An Exceptional Conservation Legacy

Founded in 1981, the vision of Lapalala is a combination of a sustainable conservation initiative and a groundbreaking environmental education project emphasising the interconnectedness of man and nature and delivering lasting benefits for both.

Conservation. Community Tourism.

Lapalala Wilderness is an exceptional conservation legacy spanning 48,000 hectares of breath-taking and diverse habitat on the Capricorn tropic in the Waterberg region of Limpopo province. The Palala and Kgogong rivers flow through this extraordinary landscape for 60km, this is a place unlike any other in the world.

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Lapalala Founders Camp

The Lapalala Founders Camp overlooks a pristine landscape of deep valleys and tumbling streams, sharing a habitat with the awesome eight (the big five plus cheetah, wild dog and pangolin), a diverse array of birdlife and a huge number of incredible South African animals that inhabit the Lapalala Wilderness. With strict building regulations, there will never be more than three commercial lodges within the reserve, enabling a truly unique wilderness experience for Lapalala guests.

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Our Legacy: Wilderness Forever

We aim to conserve the biodiversity, ecological integrity, landscape characteristics and cultural resources of Lapalala Wilderness Nature Reserve for posterity in a manner that balances its environmental, economic and social imperatives as an icon of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve for the benefit of its members, neighbouring communities and other key stakeholders.

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Lepogo Lodges

Lepogo Lodges offer a truly extraordinary South African wilderness experience for families, couples and groups of friends alike, with two accommodation offerings: Noka Camp and Melote House. Guests can enjoy activities ranging from game drives and water safaris to yoga and spa experiences and tours of iron-age settlements and bushman paintings in the cliffs below the lodge. Lepogo Lodges also offer ‘luxury bush sleepouts’, which allow one to follow in the footsteps of the forefathers of Lapalala.

Noka Camp Melote House

Lapalala Wilderness School

We consider it an immense privilege to have the opportunity to instil a passion for nature in the hearts of young people and it is our hope that by doing so, we are playing a part in creating a better future for all South Africans, our country, and the planet. From humble beginnings more than 30 years ago, the Lapalala Wilderness School has grown into a beacon of conservation, sustainability, education and hope for the future.

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An ideal location for filming of feature films, advertisements and product launches.

Lapalala Wilderness offers a diverse array of African wildlife and breathtaking landscapes of mountains, rivers, bushveld and open savannah.

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    1. Priorities

    2. Conservation Management
    3. Wildlife Protection
    4. Community Development & Education : Human Capital, Governance & Livelihoods Support
    5. Commerce: small business opportunities for conservation management & tourism
    6. Sustainable Tourism
    1. Our values

    2. Integrity
    3. Professionalism
    4. Dignity and respect
    5. Leadership
    6. Responsible stewardship
    7. Transparency
    8. Innovation
    9. Passion and inspiration
    1. Our culture

    2. Accountability
    3. Dedicated work ethic
    4. Continuous improvement
    5. Collaboration
    6. Open communication
    7. Conservation ethic
    8. Empowering
    9. Inspiring
    10. Nurturing