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14 Mar

The Ancient Rock Art of Lapalala

Long before the safari vehicles were trundling around the savannahs of Lapalala Wilderness; long before farmers came into the area; and before the pastoral people made these hills their home, there were ancient hunter-gatherers known as the San living in the lush mountains and valleys of the Waterberg. Their occupation of the area stretches back many thousands of years, as they were the first people to populate southern Africa. Some geneticists say the San are part of the oldest culture in the world. There’s little record of the San left, but if you venture into some of the remote cliffside caves...
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15 Jan

Top Five Things that Make Lapalala Great

The Lapalala Wilderness is truly one of Africa’s undiscovered safari wonders. Just 3 hours from Johannesburg, the reserve is the result of a groundbreaking 20-year-long conservation story; resulting in a pristine, exclusive Waterberg wilderness; a land so vast and beautiful you can’t help but skip a breath as you stand up on the high cliffs and look down on the rugged Palala River flowing through the valley below. A visit to Lapalala is not your average safari experience. Other than the remarkable wildlife on the reserve (including the Big Five); Tintswalo Lapalala offers a full range of adventures for the...
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21 Dec

Getting to Know The Leopards of Lapalala

As a new custodian at Lapalala Wilderness, one of our biggest responsibilities is to better understand the animals that call this wonderful reserve home. Leopards are shy and elusive animals, but we know they are prominent in the reserve; lurking in the shadows, and waiting for a safe time to emerge. With this in mind, one of our first projects is to photograph, ID, and eventually get to know all the leopards that live close to Tintswalo Lapalala. This may seem like a simple enough task; however leopards are known to be one of Africa’s most secretive animals. Lapalala is...
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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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