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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 2014

Quadrulella on Welgevonden

by Cobus Greyling

A few months ago I accompanied scientists on a short excursion in the Pitse area of Welgevonden Game Reserve to inspect a wetland visited earlier in the year.

Piet-Louis Grundling, a wetland specialist and chairman of the International Mire Conservation Group was accompanied by Edward Mitchell, a scientist from Switzerland wished to investigate the Sphagnum occurring in that specific drainage basin.

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Unusual kill

by Jonathan Swart

Lazarus Zulu from Thaba Metsi Lodge told me “I have seen some wonderful sightings in this reserve, but this one will stay with me for long time.” On a Saturday morning while a number of guides were trying to relocate the western pride of lions Lazarus decided to try finding them in a different area and although he didn’t locate the lions he observed an African Harrier Hawk killing a Lesser Bush Baby.

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The Welgevonden Team shows support

On a sizzling Saturday morning, the Welgevonden Team did it again - showing their support in numbers for the fight against Elephant and Rhino Poaching.

They did this by participating in the Elephant and Rhino Walk through the "Save the Waterberg Rhino" initiative.

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WEI Field Report - June & July 2014

by Jonathan Swart

Winter is always a busy time of year for the WEI field team as we attack our bird and habitat surveys at 40 sites throughout the reserve. This is also the time of year when dissertation students from the UK-based Operation Wallacea join us to assist with our research programme and increase the number of replicates of our 10km vehicle-based game transects.

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Up close and personal with a Pangolin

by Jonathan Swart – Research Ecologist

The most amazing thing about finding a pangolin in the bush is that you don’t have to sit in your vehicle and look at it from a distance with your binoculars; you can actually walk up to it and have a closer look.

So, if you are on a game viewing safari in Welgevonden Game Reserve and a guide calls in a pangolin sighting on the radio, you don’t even have to rush to get there before the pangolin disappears into the bush, because as long as someone is standing close to the pangolin it is unlikely to go anywhere.

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Welgevonden’s diversity never ceases to amaze!

by Samuel Davidson-Phillips - Conservation Officer

Welgevonden Game Reserve has staff, guides and guests that are passionate about sharing and learning this beautiful biodiversity hot spot.

We are always on the lookout for new species to be added to our lists. Since last year a number of new species have been confirmed for the Reserve.

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Stuck in my teeth!

by Samuel Davidson-Phillips - Conservation Officer

When working in close proximity to wild life one of the great perks is witnessing some unusual but often amazing sights. Friday the 13th was the day where we received a report from Welgevonden’s fencing team that they had observed a “pole” stuck in an Elephant’s head. This immediately raised the eye brows of management with Cobus Greyling and Samuel Davidson-Phillips heading out to investigate.

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Cheetah mischief in the buffalo camp

by Samuel Davidson-Phillips

Early one morning in April André Burger (Chief Operating Officer) was on his way to the office, when close to the end of the Main Airstrip, he saw a herd of impala looking into the grass and snorting as a sign of danger. Initially he caught a glimpse of an impala being held down a predator with spots. Initially he thought it was a leopard but closer investigation revealed a cheetah busy suffocating an impala.

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Southern cheetahs are busy!

All photos by Angus Frew, Izingwe Lodge

On an April afternoon, Angus Frew, from Izingwe Lodge in the south of the Reserve, witnessed a long distance sighting of a unique interaction between a male cheetah and a mother of 3 small cubs, less than three months old. Both the male and female cheetah showed intense signs of aggression towards each other.
 

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Sable back on Welgevonden!

by Samuel Davidson-Phillips
A new species, a new era..

Sable Hippotragus niger niger are large majestic antelope; an adult male can weigh up to 230kg with a shoulder height of approximately 1.35m.

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Brown hyena release at Fig Tree Plains

by Jonathan Swart

Another ordinary day in the office turned into a day filled with excitement as Welgevonden prepared to release a young brown hyena into the Reserve. The animal had been caught in a cage trap on a farm between Thabazimbi and Lephalale. The owner had set the trap to catch a stray domestic dog that was attacking his livestock.
 

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Staff changes

After 3½ years Welgevonden has had to say good bye to Shaun McCartney as CEO. Shaun has been investigating the option of starting a small brewing company in Sabie and due to circumstances things developed more rapidly than expected and Shaun made the difficult decision to leave Welgevonden.

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