The beautiful Lapalala Wilderness Reserve is located in the Waterberg Biosphere in the Limpopo Province of South Africa and offers an incredible experience in the bush. Since eight different land types have been discovered in the reserve, the combined area of the vast Lapalala reserve is especially beneficial from the perspective of conservation. The enduring Palala river cuts through Lapalala, draining the region from south to north. This offers the perfect location for breeding endangered species like the black rhino and roan antelope, as well as for an environmental school where children can go to learn about the bush and the value of maintaining it as naturally as possible.
The Waterberg is one of the last remaining true wilderness areas in South Africa and approximately three hours from Johannesburg.
The diverse habitat of Lapalala has historically supported a wide range of animal species. Over the last 40 years, conservation efforts and careful reintroductions have seen endemic species thrive, including lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, black and white rhinoceros, cheetahs, wild dogs, spotted hyenas, brown hyenas, and a variety of plains game and small mammals.
There are over twenty antelope species, including sable, roan, tsessebe, impala, eland, and kudu, as well as tall graceful giraffes, zebra and wildebeest herds, buffalo, and plenty of warthogs trundling through the veld with their tails smartly pointing to the skies. In terms of birdlife, the Lapalala bird list now includes over 290 species, including the Little banded goshawk, Verreaux's eagle, Cape vulture, and African fish eagle.
For wildlife viewing, the best time to visit Lapalala Wilderness is during the dry season (in particular from July to September). Animals seek out water during this time and tend to stay around those sources.
The safari lodges within the Lapalala Wilderness Reserve provide an amazing opportunity for guests to discover the rich African wilderness. The Lapalala Wilderness Reserve is home to a plethora of wild game and forms part of the UNESCO-declared Waterberg Biosphere Reserve — offering access to endless outdoor recreation. Intrepid visitors can a bush walk, while avid anglers can cast a line and enjoy bass fishing or fly fishing. Guided game drives are available as well, offering a unique opportunity to spot the resident wildlife. Furthermore, guests can visit the Lapalala Wilderness school and see the exciting programs that are presented for the youth to teach them about conservation and education in wildlife.
There are two accommodation options within the Lapalala Wilderness Reserve, both offering an exceptional experience. Tintswalo Lapalala lodge is a tented, eco-friendly camp which is completely off the grid, and solely run by solar power, while Noka Camp is set on an incredible 100ft clifftop with breathtaking views overlooking the Palala River.