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 fourteen villas 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 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 ratingSunny Tembe Elephant Park We had a marvelous 4 nights at Royal Thonga Safari Lodge. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the food was outstanding with only a few hours of electricity... read more

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    5 star ratingnature and authentic This Place is the perfect combination of nature, cozy atmosphare and kindness people that an accommodation can have.
    If you like to be in nature and to be part of it,...
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  • 5 star ratingWonderful stay at Royal Thonga Safari Lodge My family and I had the most wonderful stay at Royal Thonga Safari Lodge. The staff treated us like family, going WAY out of their way to help us with... 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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    Carl H

    5 star ratingAbsolutely amazing place! This was an amazing experience! Beautiful lodge, Comfortable rooms, Amazing food, Friendly staff and an overall tranquil environment! I love the idea that there is no WiFi and limited electricity.... read more

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24hr Contact: +27 72 620 4704 7

Address: Tembe Elephant Park