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BLOG April 5, 2011

A Land of Dust and Magic

“Tuli is a word meaning dust, depicting the conditions in the Tuli block during the dry season. I was fortunate enough to visit the property ‘Tuli Wilderness’ in the season change over through November and December 2010, experiencing the blossoming native flowers and thriving Mopane trees. Few words truly describe Tuli and its unique rhythm. It is a destination off the main tourist track where volunteers can become in tune with nature by actively living and working alongside the wildlife.”  

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“The project itself is a constructive means of collecting crucial data to be utilised by interested researchers on a wide range of African wildlife. More interestingly then this is the fact that as a volunteer you are privileged enough to actually feel Tuli with its native inhabitants. And what makes it a mesmerising experience is that your exposure to the wild is truly diverse by nature; ranging from watching a majestic herd of elephants on the Marsh Plains to observing a dung beetle robustly roll elephant spoor up a hill.

It really is the small things that captivate you, such as taking a shower under the stars and be awoken by the sun and bird chorus right outside your hut. By giving part of yourself to the Tuli project, it returns the favours even more then what you could imagine. It changed me as a person and that is a testament to the power of Tuli. “

Sigrid Johnston, February 2011

One of those rare wildlife moments: Something is clearly alarming a herd of impala…. 

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when a cheetah moves in for the kill…

 

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… capturing an impala and teaching her young how to hunt. 

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Like all Tuli volunteers, Sigrid learned to monitor and study elephant herds. Tuli is home to the southernmost population of free roaming elephants. Volunteers identify the individual herds and chart their populations and migration pattern.

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The work at Tuli also includes comprehensive game counts several times a week, where volunteers record all wildlife sightings according to location, species, population size and behaviour. Hyena are a rare, lucky sighting. 

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The Tuli Conservation Project takes volunteers all year round, with a short break over Christmas and New Year. You can join the project for any period from 2-12 weeks. Just contact us or complete an online application form if you want to join the team of dedicated wildlife volunteers at Tuli.

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