Tembo Gold Reports 16.10 g/t Au Over 3.00 Meters and 3.13 g/t Gold Over 25.89 Meters from Tembo Project, Tanzania

March 13, 2012

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- Tembo Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:TEM) ("Tembo", or the "Company) - is pleased to announce the first assay results from its initial drilling at the Tembo Project in the Lake Victoria goldfield of Tanzania. Drilling at the first target consisted of 12 drill-holes, 6 reverse circulation (RC) and 6 diamond drilling (DD) on alternate section lines 100m apart along a 500m strike length. The goal of the drill program was to test for multiple mineralized structures at 50 and 100m depths beneath artisanal workings.

To date assay results from 7 holes (3 reverse circulation and 4 diamond drill), have been received and are reported below, assays for the remaining 5 holes are pending and will be reported on as soon as they become available.

Highlights Include:

  • TDD0004: 3.13 g/t Au over 25.89m including 8.87 g/t Au over 3.89m;
  • TDD0005: 10.76 g/t Au over 4.00m, including 93.3 g/t Au over 0.38m and;
  • TRC0013: 16.10 g/t Au over 3.00m and 4.01 g/t Au over 3.00m.

Tembo Gold President & CEO, David Scott, stated, "We are very excited by these initial drill results as they reinforce our strategy of targeting magnetic lineaments which have significant artisanal activity at surface. These early drill results were beyond our expectations and dramatically illustrate and confirm the potential for widespread high grade gold mineralization throughout the Tembo project area. Given these very positive results, follow up deeper drilling is being planned to target mineralization at 100m depth intervals down to 500m on this target. We are also pleased to report that 4 additional drill rigs have been ordered and are en route to site."

Drill Program

The initial drilling targeted a southern dominant east-west structure at 50m and 100m depths, with all holes being extended to between 200m and 300m in order to intersect a second east-west structure and test for potential deeper structures. All drill holes were drilled at -60° inclination to the north as initial interpretation of artisanal workings suggested that mineralization dips steeply to the south.

At this locality drilling core structural analysis suggests that three structural directions (east-west, northwest, and northeast) are mineralized, with two sub-parallel east-west zones of artisanal mining intersecting northwest and northeast zones within the target area. Multiple intersections indicate that many of the identified structures are gold bearing. The wide mineralization (3.13 g/t Au over 25.89m of core length) encountered in TDD0004 reinforces the possibility of encountering wide lower grade potentially open pittable resources in addition to the high grade narrow structures typical of the nearby Bulyanhulu mine of African Barrick Gold.

All drill core is being oriented using a Reflex instrument to facilitate structural logging and analysis. Preliminary indications are that mineralization may be associated with north and south dipping structures and as such two diamond drill-holes have been planned from the north to improve the intersection angle through structures with a northern dip and provide additional 3-D information.

TEMBO PROJECT DRILL RESULTS - March 13, 2012 (To date assay results from 7 of 12 holes are available)
) Depth to
) Width*
) Au
) Comments
TDD0004 41.00 66.89 25.89 3.13 Mineralised zones characteristically containing disseminated and stringers of pyrrhotite and pyrite associated with quartz veins, evidence of shearing and chlorite, carbonate and silicic alteration
including 41.60 44.50 2.90 4.15
47.50 49.00 1.50 2.22
60.00 62.00 2.00 12.71
including 60.50 61.00 0.50 36.30
63.00 66.89 3.89 8.78
including 63.50 64.00 0.50 20.10
65.00 65.23 0.23 17.20
65.74 66.30 0.56 15.80
TD00005 152.86 158.00 5.14 8.50 Smokey grey quartz veining with associated disseminated and stringer pyrite and pyrrhotite, and carbonate and sericitic alteration in foliated metabasalt, possible visible Au
including 154.00 158.00 4.00 10.76
including 155.32 155.70 0.38 93.30
TD0006 Results pending
TDD0010 189.50 191.50 2.00 4.48 Strongly foliated sheared metabasalt with quartz veins and disseminated pyrite and pyrrhotite
including 190.60 191.00 0.40 8.23
257.80 258.40 0.60 1.69 Sheared and fractured with quartz vein and minor sulphide
TDD0011 23.50 24.00 0.50 1.84 Quartz carbonate vein with pyrite and pyrrhotite
TDD0012 Results pending
TRC0013 19.00 22.00 3.00 16.10 Quartz veining and sulphide in weathered to fresh sheared metabasalt
85.00 91.00 6.00 2.18
103.00 106.00 3.00 4.01
248.00 250.00 2.00 2.86
TRC0004 No significant results
TRC0005 156.00 159.00 3.00 1.80
TRC0006 Results pending
TRC0014 Results pending
TRC0015 Results awaited
* Widths represent down hole core lengths, and true widths are unknown at this time, no high grades cut has been applied.
** TDD = Diamond Drill and TRC = Reverse Circulation

Drill Target Areas

A recent light detection and ranging (LIDAR) survey has provided a detailed understanding of the artisanal mining activity within the Tembo project area. The active and historical hard rock artisanal workings total over 10km of strike length, representing less than 10% of the potentially mineralized structures, when measured as magnetic lineaments. Most importantly the LIDAR Survey has shown that there are at least three directions of gold bearing structures; east-west, northwest, and northeast, trending within the Tembo project area. The implications of three potentially mineralized structural directions repeated across the property area are considerable, as the intersection points of the structures are potentially areas of higher grades and wider zones of gold mineralization. 7 priority targets have been defined through a combination of airborne magnetics, gold anomalies in soils and cover, and most importantly artisanal hard rock mining, all having multiple parallel and crosscutting structures present.

Quality Assurance/Quality Control

A stringent QA/QC practice is being applied to all sample batches. A Verified Reference Material standard is inserted every 20th sample, a known blank or blank standard every 20th sample and all samples with assays greater than 0.5 g/t Au are re-assayed. 1% of all samples are submitted to an alternative laboratory for check analysis. In addition the laboratory adheres to an internal QA/QC procedure including standard samples and repeats and blanks inserted independently.

The above information has been prepared under the supervision of David Scott, Pr. Sci. Nat., who is designated as a "Qualified Person" with the ability and authority to verify the authenticity and validity of the data.

About Tembo Gold Corp.

Tembo Gold (TSX VENTURE:TEM) is a Canadian publicly listed mineral exploration company focused on the exploration and development of gold projects in Tanzania and the rest of Africa. The Company currently has 100% interest in the Tembo Gold Project which is located adjacent to African Barrick's 20Moz Bulyanhulu Mine in the prolific Lake Victoria Greenstone belt in Tanzania. The company is led by a highly experienced team with a proven history of developing, financing, and operating mining projects in Africa. The company has commenced its 90,000m drill program on its Tembo Gold Project.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors of Tembo,

David Scott, President & CEO

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Tembo Gold Corp.
Marc Cernovitch
Director & VP Business Development