Waterberg Game Lodges | Big 5 Wildlife

Waterberg Game Lodges | Big 5 Wildlife

Experience Untamed Beauty and Rare Wildlife at Waterberg Game Lodges


South Africa is renowned worldwide for its untamed beauty and abundant exotic wildlife. There is no better way to enjoy both than at Waterberg game lodges. Tucked away in the far north-eastern corner of South Africa, the 36,000-hectare, privately owned Welgevonden game reserve is both an area of incredible natural beauty and a paradise for wildlife lovers. It is part of the UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere Reserve devoted to the conservation of biodiversity.


The reserve’s owners have chosen not to permit day visitors and to limit the maximum number of guests at any given time. So, everyone is freed from the hustle and bustle of the vast crowds typical of other parks like the Kruger and can enjoy some peace and quiet when they need it.


Just two and a half hours drive from Johannesburg, the park lies in the Waterberg Plateau in Limpopo province. On arrival at one of the park’s three gates, guests are required to park their cars and will be driven to the lodge of their choice; there are almost 30 Waterberg game lodges to choose from. All transport within the reserve is conducted by experienced guides in the park’s all-terrain vehicles, so guests are free to relax and enjoy the sights.


For those who prefer not to drive, the reserve has two private airstrips and is just a 45-minute flight from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport.


Activities Immersed in Nature at Waterberg Game Lodges


Welgevonden is one of the few parks where visitors can enjoy a face-to-face encounter with each of the iconic Big 5. In addition, there are over 65 mammal species, including rarities like the aardvark, pangolin and brown hyena, 100 reptile, amphibian and fish species, and 320 varieties of birds. But Welgevonden is no ordinary game park. In addition to the morning and evening game drives, guests have several other options, including:


  • Ancient rock paintings: Guests can book a guided tour to view the rock art created by the San Bushmen in the nearby Waterberg mountain range and enjoy a unique cultural experience.


  • Star gazing: For the budding astronomers or the merely curious, the park has a state-of-the-art eight-inch telescope and experienced staff to guide their exploration of the magnificent African night sky.

Waterberg Game Lodges | Big 5 Wildlife


  • Horseback safari: Within driving distance of the park is an area free of carnivores where guests can enjoy breathtaking views and encounters with non-predators from the saddle.

Booking Waterberg Game Lodges:


Early booking is recommended because the demand is always high, and accommodation is limited. Book the experience of a lifetime at a luxury lodge in this malaria-free wildlife paradise.

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