Tembe Elephant Lodge
is the largest elephant park in South Africa, along with rhino, buffalo, leopard, hippo and antelope species in a 190 sq.mi. park on the Mozambique border. Excellent birding opportunities and nearby access to the Tongoland reefs and scuba diving areas.
Situated in Maputaland, the north-eastern region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, adjoining the Mozambique border, Tembe Elephant Lodge
is home to the province`s biggest elephant herd and its only indigenous elephants.
The magnificent elephants, more than 140 in number - from massive full-grown adults to juveniles - are Tembe`s main attraction and make for spectacular viewing. The larger adults are physically the biggest in South Africa and signs of their presence are everywhere, clearly evident through the broken branches and foliage left behind from their voracious foraging.
Tembe`s mosaic of sand forest, woodland, grassland, and swampland, comprises an ideal habitat for highly-visible elephant spotting, enabling them to be observed at close-quarters from game-drive vehicles or from the discreetly-located hides which overlook their watering holes.
At 300 square kilometers in extent (190 square miles),Tembe is the third largest game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, home not only to the unique elephant population but to a profusion of wildlife - including the Big Five.
Black and white rhino, buffalo, leopard, hippo, serval, eland, zebra, giraffe, hyena, jackal, wildebeest, nyala, kudu, water buck, reed buck, red duiker, warthog, and other small mammals thrive in abundance.Tembe Elephant Lodge
is also home to the rare and elusive suni antelope, one of the smallest and shyest species of buck in southern Africa, and the patient game-viewer is often rewarded with a sighting.
Tembe is a bird-watcher`s paradise, with more than 340 species recorded in the park - including the rare Rudd`s apalis, the rufous-bellied night heron, the Natal nightjar and the Woodward`s batis.
This is an Africa that tourists seldom see, where an abundance of game and rare species live in an environment unchanged by time.
The Tembe experience will take you to a distant world of Africa as it once was - unspoilt, natural, and light years away from the pressures of civilisation.Accommodation at Tembe Elephant Lodge:
The lodge comprises luxury en-suite and semi-luxury safari tents that blend unobtrusively with their natural surrounds and are tucked away in secluded areas around the lodge. Standard Tusker Suites:
- Luxury one bedroom safari tent on carpeted concrete
- 6 x units are situated approximately 300m from the communal lodge area, within the lodge boundary fence & 2 of the units are situated in close proximity to the dining area.
- Each unit has 2 x three quarter beds with space for 1 additional single bed.
- Basin, toilet and dressing area within
- Cordoned off outside shower attached to each unit
- Two of the 6 units are in close proximity to each other, about 20m apart and are ideal for a party of 4
- Suitable for a family with 1 child only or 3 adults sharing.Extra large Tusker Suites (6 units)
- Luxury one bedroom safari tent on carpeted concrete.
- 6 x units are situated approximately 200m from the communal lodge area, within the lodge boundary fence
- Each unit has 2 x queen size beds within the 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 5 people.Royal Tembe Suite (1 unit)
- Luxury, spacious safari tent built on a wooden platform with a deck.
- Situated 300m 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 showerChildren policy
Children of all ages are welcome at the lodge provided they do not disturb the other guests, especially in the communal dining area. Children who are able to sit quietly for 3 hours are permitted on the game drives provided they do not disturb the other guests / animals. Should your child not be able to sit quietly on the game drives you may ask reception to organise a baby sitter for you at an additional charge. Alternatively you may book private game drives for your family at a additional rate. These are subject to availability of vehicles and guides.
A swimming pool and open-air braai area lends itself to a rustic ambience and guests can enjoy campfire meals and the unforgettable experience of Africa under the stars.
All amenities are catered for and tariffs include; accommodation, meals, teas, coffee, two daily game drives and transfers to & from the hide during the day.
R35 per vehicle entrance fee
R30 per person conservation levy fee
R30 per person per night
Gate times and late arrivals:
Gates open at 6 am
Gates close at 6pm
Should you be arriving after 6 pm, please arrange this with the Durban office so we can organise for the gate to be opened for you.
On arrival at the lodge, there will be a guard at the gate. Please advise him that you have a reservation and that he must radio the lodge to notify them of your arrival. Only if you are in a 4 x 4 vehicle (NO 2 x 4 with difflock) - you may self drive to the lodge.
If you are not in a 4 x 4 vehicle ask the guard to show you to the secure parking and our guides will collect you in their 4 x 4 vehicles.
Please remember to bring the following:
- Insect repellent
- Lightweight jacket
- Rain coat
- Closed shoes
- Swimming costume
The accommodation at Tembe Elephant Lodge was extremely comfortable, clean and well appointed. The shower was terrific. The food was good but not much choice at breakfast. The staff were courteous and extremely attentive as long as they were operating within their defined parameters. It was known that we were leaving early, but we were not offered any help with the luggage.
We had a very good 2 night stay which we thoroughly enjoyed. Our guide, Patrick, was first class with his knowledge of birds and trees.
What a wonderful experience! Thanks to all the staff at Tembe, for their hospitality. The drives were very special, never knowing what animals you would see made every one exciting. We learnt so much about the animals and their natural habitat. We enjoyed every aspect of this amazing place. Thank you once again everyone at Tembe.