Natural Selection will open Tuludi in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, in July 2019.
Located in the Khwai Private Reserve in the northern reaches of the Okavango, the exclusive Tuludi comprises seven tents set on 200 000 hectres of pristine wilderness, with an abundance of wildlife sightings, including leopard, lion and wild dog.
The reserve is dotted with pockets of forest, leadwood trees, open savannahs and the Khwai River, which attracts herds of wildlife.
The seven tree-house styled luxury tented rooms use an earthy palette, boasting uninterrupted views of the floodplains. Each of the guest tents measure over 650 square feet, and feature an indoor lounge, separate dressing and sleeping area, en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, and al fresco bathtubs. Outside there is a sunken seating area, a hanging chair and a private plunge pool, all overlooking the floodplains.
The spacious main area faces west, making it the ideal spot for sundowners. Tuludi further features a main pool and a treehouse library set high up in the canopy.
In addition, 1.5% of all revenue generated from Tuludi goes straight back to conservation projects. In the Khwai Private Reserve, Natural Selection has partnered with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust to collect data on the leopard population on the fringes of the reserve.
Days at Tuludi will be spent exploring the Delta landscape, with game drives and mokoro excursions on the waterway being available. Guests can cruise gently along the water in a mokoro, while learning about the region’s smaller creatures, such as reed frogs, dragon flies, lilies and pygmy kingfishers. Boating safaris are also available, allowing guests to see pods of hippo and elephant in an unobtrusive way.
Dave van Smeerdijk, Co-Founder of Natural Selection, says: “We are very excited to open Tuludi and share this special slice of the African wilderness with our guests. We are aspiring to open a stylish and luxurious camp that offers great value for money. But this is also about making a positive impact on the environment and communities in the area. The Khwai Reserve itself is a partnership with the local communities and the Khwai Development Trust. Almost all of the team who will be running Tuludi come from the local area, and that is so important to us.”
Natural Selection believes that all camps should be ‘clean and green’; this means the camp is entirely solar powered to ensure carbon emissions are kept to a minimum. The camp will be single-use-plastic free, and have the latest and most efficient grey water processing plant to ensure that its impact on the environment is the lowest possible.
Rates at Tuludi are all inclusive of full board accommodation, house drinks and all safari activities.