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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 226 915.74

Fundraising target

R 700 000.00

Donor Messages

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.
Sean and Angela
Tembe and its people always in our minds
Adrian and Stephen Adcock (UK)
Your webcam has been a constant source of pleasure for us during the pandemic, kept us sane and connected to Africa. Thank you and please keep it going.
Mark Thomas
Happy Birthday to my sister Lisa!. Love to all the people & animals at Tembe! We miss you & will return some day. Mark, Kathi, and Jackson
Jennifer Hertslet
Hope this will help get you back on your feet
Mari from Finland
Thank you for nice moments watching the webcam
Stewart Haines
A basic necessity and an excellent project
Thomas and Marion
WE enjoyed our stay at your place and we often watch the elephants at the waterhole via webcam- All the best and good success for your project.

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Ellen Braid donated USD $ 39 via Bring Water To Our People
08 Dec 2021 USD $ 39
Brad jarrett donated USD $ 32 via Bring Water To Our People
08 Dec 2021 USD $ 32
Sean and Angela donated USD $ 18 via Bring Water To Our People
07 Dec 2021 USD $ 18
Adrian and Stephen Adcock (UK) donated USD $ 66 via Bring Water To Our People
01 Nov 2021 USD $ 66
Mark Thomas donated USD $ 102 via Bring Water To Our People
19 Sep 2021 USD $ 102