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Table Mountain Fund

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Launched by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sir David Attenborough, the Table Mountain Fund is a Capital Trust Fund that develops and funds projects to protect and restore the natural wilderness of the Cape
In 1993 WWF South Africa had the foresight to raise the start-up capital for the Table Mountain Fund through a campaign . By 1998 South African custodians had donated R10 million and the Trust was registered. The Fund was later expanded with a significant investment by the World Bank.

To date the Table Mountain Fund has invested more than R30 million in 130 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 activities in critical areas.

Join Us

The Table Mountain Fund has delivered excellent results in restoring and protecting the natural wonders of the Cape Floral Kingdom.  But there is much more to do as the threats to this unique World Heritage Site are mounting every day.  We need your support to continue our work. 

Join us in saving the fynbos, so that this natural treasure can be accessed by all now and in the future.

Join us as we build the Table Mountain Fund.


During the many years of incarceration on Robben Island, we often looked across to Table Mountain, at its magnificent silhouette. To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope.

Nelson Mandela

Valuable Fynbos

	© Martin Harvey WWF/CANON
The Cape Floral Kingdom is known for both its fauna and flora
© Martin Harvey WWF/CANON
The majority of international arrivals come to see the iconic Table Mountain, the beautiful Cape Peninsula and the Cape’s scenic rural areas.  As the Cape’s natural wilderness areas are the foundation of its tourism industry, their protection is critical to maintaining and growing the region’s tourism industry.  The Cape fynbos ecosystems and water catchments are also a generator of vital freshwater supplies and prevent disasters such as flooding.  Protecting these areas is not a luxury, but a necessity.  When they are gone, the costs of providing clean and safe drinking water to urban areas will increase dramatically.  The fynbos also offers further riches in its beautiful and unique wild-harvested flowers and popular indigenous herbal tea species such as rooibos and honeybush tea.

Fynbos Facts

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The Cape Floral Kingdom has the highest species richness in the world, more than three times that of its nearest rival - the South American rain forest.

Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula are home to double the plant species than the whole of the British Isles. Of these an amazing 70% are found nowhere else on Earth.

Fynbos has the world's richest bulb flora, and also some of the most beautiful.  Lilies, irises, amarylids and orchids are gems waiting to be spotted by the observant hiker.

What's new?

The Table Mountain Fund has established the TMF Stewardship Fund and has embarked on a dedicated fundraising campaign to capitalize this fund.
Through stewardship, 286 landowners have secured over 1 million hectares of critical habitat in the Cape under voluntary conservation management.  The limiting factor is a lack of resources to implement conservation activities on these stewardship sites.  The TMF Stewardship Fund will provide funding for priority management activities, and will also provide opportunities for job creation in rural areas. 
Chapman's Peak 
	© John Yeld
Chapman's Peak
© John Yeld
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Contact us

  • The Table Mountain Fund

    Centre for Biodiversity Conservation
    Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
    Rhodes Drive

    (t) 021 762 8525
    (f) 021 762 1905

    Email: Carla Wood on

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    Die Boord
    South Africa

Cape Action for People and the Environment (CAPE)

    CAPE is an overarching partnership of government and civil society aimed at conserving and restoring the biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom and the adjacent marine environment, while delivering significant benefits to the people of the region. The Table Mountain Fund is central to CAPE, as it is the only fund enabling a large number of projects across the region that work towards the goals of the CAPE partnership.