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 2016

Welgevonden Volunteer Research Programme celebrates one year of operation

By Pip Myram and Greg Canning

July 2016 marks the one-year anniversary of Welgevonden Game Reserve’s own Volunteer Research Programme!

Welgevonden Volunteer Research Programme is a unique volunteer programme run by co-ordinator Greg Canning and his assistant Pip Myram; with over 100 volunteers through the gates of the research camp since it commenced one-year ago!

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Canine Distemper Virus on Welgevonden and the last Lioness

By Phillipa Myram (Assistant Research and Volunteer Coordinator), Greg Canning (Research and Volunteer Coordinator) and Sam Davidson-Phillips (Conservation Officer).

2016 lion distemper 01

Lions (Panthera leo) are one of the many spectacles of Welgevonden Game Reserve. After their introduction into Welgevonden in early 1998 they became one of the primary reasons visitors flocked to the reserve for a unique bushveld experience throughout the year, where lion together with the abundance of other life that the reserve has to offer can be enjoyed. However, a dark time lay ahead for Welgevonden lions in the summer of 2015/2016.

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New Hippo on Welgevonden

By Phillipa Myram (Assistant Research and Volunteer Coordinator)

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The summer of 2015/2016 brought very little rainfall and subsequently the country suffered widespread drought. Nature inevitably suffered and responded as the veld dried up with little poor quality vegetation for browsing/grazing and more specifically, minimal water available for animals such as hippopotamus to live in.

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Welgevonden Cheetahs break into Marakele National Park

By Phillipa Myram (Assistant Research and Volunteer Coordinator), Greg Canning (Research and Volunteer Coordinator) and Sam Davidson-Phillips (Conservation Officer).

2016 lion distemper 01

On Sunday May 8  the Welgevonden Conservation Officer, Sam Davidson-Phillips, received a report that two male cheetah were on the Marakele National Park side of the fence with one cheetah on the Welgevonden Game Reserve side of the fence on the south-western boundary fence line between the reserves.

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A lizard species new to Welgevonden

By Ian Finlay, Nungubane

2016 lizard 01

On 6 March 2016, at Nungubane Lodge, I noticed something small lying in a shadow deep under an overhanging rock. Through binoculars, it seemed to be a lizard of a species I had not seen in Welgevonden before.

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Blue Cranes Breeding on Welgevonden

By Phillipa Myram, Assistant Volunteer Research Co-ordinator

It is always a spectacular sight to see the Blue Crane (Anthropoides paradiseus) on Welgevonden Game Reserve however it is an extra special sighting when there are two chicks accompanying the parent birds.

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Welgevonden Wild Flowers

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Click here to view and identify wild flowers photographed at Welgevonden. They are conveniently grouped by flower colour

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