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The malaria-free Welgevonden Private Game Reserve is a pleasant drive on excellent roads from both Johannesburg and Pretoria. The reserve lies in the Waterberg District in South Africa’s most northerly province, Limpopo.
One of the most rewarding game viewing destinations, Welgevonden consists of a small number of exclusive lodges all situated within the Waterberg Biosphere, a UNESCO site rich in animal and plant life.
Diversity of habitat and marked variations in altitude across the length of the park means that there is an opportunity to view game in their natural habitat. Expect to find over 50 species of mammal and more than 300m bird species. The main attraction is, of course, the Big 5 (lion, hippo, leopard, elephant and rhino).
At Welgevonden, animals have never been hunted, private vehicles are not allowed into the reserve and guests are limited at each of the lodges that all conform to a strict building code to ensure aesthetic coexistence with the surroundings. The result is that Welgevonden Game Reserve is probably the most pristine game reserve in South Africa and a true eco-friendly safari destination.
With over 400km of road and track, the chance of seeing practically all species is excellent, including the more elusive brown hyena, roan antelope and others.
Things to do
Each of the lodges offer game drives throughout the day for an excellent chance of seeing the Big 5 and giraffe, hippo, crocodile and antelope.
The more exciting night drives, where the vehicle is fitted with powerful spotlights, is an opportunity to see nocturnal animals searching for food and the possibility of a lion hunt.
Take a guided tour to one of the many San Rock Art sites in the area. The guide will give you a background on the San, South Africa’s first nation, and explain the purpose of the art that was so ingrained in their culture.
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