Tembe Elephant Park

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70km from Jozini

-27.0487, 32.4223


+27 31 267 0144 www.tembe.co.za


This remote park, deep in an area of sand forests, pans and wetlands in northern Tongaland, lies on the border between KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique, situated within the sandveld ecological zone and consisting mainly of closed woodland and secondary thicket formation.

The park falls within a transition area between tropical and sub-tropical forms, and is therefore home to a great diversity of vegetation and a spectacular range of animal and bird life.

Tembe is a special place with very basic day visitor facilities and a road system consistent with the wilderness management of the area. Only ten vehicles are allowed into the park on a daily basis and these must be 4X4s to negotiate the sand tracks that form the road network.

The Mahlasela Hide is not far from Tembe Safaris tented camp, and the Ponweni Hide overlooks a pan in the Muzi Swamp.

Also on the tourist route is the picnic area at Manungu, a walking trail closed off from large animals by an electric fence, and a viewing tower on Gowanini which offers a panoramic view over the reserve. A handcraft stall managed by the community is located near the parking area. Accommodation is run by a concessionaire and consists of a tented safari camp with 21 beds.


  • 1 tented camp