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Royal Thonga Safari Lodge

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Tembe Elephant Park
Sihangwane, Maputaland, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa 


GPS Co-ordinates:

S 27°02′55″  |   E 32°25′20″


Tembe Elephant Park is situated about 1hr45mins north of Hluhluwe, and a comfortable 4hr15mins drive from King Shaka International Airport near Durban. It sits on the doorstep of of other superb destinations, including: Kosi Bay, Ndumo Game Reserve, Sodwana Bay, Lake Jozini, Usuthu Gorge, Border Caves and the pristine beaches and dive spots in Southern Mozambique.

The lodge is located:

  • 385 km north of King Shaka International Airport - 4hr15mins drive
  • 419 km north of Durban - 4hr45mins drive
  • 20km east of the Phongolo River
  • 10km west of Phelindaba Circle
  • 30km west Manguzi (Kwangwanase) - the nearest town with a full range of services.
  • 72km east of Jozini
  • 160km north of Hluhluwe
  • 260km north of Richard's Bay - 3hr drive



How to Get Here:


Travelling time is approximately 4hr45mins from Durban and 7 hours from Johannesburg.

Route A:

From Durban, travel North on the N2 past Richards Bay, Hluhluwe and Mkhuze. Turn off the N2 to Jozini, go through the town and cross the dam wall. It is suggested that you either stop to refuel at Mkhuze or Jozini, as it is a long way to the next service station. The Reserve is 72 kilometres from Jozini and is well signposted. Travel distance - 425km.

Route B:

From Durban, drive north on the N2 for about 270 km. Then turn right onto the R22 to Hluhluwe and travel about 150 km to a T-junction at Phelindaba Circle and turn left. After a few kilometres, look out for the signs to Tembe on your right. Travel distance - 419km.

Transfers from Durban:

Most international carriers fly to O.R. Tambo International Airport.
Regular flights to and from King Shaka International Airport are available on most national airlines.
Transfers can be arranged in luxury air-conditioned vehicles to and from hotels or pick-up points in Durban and Johannesburg, for both overseas and local visitors.