There are few fences in the entire Tuli area which permits
unrestricted travel for animals along a large section of
the Limpopo River. As a result most game farms and private
lodges see migrant populations of impala,
and zebra as well as
resident bushbuck, waterbuck,
warthog and hippo.
Nearer the Motloutse River you can add hyaena,
leopard and cheetah
to the list.
Mashatu boasts the single largest population of elephants
on privately owned land (in excess of 700), and you are
almost guaranteed to see lion and leopard while staying
there plus a zebra, giraffe,
eland, impala, steenbok
During night drives you are likely to encounter the strange-looking
springhare, which resemble
small kangaroos as they hop around in the headlights. Genet,
lynx, leopard, porcupine,
aardwolf and aardvark
are all shy nocturnal animals that might be seen.
There are a wonderful variety of birds here, some who soar
and others who prefer to keep their feet on the ground.
Circling in the thermals you will see lappetfaced
vultures, majestic black eagles and martial
eagles, while darting to catch insects are brilliantly
coloured bee-eaters, kingfishers and rollers,. On the ground
are ostriches, huge kori
storks and the rather peculiar-looking ground
hornbill. Other birds to watch out for are giant
eagle owls and Meyer's parrots.