We just spent four nights in the tent cabins at Tembe. I highly recommend this park and the lodge for many reasons:
We stayed in Cabin 1. Our bed was comfy and the cabin was clean. We didn't have any trouble with bugs (you are in a park, so I don't count a small spider or two as trouble). We had nice hot showers every day and the tent had zip-up canvas covered windows. There is netting on all of the windows.
The food was decent and there was tons of it. Each meal offered a couple of choices (you'll probably need to let them know in advance if you have special dietary needs). You eat your meals with other guests and it is fun to hear where everyone is fun, what they saw on the game drives, etc. The dining area is open air and is lovely.
Super attentive and very, very, helpful. They are very quiet but that is the way of the Tembe people. We loved it that all staff were from the local area. We feel that it is important to support local communities when we travel and that definitely is the case at Tembe.
AMAZING! First, the guides are knowledgable and really care about the park. They know the wildlife, the local culture, the plants, and more. The drives - well, we visited another area (I won't say where in this review) and felt like we were on a zoo tour. Not so at Tembe! The animals at Tembe are there because that's where they really live...no animals placed there just for tourists to see. We had quiet, uncrowded drives where we had plenty of time for photos and observing wildlife. (Again, this is not the experience we had elsewhere...). We saw lions (including cubs), elephants,white rhino, buffalo, wildebeests, Nyala, impala, genet, birds of all sorts, giraffe, etc. We were close enough to most animals to see the expressions on their faces. The guides were respectful, though. They never crossed the line of stressing the wildlife.
This place is worth whatever effort it takes you to get here.