Welgevonden Private Game Reserve comprises 37,000 hectares of diverse landscapes and geology and a plethora of South Africas most stunning wildlife in the heart of the rich ecosystem of the Waterberg District in Limpopo. Aptly, Welgevonden translates as well found. The reserve first became a conservation area in 1993, consolidating a number of private farms, removing internal fences and returning this amazing area to its original natural state.
Each lodge within Welgevonden offers a range of different game drives with their highly qualified guides, who can tell you everything you might need or want to know about the wildlife, birdlife and vegetation.
There are morning game drives, sunset game drives and the very special nighttime game drives, where spotlights are fitted to your vehicle allowing you to see Welgevonden’s nocturnal animals; you might even be lucky enough to see a leopard on the hunt.
Spectacular Big 5 sightings are almost guaranteed during your game drives and so, of course, are all the other usual suspects such as giraffe, kudu, zebra, warthog and even the rare roan antelope.
Almost all of the lodges will include at least two game drives in their daily tariffs. Some lodges, such as iBhubesi Private Game Lodge, offer unlimited private game drives and your own personal game ranger throughout.
Overall, there are an amazing 430kms of roads and tracks to be explored in Welgevonden, allowing you to experience all its ins and outs, intricacies and the general beauty of its biodiversity to the absolute fullest.
Guided Walking Safaris
Many of Welgevonden’s lodges offer morning bush walks under the guidance and protection of experienced rangers, allowing you an entirely unique, organic and intimate interaction with the reserve’s topography and an amazing array of wildlife.
Furthermore, being on foot helps to bring into focus some of the smaller animals and insects that you would usually miss from a vehicle. Guides can often give you a rare insight into the herbs and grasses used in traditional medicine too.
Some of Welgevonden’s guided bush walks also take in the ancient San rock paintings found in Welgevonden.
Numbers on the walking safaris are usually restricted to a maximum of 8 people and there are only a limited number of rangers that can take these special tours, so a reservation is usually advised before arrival at Welgevonden.
If staying at the lodge in Kololo Reserve just on the outside of Welgevonden itself, this area is fenced off from Welgevonden and is only home to ‘safe’ game, so you can also enjoy this area on a mountain bike or on foot without a guide if you prefer.
Game Reserves (especially in South Africa) are large areas of land set aside and protected for wild animals.
South Africa still has a wealth of wild animals. We also have a beautiful list of birds that you will find at most of our Game Reserves.
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