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Tembe Elephant Park Development Trust

The Tembe Elephant National Park falls within the Tembe Tribal ward and was proclaimed in October 1983, after ‘the late’ Chief Msimba Tembe donated the land for the formation of the reserve. The reason for this was to try to help conserve and protect the sand forest and its many unique flora and fauna species and to create a refuge or place of peace for the last naturally occurring population of the African elephant (Loxodonta Africana) in KwaZulu-Natal.

Originally only the southern, eastern and western boundaries were fenced with game-proof fencing. This allowed the elephants passage to and from Mozambique until 1989 when the elephants were more settled and the northern boundary between Mozambique and the reserve could be properly fenced. The park was only officially open to the public two years later in 1991 when the elephants were deemed safe to view. Today there are more than 220 elephants in the Park, with some of the biggest Tuskers in Southern Africa.

Community Upliftment

Tembe is an unparalleled community conservation success story. The Tembe tribe owns and manages Tembe Elephant Lodge on their own ancestral land. Tembe Elephant Lodge is testimony to the care and pride the Tembe people take in a project that continues to uplift their community in many ways.

Tembe Elephant Park has grown to become the biggest private-sector employer in the region and is the largest contributor to the local economy. The Lodge currently employs 55 people, all from the KwaTembe region who are provided with professional training in hospitality or as guides.




Donations to date

R 131 282.96

Fundraising target

R 250 000.00

Donor Messages

This is gift for my daughter
I love Ellie’s keep up the good work.
Candy Womer
Best wishes for fresh water to a wonderful area. We miss Tembe!
Kerstin Vogel
Keep up the good work, happy to support your good cause & the Tembe Elephant Park waterhole.
The light
Thank you
This is gift for my daughter
Christiane, Michael and Vincent
Stay tuned! We often think of you and admire what you get going for your people, nature ... and us touristis.
Zwelakhe Qwabe

Keep up the good work Ernest

Ray and Ann Stout

Pleased to support a community that provides a warm welcome and great hospitality

Activity feed

23 Jul 2020 USD $ 64
22 Jul 2020 USD $ 79
03 Jul 2020 USD $ 31
01 Jul 2020 USD $ 211
28 Jun 2020 USD $ 112