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 2010

Welgevonden Birding Big Day 2010

The annual Sappi BirdLife South Africa Birding Big Day was held on 27 November 2010. This competition is used as a fundraiser for BirdLife South Africa while at the same time collects data used for the study of bird demographics. The aim of this competition is for a team of birders to record as many bird species by sight or on call within a 24 hour period within a defined geographic area.

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Welgevonden fires

During October 2010 a number of fires occurred on Welgevonden.

One of the fires entered Welgevonden from Marakele National Park and kept the Welgevonden Management team and a number of the lodge staff occupied for about 5 days.

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Leopard collaring

As part of the leopard research program being run by Lourens Swanepoel from the Centre for Wildlife Management at the University of Pretoria it was necessary to collar a few leopards in order to determine there home ranges, habitat preferences and to add to information gleaned from dung analysis as to what these animals are eating.

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Lion versus Jacque

Jacque from Makweti Safari Lodge was out and about with guests one day when they witnessed a large male lion stretching up to his full height and scratching his claws across the bark of the high up in the tree.

This is most probably part of territorial marking behaviour.

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Bat-eared foxes

by Dave Powrie

The past two months there has been great excitement on the reserve with the occasional sighting of a family of five Bat-eared foxes (Otocyon megalotis) on the plateau between Wooded Peaks and Tshimondi.

Recently there have been a number of sightings of the breeding pair feeding in the broad daylight near Tshimondi. This is unusual as Bat-eared foxes are normally nocturnal looking for their main diet of insects and harvester termites.

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Warthog collaring

By Tim Hoffmeester and Merlijn de Graaf

During the last couple of weeks, the Welgevonden LOA management and two students from Wageningen University in the Netherlands have been busy with the collaring of three warthogs.

These GPS collars record the exact location of the individual warthogs every two hours.

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Winter birding at Welgevonden:

Gerhardt Lorist

Most birders feel that summer is the best time to go birding and they are right when you look at the species diversity that we have over the summer months with all the visiting migrants. However, winter birding can be just as rewarding, an added bonus being that when the trees drop their leaves it’s easier to see, identify and photograph all the birds.

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Lions vs. buffaloes or is it buffaloes vs. lions?

By Pierre Van der Merwe

It all started on the evening when we heard the roaring of two male lions whilst having drinks on the viewing deck at Clifftop. 10 to 15 minutes later they roared gain, but this time further away towards Site 20 (Kudu lodge).

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New plant identified on Welgevonden

The Sterkstroom River Valley continues to deliver surprises. Two years ago a previously unidentified plant on Welgevonden was observed to be flourishing in the Sterkstroom Valley. This plant was identified as Freylinia tropica, an indigenous species endemic to the Waterberg in South Africa.

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Fight against Pom Pom weed

January on Welgevonden is a time of war!

This is the period during which the dreaded Pom Pom weed flowers and during which management mobilises to combat the threat of this alien invasive species.

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New arrival

Towards the end of December, a landowner near Melkrivier reported the activity of an extremely habituated male cheetah on his property.

Given that his property is surrounded by hunting farms, the landowner was concerned for the long-term safety of this animal.

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