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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 232 706.41

Fundraising target

R 700 000.00

Donor Messages

Jane Simpson
To celebrate Sophie - inspirational survivor, Africaphile and champion of all wildlife
Sue and Tony
We hope you quickly reach your target. Good Luck!
many times ZA...
Maria from Germany
Good luck!
Richard Frank
Having filmed 'Prehistoric Park' many years ago as 1st AD, I know from working together with the local people that you are so trust worthy and so honourable that this small gift will be well spent.
Juergen R
Tembe Elephant Park is great. We watch Tembe Webcam almost every day. This helps us to satisfy our longing for Africa when we can't be there.
Ruth McMaster
All the best to the people of Tembe. Hope this helps.
Ellen Braid
Thank you for sharing via webcam such a very special place. Good luck with the project.
Brad jarrett
Have loved the two times we have been to Tembe and hope to return again one day.

Activity feed

Jane Simpson donated USD $ 30 via Bring Water To Our People
05 Aug 2022 USD $ 30
Sue and Tony donated USD $ 59 via Bring Water To Our People
11 Jul 2022 USD $ 59
Nikolas donated USD $ 27 via Bring Water To Our People
07 Jul 2022 USD $ 27
Maria from Germany donated USD $ 33 via Bring Water To Our People
10 Mar 2022 USD $ 33