The first of four Rhino Conservation Participation Experiences will take place at Tintswalo Lapalala in the Lapalala Wilderness Reserve in the Waterberg (Limpopo Province), between the 7th and 9th of May 2021. (Other dates: June 18-20; July 16-18; August 20-22). Guests will have the unique opportunity to assist the conservation team in important rhino research and monitoring activities.
South Africa is home to the majority of the world’s rhino population and the conservation work conducted in the Lapalala Reserve makes an important contribution to global research and the fight against poaching. The veterinary team will dart and immobilise white or black rhino, with participants assisting during the process of monitoring the animal/s after capture. DNA will be collected as part of the Rhino DNA Indexing System (RhODIS) – a forensic tool that stores a unique genetic fingerprint for every rhino that has been sampled using blood, tissue and horn.
The Lapalala Wilderness Reserve is located within the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, an official UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over the past 40 years the reserve has become a beacon for wildlife research and conservation in South Africa. Recognised as one of the largest and most scenic private reserves in southern Africa, its abundance of flora plays home to a vast array of wildlife that is protected within its 48 500 hectares. This includes 300 bird species, 50 fish species, 147 mammal species, 114 reptile species, 33 amphibian species and various breeding projects.
Eco-friendly Tintswalo Lapalala is operated off the grid to accommodate only 16 adults and four children, and as one of only two lodges within the reserve, it guarantees a rare, and personalised wilderness experience. Based on the minimum requirement of eight participants, the cost of the Conservation Experiences is R16 000 for two people, to be added to the accommodation costs of a minimum stay of 3 nights. (Numbers are limited, subject to availability).
About Tintswalo Lapalala
Situated in the malaria-free Waterberg region in Limpopo province, Tintswalo Lapalala is a family-friendly lodge of seven luxury tented suites with private plunge pools, accommodating up to 16 adults and four children. Environmentally conscious, it is operated off the grid, presenting a sustainable wilderness and safari experience within the expansive 48 500-hectare reserve. 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.
About Tintswalo Lodges
Tintswalo Lodges is an exquisite collection of five family-owned and run properties situated in unique locations within South Africa. Perched on a pebbled beach at the foot of the Table Mountain National Park, directly overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the award-winning Tintswalo Atlantic boutique lodge is renowned as one of Cape Town’s most precious hidden gems.
Sharing an unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park, Tintswalo Safari Lodge sits on the pristine Manyeleti Private Nature Reserve, home to some of South Africa’s best game viewing. Within this property, Tintswalo Manor House offers a luxurious, fully-catered villa for families or friends looking for a tailor-made stay.
Recent additions to Tintswalo’s collection of luxury lodges and boutique hotels include Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa in Cape Town, located on Boulders Beach with its world-famous colony of endangered African penguins.
Nearby to Tintswalo Lapalala in the Welgevonden Game Reserve, Tintswalo Family Camp Welgevonden is available on exclusive-use basis only as an ideal safari getaway for corporates, as well as friends or family travelling together.