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Welgevonden Game Reserve

Welgevonden Game Reserve is a 36,000ha private game reserve in the Waterberg District, of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. A pleasant 2.5-hour drive, or an easy 45-minute flight from Johannesburg into one of the airstrips, makes Welgevonden one of the most accessible premier malaria-free wilderness reserves in the country.



The Dutch word, Welgevonden, can be translated to “well found”, or a “serendipitous discovery” which means to occur by chance in a happy or beneficial way. And traversing through the reserve will make you understand why. The majestic piece of land transforms at every opportunity, offering breath-taking views of untouched African wilderness and memories that will last a life time. There is no doubt that Welgevonden is one of the finest places to watch wildlife, sense wilderness and experience the true spirit of Africa!


Big Five Game Reserve

Malaria Free Area

Limpopo Province, South Africa

Size of reserve: 36,000ha

Over 50 different animals & 300 bird species

Welgevonden is home to more than 50 mammal species. While these include the famous Big Five, it is the rare and unusual species like cheetah, brown hyaena, caracal, aardwolf and aardvark that make game drives exceptionally exciting. Welgevonden sports a diverse range of habitat types which support a riot of biodiversity, including over 300 different birds! From cheetah-loved grasslands and savannahs to leafy wooded mountains cut by deep rocky ravines, Welgevonden has it all! In addition to the wildlife, ancient bushman rock art can be found dispersed around the reserve, offering the curious traveler a unique cultural experience while on safari.

The evocative wilderness area offers an exclusive, intimate experience of the African bushveld as only a limited number of guests have access to Welgevonden at any one time. These guests are collected from the various gate entries by competent, qualified field-guides and are then transported to their respective commercial lodges on the reserve. The mountainous bushveld is worth a visit all year round thanks to its high altitude, temperate climate and malaria-free status. It is important to note that the reserve is not open to day visitors. Click here for accommodation options.

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

John Muir