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Lapalala Wilderness, a vast privately-owned nature reserve, is situated in the mountains of the Waterberg 3½ hours from Johannesburg.

Clear, natural rivers run through bush-covered hills and craggy ravines, and the reserve is home to animals such as rhino (both white and black), buffalo, hippo, giraffe, crocodile, leopard, baboons and many sorts of antelope. The reserve was founded in 1981 and is now a part of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve.

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Lapalala Wilderness School


Most Recent: American International School Johannesburg - 28 January 2014

During last week of January 2014, LWS welcomed the American International School from Johannesburg to the Waterberg. The learners arrived with massive amounts of energy and excitement, although our full and busy programme had everyone tired out by the second night (much to the delight of the teachers). The rapids on the river were certainly living up to their reputation and this activity was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone brave enough to tackle the water.

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Lapalala Reserve Management


Dr Douglas Loewenthal's Passing

It is with deepest sadness that the Board and Staff of the Lapalala Wilderness School have to inform you about the sudden death of the School’s Director, Douglas Loewenthal, the much loved son of Judith Loewenthal and brother to Ruth and Hannah. H...  » READ MORE

Tourism & Community


Tourism at Lapalala reopens

The Ant Collection, experienced tourism operators in the Waterberg, have taken over tourism at Lapalala. Click here for options, and to book: http://www.waterberg.net/lapalala.php...  » READ MORE

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