Tembe Elephant Park, KZN

BIG 5 TEMBE ELEPHANT PARK  SAFARI
Home to Africa’s largest elephants as well as the tiny suni antelope, 340 bird species and the BIG5!

There is a place in Africa where the wild elephants still roam. The legendary Ivory Route where the great tuskers still tramp their ancient pathways through dense sand-forest and tall yellow grass. This is Tembe Elephant Park, a 300 square kilometer reserve between Zululand and Mozambique, home to Africa’s largest elephants as well as the second smallest antelope, the suni.

The Big Five also find their home here – lion, leopard, black and white rhino and buffalo, as well as the endangered African Wild Dog. as well as more than 340 bird species and myriad other animals and plants. It is a world of hot silence and white sand, where the busy modern world ceases to exist and only the rising and setting of the sun marks the passage of time. It is also the ancestral home of the Tembe people, who co-own and manage Tembe Safari Lodge: a place of warm African hospitality, classic safari food, and world-class personal service. This is where you will find the Africa of story and legend, of adventure and myth.

Relax and let the sights and sounds of Africa enfold you in your luxury tent with en suite bathroom. The tents offer a remarkable experience – an adventure getaway that invigorates body and mind. We have three types of en-suite luxury safari tents which give you a real ‘out of Africa’ feeling and are positioned under the shady trees of the fenced sand forest camp.

Guests staying at the lodge park their vehicles at the main gate and will be collected in a 4×4 game drive vehicle and transferred to the lodge. A 4 x 4 vehicle is essential for entry into Tembe Elephant Park. No sedan or 2 wheel drive vehicle will be allowed on any game viewing track in the park.

The elephants found in Tembe are one of only three naturally occurring populations of elephant in South Africa, and the only indigenous, free-roaming elephants of the KwaZulu Natal Province.  Tembe became a “Big 5” reserve in 2002.

Tembe Elephant Park is named after the late Inkosi Msimba Tembe, leader of one of the largest Tonga clans. Inkosi Tembe’s tribe is the only Tembe clan living within the borders of KwaZulu-Natal. The remainder live in southern Mozambique. Tembe Elephant Park is 30 013ha in extent, and was proclaimed in October 1983

Tembe is comprised of undulating sand dunes, which are orientated in a north-south direction, interspersed with depressions. The ecological importance of the area within which Tembe occurs is significant. Tembe is situated within the Maputaland Centre of Endemism, which is floristically very diverse and complex.

Tembe’s elephants were the last naturally occurring, free-roaming elephants in Kwa-Zulu Natal, and were not re-introduced. They roamed on the coastal plain between southern Mozambique and the St. Lucia area. Due to the less intensive hunting of elephants in Maputaland historically, a large proportion of “tusker” elephants still remain in the Tembe elephant population. A “tusker” is an elephant which has ivory weighing 45.5kg (100lb).  To see one of these great tuskers is a privilege indeed.

From R2180 per person per night sharing / R2398 single / R1090 per child per night in low seaso

INCLUDES: Accommodation in a luxury safari tent with en suite bathroom; All meals; 2 game drives daily; Wildlife hide visits; Teas/coffees.

EXCLUDES: All Drinks; Community Levy; Conservancy Levy/Gate Fees (should you have a rhino card – please show it at the gate and the gate fees will be waivered); Spa treatments; Meals other than specified; Items of a personal nature; Transfers; Travel insurance; Gratuities; Sightseeing and excursions other than specified; Increases in prices beyond our control

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Choose your Accommodation:

Tusker Suites (8 units): • Luxury one bedroom safari tent on carpeted concrete
• 2 of the units are situated in close proximity to the dining area
• Each unit has 2 x ¾ beds within with space for 1 additional single bed
• Basin, toilet & dressing area within
• Cordoned off outside shower attached to each unit
• Two of the 6 units are in close proximity to each other, about 20 m apart and are ideal for a party of 4
• Suitable for a family with 1 child only or 3 adults sharing
Family Suites (6 unit): • Luxury one bedroom safari tent on carpeted concrete
• Each unit has 2 x queen size beds within with space for 2 additional single beds
• Basin, toilet & dressing area within
• Cordoned off outside shower attached to each unit
• Suitable for a family, sleeping max 6 people
Tembe Suite (1 unit): • Luxury, spacious safari tent built on a  wooden platform with a deck
• Situated 300 m from the communal lodge area, within the lodge boundary  fence
• Two queen size beds with space for 2 additional single beds
• Basin & Toilet within unit, ensuite
• Outside shower
Tusker Suite 17 (1 unit): • Luxury one bedroom safari tent on carpeted concrete, smaller than the Tusker Suites
• This unit has 1 x Queen size bed within with no space for additional beds
• Basin & toilet within
• Cordoned off outside shower attached to the unit
• Suitable for a couple only (We are unable to put twin beds in this unit)
Duiker Suite (4 units) • One bedroom, luxury safari tent on carpeted concrete, small than the standard Tusker Suites
• This unit has 1 queen size bed within, with no space for additional beds – please note we are unable to move single beds into this unit
Basin & toilet within
Cordoned off outside shower attached to the unit
We can accommodate a max of 2 adults in this unit
Only single people or couples who are happy to share a queen bed can be placed in this unit as we cannot put twin beds in this unit.

We also offer door to door Hosted Retirement Retreats for Seniors to Tembe Elephant Park – click here for more info

Please support the Tembe Honorary Officers voluntary group – see Tembe Elephant Park Honorary Officer Group | Facebook

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