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Safari Experience

Cross through rivers and travel up the rugged hills as you explore the pristine UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere inside Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, accompanied by our experienced guiding team. As a pioneering Private Game Reserve, Welgevonden is home to more than 65 mammal species, including the famous “Big Five”, cheetah, brown and spotted hyena, caracal, aardwolf, and over 300 different bird species.

Witness the extraordinary ability of elephants to teeter up the steep and rugged mountainside in search of food, soak-in a proudly South African sunset in the company of lions as they prepare to embark on their nighttime adventures, and spend quality time up close with white rhinos crossing the open plains or taking a relaxing mud bath.

Spot the mighty eland, revered by so many, the elusive leopard and the brash honey badger as they go about their daily bush business. Observe the wonders of the bush undetected; your expert guide helping to decipher the mysteries of the bush and its creatures.

Engage in the art of tracking in search of hyenas, cheetah, and more, spot a hippo pod hiding from the heat of the African sun, admire the cacophony of bird calls and plethora of rare bird sightings through the changing landscapes.

Bird List  Mammal List  Reptile List  Tree List

Winter Safari Times: May – Aug

06h00Wake up time and morning tea
06h30Morning safari departs
09h30Return for breakfast
15h30Afternoon safari departs
19h30Return from safari & dinner is served

Summer Safari Times: Sep – Apr

05h00Wake up time and morning tea
05h30Morning safari departs
08h30Return for breakfast
16h00Afternoon safari departs
19h30Return from safari & dinner is served

A Day in the Life of…

Kick-start your day before the sun rises, dunking a homemade rusk into a steamy cup of coffee before setting off on your morning safari with your assigned ranger.

Watch as the bush awakens around you; the mighty elephants beginning their daily trudge through the bush seeking to fill their bellies with delectable ‘tree-ts’, Burchell’s Zebra grazing on the plains in perfect peace, a lion still feeding on the remnants of her wildebeest kill.

All is quiet in the bush. As the dew glistens on the tall spear grass, you take a break and enjoy a steaming cup of coffee on an open plain surrounded by the impressive mountains on all sides with nothing but the sound of bush birds greeting yet another stunning African sunrise.

The sun touches the red and grey sandstone rocks that dot the hills of the Welgevonden as you wind your way back to Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway for a sumptuous breakfast and true relaxation in the privacy of your very own bush retreat. Take a dip in your private pool or read a book on your secluded terrace, the African sun will keep you warm and contented. The lodge’s trained spa therapists are available all day to soothe your weary muscles with a Swedish or aromatherapy massage in the privacy of your room.

Sleep the day away or enjoy a delicious lunch of Pear & Brie salad, lamb chops and spicy prawns before preparing for your afternoon safari through the Welgevonden; enjoy a quiet sundowner drink and kudu biltong as you watch the sun set over the bushveld.

Explore the bush as it turns from day to night; bright-eyed bush babies cling to the trees, a Spotted Eagle Owl hunts her prey and the rising Southern Cross directs you home to a romantic dinner, superb South African wine, exceptional hospitality and a roaring fire.

Indulge in one last Amarula on the rocks at the bar or retire to the comfort of your king-size bed in preparation for yet another magnificent day in the African bush, the sounds of the nightjar and bush frogs lulling you to sleep.


  • Stunning cliff-top location overlooking the Sterkstroom river.
  • Set within the ruggedly beautiful Welgevonden Game Reserve.
  • Exclusive, secluded romantic retreat in the bush
  • A la carte menus including sushi, game dishes and South African treats
  • Just three hours’ drive from Johannesburg – Malaria free reserve
  • Fantastic wildlife and birdlife sightings, including the Big Five.
  • Great venue for destination weddings and honeymoons.