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From South Africa to Botswana…by Cable Car!

Tuli Safari Lodge | AFRICA GEOGRAPHIC   in 
October 6, 2014

There are many examples of interesting border crossings in the world – piles of stones marking international boundaries, underground borders, borders within the same town, even borders where you walk out of one country through one door and into another country through a different door… But few can be as exciting as gliding between South Africa and Botswana across the legendary Limpopo River by cable car.

The border crossing at Pont Drift stands at a unique point in Africa, very close to the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers where three countries – Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe meet. It is a timeless spot where nature and culture combine in majestic landscapes, fascinating history and fabulous wildlife. It links two off-the-beaten-track tourist destinations: the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site and National Park in South Africa and the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana.

When the Limpopo River is not flowing – something which varies considerably from year to year depending on the rains, but typically this might be from June to November – it is possible to drive across the dry sandy riverbed.


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