Limpopo » Welgevonden Game Reserve » Makweti Safari Lodge


LOCATIONWelgevonden Game ReservePOOLYes - and private plunge pools at 4 of the suites

  •   Five luxurious suites accommodating no more than 10 guests.
  •   Panoramic surroundings with a waterhole on your doorstep, plus teak decks overlooking Makweti Gorge.
  •   Makweti Safari Lodge is nestled within one of Southern Africa’s largest and most pristine private game reserves - The Welgevonden.

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01 February - 19 December 2019 Suite R 3,930 per person per night sharing last minute special rate - bookings within 10 days of travel
Pool Suite R 3,930 per person per night sharing last minute special rate - bookings within 10 days of travel
Suite R 6,399 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings
Pool Suite R 6,900 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings
20 December - 31 December 2019 Suite R 6,399 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings
Pool Suite R 6,900 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings

*Special last minute 10 day rates are subject to availability. No category of suite type can be guaranteed. 

Min/Max 3 night stay Special Offer!
R 5,485 per person per night sharing (Suite)
R 5,895 per person per night sharing (Pool Suite)
- valid 01 February to 19 December 2019
- long stay special offer based on a 3 night stay only

Minimum 4 night stay Special Offer!
R 4,799 per person per night sharing (Suite)
R 5,165 per person per night sharing (Pool Suite)
- valid 01 February - 19 December 2019
- long stay special offer based on a minimum 4 night stay

*surcharges may apply on all rates and special offers over peak holiday periods and long weekends.

• Luxury accommodation
• All meals daily
• Teas & coffees
• Two safari activities per day, including game drives & walking safaris (on request)
• Return scheduled transfers at 13h00 from Welgevonden Game Reserve Main Gate or the Welgevonden Airstrip to the Lodge
• There will be a supplement of 50% on the per person sharing rate for single accommodation.
• Children aged 12 years and older will have to occupy their own room and pay normal adult rates.
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Special Discounted Rates for International Residents are available on request.
• Rates exclude a Welgevonden Conservation Fee of R 165 per person per night, payable directly to the Lodge and subject to change.
• Guests will be collected at the Main Gate of the Welgevonden 13h00. On the day of departure, guests will be transferred back to the Main Gate at 12h30.
• Gate transfers other than the allocated time must be requested in advance with management . Availability & rates are on request.

3 hour drive from Johannesburg to Main Gate of the Welgevonden Game Reserve.
4 Pool Suites with plunge pools
1 Suite without a plunge pool


Makweti Safari Lodge offers luxurious accommodation in the heart of Big 5 territory. Five luxurious suites cater to no more than 10 guests, creating an intimate experience one is sure never to forget. The lodge is part of the by- invitation- only Chaîne des Rôtisseurs- a hallmark of fine cuisine. Makweti has no fences meaning animals large and small roam freely on the Lodge’s surrounds and one can often observe animals coming for refreshments at the stream- fed waterhole just 80 yards from the open lounge and viewing deck. Teak decks overlook the the Makweti Gorge while individually decorated rooms come complete with a 2 seat table, sun lounger, en- suite bathroom, log fire, indoor and outdoor showers and a Victorian bath. Rooms are equipped with a host of amenities to make your stay as pleasurable as possible.

Makweti Safari Lodge is an experience for the discerning wildlife aficionado. Timelessly African, it embodies the eras of Livingstone and Hemingway, while standing as a model of modern, environmentally sensitive taste.
The Lodge caters to no more than 10 guests, with five luxury suites that blend seductively into an ideal safari landscape.
This landscape is a natural home for Africa’s “Big Five” – elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, lion and leopard.  Makweti has no fences, so the Big Five, zebra, wildebeest, and a host of other iconic species wander freely through the Lodge’s surrounds.  Often, these wild “owners of the terrain” come for refreshment to the stream-fed waterhole just 80 yards from the open lounge and viewing deck.
Beyond the waterhole, Makweti’s luxury suites and dining room command panoramic views across a gorge-defined valley, toward infinite blue hills beyond.
These views, and many other enchanting vistas, extend across one of Southern Africa’s largest private game reserves – a wilderness expanse of some 40,000 hectares. For Makweti’s guests, the reserve stands open in its entirety to wonder-filled exploration.
Makweti’s location is moreover malaria-free, with a temperate and invigorating climate.
Your Makweti safari experiences will be complemented by the discreet elegance of your luxury suite, and by Makweti’s delectable, world-rated cuisine.
Makweti Safari Lodge was founded in 1995, and its management and staff embody decades of experience in creating memorable stays for a discerning international clientele.


Rolling wooded mountains cut by deep rocky ravines and majestic gorges make Welgevonden Private Game Reserve an evocative piece of Africa. Aptly meaning ‘well found’, this is a place of rare and rugged beauty, plentiful wildlife and prolific birdlife. Spectacular scenery and excellent game viewing make Welgevonden quite unlike anywhere else on earth. To visit here is to experience the spirit of true wilderness.
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 habitat on the reserve that encourages such a wide range of wildlife as well as over 250 bird species, including rare blue cranes.
At 36 000 hectares in size, Welgevonden Private Game Reserve lies in the Waterberg plateau, just north of Johannesburg. Here guests enjoy unlimited traversing through the reserve and experience an environment where biodiversity conservation and game viewing are managed in harmony. Welgevonden protects an unique and special environment and the reserve’s management is deeply committed to ongoing conservation research and development.
The evocative wilderness area offers an exclusive, intimate experience of the African bush with only a limited number of guests having access to the reserve at any one time. 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. There is also ancient and delicate Bushman rock art on Welgevonden.
Welgevonden offers the discerning visitor something completely different. This is mountain bushveld with rivers running through it and sweeping views to far horizons. It’s high altitude, temperate climate and malaria free makes it worth a visit all year round. Welgevonden is certainly one of the finest places to watch wildlife, sense wilderness and touch the spirit of true Africa.

  • Spa - Treatment Room
  • Art gallery
  • Main lounge
  • Bar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Viewing decks



From Johannesburg approximately 3 hours @ 120 km/h

  • Toll fees on route should be paid in cash
  • Travel on the N1 North, past Midrand. Remain on the N1 at the N1 / R28 split towards Pietersburg (Polokwane).
  • Pass alongside Pretoria, continue through the toll gate and through the Carousel Toll Gate past the Warmbaths (Bela Bela) turnoff. Continue until you approach the Kranskop Toll Gate
  • Keep in the left lane to take the turnoff to Nylstroom (Modimole) (R33).
  • At this point, we would like to request that you contact the lodge to advise them of the progress of your journey. If there is no reply, please leave a message with your name and the time of your call - messages are regularly retrieved. Communicating your pending arrival is imperative. Failure to comply may result in delays.Daily pick up at the gate is at 13:00 - ALTERNATIVE TIMES HAVE TO BE COMMUNICATED TO THE CAMP AT LEAST A DAY PRIOR TO ARRIVAL.
  • After the tollgate turn left at the T-junction towards Nylstroom.
  • Travel straight through Nylstroom on the R33 to Vaalwater (±60km). Keep straight on through Vaalwater,
  • pass the Total filling station and Spar on your left hand side just outside Vaalwater. Carry straight on THE
  • SAME ROAD for ±23km from the filling station until you get to the Welgevonden MAIN GATE on your left
  • hand side. (Pass the sign indicating access to the East Gate).
  • A Makweti representative will meet you at the main gate after you parked your vehicle in the reserve's secure area.


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