Tembe Cam

Tembe waterhole live cam

Enjoy Africa’s latest wildlife sightings from the Mahlasela Pan Hide in Tembe Elephant Park.

The 300 km² reserve is located in South Africa, between KwaZulu-Natal and the Republic of Mozambique.

Tembe was originally established in 1983 to protect elephant herds migrating between Maputaland and southern Mozambique.

What Animals to Expect at the Tembe LIVE Waterhole Cam?

Tembe Elephant Park is home to all members of the big 5, though elephants are clearly a local favourite.

The area is famous for inhabiting some of the largest pachyderms in the world, weighing up to a whopping 7 tons.


“The best place in Southern Africa to see ivory elephants, in my opinion, is Tembe Elephant Park. Nowhere else have I seen so many bulls with such good ivory.”

* Dr. Johan Marais, author of ‘Great Tuskers of Africa’ and ‘In Search of Africa’s Great Tuskers’.

Besides Big Tuskers, you can spot various mammals at the Tembe waterhole, including antelope like kudu, impala or nyala.

The reserve is also a true birder’s paradise, hosting over 340 bird species.

What Did You Spot Today?

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Feel free to comment below to share your latest wildlife sightings at Tembe.

Cheers and enjoy your virtual safari! 😉

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16 thoughts on “Tembe Cam”

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      All of the animal species you mention do occur in Tembe.

      While buffalo, warthog and baboons are common, rhinos (both black and white) and wild dogs are much rarer.

      In fact, wild dogs were only recently reintroduced in the park.

      I hope this helps, good luck trying to spot them! 😉

      NB: Rhinos are generally not shown on camera to prevent potential problems with poachers.

    1. Hi Rachel,

      Thanks for your excellent questions.

      There is no best time per se (e.g. it’s 11:40 AM CEST right now, and there’s a family of elephants at the waterhole). That being said, spotting chances are higher outside the hottest time of the day (be especially watchful early in the morning and in late afternoon).

      When it comes to the best season to watch wild animals at Tembe, it’s definitely during the dry winter months (May to September). At this time, there is very little rain so the animals congregate to the remaining waterholes.

      Hope this helps,


  1. Watching from the western United States late at night and early morning, love every minute of it. Would you please tell me the name of the bird often on the impalas? Believe it is not in the oxpecker family but don’t know where to go from there. Thank you.

    1. Hi Roddey,

      Was it a relatively small bird (with a red or red & yellow bill)? If so, it’s most definitely a red (or yellow)-billed oxpecker.

      You can find images about oxpeckers here: https://africafreak.com/impala

      If your bird was white (though they usually prefer to mingle with larger species like buffalo or wildebeest), it was most likely cattle egret.

      1. Confused because they were larger, gray/brown, light underneath when they flew, and were two or three. Have seen them a couple of times, on impala. Thanks for your answering.

          1. You suggested photos of birds I’d like to identify, Prnt.sc could not be used, is there an email that I could use to send to you?

  2. Hi Michael,

    I hope all is well with you.

    I’m still in love with your elephants at Tembe and they are with me most days what ever I’m doing, so many thanks for that and keeping the webcam going.

    I’m sure you may be aware, but in case not, the sound at Tembe has been very sporadic over maybe a week or longer (not quite sure), but just letting you know as requested, and wonder if you might look into it for us.

    Many thanks,

    Kind regards,


  3. Julie RobbinS

    Hi – Every morning recently when the elephants arise you’re either not zooming on them or not even moving the camera to look at them. We can hear the water – they are there. Would really appreciate you addressing as there aren’t many visits at the moment and when there are you’re not even picking up on them. It’s quite stressful actually. Thanks for your help.

    Kind regards,

    Julie (Tempe Elephant Park)

    1. Hi Julie.

      Thanks for your message.

      I am surprised you say this, as usually the Tembe camera is focused on the whole waterhole. So if there are any elephants in the area, you should be able to see them.

      Let me look into this, but unfortunately I do not have control on the camera (only the people at Tembe have this privilege).

      Did you check out the other live African wildlife webcams?


      Take care,


      PS: Just checked, and there are three elephants drinking right now (including some impala and waterbuck).

  4. For two days now I have not seen a single elephant, or any other animal for that matter, at the waterhole on the live webcam! What has happened?

    1. Hi Jette!

      Perhaps they’re also on lockdown? 😉

      Joking aside, there’s been some rainfall over the past few months (wet season).

      In other words, water is plentiful so the animals aren’t as dependent on the Tembe waterhole.

      From May onwards, things should begin to improve (as this period coincides with the beginning of the dry season).

      Take care,


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