The Official Welgevonden Game Reserve Website




Welgevonden Game Reserve lies in the Waterberg plateau,
just north of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Our guests enjoy unlimited traversing through the 34,850ha reserve and experience an environment where biodiversity conservation and game viewing are managed in harmony.

News 2008

Annual aerial census and contraception

Welgevonden’s annual aerial census was completed towards the end of September.

Apart from the general game species, some interesting sightings during the census included blue cranes, leopard, a cheetah, porcupine and a lioness with young cubs.

Although the overall figures were similar to what was expected, there was an increase in especially the smaller antelope species which is encouraging.

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Lion cubs

Two lionesses in the southern parts of the reserve gave birth to new lion cubs during August.

They were the cubs of one of the young males from the coalition of 3 which originated in the north of the reserve, but which has made the southern parts their territory.

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Successful lion management workshop held at Ekuthuleni Lodge

The primary management objective of Welgevonden is to facilitate acceptable short-term game viewing without compromising long-term biodiversity. To achieve this objective, it has been necessary for Welgevonden management to embark on a lion control programme to remove lions in order to reduce predation pressure on the prey population as well as to enable the introduction of new genes.

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Fire season is upon us

The high temperatures, strong winds and dry vegetation prevalent at this time of year represent the ideal conditions for large bush fires.

Not surprisingly, therefore, there have been several large fires in the vicinity of Welgevonden over the course of the last two weeks.

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Visit to Odzala National Park - a time for reflection.

by Andrew Parker

As the world grapples with the proverbial chickens of rampant industrialization and consumerism coming home to roost in the form of climate change, places such as Odzala National Park stand out as beacons of all that is left that is worth fighting for.

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Lion workshop on Welgevonden

The overarching management objective for Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, as informed by the Articles of Association and the needs and expectations of the owners, is to:

Facilitate acceptable short-term game viewing without compromising long-term biodiversity.

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Elephant cow loses a bit of ivory

This is a wonderful sighting as described by Ulrich Schutte, guide at Shibula lodge, in his own words.

Date: 19 July 2008
Time: 17h00
Location: Sterkstroom valley, “Weaver city”

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Farewell to an old friend

The month of June 2008 bore witness to the end of an era. In 1997, two young male lions were introduced onto Welgevonden together with three young lionesses. Shortly after being released, the two male lions parted ways and occupied different sections of the reserve. Consequently, they became known as the western and southern males respectively.

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Welgevonden rhino sold on auction for record price.

A white rhino bull from Welgevonden was sold in May at a public game auction in Vaalwater for a new record price of R720 000!

This was way above expectations and everybody was surprised by the prices rhino were fetching at the auction.

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Welgevonden Wild Flowers

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