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The Wilderness Leadership School is a non-profit organisation founded on the vision of Dr Ian Player and his great friend and mentor, Magqubu Ntombela. Their profound friendship took them along rhino, elephant and hippo paths, across the Black and White Imfolozi Rivers, and into the domain of ancient Zulu kings, Dingiswayo, Shaka and others. Their association involved battling against poaching gangs, initiating the internationally famous translocation of the White Rhino, setting aside the first wilderness area and saw the founding of the Wilderness Leadership School.

Almost 50 years later the Wilderness Leadership School still conducts trails on foot through what is left of the pristine wilderness areas of Southern Africa. 40 000 trailists have undertaken the journeys of self-discovery that for many have been life-changing and for all have resulted in a shift of consciousness that brings the necessity for wilderness preservation into sharp focus.

The Wilderness Foundation UK works with the Wilderness Leadership School to develop and deliver wilderness trails programmes in South Africa and Botswana.

You can read more about the Wilderness Leadership School in the August 2008 issue of the International Journal of Wilderness.  You can download a pdf sample of the article here.