Tembe - Elephant Park

Accommodation in Tembe Elephant National Park

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Within the unique sand forest and grassland ecosystem of the Tembe National Elephant Park roam over 220 of the largest elephant in the world, the last remaining indigenous herd in KwaZulu-Natal.

This 300km pristine wilderness, a proclaimed reserve on the old Ivory Route between Mozambique and the Zulu territory, also boasts the other members of the Big Five – lion, leopard, black and white rhino and buffalo – as well as over 340 bird species and abundant other mammal species right down to the tiny Suni, one of the smallest antelope in the world. Tembe combines the best of both worlds – an authentic Big Five experience in a national game park and the personal touch and world class service of a private luxury lodge, 50% co-owned and managed by the Tembe tribe, headed by Nkosi (Chief) Tembe.

Room Description at :

Tusker Suite: (6 units)
Luxury, one bedroom safari tent on carpeted concrete
2 x 3/4 beds with space for 1 additional single bed
These units are suitable for families with 1 child only
Basin, toilet & dressing area within
Cordoned off outside shower attached to each unit
These units are approximately 200 m from the main lodge area


Family Suites: (6 units)
Luxury, one bedroom safari tent on carpeted concrete
2 x Queen beds with space for 2 additional single beds
These units are suitable for families
Basin, toilet & dressing area within
Cordoned off outside shower attached to each unit
These units are approximately 200 m from the main lodge area 


Tembe Suites: (1 unit)
One bedroom safari tent on a wooden platform with a deck 
2 x Queen size beds 
Inside basin & toilet en suite 
Outside shower 
Suitable for families 
This unit is approximately 300m from the main lodge area

Our units have showers only, NO baths

There is electricity in all our units

We do not have air-conditioners in our units however we do have standing fans

We do not have bar fridges in the units however we do have a fully stocked bar on the premises

We do not have Television at the lodge

We do allow children at the lodge and on game drives provided they do not disturb other guests and can sit quietly on the 3 hour long game drives. Should your child not be able to sit quietly for this length of time, for an additional charge, you may request a baby sitter from reception. Alternatively you may request a private game drive, (for your family only), at an additional cost of R 1 000 per day - kindly note that this is subject to availability of vehicles & guides

Families with more than 1 child will need to be accommodated in either our Family Suites or the Tembe Suite

Please note that all our units are spread out and nestled deep into the bush therefore children under the age of 15 yrs need to share a unit with their parents

There is cell phone coverage at the lodge

We do have a small, rustic bush pool on site for the hot summer months

We offer basic spa treatments - Back / Neck / Scalp Massages, Foot Massages, Full Body Massages, Hot Stone Full Body Massages, Moonlight Massages



Inclusions / Exclusions

Rates Includes:
Accommodation / all meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) / teas & coffee / two daily game drives / transfers to & from the hide during the day

Rates Exclude:

Beverages from the bar & consumed whilst on game drives / Gate fees: R 110 - R 330 per vehicle entrance fee + R 50 pp conservation levy - once off / R 50 pp per night community levy / clothing / curios / laundry / gratuity (tips) / spa treatments


Extra information

PLEASE NOTE: Long weekend: min 3-4 nights stay.
When making a booking over the weekend, please ensure you have included both Friday & Saturday night. We are only able to take a 1 night booking over the weekend if it is a Sunday night.

Rhino Gold Cards / Wild Cards:
Should you have either of these cards - please show them at the gate and the gate fees will be wavered.

NOTE: Unfortunately there is no pensioners discount at Tembe.

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:
What would a Game Safari be without 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.

Check in & Check Out times:
Check in: 12 noon; lunch is served at 14:00, game drive at 15:00
Check out: after the morning game drive & brunch, approximately 10:30.

Gate Times & Late Arrivals:
Gate opens: 6am
Gate Closes: 6pm
Should you be arriving after 6pm, please arrange this with the Durban office so we can organize for the gate to be opened for you.

On arrival at the lodge:
- There will be a guard at the gate
- NB! 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 4x4 vehicle (NO 2x4's with difflock) - may you self-drive to the lodge.
- If you are not in a 4x4 vehicle ask the guard to show you to the secure parking and our guides will collect you in our 4x4 vehicles.

NOTE: What to bring:
- Insect repellent
- Light-weight jacket
- Rain coat
- Closed shoes
- Hat
- Sunscreen
- Swimming costume

**Please note that rates, meal and game drive times are subject to change without prior notice**