Tembe Elephant Park, between Zululand, the coast, and Mozambique differs from other up-market Big 5 lodgings. The community co-own and operate the lodge which is affordable but delivers high standards of accommodation. The focus is on an unobtrusive wildlife destination, rather than packing-em in.
How to get to Tembe Elephant Lodge
Visitors need to park at the main entrance and then the lodge transfers them to the camp itself.
The lodge directions taken from their website are as follows:
- From Durban, travel North on the N2 past Richards Bay, Hluhluwe and Mkuze. Stop to refuel at Mkuze as it is a long way to the next refueling point. Turn off the N2 to Jozini, go through the town and cross the dam wall. The park is 72 kilometers from Jozini and is well signposted.
Note that there is a landing strip for light aircraft and you can arrange to use it by contacting the lodge direct.
Accommodation at Tembe
Luxurious tented accommodation delights visitors. From carpeted flooring to heated sheets in winter, comfort is paramount. Each unit comes with an outdoor shower (private).
Outdoor dining makes for the perfect end to a day filled with game drives conducted by knowledgeable guides. Guests may enjoy a massage at the spa or just a lazy day at the poolside. The bar costs for beverages will be charged to your account, both for your time in the lodge and for the sunset drinks at the end of a game drive.
The people at Tembe Elephant Park Lodge
The staff at Tembe are friendly and love a fireside chat and singalong around the campfire in the evening. You will meet other people while you stay in the camp, so if it’s isolation you want, then this is not the camp for you. But overall, I would rate this one to the top must-visit destinations in South Africa. It’s a beautiful place with beautiful animals, beautiful people and a fine example of sustainable conservation.
The video below was put together by Ian Cameron.