Royal Thonga Safari Lodge, is the culmination of a dream of the local community, private investors and the Royal Tembe Development Foundation to create a natural paradise for visitors to this unique reserve. The lodge is architecturally designed to emulate the local Tonga building style, and each of the fourteen chalets are uniquely positioned to offer guests total privacy and luxurious comfort within a sand forest in Tembe Elephant Park.
Natural materials and timber give a warm organic ambience and invite the outdoors in all rooms are appointed with quality furnishings and bathrooms come complete with an indoor and private outdoor shower for those whom enjoy immersing themselves in their surroundings in rare solitude and perfect tranquillity.
The NEF has invested R9.8 million in Royal Thonga Lodge supporting 20 new permanent jobs. It is estimated that approximately 70% of the jobs will be occupied by women. It is important to further note that these jobs will all be occupied by the people from the local community of Masizwane.