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The Tuli Block of Botswana is a land of contrast. It is also known as the Land of the Giants due to its extremes including massive Baobab trees, big and numerous herds of elephants, the largest recorded Leadwood tree, the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers which are often dry but when the rains come, change to great raging torrents before settling back to a normal pace of life after the floods have moved on. During the past when hunting was still carried out in the area, numerous records for trophy game were recorded and still stand. Another “giant” for the area has to be the night sky – all that can be seen are the stars and the moon. No other lights are visible.
The greatest appeal to the area has to be the vastness of its “wilderness” - huge tracts of untouched bushveld which still exist and can be enjoyed by the privileged few who choose to invest in the area.
The Macloutse River is typically regarded as the division between the Northern Tuli and Central Tuli Regions although some farms to the West of the river are included in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve. The semi-circle on the right is the Tuli Circle which was created by Cecil John Rhodes and which falls in Zimbabwe. The river running almost due South is the Shashe River which forms the border between Zimbabwe and Botswana apart from where the Tuli Circle cuts into Botswana.
Northern Tuli Game Reserve
The Northern Tuli Game Reserve (Notugre) consists of approximately 72,000 hectares. The land is divided into a number of farms which are privately owned. Of significant importance to the investor is that most land in Botswana is lease hold but the farms in the Tuli Block are free hold and make up a large percentage of the total free hold land in Botswana.
The farms are individually owned and managed but the key to the success of Notugre is that there are no fences between the farms and all land owners are focused on Game Farms / Reserves /Lodges and not on cattle or cultivation. This allows the free movement of game, creating an area large enough to sustain viable populations of species of game naturally occurring in the area including impala, wildebeest, kudu, eland, zebra, steenbok, duiker, waterbuck, elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, jackal wild dog and cheetah to mention just a few of the species found here.
The Association handles aspects of the management such as game counts, certain anti-poaching activities and the liaison and facilitation between the TFCA officials, government and the land owners. While land owners are free to introduce game should they wish to do so, the Association has also facilitated certain re-introduction programmes such as the Cape Hunting Dog or Wild Dog – a critically endangered species. Member farms pay an annual levy to the Association based on the size of their land. This money is used to fund the operations of the Association.
5500ha Game Reserve:
The Property is a 5500 hectare private game farm situated in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve. A River creates the one boundary of the farm. This river is truly impressive to see when in flood and holds pools of water all year round ensuring good game viewing no matter what the season. There are also various other rivers and springs on the farm which hold water year-round.
Spectacular view spots can be found scattered around the farm. These view spots make for memorable ‘sundowner drinks’. There is also a tree platform at one of the permanent water holes where you can relax while the game comes to drink or for the more adventurous, you can sleep out on the platform to experience the nocturnal activities of the bush and game viewing. Sleeping out on the platform, especially during full moon has yielded sightings of elephants wallowing in the mud, leopard and cub drinking, antbears searching for termites, hyena’s hunting a kudu and many more wonderful sightings.
This Lodge was built in 1999 and opened its doors for occupation in 2000. The lodge is nestled into the bank of the a River, overlooking permanent pools of water. The entrance path from the arrival / car park area leads one down a few steps into the mezzanine level of the central facility. A wooden and stone walkway from the central facility takes you to the rooms.
The Lodge consists of:
· A central facility which includes a modern and fully equipped kitchen, pantry, inside dining room, outside dining area, braai area / fire place, small library, inside lounge and outside lounging areas, storage lockers for shareholders as well as a swimming pool.
· 6 Chalets each consisting of 2 en-suite bedrooms, each bedroom having either a double bed or 2 single beds equaling a total of 24 beds.
· A manager’s house.
· Garage, parking and workshop facilities.
· Staff quarters.
3 of the chalets were lost to a fire in September 2014. These chalets have been rebuilt and whilst it was a tragic occurrence, the rebuild means that 3 of the chalets (6 bedrooms) are new, with completely new furnishings, etc. The 3 new units have been built in the original layout and with largely the same materials as originally used so the lodge atmosphere and architecture has been
preserved. The only changes made were implemented to improve the rooms, the atmosphere and the maintenance thereof.
The Lodge is in what we term an elephant exclusion zone. There is a 3-strand electric fence around the lodge at roughly an elephant’s chest height. This keeps the elephants out and by default, the giraffe. All other game is free to move into and through the lodge grounds and surrounds. This was a decision taken some years ago to protect the vegetation surrounding the lodge which is crucial to the privacy of the lodge and units as well as to the fauna and flora of the area. Since erecting this exclusion zone we have observed an increase in bird life around the lodge.
There has been no effect on the movement of animals through the lodge (obviously apart from elephants and giraffe). The fence was erected some distance from the lodge buildings so as not to be visible from the lodge and to be able to protect an area of sufficient size to be of environmental relevance and importance. This project has been a huge success.
Being a private lodge with such low occupancies, the lodge is a self-catering lodge. Shareholders are responsible to bring all their own food and drinks with them for the duration of their stay. There are possibilities of ordering food from shops in the extended area and having it delivered to the lodge but most shareholders prefer to do their own shopping before travelling to the farm.
The lodge is equipped with a Toyota Landcruiser Game Drive vehicle for the shareholders use but many of the shareholders also keep their private game viewing vehicles at the lodge. These private vehicles are kitted out to the shareholders own requirements.
Getting to the Lodge:
Shareholders flying into the Tuli Block will land at Limpopo Valley Airfield where they will clear customs into Botswana. They can then either be fetched from this airfield by the Lodge staff or can fly to another airstrip closer to the farm where they can leave their aircraft in a hangar and again be fetched by the lodge staff.
Should shareholders wish to drive to the reserve, it is a comfortable 5 hour drive from Johannesburg to Pontdrift Border Post. Once at Pontdrift, most shareholders choose to be fetched by the lodge staff in a Game Drive vehicle as the Border Post is also the entrance into the Northern Tuli Game Reserve. During the dry season it is possible to drive through the Limpopo River between the South African and Botswana Border Posts and during the wet season when the Limpopo is flowing, access is gained by use of a cable car over the river.
Security / Risk on the Land:
The land is unencumbered and thus there is no risk in investing. The share will be transferred into your name or holding institution, company, trust, etc at the time of payment. The land is not to be used as any sort of surety and no bonds will be registered over the land. Therefore there is no risk in the investment and once you have paid, you will have a trade-able asset should you wish to on-sell at any time.
The lodge and farm operations are funded partially through income from the farm’s investments and partially by shareholders monthly levies. The levy amount depends largely on the performance of the investment in the previous year.
A manager residing at the farm. The manager reports to the Executive Committee (Exco) which is made up of shareholders appointed by vote at the AGM each year.
There are 25 equal shares in the lodge and farm is for the exclusive use of the shareholders and their guests only. There are no commercial operations and this is not a timeshare.
Shareholders are entitled to visit the farm as often as they like and there has never been a problem with a shortage of accommodation. The lodge has an occupation of approximately only 30% per annum. The shares can be held by an individual or their respective company or trust. Each share must have a nominated user which needs to be a natural person to prevent misuse. The only limitation is that shareholders may not bring a group of more than 10 people other than by special
permission for a special function.
There is currently a share (1/25) available at a price of GBP 360,000.00 (Three Hundred and Sixty Thousand British Pounds).
This value is determined by a number of factors including, but not limited to, the values of the land, lodge buildings, sundry assets such as vehicles, company investment and return on investment, traversing rights and access to airfields as well as the overall management of the farm.
For any nature and outdoors enthusiast, the farm is a unique slice of heaven on earth. The remoteness and wildness mixed with the exclusivity and comfort of the lodge cannot be adequately described in words. To lie in bed at night and hear the roar of a lion not 10 meters from your room or to sit on the deck enjoying dinner while the Hyena whoop in the distance. To explore untouched areas of the bushveld on foot or to enjoy a game drive on your personal game drive vehicle. To be free and to be at peace. It has to be experienced to be truly appreciated. If this is the lifestyle that interests you, you will not be disappointed with this lifestyle investment.