Following the announcement of South Africa’s nationwide lockdown, all Dream Hotels & Resorts properties will be closed from midnight on the 26 March until 1 May 2020. We wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to our lodge, hotel and resort teams, along with our trade partners and customers for their understanding and continued support.

Please keep up to date with the latest on COVID-19 by visiting the the official South African Coronavirus Resource Portal – click here.


Royal Thonga Safari Lodge, is the culmination of a dream of the local community and private investors to create a natural paradise for visitors to this unique reserve.

This 4 star lodge is architecturally designed to emulate the local Thonga building style, and each of the 14 chalets are uniquely positioned to offer guests total privacy and luxurious comfort within a sand forest in Tembe Elephant Park.

Natural materials and timber give a warm organic ambience and invite the outdoors in. All rooms are appointed with quality furnishings and bathrooms come complete with an indoor and private outdoor shower.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”

African Proverb







Royal Thonga Safari Lodge in Tembe Elephant Park received a Certificate of Excellence Award


  • 5 star ratingTrue bush experience We stayed at Royal Thonga with our 3 year old twins for one night. Venue gives one a true bush experience with the chalets isolated from each other so you... read more

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    4 star ratingWhen the stars come out tonight…… Lots of email correspondence before visit about game drives and any dietary problems with Carrie – arrived early – 11.15 – room ready - welcomed by Fezile who is a... read more

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    5 star ratingGreat location. Very friendly and attentive service Wonderful accommodation and an excellent adventure for kids. Even braved the pool in the winter, very refreshing after a long but successful game drive, thank you Wesi. The food was... read more

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  • 4 star ratingUmthayi Festival Visit Royal Thonga is a lovely establishment. The rooms are simple, comfortable and stylish. The food tastes really good and the dinning area is beautiful. It is best for a quiet... read more

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    5 star ratingFantastic stay We stayed for 2 days as a University group at Royal Thonga, I am a staff member and led a group with a colleague- taking students studying for a module... read more

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    Caroline R

    5 star ratingTranquil venue with great service Incredible service from super humble team. Loved our room, the venue and the food. Very relaxed venue.

    We were not fortunate with the game drives - did not have great sightings...
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24hr Contact: +27 72 620 4704 7

Address: Tembe Elephant Park