KNOW YOUR TULI BLOCK

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What is the Tuli Block? It’s a con­ser­va­tion area of about 300 000 hectares be­tween the Shashe and Lim­popo rivers. At its heart is North­ern Tuli Game Re­serve, which in­cludes Mashatu and Tuli pri­vate game re­serves. There are many prop­erty own­ers within the con­ser­va­tion area – some peo­ple farm com­mer­cially, oth­ers run tourism es­tab­lish­ments. Can I ex­plore on my own? Yes, but stick to the pub­lic roads to and from the Pont­drift bor­der post. Tourists aren’t al­lowed to drive the other roads or en­ter pri­vate re­serves. Book a place to stay at one of the lodges or camps and ex­plore the Tuli Block from there. (See page 86 for op­tions.) The his­tory Rock art sites in the Tuli Block show that San peo­ple lived here cen­turies ago. In the late 1800s, the Ba­mang­wato (un­der Chief Khama) clashed with the Mata­bele over own­er­ship of the re­gion. The Ba­mang­wato won and by 1895, the re­gion was ruled by Khama, who is the an­ces­tor of the cur­rent pres­i­dent, Ian Khama. Ce­cil John Rhodes wanted to build a rail­way line north through Africa via the Tuli Block, but the ter­rain wasn’t suit­able. What is the Tuli Cir­cle? The Pi­o­neer Col­umn, a mil­i­tary unit set up by the Bri­tish South Africa Com­pany to colonise land, built Fort Tuli on the banks of the Shashe River in 1890. From there, the unit marked out the Tuli Cir­cle with a ra­dius of 16 km, in an at­tempt to con­trol rinder­pest. No cat­tle were al­lowed to graze within the cir­cle. Later, part of this cir­cle be­came the bor­der be­tween Botswana and Zim­babwe. (See the map above.) Con­ser­va­tion When the Lim­popo Game Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion was es­tab­lished in 1964, it fos­tered co- op­er­a­tion be­tween prop­erty own­ers to make the Tuli Block a con­ser­va­tion area. The re­sult was North­ern Tuli Game Re­serve, which spans more than 71 000 ha over 36 dif­fer­ent prop­er­ties.

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