Wild Makuya & Tuli Block Safari (Wilderness, Wildlife and History)

Wild Makuya & Tuli Block Safari (Wilderness, Wildlife and History)

“Mauya Park: Where the Luvuvhu river twists its way through the wilderness to join the great Limpopo, there lies a forgotten corner of the Transvaal, left alone to brood in solitude and silence of the bush …Crooks’ Corner. It was a last home for many a curios and lawless character: a sanctuary from civilization … T.V. Bulpin 1954

Tuli Block: Cape Smoke, a fiery brandy, was doctored with Bobirwa London Dry Gin, a potent spirit distilled locally from palm wine – called Tuli Firewater. A trooper, in the Bechuanaland Border Police (B.B.P.), named Fenton, imbibed copious draughts of Firewater, and fell asleep outside his tent. Awakened in the small hours by a raging thirst and urgent pressure on the bladder, the trooper rose to relieve both, but tripped over his dog. The enraged soldier cursed and kicked his dog mightily, but alas, the dog was a fully grown lion! The Late Trooper Fenton was buried with full military honours… Ilona Somerset 1991″  

Part 1

Day of Arrival

Arrive at OR Tambo International by own arrangement.

The Above & Beyond crew will be there to welcome you, and transfer you to your Land Rover Defenders.

After an introduction on how to use all the camping equipment, the convoy will depart to one of our popular supermarkets, where you will have a chance to buy sunscreen, snacks, drinks, etc

We now depart to one of our “secret” overnight destinations where we will “wine and dine” you in real South African tradition !

Day 1

Depart after breakfast.

The road network will take us in a northerly direction close to the Punda Maria gate of Kruger National Park.

A 4×4 track will lead us away from the main roads, and we will enter the Makuya Park sector of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park through a remote service gate.

The start of our wilderness trail as we negotiate the tracks to the banks of the Luvuvhu river where we will wild camp tonight in this pristine wilderness.

Day 2

Depart after breakfast.

The trail follows the Luvuvhu river through the wilderness of the wild Makuya Park – this is Land Rover Defender country par excellence..!

With a magic wilderness and a non-touristy feel to it, and with Baobabs that pepper the landscape, the Big 5 are readily available within the reserve and the birdlife is abundant – the Luvuvhu-Pafuri region is one of the birding hotspots of South Africa.

Wild camping in the Makuya Park wilderness….

Day 3

Inhale this true wilderness, which forms part of the more than three million hectares of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park – unforgettable stuff !

Ending the day at the comfortable community owned Awelani Lodge.

Part 2

Day 4

Depart after breakfast for an easy going 5 hour drive to the Pontdrift border post between South Africa and Botswana.

After the South African border formalities, we cross Kipling’s “great grey-green greasy Limpopo river” on its riverbed to the Botswana side (water levels permitting), before continuing into the Big 5 Wilderness of the stunning Tuli Block.

Tuli Wilderness, known for its Elephant, Leopard and Hyaena sightings ….

Our luxury tented camp tonight is in the heart of Big Cat territory …..

Day Five & Six

Early morning game drives/walks in this pristine wilderness ..total bliss…
Dinners under the stars….

Day 7

Depart after breakfast.

We cross the border back into South Africa, and drive through rural South Africa to the famous Waterberg bushveld.
Here we will stay in one of the 4/5 star lodges in the area – and what a way to end this wonderful safari !!

Day 8

Depart after breakfast.
ETA  for Johannesburg will be around 14h00.
Drop-off Landys

End of safari

If you are interested in staying another day or two, we would gladly assist!


Cullinan diamond mine
Apartheid museum
Gold Reef City
Sun City

Rate per person (sharing)

GBP 3350.00

Based on 4 x Participants (max 8 x participants)
Recommended 2 x participants per vehicle

Add 35% for a single supplement


Transfers from OR Tambo airport and back
Accommodation as per the itinerary
Three meals per day
Entrance fees
Park fees
Land Rover / Toyota campers including rental & insurance & fuel
Two-way radio communication between vehicles
Professional guides in lead and back-up vehicles
Activities as per the itinerary
Adventure under the African stars …


Visas where required



Items of personal nature

Gratuities (tips)

NB: All guests must have personal travel insurance and medical cover