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Wilderness Leadership School Trust

The Wilderness Leadership School was the first non-profit organisation in Africa dedicated to providing a pure wilderness experience for people of all backgrounds, races and nationalities. Steeped in a rich environmental history, The Wilderness Leadership School was founded in 1957 by the legendary Dr. Ian Player who, together with his friend and mentor Magqubu Ntombela, recognised the necessity for people to connect with the environment.

Long before ecology had become a vogue catch-word, the Wilderness Leadership School foresaw the urgent need for a large body of well-informed, conservation-oriented leaders, capable of and dedicated to the defense of our planet’s irreplaceable natural resources.



Fundraising target

R 2 000 000.00

Donations to date

R 80 166.39

Donor Messages


With thanks for the life - and in memory of - Dr Ian Player

Aldine Armstrong Armstrong
To the beingness of the wonder of the wilderness
Bridget Drynan
Keep up the great work!
Micah van Schalkwyk
Keep up the wonderful work WLS!
Well done on wonderful work - went on my first trail in the 80s
Mandla G, Njabulo, Sibusiso, Sipho- we think of you often and we are transformed by our time with you- thank you.
keep up the good work!
Wilderness Foundation UK
Thank you for the amazing work WLS does and the difference it makes to wilderness values and consciousness