Tembe Elephant ParkLocation: South Africa » Kwazulu Natal » Zululand » Elephant Coast » Maputaland » Ndumu
Stay where the World's largest Elephants roam wild...
Tembe Elephant Park covers the area that was once known as 'The Ivory Route'. For many years this ancient route linked the ivory traders of Mozambique and Zululand. This remote park, deep in an area of sand forests, pans and wetlands in northern Tongaland, lies on the border between KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique. The diversity of birdlife is spectacular. The park is situated within the sand veld ecological zone and consists mainly of closed woodland and secondary thicket formation. The zone falls within a transition area between tropical and sub-tropical forms and therefore is home to a great diversity of vegetation. With this diversity of habitats Tembe is home to a spectacular variety of animals and birds. Tembe is a special place with basic visitor facilities and a road system consistant with the wilderness management of the area.
Come and tuck yourself away in the untamed bush. Tembe Elephant Park is a place for wilderness purists, with an appreciation for the comforts of life. 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.
Royal Tembe Suite: (1 unit)
Luxury safari tent on a wooden platform with a deck
2 x Queen size beds
Inside basin & toilet en suite
Suitable for families
This unit is approximately 300m from the main lodge area.
The Ivory Route
Tembe Elephant Park covers the area that was once known as 'The Ivory Route'. For many years this ancient route linked the ivory traders of Mozambique and Zululand. It is where the largest elephants in Africa – and the world - roamed. Today, over 220 of these gentle giants remain and thrive in their ancestral homeland. And this is where you can meet them…face to face.
This remote park, deep in an area of sand forests, pans and wetlands in northern Tongaland, lies on the border between KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique. The diversity of birdlife is spectacular. The park is situated within the sand veld ecological zone and consists mainly of closed woodland and secondary thicket formation. The zone falls within a transition area between tropical and sub-tropical forms and therefore is home to a great diversity of vegetation.
With this diversity of habitats Tembe is home to a spectacular variety of animals and birds. Tembe is a special place with basic visitor facilities and a road system consistant with the wilderness management of the area.
|Matriarch Suite: (4 units) |
Luxury, spacious, safari tent built on a wooden platform with a deck
1 x Queen size bed & single bed with space for an additional single bed
Inside shower, basin and separate toilet en suite
Suitable for families or special occasions - e.g. honeymooners, wedding anniversaries, etc.
Semi-luxury safari tent on a wooden platform with a deck
Smaller than the Matriarch Suites
1 x Queen size bed and 1 x single bed - no space for additional beds
Shower, basin & toilet all-in-one en suite
Suitable for couples, or families with one child.
Embrace the great peace and quiet that descends over you at nightfall – and welcome the blazing sun at dawn, as it is announced by an enthusiastic chorus of birds.
Enjoy an early breakfast followed by a morning safari game drive. The guides will ensure you return just in time for a light lunch and an afternoon nap in the welcoming green shadow of your tent.
Or cool off in the friendly little thatch-sheltered pool next to the boma. Later in the afternoon when the temperature dips, you can venture off on the exciting evening safari game drive.
On your return, enjoy wholesome bush cuisine served under the stars by lamplight of the communal dining boma, surrounded by the thrilling sounds of the bush. Swap tales with your fellow guests as you bask in the warmth of the campfire, watching the spectacular evening display of acapella isiatamiya singing.
Safari Game Drives
Come and enjoy the thrill of a Tembe safari game drive in one of our open vehicles. Shiver with anticipation as you edge up close to one of Tembe's giants. Feel their steady gaze as they size you up – as you observe each other. And meet one of the most dangerous animals in Africa – the Cape Buffalo – and watch as even the lions tread carefully around the horns of the massive buffalo bulls.
Meet the Big Five But that's not all we have to offer you!
What would a game safari be without spotting the complete Big 5! There's no doubt you will see some of Tembe's celebrated elephants and buffalo, but how about experiencing the prehistoric-looking white rhinos and their slightly smaller relatives, the black rhinos. Observe the deadly yet graceful leopard, and feel the overwhelming macho presence of a male lion and the casual power of the lionesses.
Come to Tembe to experience the primeval veld, completely untouched by the human hand. The land is populated by an abundance of game, varying from the graceful five meter tall giraffe to one of the smallest antelope in Africa, the 15cm Suni.
Enjoy the sight of impala flitting across the road like Olympic gymnasts, the strange yet comical gait of the warthog, and the noble bearing of the kudu with its gracefully spiralling horns.
With more than 340 bird species, many of which are at the southern limit of their range, if you're a bird watcher or just a bird lover, you can embrace the magnificent opportunities offered at Tembe. Some of the birds to be seen at Tembe come from great distances; such as the glorious Steppe Eagle, which migrates all the way from Eastern Europe. In Tembe these birds feed mainly on termites, but also hunt small mammals and reptiles.
Stories told in Dance folklore
Have you ever wondered why the elephant has such a long trunk?
Let Tembe uncover the charming stories of the wilderness and its beautiful creatures. What better way to learn about the African bush than to sit around a glowing campfire in the boma, under the night stars and be witness to the dances of Africa.
Tembe dancers visit the lodge by request and re-enact folklore stories in song and dance. You will be entranced by the African rhythms and the eloquent dancers dressed in Thonga - Zulu regalia - skins and furs; wielding shields and spears with such fiery passion.
All tips that are received throughout the festivities will be donated to a fund that buys school uniforms for the local children who cannot afford to buy their own