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From humble beginnings more than 30 years ago, our school has grown into a beacon of conservation, sustainability, education and hope for the future. Our vision is to help the children and youth of our nation to discover the true value of the biodiversity of the natural world and our place within it, and to identify and nurture Africa’s future conservation champions.

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.

LAPALALA WILDERNESS

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The Lapalala Wilderness School is situated in the spectacular 45 000 hectare  Lapalala Wilderness reserve in the Waterberg region of Limpopo province in South Africa.  Please click on the logo to view the Lapalala website.
INTRODUCTORY VIDEO

A short video made to celebrate our 30th anniversary
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Lapalala Wilderness School
Lapalala Wilderness School
Our Chairman, Dr John Hanks, recently did an interview on CapeTalk - please click the link below to listen to the podcast.

http://www.capetalk.co.za/podcasts/127/afternoons-with-pippa-hudson/280042/greener-living-lapalala-wilderness-school-builds-future-conservation-champions
Lapalala Wilderness School
Lapalala Wilderness School
We celebrated the World Rhino International Day in style, For the 4rth year in a row Lapalala Wilderness School hosted the public speaking competition and it was a success as 21 Schools participated(Grade 10 learners-2 learners from each school) The topic for the year 2019 was: What are the social, political and economic impacts of rhino poaching in South Africa? The learners were tasked to develop an argument and present possible solutions to the impacts and challenges. On this special day we were privileged to have the following judges: Mrs Ndifelani Mulaudzi from Endangered Wildlife Trust, Mrs Jessica Barbich from Save the Waterberg Rhino, Dr John Hanks our very own Chairperson of the board of Lapalala Wilderness School, Mss Letticia Mahlatji from Waterberg Biosphere Reserve and also representing Waterberg Waves which is our local community radio of Vaalwater township., prizes were as follows 1st prize brand new Lenovo laptop+ HP printer+ mouse & laptop bag won by Mmakae Mothoa Mmabatho from Ramogabudi Senior Secondary School, 2nd prize laptop and a bag which was taken by Lebogang Dikgashu from Ebenezer Secondary School, 3rd prize was a brand new camera and printer which went to Koketso Augustine Mochoeneng from Ramogabudi Senior Secondary School, 4th prize was the study aid material worth R3000 and EDL Rampola Secondary School learner by the name of Isabel Mohumutsi won it, Tshepang Chauke from EDL Rampola Secondary School won the 5th prize which was the school uniform voucher worth R3000, 6th prize was the uniform voucher of the value of R3000 which was won by Ted Marothi from Sekoba Secondary School,7th prize was the study aid voucher R2500 won by Mary Nkoana from Nkgoru High School, 8th prize was the backpack with calculator, dictionary, exam pads, pens, pencils, highlighters, book page, markers and lunch box which went to MC Langa High School won by Gift Kgabane. We would like to congratulate all the schools that participated in the competition and we encouraged them to keep up the great work. Special thanks to all who devoted their time and attend this unique special event and thanks to all the donations in kind from Save the Waterberg Rhino, Endangered Wildlife Trust, My Planet Rhino Fund, Waterberg Biosphere Reserve and Tintswalo Lodge.
Lapalala Wilderness School
Lapalala Wilderness School
Waterkloof House Preparatory School from Pretoria paid us a fruitful visit on the 17th to the 20th September 2019. The Grade 6 (45 boys) enjoyed our camp as our environmental activities allowed them as individuals to explore environmental issues, engage in problem solving, and take action to improve the environment. As a result, individuals develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and have the skills to make informed and responsible decisions. The boys enjoyed every moment of the camp and their highlight was the obstacle course, mudfight, river swim and sleeping under the stars at our sleep out area.
Lapalala Wilderness School
Lapalala Wilderness School
Salvazione Christian School (also sponsored by Italtile Foundation) visited us on the 9th to 13th September 2019. Intimate moments at Lapalala Wilderness School are powerful experiences that allow learners to have a deeper look into learning about nature and the environment. Our hands-on environmental education activities encourages learners to apply new knowledge and skills. In recognizing environmental applications and implications, learners gained a greater understanding of their responsibility and the necessity to make ecologically sustainable decisions.
Lapalala Wilderness School
Lapalala Wilderness School
Forte High School from Soweto, Dobsonville paid us a visit on the 02nd to 06th September 2019 (sponsored by Italtile Foundation). Apart from being observant, the learners were also quite inquisitive and always ready with a “why” or “how” when being taught something new. Our Environmental education activities engaged the learners and raises achievement in science, math, language arts, and social studies. The activities further prepares learners for the growing green workforce, providing service learning opportunities with the greater community, and creates a new generation of conservation champions. The learners mentioned that they gained environmental awareness and an appreciation for the world around them. We enjoyed hosting their school and hoping that our wilderness school experience have awaken their senses, curiosity and desire to learn.
Lapalala Wilderness School
Lapalala Wilderness School
St Paulus visited us from the 27th to 30th August 2019.The 73 learners(Grade 6) were divided into three smaller, manageable groups to ensure that they receive quality outdoor experience. The week was fruitful and our programme for the week gave learners an opportunity to enjoy the tranquillity of nature as they participated in our adventurous, educational, leadership & team building activities; cooling off in the crystal clear Palala river under the supervision of Lapalala Wilderness School Staff that are qualified life savers is always a relief. Learners couldn’t stop talking about the sleep out experience, as they were listening to the sounds of night and looking at the stars sitting around a bonfire at night.It was such a joy to host their school, we wish them all the best. We cannot wait to host their school next year.