Molema – Fact Sheet
Botswana side of the transfrontier Mapungubwe National Park access from South Africa
Molema offers 4 wooden chalets each with an en-suite bathroom (shower, toilet and basin), veranda and braai stand. There are three twin chalets and one family chalet (double bed & bunk bed), each +/- 20m2. One chalet is at a very private site overlooking the Limpopo River but please note that it is 300m from the kitchen.
Towels, bedding and bathroom amenities are provided. Daily housekeeping service also provided. Fully-equipped kitchen (fridge/freezer, gas stove, cutlery, crockery, glasses and cooking utensils) and boma area available for chalet guests.
Please note that the chalets are unfenced, with no electricity provided – paraffin lanterns provide lighting at night. Fire wood can be purchased at Molema, from the office, however there are no shops near Molema – please ensure you have all food and drinks/ice for the duration of your stay.
Traveling from SA the last shops prior to your arrival at Molema are in Alldays/Musina, and from within Botswana in Bobonong/Mothlabaneng.
Molema is great for birding, and guests may walk within the designated grounds which includes an attractive riverine area.
A self-drive trail is available for Molema guests.
There are many other activities available through Tuli Safari Lodge subject to availability, including game drives and bush walks, horse rides for experienced riders (not on site & by prior arrangement), meaningful visits with the local community and a special trip to the confluence of the Limpopo & Shashe Rivers.
As from May 2012 game drive activities are available on site at Molema, at the standard game drive rate as applicable at Tuli Safari Lodge. Please discuss and arrange the activities you would like to partake in with our camp manager at Molema.
Please note that self-driving within the Northern Tuli Game Reserve is not permitted.
There is no electricity at Molema Bush Camp, lighting is provided by paraffin lanterns. Molema Bush Camp is unfenced. Please note that there are no shops near Molema – please ensure you have all food and drinks/ice for the duration of your stay. Traveling from SA last shops in Alldays/Musina, and from within Botswana last shops in Bobonong/Mothlabaneng. There are no credit card facilities at Molema, Pula / Rand / USD are accepted at Molema. The P15pp entrance fee at Molema applies to all guests including each child regardless of their age.
Weather/when to visit:Molema is a good destination year-round. Generally hot (daytime min 15C max 40C) from September to March, and cooler from April to August (daytime min 10C max 30C). Birding is particularly good between October and March, depending on when the rains arrive. At this time the bush is also particularly lush with wildflowers blooming. The bush thins out from March onwards and is at its driest from July to September.
Insurance:Molema carries public liability insurance. Guests should have their own travel insurance in place.
Malaria:Molema is officially in a low risk malaria area. Due to above average rainfall in Botswana this year, malaria may be more prevalent than usual. Guests should consult their doctor about appropriate malaria prophylactics.
Children:All children are welcome at Molema Bush Camps under strict adult supervision. Children under the age of 2 will be at no charge when sharing with two adults; rates forchildren aged 2-12 yrs applicable as per rate sheets. With regards to activities, please note that children under 12 may not participate in bush walks. If parents would like children under the age of 12 to participate in game drives, please advise the Tuli Safari Lodge in advance as it may be necessary to arrange an exclusive vehicle for which there may be a charge depending on how busy the lodge is.
Laundry: Laundry can be arranged at Molema for an additional charge.
Special occasions: We have many options to help you celebrate any special occasions whilst you are staying at Molema Bush Camp – please do not hesitate to discuss this at the time of booking or when you arrive at the camp. Should you wish to book Molema Bush Camp, exclusively for a function or special occasion, kindly contact our reservations department for a tailored quotation
Directions to Tuli Safari Lodge & Tuli Bush Camps
NB: PLEASE CONTACT US PRIOR TO TRAVEL TO CHECK ON THE STATUS OF THE LIMPOPO & OTHER RIVERS SO THAT WE CAN ADVISE THE BEST ROUTE AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF YOUR TRAVEL IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING FROM SOUTH AFRICA – THANK YOU. DIRECTIONS TO TULI SAFARI LODGE AND TULI BUSH CAMPS FROM GABORONE AND FRANCISTOWN ARE PROVIDED WITHIN THIS DOCUMENT TOO.
Directions via Pont Drift from Johannesburg to Tuli Safari Lodge and Tuli Bush Camps
Driving from Johannesburg guests should follow the N1 to Polokwane then the R521 to Alldays. At Alldays take a right turn signed to Pont Drift. (approx 6 hrs) Cars can be left at the Pont Drift border post, and the short transfer to the Tuli Safari Lodge / Nokalodi Tented Camp is free of charge. If guests prefer to drive to the lodge, the lodge is approx. 5km away and sign posted from the Botswana border post at Pont Drift (Nokalodi Tented Camp guests check-in at Tuli Safari Lodge) … please note that this is not possible when the Limpopo River is flowing, in which case guests can either leave their vehicle(s) at Pont Drift on the SA side and utilise the cable car to cross the Limpopo River and we’ll then transfer them to the lodge/camp; alternatively for those that wish to self-drive directly to the respective camps, please see
the below directions via Platjan border (4x4’s required). When the Limpopo River is flowing the river must be crossed by cable car at Pont Drift (P35 per person per crossing – approx. 3 people and their luggage can be carried on the cable car) and vehicles left at the border post.
Please note the Pont Drift border facilities open at 08:00 and close at 16:00 daily. There is a third party permit required for all foreign registered vehicles. The cost is approximately P130 per vehicle, payable at the border (vehicle registration papers required).
For Molema Bush Camp Guests,
Platjan border post is the most suitable border to cross for accessing Molema Bush Camp, hence please follow the directions below from JHB via Platjan, thank you.
Directions via Platjan from Johannesburg to Tuli Safari Lodge and Tuli Bush Camps
Please note that the Limpopo River crossing at Platjan is only a 3m wide causeway. If the Limpopo River is flowing too strongly, it cannot be crossed – the alternative then is to drive down to Martin’s Drift which is approximately three to four hour’s drive from Tuli Safari Lodge and Tuli Bush Camps. The Platjan border facilities open at 06:00 and close at 18:00 daily. There is a third party permit required for all foreign registered vehicles. The cost is approximately P130 per vehicle, payable at the border (vehicle registration papers required). Follow the N1 north past Pretoria to Polokwane (Pietersburg). Turn left onto the R521 (sign post – Dendron). Follow the 210km route (north-west) Dendron-Vivo-Alldays.
Drive through Alldays past the Bosveld garage. After 4kms there will be a sign post “Platjan” on the right hand side of the dirt road. Follow the sign to Platjan border post. From the turn off to the border is approximately 30kms. Cross the Platjan border post …
for Molema Bush Camp Guests:-
… after the border, continue straight on to a T-junction where you turn right. Follow this road for 25km until you see the Molema signboard on your right hand side. Molema is 3.8km from this point.
Directions via Martins Drift from Johannesburg to Tuli Safari Lodge and Tuli Bush Camps
Driving from Johannesburg guests should follow the N1 to Mokopane (Potgietersrus), once in Mokopane follow the signs to the N11, once on the N11 continue on this road straight to Martins Drift /Groblersbrug. Please note the Martins Drift border facilities open at 06:00 and close at 22:00 daily.
There is a third party permit required for all foreign registered vehicles. The cost is approximately P130 per vehicle, payable at the border (vehicle registration papers required).
Once through the border post follow the road northwest out of Martins Drift, then turn right after 19.7kms on the road to Selebi-Phikwe / Sefhophe. From Sefhophe follow the signs to Bobonong … drive straight into Bobonong, at the circle … go round and keep to the right, follow the road straight past the Co-op and Aunty Dorah’s. At the T-junction turn right, cross over the bridge and carry on for a few metres then turn left on the main road. You will drive past Molalatau and Mathathane …
… for Molema Bush Camp Guests:-
… and then you will drive past the turnoff to Motlhabaneng carrying on straight with the tar road. When you reach the Lekkerport T-junction (tar road meets dirt road) turn left and follow this road until you see the Molema signboard on your right hand side. Molema is 3.8km from this point.