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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
MOST RECENT FB POST

Lapalala Wilderness School
Lapalala Wilderness School
Lapalala Wilderness School
Lapalala Wilderness School
#ConservationEducation: Imagine if the whole world could be re-schooled like this?
Lapalala Wilderness School
Lapalala Wilderness School
The world is reeling from the startling effects of the global pandemic COVID-19, which continues to make global headlines. Our thoughts are with all those directly affected by this pandemic and of course those families staying at home with the kids and relatives - self-isolation is a difficult task with children and we truly understand that!
With South Africa joining other countries on total lock-down to fight this global pandemic, we stand united in an effort to contain the spread of the virus in our country
We are facing some extraordinary times at present as the nation and the world at large, in order to respond to the challenges that we currently facing with COVID-19, Following the President’s latest announcement of a 21 day lockdown the Lapalala Wilderness School has postpone all the school visit to the LWS until the President of the Republic of South Africa Mr Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa and the government communicate the way forward
The LWS family is ‘no stranger’ to challenges and we believe wholeheartedly that together we will overcome adversity and get through these trying times. Once this nightmare is over and it is safe again, we will stand up and dust ourselves off, pick up the pieces and start again. We will survive this too!
Much love and take care of your family and relatives.
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.