Bordering the Marakele National Park, and lying close to the Nylsvlei Wetlands, the Welgevonden area offers a arresting landscape of rolling hills, striking red sandstone cliffs, gushing perennial rivers and Africa’s iconic open savannah plains. The Waterberg area has been home to man for millennia, with San rock paintings found scattered through the park area. It’s a simple and relaxed 3 hours drive from the business capital of Johannesburg, and the area is entirely malaria free, making it as ideal for weekend escapes as it is for longer safaris.
As only a quick search of MTBeds.co.za will reveal, the area also plays home to a plethora of luxurious, environmentally sustainable small lodges, allowing for a secluded and intimate getaway at the click of a button.
The reserve itself offers the Big 5- their population of white rhino is one of the largest among African reserves- giraffe, warthog, kudu, badger and a wealth of birdlife. Daily reserve visitor numbers are restricted, and hunting is forbidden on the reserve, so animals are free to remain wild...and visitors experience the park life up close and personal.
The close-by Bela Bela Warm Springs, charming towns of Naboomspruit and Laphalale, hiking trails and citrus estates provide a wealth of other activities to keep you entertained and stimulated throughout your trip. Sample the delicious beef biltong at Steenbokpan, and bird lovers simply have to schedule a visit to Rust de Winter, premier birding destination. Take in the tin and iron mining sites in the area at Thabazimbi and Rooiberg, and learn about the complex history of the area while you have fun.
Welgevonden is packed with interesting activities and can’t-miss wildlife opportunities, so why not plan your trip today?