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About Tembe Elephant Park

Experience the majesty of the largest and only indigenous elephant herd in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa and so much more. Situated in Maputaland, in North Eastern KwaZulu-Natal, Tembe is home to a rich diversity of wildlife including the Big Five and is also a bird watchers paradise.

Enjoy the best of both worlds the magnificence of a national game park, managed by KZN Nature Conservation/KZN Wildlife, with the personal touch and service of a private lodge.

The lodge consists of luxury en-suite tented accommodation stunning glass walled showers look out into the bush. A thatch-sheltered splash pool, and open braai area complete the picture. Cultural experiences include Zulu/Thonga dancing or even a visit to the local Sangoma.

Tariffs include all meals and 2 daily guided 4x4 game drives. Visit Tembe for an exclusive bush experience. We reserve the right to amend our tariffs without prior notice from management.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Response Time: 11 hours
  • Type: Lodge
  • Includes: All Meals and Activities
  • Sleeps: 28
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 11 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans


  • 3 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
* Please enquire for further details.

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Reviews for Tembe Elephant Park

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James Richard Robinson, South Africa
13 June 2015

We had an excellent time at Tembe, the two Rangers, Willie and Nkosi had a comprehensive knowledge of the flora and fauna and made each game drive varied from the previous one as they explained all facets of the Park, they also both showed an excellent sense of humour with their explanations. The Manager Tom also went the extra mile helping me out with a vehicle problem. All the staff we had contact with were always bright and cheerful. We would certainly recommend both local and overseas visitors to make sure Tembe is on their places to visit list. 

Linda Adam, South Africa
23 March 2015

Really enjoyed the tented accommodation.  Staff were very friendly and hospitable.  Our guide, Carlos, was exceptional.  Didn't see very much game unfortunately, so it was just as well we were all interested in birds.

Karen Dobson, South Africa
03 March 2014

We have had the most amazing weekend at Tembe Elephant Park. Such a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The staff were amazing. Very attentive. Accommodation was wonderful and the spa treatment was just the best. Vusi was an amazing guide around the park. Saw 4 out of the big five. Just simply amazing.

Chrissie de Villiers, South Africa
25 February 2014

Tembe is an outstanding bush experience. From the welcome reception, to the great food and accommodation, it's a fantastic place to enjoy the great wildlife South Africa has to offer. The game viewing was superb - the drivers and trackers are so in tune with their environment, they make the whole experience even more amazing. Thank you Kulu and Nkozi for your dedication to the wildlife at Tembe Elephant Park!

Jackie Carroll, Republic of Ireland
01 July 2013

What a great place if you're looking for a real African lodge experience! The staff makes Tembe such a pleasant experience! They are so helpful, friendly and incredibly pleasant all the time. Nothing is too much and they even made me a chocolate birthday cake for my birthday followed by a traditional happy birthday song and wishes! Made me feel very special! The drums beating under the stars, around a big African fire was like listening to Africa's heart beating and the zulu dancers the blood running through her veins! amazing performance! We were mesmerised! What a fabulous birthday weekend!...
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Tembe Elephant Park Map

Tembe Elephant Park is 14.2km from the centre of Tembe Elephant Park , the nearest airport 127.5km (Maputo International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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