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Aside from the draw of its luxurious lodges and pristine wilderness feel, Welgevonden is also one of South Africa’s most accessible parks, just an easy two and a half hour jaunt from Johannesburg and a little less from Pretoria.
If you’d rather fly, there are two airstrips in Welgevonen and it’s a mere 45 minute flight from Johannesburg. Or if you really want to arrive in style, there’s even a helipad too.
The 250km road route from Johannesburg is very straightforward and you would do well to get lost. You follow the N1 North towards Polokwane and then shortly after the Kranskop toll plaza you take the off-ramp onto the R33 towards Modimolle. Then for the main gate head straight through from Vaalwater on the R517 towards Ellisras.
After 24kms on the R517 from Vaalwater you will see the main gate on your left hand side.
On arrival at Welgevonden, no private vehicles are allowed inside the reserve; this helps minimize human impact. The lodge you booked with will pick you up and transfer you to your accommodation from the relevant gate.
Some lodges have a single, set pick-up time, though most of these can arrange for an alternate time at an additional fee. Other lodges have two pick up times throughout the day. Be sure to confirm these details with your lodge before arrival at Welgevonden.
pectacular scenery and excellent game viewing make Welgevonden quite unlike anywhere else on earth. Crystal clear streams have, over the millennia, carved the scenic topography of the Waterberg mountain wilderness.
Rock art sites dating as far back as 2000 years can be found in Welgevonden and the greater Waterberg area.
Welgevonden is home to over 50 different mammals, including the Big Five, and boasts one of the largest populations of white rhino on a private reserve anywhere in Africa.
There are rare and unusual species too, such as brown hyena, aardwolf and aardvark – all best seen at night. The grassy plains abound with antelope from the largest eland to the diminutive duiker, and cheetah, lion and leopard are always close by.
It is the diversity of the habitat on the reserve that encourages such a wide range of wildlife as well as over 300 bird species, including rare blue cranes.
Welgevonden protects a unique and special environment and the reserve’s management is deeply committed to ongoing conservation research and development.
No private vehicles are permitted, which ensures minimal human impact and the ultimate wilderness experience. Historically, wildlife on the reserve has never been hunted so game viewing is always up close and personal.
The Waterberg, with its many privately owned game reserves, game lodges and commercial agricultural farms, has been a well-kept secret for a long time but is fast becoming the destination of preference for local and international guests. Welgevonden is certainly one of the finest places to watch wildlife, sense wilderness and touch the spirit of true Africa.
The climate of the Waterberg area can be described as warm temperate with three distinct seasons.
From May to July it is dry with mean daily maximum and minimum temperatures of 22.3°C and 2.6°C respectively. Ground frosts occur regularly, particularly in low-lying areas.
From August to October, daily temperatures begin to rise, with mean daily maximum and minimum temperatures of 27.6 °C and 8.6°C respectively, and although generally dry, occasional thunderstorms
The annual wet season extends from November to April, with mean daily maximum and minimum temperatures of 29.3°C and 14.5°C respectively.
Take the N1 north out of Johannesburg/Pretoria. Just over 120 km after Pretoria find the Kranskop
toll Plaza. Take the R33 off-ramp at the toll plaza (keep in the left hand lane) to Modimolle / Nylstroom.
Drive straight through Modimolle/Nylstroom on the R33 towards Vaalwater. Drive straight through Vaalwater on the R510 towards Thabazimbi.
To go to Welgevonden Main Gate: Follow the R510 for 24 km after leaving Vaalwater, the gate is on your left hand side (look out for the sign "Welgevonden Main Gate")
To go to Welgevonden South Gate: Follow the R510 for 6 km after leaving Vaalwater, turn left on the
Bakkerspas dirt road, follow it for 34 km, the gate is on your right hand side (look out for sign
“Welgevonden South Gate")
To go to Welgevonden East Gate: Follow the R510 for 13 km after leaving Vaalwater, turn left on the little dirt road (look out for sign “Welgevonden East Gate"), follow it for 11 km.
To go to Welgevonden West Gate: Follow the R510 for 47 km after leaving Vaalwater, turn left on the Schoongelegen dirt road, follow it for 17 km, the gate is on your left hand side (look out for sign “Welgevonden West Gate")