About The Table Mountain Fund

Launched by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sir David Attenborough, The Table Mountain Fund is a capital Conservation Trust Fund that develops and funds projects to protect and restore the world-famous natural heritage of the Cape, known as the Fynbos.

 

In 1993 WWF South Africa had the foresight to raise the start-up capital for The Table Mountain Fund. By 1998 South African custodians had donated R10 million and the Trust was registered, with the fund being later expanded via a significant investment from the World Bank.

 

To date The Table Mountain Fund has invested more than R68 million in over 300 projects. These projects range from purchasing important conservation land and engaging landowners in sustainable land management, to funding applied research, and supporting civil society to carry out innovative conservation projects in high value conservation areas.

Table Mountain and the Cape Floral Region

Table Mountain

The majestic profile of Table Mountain has for centuries been an inspiration for visitors to the Cape. Even those who live and work at the foot of the mountain feel the power of this world-famous landmark. And yet even more awe-inspiring than its famous profile are the unique plants and animals that live on the mountain, oblivious to the hustle and bustle of the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town below.

Cape Floral Region

Located at the south-western tip of South Africa, the Cape Floral Region is the smallest and richest of the Earth’s six floral kingdoms. Home to nearly half of South Africa’s plant species, its characteristic vegetation, known as fynbos, is found nowhere else on Earth. Its uniqueness has earned the Cape recognition as a World Heritage Site and a Global Biodiversity Hotspot.

TMNP

Situated at Africa’s south-western tip, the Table Mountain National Park is recognised globally for its extraordinarily rich, diverse and unique fauna and flora and is a truly remarkable natural, scenic, historical, cultural and recreational asset both locally and internationally. Established in 1998, it is one of the few National Parks in the world to be located within a large cosmopolitan city.

TMF Investments

Conservation Projects
TMF manages a project portfolio of approximately 30 conservation projects based within the Cape Floristic Region. Our project partners include non-governmental organisations, state organizations and private companies. Some of our current projects and partners include:
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Small Grants Projects
Through our small grant facility, TMF aims to support the growth and development of new entrants into the conservation sector, as well as facilitate the inclusion and involvement of a wider range of stakeholders in conservation. With grants less than R50 000, TMF supports community level conservation across the CFR.
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Innovation Projects
TMF prizes itself in supporting innovative conservation projects which could ultimately catalyse large scale advances in conservation operations. Some of our most innovative investments include:
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Featured Project: The Southern Cape Landowners Initiative

In this month’s #TMFInTheField we introduce you to The Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI). The SCLI is all about enlarging the Southern Cape conservation footprint, by creating weed-free corridors and landscapes. Through the establishment of working relationships between landowners and land managers, who have an interest in the control and eradication of invasive alien plants, SCLI is developing better coordinated mechanisms and larger conservation corridors.

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Support Us

The Table Mountain Fund has delivered excellent results in restoring and protecting the natural wonders of the Cape Floristic Region. But there is much more to do as the threats to this unique World Heritage Site are mounting every day. Join international donors, local partners and dedicated individuals in saving our unique species and ecosystems, allowing people and nature to thrive.

 

Join us as we protect and restore the natural wilderness of Table Mountain and the rich biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

Latest News and Blogs

  • #KnowYourFynbos: Gorgeous gladioli

    A couple of months back, on a rainy-day hike in the Elgin area, I was lucky to put my foot down next to an exquisite flower called the Brown Afrikaner (Gladiolus maculatus). The buttercup-yellow and maroon-speckled treasure had popped up right in the middle of......

  • Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI)

    In this month’s #TMFInTheField we introduce you to The Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI). The SCLI is all about enlarging the Southern Cape conservation footprint, by creating weed-free corridors and landscapes. Through the establishment of working relationships between landowners and land managers, who have an......

  • TMF’s contribution towards the Western Cape’s Protected Area network

    South Africa’s Western Cape province is home to the smallest yet richest plant kingdom in the world. The Cape Floristic Region (CFR) sustains well over 9000 plant species, with almost 70% of these endemic to the Cape. But the diversity, density and endemism of this......