Tuludi is one of the newest luxury camps in the Okavango, with tree-house style rooms shaded by magnificent leadwood trees and each with its own private plunge pool. There is even a treehouse library four metres up in the boughs. The location is glorious: a waterhole attracts wildlife right outside camp and the surrounds include seasonal floodplains, lily-covered lagoons and the mighty Khwai river. The area hosts large herds of elephant and buffalo and impressive concentrations of predators.
The local language, Setswana, is highly descriptive especially where animals and nature are concerned. The word ‘Tuludi’ refers to a Leopard’s colours and markings which are viewed as ‘royal’ and held in very high esteem by local people. The camp was named ‘Tuludi’ because of its position in a stand of large leadwood trees which provide a perfect habitat for leopard and whose boughs and leaves create a dappled Leopard print – like shade silhouette.
Tuludi is located in the Khwai private reserve (NG 19) to the north of the Okavango Delta. Khwai consists of 200,000 hectares of floodplains, sparkling channels, lily filled lagoons and riverine forests with the Khwai river forming the pulsing heart of the reserve’s diverse landscapes. This river is the main drawcard for Khwai’s wildlife. The huge area of the Chobe National Park lies to the east and the Moremi Game Reserve borders Khawi to the south.
Large herds of plains game such as giraffe, antelope and zebra inhabit the floodplains and concentrations of predators are some of the best in the area: Leopard, Cheetah, Lion and even Wild Dog are known to frequent the area surrounding Tuludi.
Tuludi characteristically offers good game viewing all year round. Botswana’s winter from June to October, is dry and cooler (except in October, which is very hot), and during this time period the Okavango Delta floods , thus the animals are attracted away from drier areas towards the water sources. As a result, water-based activities are at their best. Summer brings rain, returning migrant birds and new-born animals.
Guests will be able to take part in game drives for a closer view of the plains game, walking safaris to get up close to smaller wildlife and possibly larger mammals. On the water, mokoro trips are a calm and relaxing tour gliding through the papyrus lined smaller waterways and motor boat rides offer a different perspective again on the wildlife coming to drink at the water’s edge.
The camp is treehouse style and the rooms and main areas are conic tent style which gives the camp an aesthetically pleasing overall look. The main area is raised on decks for perfect sunset viewing from one of its comfortable sofas strewn with cushions and the bar’s mosaic wildlife scene adds a quirky character. The dining room has a sunken seating area in front of it and further on from that a firepit which is still close but offset to the side for atmospheric post dinner drinks by the fire. In addition, there is a good size swimming pool, and a treehouse library four metres above ground.
Winding wooden walkways lead to the seven tents which are kept cool by the shade of the leadwoods. Six are twin or double and there is one family room, all with a private veranda, sunken seating area and splash pool with views over the floodplains. The bedrooms are each a large, light and airy sixty square metres and have en suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers and baths. The décor is sophisticated with a contemporary but classic feel with a warm palette of colours.
Tuludi offers wifi, a complimentary laundry service and accepts children aged six years and above. Private activities are necessary for children 6-12 years and children must be at least 13 to take part in a mokoro or walking safari.
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