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Biggest Tuskers in Southern Africa Now at Tembe


Tembe Elephant Park in KZN South Africa is now home to the three largest Tuskers in Southern Africa. In celebration Africam is offering all of its members a special package deal to the Tembe Elephant Park Lodge for only $105 (R795) per person per day.

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KWAZULU-NATAL has reclaimed its crown as the place with the biggest tuskers in all of Southern Africa. For many decades, this honour belonged to the Kruger National Park, which was home to such legendary bulls as Shawu, Mandleve, Dzombo, Ndlulamithi,Kambaku and Joao. But with the recent natural deaths of the majority of Kruger’s biggest bull elephants, the new monarch is thought to be iSilo (the Zulu salutation for king of kings). The great iSilo hails from the Tembe Elephant Park on the remote northern border between KZN and Mozambique and is just short of his 50th birthday.

“We are in an in-between stage at the moment, as all our big tuskers have passed away,” says Kristy Redman, an SA National Parks interpretative officer at Kruger. This has meant that the spotlight has now shifted to KZN’s bigger but lesser-known tuskers.

Johan Marais, author of The Great Tuskers of Africa, has little doubt that iSilo now the biggest tusker on the southern block of Africa, followed closely by two other Tembe bulls, Induna and Mkadebona. Marais says Tembe and its big tuskers remain one of the province’s best-kept secrets. “I only came to know about their significance about four years ago"

Ezemvelo vet Dr Dave Cooper says that Tembe had some very big bulls and says that it seems quite strange that nobody really knows about these three big bulls. Perhaps it is because tourists are so fixated on Kruger that they forget about all the other parks we have. Ernest Robbertse, operator of Tembe Elephant Park Lodge,  says the bull is sighted frequently near the 18-bed luxury tented camp, which provides the only overnight accommodation for visitors in the park where day visitors need 4x4 vehicles to traverse the sandy roads.

There are now about 220 elephants confined within the borders of the 30 000ha Tembe Elephant Park, which is managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.  The Tembe elephants are also the the last indigenous elephants in the KZN province.