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Tourism Matrix: Tuli Safari Area

‘Jobs fill your pocket but adventures fill your soul’, says Jamie Lyn Beatty. A life without adventure feels like an empty soul, so I corroborate. 

This must be the same feeling that hunters and explorers such as FC Selous who led the pioneer column through the now Tuli Safari area had, which drove them through the pristine wildernesses of the Zimbabwean savannahs making history and enjoying the tranquil that comes with wandering in the wild. 

Tuli Safari area welcomes guests with a double package, a walk back into the history of the pioneer column and a connection with nature in the wildlife-rich safari area. Situated in the relatively low-lying savannahs of south-western Zimbabwe along the Shashe river, the 416km² safari area is a perfect spot for historical, ecological and cultural exploration. 

The semi-circular piece of land which borders the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana consists of four reserves within the Tuli Circle. 

Activities in the protected hunting area include a tour of the Pioneer Grave Yard, the Pioneer Prison, the old fort at Tuli, Somlale Ruins, the Pioneer Baobab with names of the pioneer column and the three botanical reserves: Tolo, Pioneer and South Camp.

Guests can also enjoy wilderness safari in the form of therapeutic guided bush walks with rangers, animal tracking and touring the picturesque landscape of the African Savannahs. There is also a chance for guests to interact with local communities to learn from their culture, enjoy donkey cart rides as well as beach strolls 

The safari area is managed by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority. Accommodation is provided under the Shashe Wilderness Camp which is tucked away amongst huge riverine trees with spectacular birdlife and looks out onto Shashi river. There are no lodges or self-catering accommodation except for the Parks managed camp. 

Nyaladzi Lester Kole

Nyaladzi Lester Kole is my full name. I was born in Plumtree and did my primary education in three different schools: Mlomwe Primary (Grade 1 to 3), Nopemano Primary (Grade 4 to 6) and Thekwane Primary Grade 7. I did my secondary education in Thekwane High (Form 1 to 6). I also did my degree in Publishing Studies at National Univesity of Science and Technology (NUST) and graduated in 2021. Currently working as a publisher at Scrivener Zimbabwe.

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