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Bountiful Big 5 Game Species in Welgevonden The iconic Big 5 game species have become so well known all over the world that most lovers of African bushveld safaris are probably able to list these animals instantly – the fiercely territorial and powerful African Lion, the seemingly cunning Cape Buffalo, much feared by many a big game hunter of old, the strong, silent and solitary African Leopard, the unpredictable, poor-sighted Rhino and the staunchly matriarchal African Elephant. At Fifty Seven Waterberg, our exclusive private Big 5 game lodge, situated in the heart of the privately owned Welgevonden Game Reserve, we are fortunate to have bountiful numbers of the Big 5, more than 50 mammal species and more than 300 beautiful bird species, all roaming (and flying) freely in their natural, indigenous habitat.

5 Stars for 57 Waterberg Game Lodge in Welgevonden  The stars in the sky have always been with mankind, as far as we can tell. Man has also always been fascinated by the sun, moon and stars, worshipping one or more of them during religious rituals pertaining to certain ancient cultures. Night time’s canopy of twinkling stars in the sky is incredibly beautiful and romantic, without a doubt. In turn, scientists continue to study the galaxies, planets and stars, since there is still so much about them that remains a mystery. Formerly unknown galaxies, stars and planets are regularly being discovered

Come to Welgevonden and Let Luxury Find You In the heart of the Welgevonden Game Reserve, on the 57th portion of this reserve - you’ll find our exclusive 5-star game lodge, Fifty Seven Waterberg, where our guest accommodation and amenities are unashamedly luxurious, but never excessive. Descriptions such as “the very essence of elegant, sophisticated yet understated luxury” are entirely accurate. Even so, we have been careful to pay homage to the mighty African continent which inspires various and numerous aspects of our décor elements.

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Competitive Prices for Wonderful Waterberg Lodge Accommodation It’s a new year and a good time to plan your holiday or weekend getaways for the next 11 months, if you haven’t done so already. Certain types of holidays and particular destinations are so sought after and popular that it’s best to book your accommodation well in advance, the sooner the better, if you want to avoid disappointment and having to change your plans. Accommodation in wildlife reserves tends to be fully booked rather long in advance, since the number of game parks in South Africa is finite, while accommodation is always in demand, both by fellow South Africans and visitors from overseas countries.

Welgevonden, from Farm to Five-Star Game Lodge Accommodation Like so many other spectacular places in South Africa, Welgevonden Game Reserve was once a farm that was known by the same name, Welgevonden, a name later used as that of the reserve which would be established here.

Big Five Game Lodge Accommodation Unlike Anywhere Else The fascination of the Big Five is universal, not solely the preserve of tourists from abroad, whose best chance of seeing these wild “Famous Five” thus far has probably only been limited to the creatures in foreign zoos. People who’re old enough to remember a time when wild animal performances were permitted, would have seen elephants and lions (two of the Big Five) in circuses too. South Africans who have grown up with game reserves virtually on their doorsteps are equally enthusiastic about viewing the Big Five in their natural habitat, roaming free and unfettered. If human visitors are really lucky, they may be in the right place at the right time to see the Big Five in action – hunting, fighting, fleeing, feeding at a kill (in the case of carnivores), or nursing their babies.

Our Welgevonden Luxury Game Lodge in the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve One automatically associates a modern, private game lodge with more than privacy and the opportunity to see game animals. A lodge invariably evokes images of life’s luxuries, combined with superior amenities, delicious cuisine, and premier personal services. Add 5 stars to the equation, and you know you can expect and receive a thoroughly luxurious experience. Fifty Seven Waterberg’s private, 5-star luxury game lodge is one of the exclusive establishments situated in the Welgevonden Game Reserve. In addition to these obvious attractions, Welgevonden is located in the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, as proclaimed in 2001 by UNESCO, which is also a World Heritage Site.

Private Game Lodge Accommodation Says and Delivers It All Private accommodation indicates that one’s lodging has two distinctive features – privacy, separate and away from others or not visible to them, and the expectation that being private, the accommodation is only available and exclusive to a few at a time, and not the public at large. Likewise, a private game reserve or game lodge is not open to the general public en masse; only those who have a confirmed booking to visit the reserve and/or make use of its superb private accommodation will be admitted. They are the exclusive guests of the private game lodge at which they’ve made a reservation. Because the accommodation is private, they also don’t have to share the rooms and private amenities with anyone else.

A 5-Star Lodge in a “Well-Found” (Welgevonden) Game Reserve It most certainly was a good find on the occasion when a landowning farmer in a section of the bushveld in the Waterberg region of Limpopo recognised the region’s future potential, specifically some 35 000 to38 200 hectares of this pristine wildlife paradise. This was an entire area which he subsequently turned into an excellent private game reserve, thereafter naming the newly found, larger area Welgevonden Game Reserve. “Welgevonden”, a Dutch word, means “well found”, as indeed was the case, as visitors to this beautifully natural bushveld region will attest. The original landowning farmer in question, one Pienkes du Plessis, was a visionary. During the 1980s, he farmed on one section of land, this being his farm called “Welgevonden”.