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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.




Fundraising target

R 700 000.00

Donations to date

R 239 425.55

Donor Messages

Coates family
We hope you can continue your great work.
As a tourist I am impressed by the combination of preservation and sustainable tourism, therefore like to make a contribution.
Stefan Nedwed
Ich wünsche dem Stamm der Tembe alles gute
Regine Wolf
Good luck with your project 💦 🚿
Thank you for the wonderful webcam. Good luck!
Good luck!
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!

Activity feed

Coates family donated US $ 59 via Bring Water To Our People
19 Nov 2023 US $ 59
Anonymous donated US $ 118 via Bring Water To Our People
06 Nov 2023 US $ 118
Stefan Nedwed donated US $ 27 via Bring Water To Our People
15 Aug 2023 US $ 27
Regine Wolf donated US $ 54 via Bring Water To Our People
12 Apr 2023 US $ 54
Anonymous donated US $ 12 via Bring Water To Our People
08 Apr 2023 US $ 12