"A great place to go. Saw the big five in one weekend. An amazing game park".
Safari Game Drives
What makes a Tembe safari game drive unique is that your guide and tracker will have grown up in Tembe, and therefore they are showing you their ‘back yard.’ Combined with this local knowledge is the pride of anyone welcoming visitors to their home. In an open game drive vehicle they will take you where the elephants find the tastiest morsels, the tall trees where the giraffe graze, the glades where Africa’s most dangerous animal – the Cape Buffalo – browses peacefully. Even the lions tread carefully when encountering a buffalo, although seeing lions lazing in the sun gives the impression they don’t have a care in the world. Your game guide will introduce you to Tembe’s Africa: not only animals and birds, but also the culture and traditions of these proud people and their relationship to the land.
Meet the Big Five
Tembe Elephant Park is a Big Five reserve, with definite elephant and buffalo sightings. Your skilled guide will be able to show you the white rhino and their smaller (and rarer) relative the black rhino, the powerful lion, the graceful leopard. But there is much more to the African bush than just the Big Five – there are many different types of other animals: the high-stepping antelope; the comical warthog, the trundling porcupine; the watchful meerkat; the busy scarab; the swaying giraffe. As your guide will explain to you, all have their stories and their place, from the largest to the smallest, and they are part of a great circle of life.
"This is Africa, unchanged and magical as it always was."
But that's not all we have to offer you!
Tembe Safari Lodge is unique - it is the only community-owned full-service game lodge inside a proclaimed game reserve. In Tembe terms, this means that the lodge is right in the middle of unspoiled bush, with the trees and grasses of old Africa nestling right up against your tent. There are more than 340 bird species to be spotted - many from your own verandah. You can have an open-air hot shower under the stars while hearing animals crash through the brush a few metres away from you (although not to worry, there is an electric fence to make sure they don’t get TOO close). Small animals and birds wander through the camp grounds, while monkeys and birds chitter overhead. A small troop of meerkats might come foraging past your feet while you enjoy your morning coffee. While taking a dip in the swimming pool you might see a graceful giraffe go undulating past. This is the secret of Tembe - the lodge is so much part of the reserve that the animals hardly know it is there. While the lodge includes full service and game drives, sometimes it is just an experience to stay in camp and let Africa come to you.
Stories told in Dance folklore
Have you ever wondered why the elephant has a long trunk? Or how the scrub hare got its tail?
Let Tembe uncover the charming stories of the wilderness and its beautiful creatures. What better way to learn about the African bush than to sit around a glowing campfire in the boma under the night stars and be witness to the dances of Africa.
The Tembe dancers are a local group who visit the lodge by request and re-enact folklore stories in song and dance. You will be entranced by the African rhythms and the eloquent dancers dressed in Thonga/Zulu regalia - skins and furs; wielding shields and spears.
All tips received from the audience are put into a fund that buys school uniforms for the local children who cannot afford to buy their own.