Mozambique - Tembe Elephant Park & Mozambique Diving

Ponta Mamoli, a premier seaside and diving resort nestled in the most beautiful undeveloped bay along a pristine coastline judged to be one of the finest in Southern Africa by Getaway Magazine. ("The Mermaids Beach" in the feature "The Top 20 Beaches of Southern Africa" - December 2003).

Escape, for the moment, the pressures and stresses of our modern day terrestrial existence, to explore this unspoilt paradise - both above and beneath the blue!! Ultimately it is all about the experience - having slipped into the Mamoli ambiance, your impressions will be lasting ones!

Tembe Elephant Park, the largest African elephants in the world, along with rhino, buffalo, leopard, lion, hippo and antelope species in a 190 sq.mi. park on the South Africa / Mozambique border.

Situated in Maputaland, the north-eastern region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, adjoining the Mozambique border, Tembe is home to the province's biggest African elephant herd and its only indigenous elephants. Tembe's African elephants used to be South Africa 's last remaining free-ranging herd, at one time moving seasonally between Mozambique and Maputaland. In recent years they have sought refuge in the dense sand forests of Tembe to escape the depradations of border conflicts and landmines, and their continuous harassment by ivory poachers.

The magnificent African elephants, more than 140 in number - from massive full-grown adults to juveniles - are Tembe's main attraction and make for spectacular viewing. The larger adults are physically the biggest in South Africa and signs of their presence are everywhere, clearly evident through the broken branches and foliage left behind from their voracious foraging. Tembe's mosaic of sand forest, woodland, grassland, and swampland, comprises an ideal habitat for highly-visible elephant spotting, enabling them to be observed at close-quarters from game-drive vehicles or from the discreetly-located hides which overlook their watering holes. At 300 square kilometres in extent (190 square miles), Tembe is the third largest game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, home not only to the unique African elephant population but to a profusion of wildlife - including the Big Five. Black and white rhino (more than 65 in total), buffalo, leopard, lion, hippo, serval, eland, zebra, giraffe, hyena, jackal, wildebeest, nyala, kudu, water buck, reed buck, red duiker, warthog, and other small mammals thrive in abundance.

Tembe is also home to the rare and elusive suni antelope, one of the smallest and shyest species of buck in southern Africa, and the patient game-viewer is often rewarded with a sighting. Tembe is a bird-watching paradise, with more than 340 species recorded in the park - including the rare Rudd's apalis, the rufous-bellied night heron, the Natal nightjar and the Woodward's batis.

 

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Sample Itinerary

DAY 1:

  • Arrival at Durban or Richards Bay Airport
  • (Approx 6 hours from Durban, Approx 4 hours from Richardsbay)
  • Land Transfer to Ponta Mamoli
  • 15 comfortable timber chalets (incorporating 3 family units), carefully positioned on the primary dune - so close to the sea you will be lulled to sleep with the soothing sound.
  • Refreshing sea breezes under Casuarina fir trees, Covered verandas with comfy chairs
  • Overhead cooling fan, Mosquito nets for peace of mind, En suite hot water shower, washbasin and toilet
  • Bed and Breakfast basis.
  • Restaurant available for lunches and dinners

DAY 2,3,4,5,6:

  • Breakfast
  • 2 dives per day
  • After your second dive on day 6, we transfer to the nearby Tembe Elephant Park.
    • The Tembe African Elephant Lodge and Conference Centre are privately managed under leasehold from the KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Service. Guided tours of the park in open lodge vehicles are available to guests.
    • The lodge comprises luxury and semi-luxury safari tents that blend unobtrusively with their natural surroundings and are tucked away in secluded areas behind a secure perimeter fence. A refreshing dip in the lodge's sparkling swimming pool provides welcome relief after a day's game viewing.
  • Dinner bed and breakfast basis

DAY 7:

  • Another day in Tembe elephant park

DAY 8:

  • Land transfer to Durban or Richardsbay Airport
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