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16 Oct

Lapalala: The Restoration of a Wilderness

The story of Lapalala begins—like all great stories—with a dream. In the reserve, if you stand at the iconic viewpoint high up on a golden-brown cliff, looking down on the Palala River flowing through lush kranses and valleys, there’s a good chance you will see a herd of elephants ambling across the savannah below. For a moment, you cannot escape an immense feeling of awe and gratitude that a massive wilderness like this still exists just 300 kilometers from Johannesburg. It’s easy to presume that it was always this way. But turn the clock back over 50 years, and the...
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16 Oct

Lapalala: The Restoration of a Wilderness – Part 2

SEE PART 1 OF THIS EPIC STORY A School in the Wild Clive Walker’s dream of creating a wilderness school at Lapalala was realised in 1985. Starting with a tiny hut in the wilderness, the school blossomed into a massive program that took people of every background into the wilderness to learn about nature. For Clive, it was important that all South Africans have access to the school, and programs were implemented to bring kids in from even the poorest townships around Johannesburg—kids who would not otherwise have the chance to visit a wilderness area. To date, over 100,000 children...
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10 Oct

Lapalala: The Restoration of a Wilderness

The story of Lapalala begins—like all great stories—with a dream. In the reserve, if you stand at the iconic viewpoint high up on a golden-brown cliff, looking down on the Palala River flowing through lush kranses and valleys, there’s a good chance you will see a herd of elephants ambling across the savannah below. For a moment, you cannot escape an immense feeling of awe and gratitude that a massive wilderness like this still exists just 300 kilometers from Johannesburg. It’s easy to presume that it was always this way. But turn the clock back over 50 years, and the...
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