WELGEVONDEN GAME RESERVE, LIMPOPO PROVINCE – DELUXE
Makweti Safari Lodge is situated in the Welgevonden Game Reserve in the heart of South Africa’s Limpopo province, on the wonderfully rugged Waterberg Plateau. With internationally acclaimed protection in the form of a declared UNESCO biosphere area and Natural Heritage Site status, the locale boasts significant historical and geographical wealth.
Only three hours drive from Johannesburg, the steep mountains, angular crags, deeply incised gorges and broad open plains of the region offer the space to escape and immerse yourself in nature, whilst within the malaria-free Welgevonden Reserve itself, Makweti Safari Lodge provides a home-from-home location from which to enjoy all that’s on offer.
In spite of its wild beauty, the Waterberg region is a relatively new area for safari tourism and conservation. A former agricultural heartland, the last decade has seen pioneering ecological research and significant, controlled game introduction into the 34,000 hectares that make up the privately-owned Welgevonden Game Reserve. The determined management team consistently striving to lead their field in wildlife and environmental research. Simultaneously, a delightfully intimate lodge, Makweti, has relaxed into a shady gorge and welcomed in-the-know visitors to their unique biosphere.
The main lodge buildings are staggered between the natural rock formations of the Waterberg Mountains. Entering through the impressive timber doors of the stone and thatch central lounge and dining room, the deep windows reveal their commanding views of the tree-clad Makweti Gorge and the gently undulating landscape beyond. The interior design and lodge atmosphere are complimentary, offering a warm and relaxed retreat. Antique African artefacts, tribal textiles and friendly staff make a stay here truly restorative.
The five secluded suites, accommodating a maximum of ten guests at any one time, are furnished with polished timber and crisp linens. Directors’ chairs on a private deck, bubble-filled baths, invigorating outdoor showers and plump pillows positively encourage relaxation during a stay. Three of the suites have their own private plunge pool and sala. At the main area there is a small but refreshing plunge pool, library collection and waterhole sundeck.
For those who are keen to explore further afield, twice daily safaris, in open vehicles or on foot, combine a landscape experience, of scenery and Iron Age rock art, with game viewing – over 16 species of antelope, plains game, lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, wild dog and the rare brown hyena are resident on the Reserve. Return for refreshing sundowners to marvel at the rhino and monkeys who’ll join you at the lodge’s waterhole.
Enjoyed around the vast, formal table, in the boma, or buy candlelight under the stars, Makweti’s cuisine combines the rich spices of the ancient trade routes with modern style. Fine South African estate wines are poured from the on-site cellar and lively dinner-time chatter is sure to revolve around the daily sightings.
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Tel: 01778 382 764