Welgevonden Private Reserve, South Africa
Makweti Safari Lodge is unfenced, so visitors are not always predictable, but fabulous game viewing opportunities from the lodge itself, not to mention its surroundings, are all but guaranteed. This small and exclusive safari camp in South Africa’s north-westerly Limpopo Province aims to offer a glimpse of a bygone Africa. Neighbouring Marakele National Park, the Welgevonden Private Reserve is home to Makweti, which has just five suites, made of stone and thatch.
Overhanging the Makweti gorge, the camp’s main lodge is built from natural rock, and its Indaba lounge overlooks a waterhole frequently visited by game. The Zebra bar, lounges and library are richly decorated with ornate African art, carvings and woven textures, while the suites feature antique furniture alongside luxurious beds and fittings.
Each suite is individually styled and entirely secluded among the bush foliage. Indoor and outdoor showers, freestanding baths and log fires welcome you home after a day’s safari, and some have private decks and plunge pools.
The Welgevonden Private Reserve has the largest population of White Rhino of any private reserve in South Africa, and lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant also reside here. Walking and game drive safaris across the estate’s 37,000 hectares (91,429 acres) are offered at dawn and dusk.
Three hours’ drive on good roads from Johannesburg, the Welgevonden Private Reserve can be reached by private air charters too.
Sitting in a malaria-free region, Makweti Safari Lodge welcomes children over the age of 12.
Makweti Safari Lodge Information
- Location: Welgevonden Private Reserve, 2.5 hours drive to OR Tambo International Airport
- Accomodation: 5 Suites (Sleeps 10)
- Facilities: Plunge pool, Zebra bar, lounge, library
- Activities: Game drive safaris, walking safaris
- Weather: All year round, rainy season from December to February. May to August is peak safari season; land is dry and animals congregate around water sources.
- Children: Not suitable