Serolo Safari Camp is a small and intimate tented camp, located along the shady floodplain of the Limpopo River in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve. It is just 600m from the river itself, under the many massive riverine trees, including the magnificent Mashatu and tall Apple-leaf trees.
The unfenced Serolo Safari Camp offers accommodation in five fully-serviced safari-style tents with each tent sleeping two persons. All of the tents have two single beds, electric lamps and electric lights. There are en-suite showers with hot water and flush toilets and all bed linen and towels are provided. There is also a lovely and spacious self-catering unit which has a fully equipped kitchen and private braai area. The self-catering stone cottage has a spacious bedroom with aircon. There is a central lapa / dining area with a fire-pit on the main deck and a splash pool. The camp has 220V electricity and a spotlight overlooks the waterhole.
Game such as Elephants, Leopard, Hyaena, Bushbuck, Bush Pig, Warthog and African Wild Cat may possibly be seen drinking at the waterhole just below the camp. Tuli Wilderness is home to a diverse range of wildlife and the Tuli Area boasts the world’s largest elephant population on privately-owned land (over 1800 elephants) - offering some incredible sightings and providing fantastic photographic opportunities. Our private and exclusive 24 000 acre unfenced concession
borders the great Limpopo River at its Southern end and the Motloutse River to the East and encompasses riverine thickets, mopane veld, open plains and boulder-strewn sandstone ecosystems, complete with the game one would expect. The landscapes are breath-taking!
Tuli is a spectacular, rugged and wild area that has been described as Botswana’s best kept secret. As this is private land and off the beaten track, you can be sure that there will be no crowds and you can revel in an authentic wilderness experience.
Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Spotted and Brown Hyaena are amongst the many carnivore species that occur within the reserve. Large herds of free-roaming Eland, Zebra and Wildebeest are seen regularly and many other plains game species are also to be found in the area.
The area falls within the famous Kalahari geological system and is rich in archaeological heritage with beautiful San rock art sites having been discovered alongside numerous archaeological sites dating back from the Stone Age. Scattered
artefacts are still being discovered over the concession.
Game-viewing is excellent during the drier months of April to October and the southern night-skies appear to be studded with more stars than the other seasons. The stark beauty of the landscape towards the end of the dry season is synonymous with the Tswana word “tuli” (meaning dust).
The ‘green season’ occurs from November to March and this is when the African bush takes on a whole new look. Most animals produce their young while the migrant birds return to their sunny southern African summer homes. Once the rains return to the region, the bush lays a lush green floral carpet and the sky is spectacularly blue, all combining to make this a special season to visit us.
Birders will be pleasantly rewarded with sightings of many of the more than 350 species occurring in Tuli Wilderness’ habitat: Species such as Meyer’s Parrot, Meve’s Starlings, Southern Black Tit, African Mourning Dove, African Scops-Owl are resident all year round and summer brings visitors like Broadbilled Roller, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Woodland Kingfisher and Levalliant’s Cuckoo. Raptors include Little Sparrowhawk and Gabar Goshawk. Be sure to look out for the resident breeding pair of Verreaux’s Eagles at Eagle Rock. Birding is particularly good between October and March, depending on when the rains arrive. At this time the bush is also particularly lush with wildflowers blooming. The bush thins out from March onwards and is at its driest from July to October.
The following game and more occur here: Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Spotted Hyaena, Brown Hyaena, Eland, Giraffe, Burchell’s Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Kudu, Impala, Klipspringer, Bushbuck, Common Duiker, Steenbok, Black-Backed Jackal, Bat- eared Fox, Warthog, Bushpig, Small-Spotted and Large-Spotted Genet, Civet, Caracal, Porcupine, African Wildcat, Banded and Slender and Selous’ Mongoose, Rock and Yellow-Spotted Dassie, Hippo, Crocodile, Aardwolf, Aardvark, Honey Badger, Vervet Monkey, Chacma Baboon, Springhare, Scrub Hare, Lesser Bushbaby.
A valid passport is required for entry into Botswana (ensure that it is still valid for at least 6 months after date of entry and there are two blank pages in it). New legislation requires that UNABRIDGED birth certificates are presented at the border when travelling with minors (children under 18 years of age) as well as an affidavit if both biological parents are not present. Please ensure that you have your vehicle papers or police clearance papers and let us know if you require any further information regarding customs and excise allowances. Vehicle entry into Botswana costs P152 (payment also accepted in Rands). Please confirm with us just before your visit which border crossing you should use (some may close due to the Limpopo river flooding in the wet season). Please contact us for further information on customs allowances and a list of countries whose nationals require visas.
Guests should have their own travel insurance in place.
Tuli Wilderness is officially in a low risk malaria area, although cases are rare. Guests should consult their doctor for any advice and about appropriate malaria prophylaxes.
Laundry can be arranged at our camps for an additional charge.
All children are welcome at our camps under strict adult supervision. Children under the age of 2 years old will be at no charge when sharing with two adults; rates for children aged 2-12 years of age applicable as per rate sheets. If separate accommodation is required of a child, full adult rates will apply. Note that children under 12 may not participate in bush walks. If parents wish children under the age of 6 to participate in game drives, please advise us in advance as it may be necessary to arrange a vehicle for the exclusive use of the family (for which there may be an additional charge).
Tap water at Serolo Safari Camp is safe to drink and is regularly tested.
Special Dietary Requirements:
We can cater for special dietary requirements for full-board options if given advance notice. Please contact us to discuss options.
MTN (SA) reception is to be found over most of the reserve. Mascom and Orange (Botswana) signal is to be found in scattered pockets around the reserve. MTN offers 3G for data connections on smart phones.
Credit Card Facilities:
Master Card and Visa are accepted. Please note that we do not have facilities to accept any other types of credit card.
Average annual rainfall for this area is 350 mm per annum, with the main rains occurring between December and February. It is generally hot (daytime min 15°C max 40°C) from October to March, and cooler from April to September (daytime min 10°C max 30°C).
The fully equipped kitchen has both a gas and electric stove, electric kettle, toaster, fridge, microwave and deep freeze. All crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils and firewood are provided. Camp attendants are on hand to help unpack when you arrive, wash dishes, make beds, provide hot water in the showers, service the camp and make sure that there is a fire going at all times. They are available to assist wherever necessary.
Drinks are available for purchase from Tuli Wilderness. An assortment of beers, ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks are usually available. Please let us know in advance if you have special drinks preferences.
Should you wish to book a function or special occasion, kindly contact us for a quotation tailored to suit your requirements. We can assist with romantic picnics, sundowners at lookout points, bush dinners under the stars, bush brunches in the river bed etc.
Tuli Wilderness, their holding companies or any other associated company, person(s) or trust, shall not be held responsible for any injury, loss or damage to, any guest(s), or their property, caused through whatever nature, or by any acts, or any person(s). The person signing the guest registration form will be held liable for payment of all outstanding invoices should any problem with payment occur. Please note that all guests are required to complete and sign our indemnity form, prior to or on arrival at Serolo Safari Camp. None of our camps are fenced and therefore is not uncommon to find any species of animals in and about the camps.
Infants will not be charged.
All rates are inclusive of 2 safari activities daily (bush walks / game drives).
All inclusive option includes 3 - 4 meals per day. Alcoholic beverages for own account.
All rates are quoted in South African Rands AND Botswana Pula.
Border Transfers are charged at ZAR 955.00 / BWP 735.00 per vehicle (max 6 pax per vehicle).
Adult: 13 years and older Child: 3 – 12 years Infant: 0 – 2 years.
Please ensure that all of your cross border paperwork is in order for vehicles.
Note the new regulations when travelling with minors (affidavits and unabridged birth certificates).
We do not permit any unaccompanied walking or driving around the reserve.