If you are considering a self-drive in the Tembe Elephant Park you need 4x4 or at least diff lock. We even used low range 4x4 at times. Soft thick sand in many spots. Not sure how it will be if wet/muddy also. There is no convenience store at reception, so pack plenty of drinks/snacks for your trip, especially if you have children along. Their map is quite helpful so keep it handy. We didn't see any elephants close by, only caught the tops of some elephant heads in the distance from the Swamp Road. I think it may be worthwhile contacting Tembe about arranging a guided trip if you are not staying in the tented accommodation. (Or maybe we were just unlucky not to see elephants.) Lastly, your vehicle may come out with some scratch marks from overhanging tree branches but hopefully most of it polishes out.
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