Limpopo River Lodge is a real bush experience on the Limpopo River in Botswana. Affordable and basic, but comfortable, it’s an ideal way to experience African wildlife. Conveniently, visitors can access it from South Africa. Perhaps, the best way is via the quiet and seldom used Platjan border post just five hours from Johannesburg. Incidentally, It’s the same travel time if you drive from Gaborone in Botswana. From the border post, you travel along a dirt gravel road for 12 kilometers to the farm.
Tuli Block wilderness
The Tuli Block of Botswana is known for elephants and leopards, and you won’t be disappointed. Additionally, the unspoiled game farm is home to many giant, ancient baobab trees. The real African experience of stunning sunsets over a wide river with animals calling awaits self-catering campers. Chalets are comfortable and everything you need is provided for cooking.
Provisions for self-catering
There is no shop on the premises so make sure to take everything with you. Staying in the chalets, you will find a refrigerator, but elsewhere take lots of ice. Make certain to take any type of medications along with you. It’s a long drive to a pharmacy or doctor. No restaurant facilities mean you need to think ahead and plan your catering and other personal needs carefully. However, if you plan ahead with the lodge, catering may be arranged. Be sure to take in your own bottled drinking water.
The accommodation units and rates
Choose between the bush camp, chalets, rondavels or a campsite. There’s a nice kitchen area which is rustic and typical of a real experience in the bush. (All image credits to Limpopo River Lodge).
The units are comfortable with linen provided. They are also kept very clean.
The unique private show and toilet open onto a view of the river. The different units and quotes can be obtained by visiting their website.
There’s a campsite and visitors rate it highly, although, not all of them are level for bush caravans. The campsite’s set away from the lodge and comes with thatched ablutions supplied with hot and cold water. Notably, no electricity is provided at the campsite.
Enjoy a lovely experience where firewood is provided. In fact, you can purchase it from the reception. However, don’t collect it from the bush as it’s not ecologically friendly to do so.
Things to do
Game drives are available, and if you are a careful and responsible driver, you may explore in your own car. Game and bird watching opportunities abound. Actually, you don’t need to leave the camp to enjoy spotting birds or animals coming to water. Look out the usually elusive leopard.
Note: The Limpopo River Lodge in Tuli Block differs from one a similar name in Zimbabwe. Not rated a five-star lodge, if you look for luxury, this is not the destination for you.
Limpopo River Lodge is a real bush experience on the Limpopo River in Botswana. Affordable and basic, but comfortable, it’s an ideal way to experience African wildlife. To access it from South Africa, the best way is via the quiet and seldom used Platjan border post just five hours from Johannesburg. It’s the same travel time if you travel from Gaborone in Botswana.