ABOUT THE LODGE
The Welgevonden Gama Reserve bordering the Marakele National Park is situated approximately 250km north of Gauteng. The Game Reserve is quickly gaining popularity in the South African and International markets due to its outstanding topography, high quality private game lodges and exceptional game viewing.
Welgevonden was developed on the basis of a freehold title in 1993, with the reserve being divided into 500ha blocks that ware sold to private individuals, syndicates or corporates for the purpose of private or commercial ecotourism.
There are no internal fences, but an electrified perimeter fence restricts the movement of large mammal species, onto neighbouring properties, and a restocking exercise was undertaken shortly after the reserve was proclaimed. A good road network of 430 km of gravel roads exist on the Reserve, which is a mean feat on the rocky, mountainous terrain and sandy soils.
The reserve is situated on the Waterberg Plateau and comprises of mountainous terrain that is dissected by deep valleys and kloofs, with occasional old lands that have been allowed to regenerate since the reserves proclamation. Flat plateaus characterise most hilltops, and altitude varies from 1080 m above sea level at the main entrance gate in the north of the reserve to 1800 m above sea level in the southern section of the Reserve. The combination of the veld types of the sour Waterberg Mountains and the sweeter lowland bushveld types historically supported a wide diversity of mammal species, but by the end of the 19th century most of the large herbivore and carnivore species that were present in the area in historical times had been exterminated by uncontrolled hunting. Over the last 10 years, many of these species have been reintroduced back into the Welgevonden Game Reserve.
|2.5 hour drive from Johannesburg to the Main gate at Welgevonden Game Reserve|