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Lapalala Reserve, The Waterberg

Fishing, Game Walks and Game Drives

The Lapalala Reserve is a vast 35,000 hectare privately-owned nature reserve, situated in the mountains of the malaria-free Waterberg region and only a 3½ hour drive from Johannesburg.

Wildlife outside Tintswalo at Lapalala LodgeThe reserve was founded in 1981 and now forms part of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. The reserve is characterised by clear, natural rivers that run through bush-covered hills and craggy ravines.

Guests can enjoy sightings on guided game drives and bush walks of rhino (both white and black), buffalo, warthog, hippo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, crocodile, leopard and baboons. There are also more than 20 antelope species, including sable, tsessebe, impala, eland and kudu.

Birdwatchers will delight in the number of species on this reserve - currently estimated to be more than 200 species. 

Head off on a bush walk and end with a picnic lunch at a riverside location - don't forget to pack your swimsuit and take a dip!

Other activities include fishing for yellow fish in crystalline rivers, phonomenal stargazing on clear nights with no light pollution to spoil the Milky Way constellation, and viewings of bushman rock paintings which are found on the reserve.