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Tembe Elephant Park was initially established in 1983 to protect elephants which used to migrate between Maputaland and southern Mozambique and were traumatised by poaching during the civil war in Mozambique.

The 300 square kilometre reserve was developed by Tembe Tribal Authority and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and is home to the last remaining indigenous elephant herd in KwaZulu Natal. It is home to a host of other mammals, including lion, leopard, black and white rhino and buffalo – as well as over 340 bird species and a great selection of antelopes such as the tiny suni, one of the smallest and rarest antelopes in the world.

Tembe Elephant Park is owned by the Tembe tribal community and managed by a government conservation agency. The park has a limit on the number of self-drive vehicles allowed into the park, and only 4 x 4 vehicles are permitted.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: African elephant, lion, white rhino, Cape buffalo, suni
  • Where: Northern Tongaland, South Africa

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Zululand & Swaziland Self-drive

KwaZulu Natal is a true South African gem when it comes to wildlife, with a great mix of the country’s finest wildlife reserves and breathtaking scenery. Self driving allows you to follow the coast at your own pace and experience a diversity of wildlife away from the crowd.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,095 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea