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    In June spent a very enjoyable 5 nights in Tuli Block. We were virtually “forced” into the trip, as we wanted to take our 16yr old granddaughter on one of the wilderness trails in Kruger, but our age, over 65, was a stumbling block so we had to look elsewhere. Tuli Trails (http://www.tulitrails.com/) proved to be most helpful and age was not a factor as it would only be the 3 of us walking together.

    Our routing there was a night at Karoo NP, 3 nights at Motswedi, 1 night at Umfula, near Parys, 3 at Bakgatla and then 2 nights at Bontle campsite. We entered Botswana via Platjan border. The R572 road from Tom Burke to Platjan was not great.

    We spent 2 nights camping at Molema Bush Camp. Lots of shade under large trees just above the Limpopo River floodplain. The campsites are unfenced and each has a gas-powered hot water shower and flush toilet. There is a braai fireplace and wood is available for purchase; there is no power. The other campsites were unoccupied apart from a school educational group on a distant site. The setting, facilities and staff were all very good. On both evenings there was an elephant next to the ablution unit and later in the night genet and porcupine came past. There were the inevitable monkeys and baboons around but they were quite wary of us.

    Then it was time for the walk. The first night was spent at Serolo Safari Camp, very smart. This is 8kms from Molema Bush Camp. The walk was fully catered, with excellent food. Each day we had an early morning walk of 3-4 hrs, after a light breakfast, then back to the camp for brunch, time off until tea time, then a late afternoon walk of 2.5-3hrs, returning just before dark. Then more punishment with another good meal.

    The 2nd and 3rd nights were spent at Mohave Bush Camp, on the Mohave River, which was much more rustic but still more than adequate and food remained top notch. This camp was almost an hour’s drive from Serolo, where we had left our vehicle and caravan. The morning walks were started from the camp and the afternoon ones tended to be a short drive and then walk. The 2 afternoon walks were both incredible. On the first afternoon at Mohave we went to an area which Stuart, our guide, knew had brown hyena dens. There were no residents at the first but at the 2nd den there was a curious young brown hyena who probably approached to within 3 meters of where we were sitting on the ground. We spent about 15 minutes watching before it was time to head back to camp. That night there was a lot of lion noise around the camp but we could not find them or much other game on our morning walk. In the afternoon we drove towards Eagle Rock, on the Motloutse River, and then walked the last part to the top of the hill. From the top we looked down on a Verreaux’s Eagle nest which had 2 eggs in it. The 2 eagles then appeared and flew past us at eye level for the next 30 mins; 2 fantastic afternoons.

    It is not possible to self-drive from Molema Bush Camp but one can organise drives or walks at very reasonable rates. I would not recommend using Molema as a night stop as the roads are not great but 2 or more days would be good. We exited via Pontdrif and again, the road to Alldays could do with some attention. Border crossings were quick, without too much attention being paid to what we had. (We anticipated hassles so did not in fact have much)

    Then it was time to head for home. One night at Marula Oase in Bela-Bela, then after dropping our granddaughter at the airport in Johannesburg, so we could have a more leisurely drive home, and a family night in Johannesburg. We had 1 night at Riverside Country Club south of Kimberley. Our last stop was at Karoo NP again. On the first night we camped and then spent 3 extremely enjoyable relaxing nights at Afsaal Cottage.
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    Thanks for sharing, enjoyed the read and photos.
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    Thanks for sharing Mcowell .Very nice of you to take your grandchild with you .May I ask where did you make your bookings for Serolo and Mohave camps ?

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    Thnx, excelent report. Another destination on our bucket list...
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    We passed by Serolo about two years ago when the manager had an elephant tusk right through his upper body during a walk.
    Absolute miracle that he survived.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonS View Post
    We passed by Serolo about two years ago when the manager had an elephant tusk right through his upper body during a walk.
    Absolute miracle that he survived.
    That was Stuart, who was our guide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ortelius View Post
    Thnx, excelent report. Another destination on our bucket list...
    Agree with ortelius. That bucket list ...Thanks Malcolm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by borderpost View Post
    Thanks for sharing Mcowell .Very nice of you to take your grandchild with you .May I ask where did you make your bookings for Serolo and Mohave camps ?
    Contact Julie, [email protected]

    Our granddaughter has done a least 1 trip a year with us since she was 5, part of the reason why pensioners still travel in school holidays! Her brother is 6 years younger so he goes on separate trips.
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