Tembe Elephant Park

Travel to Tembe Elephant Park – Untamed African Wilderness

Tembe Elephant Park gives a taste of authentic Africa, with its fine weather the year round and just the right balance between raw nature and human comfort. The park offers excellent birding opportunities and nearby access to the Tongoland reefs and scuba diving areas.

Tembe is the third largest game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, home not only to the unique elephant population but to a variety of wildlife including the Big Five.

Tembe Elephant Park has differing terrains including dense sand forest, woodlands, grasslands and swamplands, all of which combine to provide an ideal habitat for the resident elephants and the many other animal, bird and insect species that are supported on the land. Tembe Elephant Park supports a mix of tropical and sub-tropical vegetation as it falls in a transitional area.

The Tembe Elephant Park is a 300 square kilometre game reserve in Maputaland on the old Ivory Route between Mozambique and the zulu territory, adjacent to Ndumo Game Reserve. The park was established in 1983 to protect the last remaining herds of free-ranging elephants in South Africa, known as the Great Tuskers and which used to migrate between Maputaland and southern Mozambique. Tembe Elephant Park was developed by Tembe Tribal Authority and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and was only opened to the public in 1991, which gave the animals time to settle in to their protected home.

Also more than 340 bird species have been recorded in Tembe including the rare Rudd’s apalis, the Rufous-bellied heron, the Natal nightjar and the Woodward’s batis.

Elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard can be found in the park as well as zebra, giraffe, hyena, hippo and many species of antelope from Kudu to the small Suni. About 340 bird species have also been counted in Tembe. Also from Tembe Elephant Park you can easily get to Ndumo Game Reserve and Lake Sibaya and the coastal forests.

Visitors to the park can enoy safari game drives in an open 4 x 4 vehicle, guided walks, birdwatching at Ndumo Game Reserve, boat trips across the Kosi Lake system,
snorkelling and scuba diving at prime dive venues such as Kosi Bay, Black Rock, Rocktail Bay, Mabibi, and Sodwana Bay; turtle watching along the coast from Kosi to Ponte de Oro and exploring Lake Sibaya and the coastal forests.

Relax at the luxury safari camp where you can enjoy barbecues and refreshments before spending the night beneath a beautiful African sky. An unforgettable experience like no other. You can also witness spectacular African sunsets from here.

  • See elephants galore as well as other wildlife.
  • Spend the night under a beautiful African sky for a truly wild adventure.
  • Snorkel and scuba dive in pristine waters.

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