Wildlife & Animals – Tembe EP
Tembe's claim to fame is its population of giant elephants with enormous tusks. Elephants are abundant in the park and the other Big Five animals are present as well. However, ticking off the Big Five is not the focus here, and you will probably leave without seeing all of them. The gracious nyala antelope is common and is particularly striking in the dappled light of the sand forest.
Wild dogs have been re-introduced to Tembe and they are regularly encountered. The small red duiker, a sand forest special, is common but shy and is usually seen crossing the road and then disappearing in the forest. The park is also home to the largest South African population of the tiny suni antelope.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
Tembe's best time for wildlife viewing is during the driest part of the year (June through September) and in particular from August to September. The temperatures are a bit higher in August and September and animals gather around well-known water sources because the bush has dried out.