or ones wanted luxuries. The staff, food and surroundings are so unique and pleasant. One night the staff took us six miles out into the bush, to a very high knoll for a candlelight and camp fire lavish dinner with a beautifully set table. Mischievous vervet monkeys visited our lodge every day. The owner, all the way from London, arranged for our food delivery. Piet arranged for us to go see a village, Lentswe-Le-Moriti, where even though the school had no electricity the children from 5 to 13 year of age are learning English and Setswana. My daughter, an art teacher, had brought bags of art supplies for the children. Santhata Camp is located about one hour`s drive from the Botswana border. It is in the Pitsani Game Reserve which lies inside the huge North Tuli Game Reserve. When you are there you are truly in a conservatory for many species of animals and birds. Our family learned so much and had a TRIP OF A LIFETIME !! ”
- Chef's Kitchen
- Laundry Service
- Outdoor Grill
- Outdoor Pool
- Washer & Dryer