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In honor of our father "Tom Mahamba"

Personal message

A personal appeal

Those of you who have spent time with us will know just how much Tom Mahamba enriched the Tembe experience for so many. He was a legendary conservationist, a true friend and a devoted father and we miss him every day.

What many of you may not know is that Tom co-narrated the award-winning conservation documentary “Last of the Big Tuskers”. Sadly, he passed away in November last year before editing was completed.

The film premieres in New York on 23rd of October and, in honour of their father’s legacy, we are raising funds to take our Tom’s two eldest children Cebih and Fortune Mahamba to attend the world premiere of the documentary.

I know that the current environment has put everyone’s wallets under strain but if you would like to make a donation in memory of their great father and his contribution to conservation and the Tembe people

This campaign is to take Cebih & Fortune Mahamba, Tom's 2 eldest children, to New York to attend the world premier of the documentary. 

This is in memory of their great father & his invaluable contribution to conservation.

https://www.facebook.com/WCFForg/posts/1799291746793015 

https://www.facebook.com/tomoftembe/ 

Contributions will cover costs of passports, visas, air flights from South Africa, hotel accommodation, meals, transport, insurance & incidentals in New York. 

Surplus contributions will go to the Tembe Tusker Foundation of which Tom was a founding trustee.

https://www.facebook.com/tembe.foundation/

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Donations

  • Oct 16, 2018 - R 1 850.76
  • "Tom you gave us many happy memories." - JJim & Beryl Moore

  • Oct 15, 2018 - USD $ 36.24
  • "Good Luck!" - Ute & Mathias

  • Oct 06, 2018 - USD $ 68.95
  • "My Tempe brother, how I will miss your gentle nature and infectious smile. May your passion live on in your children" - Steve Perkins

  • Oct 04, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "I have fond memories of Tom and Tembe Elephant Park. I pray that your legacy continues forever. Rest in Peace... Z Maziya" - Zaithoon Maziya

  • Oct 01, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "What a privilege it was to get to know Tom! We hope you have a great trip Cebih and Fortune" - Graham and Heather

  • Oct 01, 2018 - USD $ 41.32
  • "The time I spent talking with Tom about Tembe, his family and life remains with me. A thoughtful man who remained calm & cheerful through it all." - Marilyn Zavitz

  • Sep 30, 2018 - R 760.69
  • "Tom, thank you for everything! You are a true Hero!" - Sabrina Spindler

  • Sep 30, 2018 - R 845.21
  • "in honor of Tom" - Wolfgang Haefner

  • Sep 29, 2018 - USD $ 18.59
  • "We were twice in tembe and will miss Tom the next time. He was a lovely person. Greetings from Germany" - Thomas Tietz

  • Sep 26, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Dear Tom, my friend from Tembe. I will never forget you. Confronting bull elephants in the camp. Tracking leopards. An exceptional guide an exceptional friend. Tot ziens." - Erik Schram

  • Sep 25, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Best guide on the block and a wonderful person" - Wroe-Street Family

  • Sep 25, 2018 - USD $ 34.61
  • "Tom made our visit to Tembe memorable. It was a privilege to meet him." - John & Lynda Oldham

  • Sep 24, 2018 - USD $ 52.15
  • "Tom was part of the spirit of Tembe that made it so very special. He will be missed." - Lois Tetzlaff

  • Sep 19, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "We will never forget Tom" - Barbara und Klaus

  • Sep 16, 2018 - USD $ 35.24
  • "Thank you Tom I will never forget my visits to Tembe.and the hospitality I experienced during my visits> I will be back soon." - Bert Cassidy

  • Sep 15, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Tom, you are sorely missed." - L J Anderson

  • Sep 14, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "A wonderful trip for Tom's children in memory of their father." - Kelvin and Janet

  • Sep 14, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Tom had a passion for the future of Tembe; he will be greatly missed." - Mike and Elaine Potts

  • Sep 13, 2018 - USD $ 33.43
  • "Thank you for your great engagement for the future of nature in Tembe." - Doro und Harald

  • Sep 13, 2018 - USD $ 33.43
  • "The time with Tom in Tembe was a great gift for our life. " - Andrea and family

  • Sep 11, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "A fitting tribute to your father" - Hunt

  • Sep 11, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Tom would be very proud of you all." - Ruth McMaster

  • Sep 10, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "We are very happy to contribute in honour of this exceptional human being who made our family's visit to Tembe so memorable." - Suhasini, Anasuya, Siddhartha, Kiki&Himesh; Shah

  • Sep 09, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "On our visits to Tembe we were priviledged to have had Tom as our Guide and driver, he was knowledgeable in all that we saw and questions we asked were answered very professionally. " - Volley and Claire Keyser

  • Sep 09, 2018 - USD $ 59.91
  • "This trip will be a wonderful tribute to Tom. May it also be a comfort to his family to know Tom was so loved and appreciated by those who had the good fortune to know him. " - Anonymous

  • Sep 09, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "In memory of Tom - a special person" - John and Derry

  • Sep 09, 2018 - USD $ 32.82
  • "We’ve (so far) only visited Tembe once and Tom was an indelible part of a great experience. What a character, RIP" - Chris Jenkins

  • Sep 08, 2018 - USD $ 15.78
  • "Hamba kahle dear Tom it was a privilege to know you even briefly" - Dorothy Hardy

  • Sep 08, 2018 - USD $ 69.04
  • "We are so sorry for the tragic loss and wish the children a wonderful trip to USA" - Mike & Mary-Louise Penrith

  • Sep 07, 2018 - USD $ 34.32
  • "We had the privilege to met Tom shortly before his untimely death, he will always be remembered by us." - John and Frankie brierkey

  • Sep 07, 2018 - R 1 756.77
  • "Thank you Tom, we will remember you as a great person and motivating conservationist and keep up the spirit!" - Birgit and Paul

  • Sep 07, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Tom's passion and understanding of the bush was amazing." - James & Barbara

  • Sep 07, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Watch over you tuskers, Tom. We still needed you here. Rest in peace big man." - Dr. B. Clark

  • Sep 06, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "It's a great please to support this great idea in memory for a wonderful man - Tom!" - Hermann + Ursula Jagau

  • Sep 06, 2018 - USD $ 68.18
  • "in memory of a fantastic conservationist and father. We miss him very much." - Ute and Roland Siebenschuh

  • Sep 06, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "IN MEMORY OF A GREAT MAN AND CONSERVATIONIST" - URS & URSULA THIERSTEIN

  • Sep 06, 2018 - USD $ 23.86
  • "We enjoyed Tom's hospitality in Tembe. We'll miss him." - Ray Kiveris

  • Sep 05, 2018 - R 359.87
  • "Tom was a great man. The film premiere will be very special! " - Familie Kruit

  • Sep 05, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "We'll never forget him joining in at the tribal dance by the fireside... I think he's still dancing somewhere." - Goeran Lennert

  • Sep 05, 2018 - R 277.39
  • "In honor of Tom Mahamba" - Kareen Schindler

  • Sep 05, 2018 - USD $ 68.58
  • "Tom was our guide on our first visit to Tembe. His knowledge, dedication, humour and stories made our stay very special. It is with pleasure that we support Cebih and Fortune to honour their father." - Mike & Adrienne

  • Sep 05, 2018 - USD $ 32.60
  • "Tom helped to make Tembe a special place for us to visit" - John and Annette Peattie

  • Sep 04, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Tembe lost a great man" - John & Marij

  • Sep 04, 2018 - R 538.27
  • "What a great legacy to support" - Julie

  • Sep 04, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "An amazing man,enjoy the many wonderful memories he has left you with." - Anonymous

  • Sep 04, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Be proud" - Don Hunter

  • Sep 04, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Enjoyed stories from Tom on evening fire" - Peter Fuss

  • Sep 04, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "We're delighted to be able to contribute to this very worthy cause. Tom was so passionate in his conservation work and uplifting his community." - Peter & Tricia Hoffmann

  • Sep 04, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "A WONDERFUL MAN AND STORYTELLER OF TEMBE TRADITIONS RIP TOM " - SHARYL AND NICK HASTIE

  • Sep 04, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "My short time at Tembe was made all the more special by this wonderful man who was so passionate about Tembe, it's people and his guests. World needs more like Tom." - Sean Shreve

  • Sep 04, 2018 - USD $ 70.76
  • "I met Tom at Tembe just before his passing. He made a long lasting impression on me. He was such a nice person and he was good to his staff. Please continue at Tembe with his approach in mind!" - Henning Langer

  • Sep 04, 2018 - R 310.00
  • "Tom Mahamba" - Arnulf Manns

  • Sep 04, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Have a great trip" - The Chapmans

  • Sep 04, 2018 - R 5 010.00
  • "It was an honour to have known Tom and we're all so much richer for the wonderful times spent with him." - The Stewart's

  • Sep 04, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Tom made the Tembe experience come to life with his ability to tell some amazing stories." - George Watson

  • Sep 04, 2018 - USD $ 21.23
  • "-" - Birgit & Thomas

  • Sep 03, 2018 - R 1 775.16
  • "We were really sorry to hear about Tom, he was a lovely man. We really enjoyed our time in Tembe last year, he has done great work. Good luck Cebih and Fortune at the world premier." - Landy Family

  • Sep 03, 2018 - USD $ 21.42
  • "Such a lovely man - gentle, kind and very knowledgeable. So pleased he has made a film. Enjoy your trip!" - Rita & Jeff Strutt

  • Sep 03, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Enjoy the trip and hold up the flag" - Guy Richards

  • Sep 03, 2018 - USD $ 42.08
  • "We had the privilege of having met Tom during our stay at Tembe, he was a charasmatic, wonderful man. We wish Cebih and Fortune safe travels & hope they enjoy their trip to New York!" - Dee & Gavin Roelofsz

  • Sep 03, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "It is a pleasure to be able to assist." - John and Gail Yorke

  • Sep 03, 2018 - USD $ 67.88
  • "All the best for the Children" - Monika & Franz Reinisch / Austria

  • Sep 03, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "In memory of a wonderful guide" - Edmonds

  • Sep 03, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck." - Stella

  • Sep 03, 2018 - USD $ 71.41
  • "Toms passion for Tembe and its purpose was infectious! Have a safe trip." - Ian & Pam Cameron

  • Sep 03, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "RIP Tom" - Roy and Claire ballantyne

  • Sep 03, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Fondly remembering Tom and Tembe. Have a safe journey! Arthur" - Arthur

  • Sep 03, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Remembering Tom and Tembe very fondly. Safe travels!" - Sjaak

  • Sep 03, 2018 - USD $ 35.70
  • "Tom will be missed by all who knew him. " - Ngaire Booth

  • Sep 03, 2018 - R 380.00
  • "We will always remember our visit to Tembe. Tom was a special man" - Fiona meadley

  • Sep 03, 2018 - USD $ 35.70
  • "In memory of Tom" - The Martin family

  • Sep 03, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Tom was an amazing man. What a legend." - Neville Wright

  • Sep 03, 2018 - R 257.05
  • "Make your dad proud" - Chris and Debbie Haworth

  • Sep 03, 2018 - R 2 000.00
  • "Go, enjoy and make your father and all of us proud of you!" - Russell and Joanie Tarr

  • Sep 03, 2018 - R 100.00
  • "Excellent work done by an amazing man. One of a kind." - Lew & Carole Lloyd Evans

  • Sep 03, 2018 - USD $ 58.05
  • "Lots of love and luck for Tom's family and the employers of Tembe. " - Rene

  • Sep 03, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "It´s my honor to help!" - Bernd Bayerkoehler

  • Sep 03, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Without Tom, Tembe would not be the place it is today." - Owen Greene

  • Sep 03, 2018 - R 110.00
  • "I have been fortunate to have visited Tembe 3 times - Tom was my guide on the first trip - we missed him on our recent trip in June 18. What a wonderful man - what a great loss! Love ANNA" - Anna van Esch

  • Sep 03, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "In honor of Tom" - Luke

  • Sep 03, 2018 - USD $ 33.94
  • "Wonderful memories of Tembe. Tom's passion and committment will be missed" - Rob, Trish, Mel, Helen, Di and Caue (also late)

  • Sep 03, 2018 - USD $ 71.41
  • "A great loss to Tembe. Such a privilege to have met Tom." - Pam Morris

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Find time to get to Central park " - harold Loebenstein

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 853.08
  • "an honour to do this" - Alberto De Oliveira

  • Sep 02, 2018 - USD $ 35.81
  • "Great man, always will remember talking to him by the fire." - Thomas & Ulli Pekert

  • Sep 02, 2018 - USD $ 35.81
  • "From Italy to Tembe with love" - DARIO PROLETTI

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "the man contributed a lot towards conservancy in Tembe." - mayank sirohi ( afro india recyclers)

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 1 468.73
  • "Tom, you we’re a huge compliment to South Africa. RIP with your magnificent Tuskers." - “Babies of the Bush” - Y. Reed

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 877.14
  • "Had the pleasure of meeting Tom last year. Small donation for a great cause " - Linda

  • Sep 02, 2018 - USD $ 21.49
  • "For tom's children" - Irmgard robi und Uwe

  • Sep 02, 2018 - USD $ 35.81
  • "We will remember him." - Nilsen Family

  • Sep 02, 2018 - USD $ 35.81
  • "May Tom Mahamba's film be an inspiration to many to support conservation." - Yvonne

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "In honour of Tom Mahamba. " - Keith Marks

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 526.50
  • "with best wishes to his family and his purpose in life" - georgi44

  • Sep 02, 2018 - USD $ 35.81
  • "in honour of a kind, gracious person" - Carol & Stephen Hooper

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "I have checked the webcam every morning from Canada and it brings back fond memories of my childhood." - Tweets

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 853.44
  • "Thanks to To, I met twice, and my best whishes for the children" - Ursula Happe

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 701.54
  • "I am very sad, I cannot believe that he passed away. RIP." - Fabienne

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Tom, such a special warm heart person, always will remeber him. His family lost a Hero, he is my one also " - Elke Herget

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "wish I could donate more.." - Koos Vorster

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 411.28
  • "My wife and I both had the immense priviledge of meeting both Tom and Isilo on several occasions at Tembe (ISILO right outside our tent at 1am in the morning,tummy rumbling!!). A real gentleman ." - Pete and Sue Hill

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 822.56
  • "We still feel warm feelings for Tom. His family can be proud." - John and Ria Vertogen

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "A wonderful lovely man , one of the good ones" - Chrisine and Christoph

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 411.28
  • "RIP Tom" - Anonymous

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Rest in peace, dear Tom" - Mike

  • Sep 02, 2018 - USD $ 21.49
  • "It was an honor to meet you, RIP Tom" - Martina

  • Sep 02, 2018 - USD $ 15.00
  • "Never met your father..but I read a lot about him and Tembe..be proud on him ..hope seeing Tembe one day soon..save trip.." - Jusi

  • Sep 02, 2018 - USD $ 3.58
  • "enjoy the adventure!" - anon Tembe fan

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 587.18
  • "Rest in peace Tom - thank you for caring so much for Gaiai’s finest" - Sarah Holden

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Thank you for showing us the best side of humanity Tom, Rest In Peace with your tuskers." - Ollie and Barbara Collins

  • Sep 02, 2018 - USD $ 35.81
  • "In Tom’s memory" - Kristensen’s

  • Sep 02, 2018 - USD $ 14.33
  • "Have a save trip" - Frank Fehler

  • Sep 01, 2018 - USD $ 52.60
  • "I donated to the Kickstarter project "The Last of the Big Tuskers"--in fact my donation pushed them over the minimum necessary so that the film could be funded. I wish I had met Tom. " - Janet Herbruck

  • Sep 01, 2018 - USD $ 35.81
  • "We remember Tom fondly from our first visit. May his legacy live on in his sons and the wonderful Tmebe park" - Ian M. Evans and Luanna Meyer

  • Sep 01, 2018 - USD $ 13.63
  • "??" - Caroline

  • Sep 01, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "A beautiful way to honor the memory of a great conservation champion" - Bonnie Fladung

  • Sep 01, 2018 - USD $ 105.20
  • "We were privileged to have Tom show us the wonders of Tembe. We hope you will be able to continue his legacy and educate the world about conservation. " - Ghosh Family

  • Sep 01, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Will never forget that wonderful smile and what a storyteller!" - Bronnie

  • Sep 01, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Travel well in honour of your Father Tom." - Sue Battison

  • Sep 01, 2018 - USD $ 34.04
  • "A contribution to keeping his great memory" - Andrea

  • Sep 01, 2018 - USD $ 358.13
  • "Rudi and I were so lucky to have Tom as our guide in Tembe a few years ago. He was a lovely person and a wonderful storyteller and I will never forget how he used a small plastic bottle as a whistle" - Ingrid Gerlo

  • Sep 01, 2018 - USD $ 358.13
  • "I am privileged in having met Tom as our guide to Tembe. Tom was a wonderful guide, a great storyteller and a magnificent person. May his legacy live on!" - Rudi Strubbe

  • Sep 01, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck" - Bridget

  • Sep 01, 2018 - USD $ 71.63
  • "We are so proud of you father's work. Please continue in his work. Safe journeys!" - Al & Linda Pellegrini

  • Sep 01, 2018 - USD $ 210.40
  • "I was blessed with being able to spend a lot of time with Tom at Tembe. Thank you Tom for Your friendship and all that you did for me! " - Jordan Whitley

  • Aug 30, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "Tom was an inspiration to all who knew him. Mr Tembe we miss you! " - Anonymous

  • Aug 30, 2018 - USD $ 38.44
  • "with our best wishes" - Stew & Fran

  • Aug 29, 2018 - USD $ 13.71
  • "In memory of Tom" - Eileen

  • Aug 29, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "Never met Tom and never saw Isilo, but may their souls soar in the skies!" - Daan & Ilze Burger

  • Aug 28, 2018 - USD $ 11.80
  • "Best wishes" - Anonymous

  • Aug 28, 2018 - USD $ 222.91
  • "We loved Tom and miss him at Tembe terribly. It is an honour to contribute to Cebih & Fortune Mahamba travelling to NYC for this special occasion." - Youens family

  • Aug 28, 2018 - USD $ 10.52
  • "I hope to see you there!" - Anonymous

  • Aug 28, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "It was a privilege to have met Tom on our visits to Thembe. May he rest in peace and you can carry his legacy further." - Jill Collins

  • Aug 28, 2018 - USD $ 14.13
  • "Best wishes " - Stefan Döß

  • Aug 28, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "In memory of a wonderful Ambassador for South Africa - Tom Mahamba" - Anonymous

  • Aug 28, 2018 - R 400.00
  • "Tom has left you a precious legacy. Treasure his memory and continue that legacy. " - Anonymous

  • Aug 28, 2018 - R 50.00
  • "May it be successful " - Bonga Mkhize

  • Aug 28, 2018 - R 1 542.30
  • "For you Tom, may your incredible spirit live on through your beautiful children. " - Anon

  • Aug 28, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "he was not just my guide he was my friend. we became close to each other when i volunteered a couple of times there . miss you mate" - Thomas Schneider

  • Aug 28, 2018 - R 112.31
  • "Be safe on your trip , have fun!" - Bridget Drynan

  • Aug 27, 2018 - USD $ 105.20
  • "All the best" - Richard Milbank

  • Aug 27, 2018 - USD $ 26.30
  • "what an amazing way to celebrate his life and hard work. " - csonka

  • Aug 27, 2018 - USD $ 73.72
  • "Tom - you remain in my thoughts constantly. Your legacy lives on..." - James Currie

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "He great man gone too soon," - Paddy & Helene

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Tom was a special man, gone too soon" - Andrew Crickmay

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "i will never forget Tom. Miss his smile and happiness. Tembe lost a great Hero. ??Natascha Lippmann" - Natascha Lippmann

  • Aug 27, 2018 - USD $ 28.03
  • "From the UK." - Ian

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "What a wonderful legacy your father is leaving; I hope you're able to attend the premiere and continue your father's incredible work and dedication to highlighting the plight of our magical elephants" - Andrea Rosenmann

  • Aug 26, 2018 - USD $ 25.68
  • "One of the good ones." - Rob & Rosanna

  • Aug 26, 2018 - USD $ 52.60
  • "For Tom's family, and for the big Tuskers" - Chris

  • Aug 26, 2018 - USD $ 148.02
  • "Tom was a legend and his work legendary. Please accept a small financial token of our support with our best wishes. Tim and Yvonne Driman (www.timdrimanphotography.co.za )" - Tim and Yvonne Driman

  • Aug 26, 2018 - USD $ 37.00
  • "In loving memory of Tom. Because of him we fell in love with Tembe Elephant Park. Enjoy your trip. " - Astrid & Frank

  • Aug 26, 2018 - R 2 056.40
  • "Your father left a wonderful legacy , You deserve to see the world recognise his work as a conservationist " - Ernest & Family

  • Aug 26, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Sadly missed" - Christel Modin

  • Aug 26, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "A wonderful man whose legacy will live on. He would be as proud to have you in New York as you are of him. Travel well." - Jenny

  • Aug 26, 2018 - R 2 000.00
  • "What a wonderful idea to be able to see the legacy of your father " - Monica Kloppers

  • Aug 26, 2018 - USD $ 14.80
  • "Great man, gone too soon! " - Anon

  • Aug 26, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "For a lovely man & friend, sadly missed" - Ann & Ray Staniland

  • Aug 25, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Your father sounds like he was an amazing man. You can definately be proud x" - Anonymous

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Conservationist, Friend & Father "Tom Mahamba" of Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa, co-narrated the award winning conservation documentary "Last of the Big Tuskers". This film premieres in New York on 23rd October 2018.
Sadly Tom passed away in November last year before editing was completed.  This campaign is to take Cebih & Fortune Mahamba, Tom's 2 eldest children, to New York to attend the world premier of the documentary