The SpaceLapolosa living is simple and rustic. We have 4 bushveld bungalows with amazing valley views, private decks and outdoor safari showers. For large groups, we can host overflow (up to 20 people) in 4 farmhouse rooms.
Relaxation is an important part of the Lapolosa experience, and we encourage guests to explore the beautiful wilderness. Lapolosa is a hikers paradise. Rockpools and waterfalls provide for great swimming, the Buffelskloof Dam offers fishing, and horseback riding is available for experienced riders. The horses live wild at Lapolosa, though they do often come into camp on their own for treats. Interaction with GuestsOur team at Lapolosa can be as present (or not) as you choose. We can guide hikes or leave you to your own exploring. We can help assist with food preparation in the shared kitchen, as desired. The NeighborhoodLapolosa Wilderness was formed in 2001 to protect and preserve Africa's wildlife and habitat. Lapolosa (derived from the Sepedi word meaning “place of rest") was established as a conservancy, by joining together large South African farms with the aim of restoring the environment back to its natural state and establishing a larger preserve for the benefit of African wildlife.
The area Lapolosa encompasses was hunted clean in the late 1800s to feed the inrush of miners when gold was discovered. South Africa has the highest gold producing ore-reserves in the world, and the first discovery occurred in the Lydenburg area. Later Lapolosa was home to as many as 11 cattle ranches.
Lapolosa is a unique conservation initiative to restore the land to its original state as wilderness. Lapolosa is re-introducing indigenous wildlife onto the land they once naturally roamed, ultimately re-establishing all of the original flora and fauna to the area. Lapolosa will also continue to acquire habitat to expand the wilderness as funds allow.
Lapolosa strives to create a self-sustaining model of responsible conservation that preserves Africa's natural heritage (habitat and wildlife); enhances the South African economy through overseas capital infusion, voluntourism, and job creation; and promotes education and awareness of conservation issues.
The word wilderness derives from the notion of "wildness" — in other words, that which is not controllable by humans. Wilderness areas are the most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet — those last truly wild places that have not been developed or significantly modified by human activity.
Wilderness areas are important for biodiversity, species survival, ecological studies, conservation, solitude, and recreation. Wilderness is deeply valued for cultural, spiritual, moral and aesthetic reasons. We at Lapolosa believe wilderness areas are also vital for the human spirit and creativity.
Simply, being a wilderness area is the primary goal of Lapolosa. When the land is protected, then the wildlife, the flora, the entire ecosystem flow naturally from there. Other Things to NoteLapolosa is based in a malaria-free area.
4x4 vehicles are necessary to reach the Lapolosa camp. If you don't have a 4x4 vehicle, let us know and we can arrange for your transport from the main gate to the camp.
The Lapolosa camp is completely eco-friendly and "off the grid." We strive to maintain harmony with nature by using solar power and fire-driven water heaters. Drinking water flows from one of Lapolosa’s many natural springs and there is no permanent electricity, although limited solar power will be provided for charging cell phones, camera batteries, laptops, etc. A good flashlight / headlamp is strongly recommended.
Cell signal is available (though spotty) at camp. Guests may bring personal laptops for internet (3G datacard with usage cost). Laundry can be done by hand.
The nearest towns, Lydenburg and Dullstroom, are an hour drive away. You should stock up on food/personal supplies in these towns before arriving to Lapolosa.