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. The diversity of birdlife is spectacular. The park is situated within the sand veld ecological zone and consists mainly of closed woodland and secondary thicket formation. The zone falls within a transition area between tropical and sub-tropical forms and therefore is home to a great diversity of vegetation.
With this diversity of habitats Tembe is home to a spectacular variety of animals and birds. Tembe is a special place with very basic day visitor facilities and a road system consistant 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.
Not far from Tembe Safaris tented camp on the tourist route is Mahlasela Hide, and overlooking a pan in the Muzi Swamp is Ponweni Hide. 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 near the parking area. Accommodation is run by a concessionaire and consists of a tented safari camp with 21 beds. The tariff is fully inclusive and bookings can be made by telephoning(031) 2029090. or visit their website http://www.toursa.com
Check out Tembe`s elephants on the webcam