Welgevonden Game Reserve & Northern Cape

The Waterberg region is renowned for its dramatic scenery, ancient cliffs, deep valleys, and rolling hills. Amid the rugged landscapes, abundant wildlife thrives, and conservation remains the proud focus.

Mountainous Massif, Archaeological Finds, Evolutionary Discoveries

Located only a 2.5-hour drive, or an easy 45-minute air transfer from Johannesburg, the Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg is a premier, malaria-free big five wilderness reserve. A UNESCO Biosphere, the mountainous massif and surrounds are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, making it ideal for nature enthusiasts. Equally Well known for its archaeological finds dating to the Stone Age as well as evolutionary discoveries linked to the origin of man, there are several ruins of Iron Age settlements and Bushmen rock art sites to be seen in the area. The grassy bushveld, enchanting riverine forests, crystal-clear streams, and harmonious blend of adventure and tranquillity, contribute to the region’s uniqueness.

Welgevonden Game Reserve: A Conservation Success

Welgevonden Game Reserve is a prime example of successful wildlife conservation efforts in South Africa. Spanning over 37,000 hectares, this malaria-free reserve is home to a wide array of animal species, including the Big Five, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, and more. With its commitment to sustainable tourism and conservation, Welgevonden provides a sanctuary for these magnificent creatures to thrive in their natural habitat. Embark on thrilling game drives, guided walks, or horseback safaris in search of wildlife, including elephants, lions, rhinos, buffalos, and numerous antelope species. A Dutch word, Welgevonden, can be translated to ‘well found, or a ‘serendipitous discovery’ and that it certainly is.


In the Welgevonden Game Reserve, we have hand-selected accommodations that blend with the setting and guarantee an exceptional stay and experience.