Tembe Elephant Lodge
Tembe Elephant Lodge
Situated in a dry area of the reserve, Tembe Elephant Lodge is a perfect haven for the wildlife enthusiast. It is run by a small team of expert staff, who will try to make your stay at Tembe one you will never forget. There are a limited number of beds at Tembe, and that combined with the fact that only 10 vehicles are permitted in the park on a daily basis makes Tembe one of the most exclusive game reserves to visit.
The staff at Tembe are incredibly enthusiastic about providing excellent 5 star treatment to their guests. The game trackers are highly experienced, and provide full information on all flora & fauna in the reserve, and are also very knowledgeable birders. Visitors are greeted with a fanfare and are treated as honoured guests for the duration of their stay. A tea & coffee tray is placed outside your tent early in the morning, to awaken you before you embark on the first game drive of the day. Special occasions are noted with touching gestures if the staff are forewarned.
Meals are creative, and are a mix of traditional, popular and gourmet fare. Guests dine under the lapa, or around a large fire, which is an intimate and friendly way to share a meal. On cold nights, the staff thoughtfully place hot coals under the seats, which will make the chilliest night seem pleasantly warm. Wines and spirits are also offered.
There is a central lapa, which has a shaded sparkling swimming pool, and this is where many of the meals at Tembe are taken. There is also a Barbeque / Braai area where guests can eat under the stars and which also doubles as a tribal dancing area for zulu and tsonga children, who visit the Lodge on request. There is also a covered dining room / lounge.
Tembe is very supportive of surrounding African Communities, and on request, are visited by troupes of traditional dancers, who display re-enactments of Zulu / Tsonga Folklore in their dances. Most of the dancers are young children, dressed in traditional regalia, with shields, spears, furs and skins. This experience is meant to be fun for all, and guests are encouraged to show their appreciation with a monetary tip which is greeted with great excitement by the dancers. Funds raised in this manner are used for school uniforms and equipment for local children.