Directions to Tuli Wilderness

GPS co-ordinates: 22º 16’ 36.85” S, 28º 59’ 33.50 (-22.276903, 28.992639)

Tuli Wilderness is located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, approximately a 6 hour drive from Johannesburg and 3 hours from Polokwane. Platjan and Pont Drift are our two closest borders (approximately 30 km from either to our reception). Serolo is approximately 550km from both Johannesburg and Gaborone, with drive times of around 6 hours from both capitals. The camp is approximately 4 hour’s drive from the northern gates of the Kruger National Park.

Guests will check-in via Serolo Safari Camp, even if they are staying at Mohave Bush Camp.

Currently, under the COVID-19 legislations, the Pont Drift and Platjan border posts remain closed, and the alternative is the Martin’s Drift Border post.

 

VIA MARTINS DRIFT BORDER POST

When travelling to Martin’s Drift please ensure that you follow Google Maps to ‘GROBLERSBRUG‘ Border and don’t put in Martin’s Drift as the GPS waypoint is INCORRECT.

There is a charge of around P 152.00 per vehicle for entry into Botswana – please ensure that you have all of the necessary vehicle papers and permission letters to take your vehicle across the border. Only Botswana Pula (BWP) and credit card may be used as a means of payment at the border.

After passing through the Botswana border control, follow the road for 20km and then turn right (signboards directing to Selebi-Phikwe).

After 105km, turn right at the signboard directing to Bobonong (as you have entered Sefophe village). Follow this road for 53 km to Bobonong and take the third exit at the roundabout.

After 700m, turn right at the Tjunction. A further 650m, turn left at the signboards marked Thune Dam / Pont Drift. Follow this road straight for 65km (passing the Thune Dam wall) until you get to a T-junction where the tar road ends.

Turn left onto the gravel road.

Turn right after 8km at the signboard marked ‘Serolo Safari Camp’ and follow the track for another 2kms, turning right again at the small Serolo signboard and the camps is just a short distance down this track.

Please contact the border or Tuli Wilderness prior to travel so that we can advise the best route available at the time! We do arrange border pick-ups and drop-offs for a fee – please contact us should you require more information.

VIA PLATJAN BORDER POST

Please note that the Limpopo River crossing at Platjan is on a 3m wide causeway. If the Limpopo River is flowing over the bridge, it cannot be crossed and the alternative then (if coming from South Africa) is to drive down to Martin’s Drift which is approximately three hour’s drive from Serolo Safari Camp.

If guests are coming with a non-4×4 vehicle, entry must be via Platjan border as the Motloutse Riverbed has to be crossed if coming via Pont Drift. A 4×4 vehicle is not a necessity to reach our reception (except in very rare circumstances during the wet season), however, travel in low sedan vehicles is not recommended in the wet season (October to April) – please confirm with us before travel to check on the road conditions if travelling at this time of year.

Coming from Polokwane, arrive at the T-junction in Alldays and turn right and immediately left onto the R572 to Swartwater.  Approximately 4kms outside of Alldays, turn right onto a gravel road – signposted “Platjan”.

You’ve seen the last of tarred roads now.  It is approximately 35kms to Platjan border post.  There is a low level bridge crossing the Limpopo River at this border post. There is a charge of around P 152.00 per vehicle for entry into Botswana – please ensure that you have all of the necessary vehicle papers and permission letters to take your vehicle across the border. Only Botswana Pula (BWP) and credit card may be used as a means of payment at the border.

After passing through the border entry, you will arrive at a T-junction, approximately 8kms from Platjan, turn right here and it is 26km to the Tuli Wilderness entrance. 

On the way to us, you will cross straight over a T-junction (which is the tar road heading to Bobonong).  At the Tuli Wilderness signboard on the right, turn in and follow the small road for 2kms until you reach our reception and parking area.

VIA PONT DRIFT BORDER POST

Should the Limpopo and/or Motloutse Rivers be flowing this border cannot be crossed, and the alternative then (if coming from South Africa) is to drive down to Martin’s Drift which is approximately three hour’s drive from Serolo Safari Camp. A 4×4 is needed if entering at Pont Drift, regardless of time of year. 

If guests are coming with a non-4×4 vehicle, entry must be via Platjan border as the Motloutse Riverbed has to be crossed if coming via Pont Drift. A 4×4 vehicle is not a necessity to reach our reception (except in very rare circumstances during the wet season), however, travel in low sedan vehicles is not recommended in the wet season (October to April) – please confirm with us before travel to check on the road conditions if travelling at this time of year.

Coming from Polokwane, arrive at the T-junction in Alldays and turn right to Pont Drift.  It is 59kms to Pont Drift. 

There is a charge of around P 152.00 per vehicle for entry into Botswana – please ensure that you have all of the necessary vehicle papers and permission letters to take your vehicle across the border. Only Botswana Pula (BWP) and credit card may be used as a means of payment at the border.

Once you’ve completed the border formalities in SA you’ve seen the last of tar roads.  Cross the Limpopo River bed – there is neither a bridge nor a low level crossing. 

Approximately 1km outside Pont Drift border post, turn left.  It’s 30km to the Tuli Wilderness entrance.  Travelling on this road, you will cross a veterinary fence where you’ll be required to put the soles of your shoes in an anti-pest watery solution (You are not required to pay anything at this gate).  Continue on to a four-way stop and go straight – do not turn left or right. 

You will cross the Motloutse River bed – there is also no bridge or low-level crossing – continue travelling and pass through the cattle-grids at Talana Farms. 

2kms past the farms you’ll find the entrance to Tuli Wilderness on the left.  Turn in here and follow the small road for another 2kms until you reach the Reception and Parking area.

Please contact the border or Tuli Wilderness prior to travel so that we can advise the best route available at the time should the Limpopo or Motloutse Rivers be flowing.

FROM GABORONE / MAUN

Driving from Gaborone / Maun, guests should head to Selebi-Phikwe and then on to Bobonong. Keep to the main road in Bobonong until you reach a roundabout, where you turn right. Follow this road to a T-junction where you turn right at a signboard reading “Mathathane” Continue on this road and turn left at signboards reading ‘Thune Dam” and ‘Mashatu 100km’. Follow this road passing through Molalatau en route and continuing straight past the turnings for Mathathane and Mothlabaneng. After 62km you will reach a T-junction, where you turn left onto a dirt road signed to Lentswe-le-Moriti. After about 7.5 km, you will see the Tuli Wilderness signboard on your right, turn in here and Tuli Wilderness is about 2km down the dirt track from this point.