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 2011

Annual Aerial Census

The Welgevonden Game Reserve Annual Aerial Census was conducted over three days during September 2011.

The count is done using a helicopter with a pilot and data capturer in the front two seats and an observer on each side in the rear two seats.

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Warthogs “steal” impala kill off cheetah

by Hamish Rodgers - Clearwater Kudu Lodge

One July morning staff and guests of Clearwater Kudu Lodge were woken by the sound of impala warning calls in the camp.

Upon investigation we found a very relaxed male Cheetah feeding on a male impala kill on the camp lawn. We all watched him for some time.

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Fire 2

Winter always brings the danger of fire to the Reserve and this year has been no different.

Another accidental fire started on the Reserve and burnt roughly 6,100ha in 3 days before it could be contained under very difficult and dangerous conditions i.e. strong winds, low humidity and high temperatures.

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On the 28 June 2011 an underground electric cable started a fire near Molenvliet.

The fire was reported early morning but due to the winds was difficult to stop and jumped numerous roads.

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Klippies on the rocks

Visitors to Welgevonden were treated to what probably is a regular occurrence but is seldom seen.

A Southern African Python (Python natalensis), formerly known as the Rock Python, caught and ingested a mature female Klipspringer (Oreotragus oretragus).

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Interesting submissions

“Tree Climbing Elephant”
- Hamish Rogers, Clearwater Kudu Lodge

While out on game drive Hamish and his clients came across this "Tree Climbing" elephant bull.

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Butterfly survey on Welgevonden

The Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa approached Welgevonden requesting that they can come and look for the extremely rare butterfly the “Waterberg Copper” (Eriksonia edgei).

This butterfly was only known from one locality opposite Welgevonden at the base of Perdekop, but it has not been seen there for fifteen years.

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Rain and floods

Welgevonden has been blessed with good rains during November, December and January. So far this season 448mm has fallen. A few heavy showers at the end of January caused some of the access roads to the reserve to be closed mainly due to damaged or flooded bridges and washed away roads.

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Buffalo update

A number of exciting events have happened with the buffalo on Welgevonden. Going back a few years, in 2004 the buffalo on Welgevonden were diagnosed to possibly be infected with Corridor disease. The animals were captured and moved into quarantine. After establishing that it was this disease and determining the status, these animals were donated to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and moved to Mkuze Game Reserve.

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Young 'ns on Welgevonden

The lambing and calving of a number of animal species appears to be far better than in the past few years with impala, wildebeest and zebra doing especially well. As reported previously one of the cheetah females introduced a few years ago from Phinda has given birth to 3 cubs and are proving very accommodating game drive stars.

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Welgevonden Wild Flowers

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