Elephant Park is a link wth ancient Africa...with its animals,
birds & with its people. The proclaimed park, owned by the Tembe
tribe & bio-diversity managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the
KwaZulu-Natal conservation services, is on the old Ivory Route
between Mozambique and the zulu territory. The Tembes were once
the custodians of that route and today still surround a 300
square kilometre parcel f Africa, which as the largest elephants
in the world and at a range of wildlife right down to the tiny
suni, one of the smallest antelope.
180 elephant (KwaZulu-Natal's only remaining herd of indigenous
to the province), Tembe has the other members of the big five -
lion, leopard, rhino & buffalo - as well as the range of other
mammal species, supported by its sand forest and grassland
habitat. It has more than 340 bird species, some of which are at
the southern limit of their range.
people are eager to share this treasure with the outside
world... to introduce visitors to real wilderness and explain to
them its mystique, as they inherited the understanding from
their forbearers. They are also eager to share with visitors the
richness of their own culture, show how it effortlessly
interlinks with the wilderness about them ands makes
preservation of that wilderness an imperative. Tembe guides and
camp staff bring to their daily task the charm and gentle humour
of their people, adding an extra dimension and enjoyment to the
experience of eco-tourism.
Elephant Park is an authentic Africa, with its fine weather the
year round and just the right balance between raw nature and
Accommodation is luxury tented pavilions with en suite
bathrooms, each located deep in the bush inside the park and out
of direct contact with others. Meals are taken separately or na
communal dining boma under the stars, to the thrilling night
sounds of the bush. Social gatherings round a campfire are the
after dinner option. The local community provide spectacular
evening displays of traditional dancing.
open vehicle game drives are offered during the day, as well a
at night. Stop-offs at waterholes provide superb viewing and
photographic opportunities from hides. Walks accompanied by a
guide are another popular feature giving the visitor the full
atmosphere of wilderness.
Elephant Park is a different experience, best over a stay of at
least two nights to get the full range of what is on offer. New
tar roads now makes it only a six hour drive from Johannesburg
and four and a half hour trip from Durban. Visitors are picked
up at the park gate in a 4x4 safari vehicle. General public
access is restricted to five vehicles a day.
Elephant Park is a place for purists - who also have an
appreciation of he comforts of life.
by the Tembe people...