Visitors to Welgevonden Game Reserve will have more than 38,000 hectares to explore with this wildlife haven occupying a large swath of land in the Waterberg region in South Africa’s Limpopo province. The mountainous terrain is characterised by deep valleys and hilltops that vary between 1,080 and 1,800 metres above sea level. Welgevonden falls within the UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere Reserve.
The more than 50 mammal species and over 300 types of birds at Welgevonden Game Reserve make for a superb safari experience. These include predators like lions, leopards, and cheetah, as well as antelopes such as eland and duiker. In the south of the reserve, the rare blue crane has established a breeding ground. Unique Bushmen rock paintings tell the story of yesteryear.
The malaria-free Welgevonden Game Reserve is less than three hours drive north of Johannesburg. Travellers can also opt for a 45-minute flight to a few airstrips located close to the reserve.
Welgevonden Game Reserve is located in a pristine malaria-free region, and visitors are not required to take medication against malaria. Travellers, however, are encouraged to seek the advice of a medical professional if unsure.
Welgevonden Game Reserve is not accessible to day visitors. Overnight accommodation is available at a handful of high-end private safari lodges.
Welgevonden teems with an array of wildlife species. Safari goers will get up close and personal with all members of the Big Five—the leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, and buffalo. There are also chances to spot other unusual species like caracal, brown hyena and aardwolf. More than 300 different bird species criss-cross the sky, and avid twitchers will have an excellent time.
The Game Reserve is located in the Waterberg region which is characterised by a mild climate. The winter months, between May and August, are considered the best for game viewing as the bush is less dense and animals make use of waterholes. Bird watching is best in the wet months between November and April.
There is so much more on offer than just game drives at Welgevonden Game Reserve. Other stellar options include guided walking excursions, stargazing during a sleep out as well as horseback trails. For a unique safari experience, guests can explore Bushman rock paintings where they will get a glimpse into the San culture.
Visitors to Welgevonden Game Reserve can choose from a handful of high-end safari lodges that include all amenities. When guests arrive at the entrance guide, they are picked up by a representative of the lodge and taken to their accommodation for an intimate wildlife experience.