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Shashe / Tuli Transfrontier Park

Greater Mapungubwe at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers. This area is rich in plant and animal life, ...

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The Limpopo / Shashe Transfrontier Conservation
spanning the international borders of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe a unique conservation initiative

The Limpopo / Shashe TFCA with its wealth of wildlife, beautiful scenery and unique cultural assets has the potential of become a major tourist destination in southern Africa

Tuli - Shashe is part of Mapungubwe Park

South of the Limpopo River the landscape is flat mopane veld with sandstone.

Nearer the Limpopo, the flat landscape changes into rugged, hilly terrain with the altitude varying from 300 to 780 m above sea level.

In the Tuli Circle Safari Area, the relatively flat basalt landscape gives way to the Shashe River basin running north-south to join the Limpopo River.

Other major rivers that cross the TFCA are the Tune and Motloutse rivers in Botswana, and the Mogalakwena River in South Africa.

Viable populations of lion, leopard, cheetah and spotted hyena still occur, apart from the well-know Tuli elephants.

There are also significant populations of eland, gemsbok, duiker, impala, zebra, Sharpe’s grysbok, steenbok and blue wildebeest

The habitat is also suitable for both white and black rhino

The permanent pools in the Limpopo River offer refuge to crocodiles and hippos as well as a variety of indigenous fish species.

De Beers recently reintroduced wild dogs, roan, tsessebe and elephant into the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve

This area also has a great diversity of birdlife and over 350 species have been recorded to date.

At least eight black eagle breeding pairs have been recorded in the sandstone hills

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The dream of a transfrontier park is one that dates back to 1922. Jan Smuts, then South African prime minister and a conservationist of note, declared some of the farms along the Limpopo border as the Dongola Botanical Reserve

In 1947, when he was again prime minister, he had it declared as the Dongola Wildlife Sanctuary, with visions of establishing a transfrontier reserve across the Limpopo and Sashe rivers. This was not to be and the park was subsequently shut down


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