Getting There – Tembe Elephant Park

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Tembe Elephant Park is located about 410km/255mi north of Durban, 550km southeast of Johannesburg, and 300km south of southern Kruger. The drive from Durban or Southern Kruger takes around five hours, while from Johannesburg it takes almost seven hours.

There is only one camp in the park, and it offers fully inclusive packages. With a 4x4, you can drive to the lodge and leave your car for the duration of your stay. Non-4x4 vehicles can safely be left at the entrance gate. A limited number of 4x4 self-drive visitors are allowed as day visitors in the park (note that there are very few accommodation options nearby).

O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town are the primary points of arrival in South Africa. King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in Durban is another option, from where you could rent a vehicle.

Airlines & Ticket Prices

Please check Skyscanner, or for multiple-destination flights check Expedia, to see which airlines can take you to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Flights

Most charter flights between parks are included as part of a safari package and booked by tour operators. There are many choices for domestic carriers running scheduled flights to Durban:

Passport, Visa and Other Entry Requirements

Please check our Getting There – South Africa page to learn more about passport, visa and other entry requirements.

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