Tuludi

THE LUXURY OF SPACE

If you’ve been forever dreaming of an iconic Okavango Delta experience, then end your search with Tuludi. The camp is located in the Khwai Private Reserve, over 200,000 hectares of pristine wilderness, and the landscape is fit for a fairy tale: floodplains stretch as far as the eye can see and the glistening waterways and emerald forests attract all the stars of the safari show.

At Tuludi itself, we wanted to capture the magic of being enfolded in nature and the serenity and space that comes with it. Picture seven, tree-house style rooms, shaded by the boughs of cool leadwood trees, sophisticated interiors that mix the contemporary with the traditional, and airy spaces, dotted with intriguing maps, botanicals and treasures from around the area. The result? An exclusive oasis that you’ll be delighted to return to after a day exploring the extraordinary ecosystem.

Opening July 2019.

Per Person From

$1,020USD*

* Based on current exchange rates

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Details, Details

Why Book this Camp?

  • Sophisticated, intimate and with every detail attended to, Tuludi offers an iconic Delta experience in the most refined of surroundings.
  • Enjoy the space and serenity of an exclusive private reserve on the fringes of the Okavango Delta with only a handful of camps in over 200,000 hectares.
  • No day will be the same at Tuludi, and with game drives, walking safaris and fantastic water-based game viewing on offer, you’ll discover the best of the Delta.
  • Turn your safari into a real holiday and spend some time relaxing in camp. With a large swimming pool at the main area, a plunge pool at your room and a treehouse library, there are plenty of places for a spot of chill out time.
  • Be part of conservation in action: the Khwai Private Reserve is a private concession from which proceeds go straight back into the eco-tourism initiatives of the area and to the surrounding communities.

At-a-Glance

Accommodation & Amenities

  • 7 tented rooms: 6 twins/doubles and 1 family tent (King size bed and 2 x additional singles).
  • Interior floor space is a whopping 62.5 square metres (and outside is a further 44!).
  • Ensuite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, and bathtubs.
  • Plunge pool at each room.
  • Swimming pool (at the main area).
  • Treehouse library, elevated 4 metres in the boughs of the trees.
  • Wifi available: Yes.
  • Hairdryers: Yes.
  • Battery charging facilities: In the mess tent & in room.
  • Complimentary laundry service.
  • Child policy: we welcome children aged 6 years and older.
  • Disabled access: please enquire with reservations

What’s included?

  • All meals, daily activities, local drinks and laundry.

What’s not included?

  • Flights; tips & gratuities; personal travel insurance; transfers to Skybeds charged at a per person rate (2 hour away).

Camp dates

Tuludi is open all year round. Opening 1st July 2019.

Green season: 10th January to 31st March

Shoulder season: 1st April to 14th June; 1st November 9th January

High season: 15th June to 31st July; 1st September to 31st October

Peak season: 1st – 31st August

Activities

  • Game drive through the concession for close-up encounters with a range of animals that’s are as diverse as the landscapes whizzing past.
  • Enjoy a slower pace of life on a walking safari with one of the experienced guides.
  • Drift through the lily pads on a mokoro safari and reach all the corners of the Delta that a vehicle simply can’t reach.
  • Float along the waterways and rivers on a boat safari, keeping an eye out for the wildlife wandering beside you.
  • Relax by the swimming pool and wildlife watch from the comfort of your sun lounger.

Location

At Natural Selection, we are devoted to wildlife conservation and human empowerment and look for the best possible partnerships to help us do what we do best on the ground. The Khwai Reserve itself is a community-driven concession and we around proud to have partnered with the local communities, the Khwai Development Trust, and our safari veterans on the ground, Kelly and Greg Butler, in the running of the reserve.

We haven’t forgotten our four-legged friends either and in Khwai, we have partnered with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust to collect data on the leopard population on the fringes of the reserve about which very little is currently known. We are also working hand in hand with the team at Round River Conservation Studies and the Okavango Research Institute to develop new investigation and development techniques that will be used by land managers and researchers across Botswana.

Each project will be supported by revenue from our 1.5% of revenue initiative, which in our first year of operation was 30% of our profit!

When To Go

We wouldn’t be lying if we told you that Khwai was one of the most consistent areas in the Okavango Delta region for year-round fabulous wildlife encounters. As a result, Tuludi is open all year and along with excellent game viewing, each season brings its own quirks and charms.

In the winter dry season from June to October, the Okavango Delta is in flood. The rivers and waterways are full and flowing making this the best time of year for water-based game viewing from traditional mokoros and boats.

The summer season brings the much-longed-for rains and alongside mind-bogglingly beautiful sunsets and thunderstorms, you’ll notice plenty of newborns springing around the plains. Birding at this time of year is also excellent as the migrants return from their various corners of the globe.

Logistics

In order to get to Tuludi, you’ll need to fly to Maun Airport in Botswana. There are flights into Maun from both Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa – and you’ll be sure to bump into some fellow safari-goers on both! Once you reach Maun, you’ll transfer onto a smaller, light aircraft to fly to our airstrip in the Delta and from there, you’ll meet your guide and hop on over to Tuludi.

**Please note that if you are sleeping at the Skybeds after your stay at Tuludi, there is a per person transfer rate to get there (2019 only; Skybeds are 2 hours away).

Camp Story

The name ‘Tuludi’ is a Tswana word that describes the colours or markings of the leopard, and is also sometimes also used to describe cattle with spotty or flecked skin. It is in fact a ‘royal’ colour or marking that is held in very high regard in Botswana. So, what’s that got to do with our camp? we hear you cry. Well, the day that our partners in Khwai set out to find a spot to build Tuludi, they found themselves camping in a grove of enormous leadwood trees. With their low-hanging boughs and shady leaves the trees are first choice for leopards and lo and behold, a beautiful female walked straight past the team after only a few minutes. Later, as the sun began to drop, the rays created a stunning, dappled ‘tuludi’ pattern on the ground all around them – and it was at that moment that they knew this was the spot for Tuludi

Why Book this Camp?

  • Sophisticated, intimate and with every detail attended to, Tuludi offers an iconic Delta experience in the most refined of surroundings.
  • Enjoy the space and serenity of an exclusive private reserve on the fringes of the Okavango Delta with only a handful of camps in over 200,000 hectares.
  • No day will be the same at Tuludi, and with game drives, walking safaris and fantastic water-based game viewing on offer, you’ll discover the best of the Delta.
  • Turn your safari into a real holiday and spend some time relaxing in camp. With a large swimming pool at the main area, a plunge pool at your room and a treehouse library, there are plenty of places for a spot of chill out time.
  • Be part of conservation in action: the Khwai Private Reserve is a private concession from which proceeds go straight back into the eco-tourism initiatives of the area and to the surrounding communities.

At-a-Glance

Accommodation & Amenities

  • 7 tented rooms: 6 twins/doubles and 1 family tent (King size bed and 2 x additional singles).
  • Interior floor space is a whopping 62.5 square metres (and outside is a further 44!).
  • Ensuite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, and bathtubs.
  • Plunge pool at each room.
  • Swimming pool (at the main area).
  • Treehouse library, elevated 4 metres in the boughs of the trees.
  • Wifi available: Yes.
  • Hairdryers: Yes.
  • Battery charging facilities: In the mess tent & in room.
  • Complimentary laundry service.
  • Child policy: we welcome children aged 6 years and older.
  • Disabled access: please enquire with reservations

What’s included?

  • All meals, daily activities, local drinks and laundry.

What’s not included?

  • Flights; tips & gratuities; personal travel insurance; transfers to Skybeds charged at a per person rate (2 hour away).

Camp dates

Tuludi is open all year round. Opening 1st July 2019.

Green season: 10th January to 31st March

Shoulder season: 1st April to 14th June; 1st November 9th January

High season: 15th June to 31st July; 1st September to 31st October

Peak season: 1st – 31st August

Activities

  • Game drive through the concession for close-up encounters with a range of animals that’s are as diverse as the landscapes whizzing past.
  • Enjoy a slower pace of life on a walking safari with one of the experienced guides.
  • Drift through the lily pads on a mokoro safari and reach all the corners of the Delta that a vehicle simply can’t reach.
  • Float along the waterways and rivers on a boat safari, keeping an eye out for the wildlife wandering beside you.
  • Relax by the swimming pool and wildlife watch from the comfort of your sun lounger.

Conservation

At Natural Selection, we are devoted to wildlife conservation and human empowerment and look for the best possible partnerships to help us do what we do best on the ground. The Khwai Reserve itself is a community-driven concession and we around proud to have partnered with the local communities, the Khwai Development Trust, and our safari veterans on the ground, Kelly and Greg Butler, in the running of the reserve.

We haven’t forgotten our four-legged friends either and in Khwai, we have partnered with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust to collect data on the leopard population on the fringes of the reserve about which very little is currently known. We are also working hand in hand with the team at Round River Conservation Studies and the Okavango Research Institute to develop new investigation and development techniques that will be used by land managers and researchers across Botswana.

Each project will be supported by revenue from our 1.5% of revenue initiative, which in our first year of operation was 30% of our profit!

When To Go

We wouldn’t be lying if we told you that Khwai was one of the most consistent areas in the Okavango Delta region for year-round fabulous wildlife encounters. As a result, Tuludi is open all year and along with excellent game viewing, each season brings its own quirks and charms.

In the winter dry season from June to October, the Okavango Delta is in flood. The rivers and waterways are full and flowing making this the best time of year for water-based game viewing from traditional mokoros and boats.

The summer season brings the much-longed-for rains and alongside mind-bogglingly beautiful sunsets and thunderstorms, you’ll notice plenty of newborns springing around the plains. Birding at this time of year is also excellent as the migrants return from their various corners of the globe.

Logistics

In order to get to Tuludi, you’ll need to fly to Maun Airport in Botswana. There are flights into Maun from both Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa – and you’ll be sure to bump into some fellow safari-goers on both! Once you reach Maun, you’ll transfer onto a smaller, light aircraft to fly to our airstrip in the Delta and from there, you’ll meet your guide and hop on over to Tuludi.

**Please note that if you are sleeping at the Skybeds after your stay at Tuludi, there is a per person transfer rate to get there (2019 only; Skybeds are 2 hours away).

Camp Story

The name ‘Tuludi’ is a Tswana word that describes the colours or markings of the leopard, and is also sometimes also used to describe cattle with spotty or flecked skin. It is in fact a ‘royal’ colour or marking that is held in very high regard in Botswana. So, what’s that got to do with our camp? we hear you cry. Well, the day that our partners in Khwai set out to find a spot to build Tuludi, they found themselves camping in a grove of enormous leadwood trees. With their low-hanging boughs and shady leaves the trees are first choice for leopards and lo and behold, a beautiful female walked straight past the team after only a few minutes. Later, as the sun began to drop, the rays created a stunning, dappled ‘tuludi’ pattern on the ground all around them – and it was at that moment that they knew this was the spot for Tuludi

Accommodations

We wanted Tuludi to reflect the space and freedom of the surroundings and the high, pitched canvas roofs of the bedrooms create light and airy spaces to retreat to at the end of a busy day in Khwai. The fact that each tented room is a wonderful 60 square metres in size also helps! Wooden boardwalks wind through the leadwood trees to connect the seven ‘treehouse-style’ tents and each is kept cool by the shady boughs. Inside, the earthy palette is sophisticated and warm and you’ll find separate dressing and sleeping areas, an ensuite bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers, and splashy bathtubs. If that wasn’t enough space to relax, there’s also a sunken seating area and a private plunge pool on the outside veranda (a further 44 sq metres of space), both overlooking those enormous floodplains.

Back at the main area, the lofty space is raised on decks and strewn with cushions, sofas and armchairs to flop into for an afternoon of view-gazing and wildlife-watching. Handily, it’s positioned in the perfect spot to watch the sunset so if you choose to stay in camp for an evening, you won’t be disappointed. Next door is the dining area and just in front is a firepit, meaning you won’t have far to wander for a post-dinner drink and campfire chatter. There’s also a large swimming pool to cool off in the heat of the day, a treehouse library, elevated four metres in the boughs of the trees, and plenty of trinkets and treasures that tell the story of both the camp and the extraordinary ecosystem.

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Wildlife

The floodplains around Tuludi aren’t simply beautiful, they’re also the perfect location for enormous herds of elephant and buffalo who wander amongst the grass undisturbed. Whilst the Khwai River is the main water source in the area, the waterways that spindle out through the grasslands attract game from far and wide, and there’s no shortage of zebra, giraffe, antelope and other plains game.

But really, it’s the predators that steal the show here and the concentrations are superior to most in the area. Expect prides of lion on the hunt as dusk falls, leopard lazing in the forest and cheetah stalking their territories – and have your cameras at the ready at all times! The area is also home to a good number of endangered wild dog and if you’re lucky enough to spot them in the wild, you’ll never want to leave.

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The Landscape

The Okavango Delta may be known for its wildlife, but sometimes, it’s the landscapes that really steal the show. In the Khwai Private Reserve, in the secluded, northern reaches of the Delta, this couldn’t be truer and the real magic of the 200,000-hectare reserve is its astonishing diversity. Think vast, flowing floodplains that stretch out like the prettiest of emerald-green carpets; pockets of verdant forests and battalions of enormous Leadwood trees; pockets of lily-covered lagoons and meandering waterways. And in the middle of it all is the fast-flowing Khwai River, the lifeline of the reserve and one that attracts herds of wildlife in their droves.

As for location, the reserve is bordered by the world-famous Moremi Game Reserve to the south, and the vast Chobe National Park to the east. Together the three reserves are part of the greater Okavango Delta World Heritage Site. We are particularly lucky in Khwai however, as visitor access is somewhat limited and you’ll only ever bump into a handful of guests (if that) – and all from Natural Selection camps! Tuludi itself is located in the southern reaches of the reserve, far from the public areas.

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