Help Tintswalo Lapalala Support Conservation and the Reserve’s Anti-Poaching K9 Unit
Tintswalo Lapalala has introduced a new activity available to resident guests with a keen interest in conservation, who wish to spend some time with the reserve’s highly effective Anti-poaching K9 unit.
A small group of up to six guests will have the opportunity to gain personal insight into the adventures and challenges faced by the reserve’s Anti-poaching unit. The unit has an excellent track record and plays a crucial role in 24-hour monitoring and patrolling of the reserve. This does not only entail the protection of animals, but also of plant life as the reserve falls within the Waterberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers sanctuary and protection to all fauna and flora.
Situated in the Waterberg (Limpopo province), Lapalala Wilderness consists of 48 000 hectares of unspoiled wilderness that creates a safe haven for a range of African species, including the endangered black and white rhinoceros, cheetah, African wild dog and roan antelope. It is globally recognised for its rhino conservation efforts and was the very first reserve in history to introduce black rhinoceros onto private land.
Christabel Barbas with members of the Lapalala Wilderness Anti-poaching K9 team
Guests will have the opportunity to interact with the Anti-poaching team and learn more about the remarkable capabilities of the Anti-poaching K9 unit, which are trained to track individuals through the dense and rocky terrain of the reserve. They will also witness demonstrations by dog handlers and their K9 partners consisting of Hounds, Pointers and Malinois, showing off their impressive training and skills, and laser sharp focus.
The activity costs R5000 for six guests, with all funds reinvested into the Anti-poaching unit and the equipment it requires to operate optimally.
(Accommodation cost is additional)
Tintswalo Lapalala is known for offering interesting and immersive guest activities over and above standard safari game drives, to present a unique, sustainable wilderness and safari experience in a malaria-free area. Environmentally conscious and off the grid, the family-friendly lodge has seven luxury tented suites with private plunge pools, accommodating up to 16 adults and four children.
With 37km of pristine river frontage, unique wilderness activities include riverside picnics, fishing and swimming in rapids and crystal-clear rock pools. Daily game drives and guided bush walks are on offer, as well as a Children’s Activity programme. Excursions are offered to ancient iron age and rock art sites within the reserve and the community-based Wilderness School. Other relaxing pursuits include spa treatments, sundowner cruises, birdwatching, stargazing and romantic sleep-outs.