Ranger Diaries

Big 5 Wildlife and Luxury Accommodation Going on safari to view indigenous wildlife in largely unexplored territory, or setting out on a journey to hunt big game animals for trophy purposes, was nothing new 100 years or so ago. At the turn of the 19th century and during the first 30 or 40 odd years of the 20th century, undertaking an African safari was already all the rage amongst lovers of nature and adventurous travellers who could afford this privilege.

Beautiful Bushveld with Elegant Accommodation When visiting one of South Africa’s large national parks, many tourists who are unable to obtain lodgings in park rest camps, arrange accommodation outside the borders of the game reserve, taking day trips to view game within the park, and leaving again before the gates close for the night. However, for a true, authentic bushveld experience, one needs to spend at least a couple of nights within the bush, surrounded by untamed nature and all its creatures. Very little comes close to the sounds of the nocturnal animals’ calls and cries in the dark wilderness of the distinctive southern African bushveld. It’s an experience unlike any other in the world – one that is as memorable as the African continent itself.

Winter is the time of change and adaptation. Temperatures are dropping down to below teens. The day is becoming shorter and shorter and the night long. You can witness Winter at night sky by the moving away of Orion to the West and the rising...

Hemingway hated hyenas. Given their reputations as scavengers, and their creepy laughs, it makes sense that plenty of people don’t like hyenas. In Green Hills of Africa, Ernest Hemingway wrote, “Fisi, the hyena, hermaphroditic self-eating devourer of the dead, trailer of calving cows, ham-stringer, potential biter-off of...

Three Prominent Features at this Big 5 Game Lodge Our exclusive, private game lodge, Fifty Seven Waterberg, is so named because our portion of the privately owned Welgevonden Game Reserve is listed as the fifty seventh section in a reserve that spans 35 000 hectares. Previously, before we took it over, the lodge was known as Molenvliet Lodge. The Big 5 Mankind’s fascination with the so-called Big 5 game species that are found in abundance in our reserve is a major drawcard for visitors to Fifty Seven Waterberg. Welgevonden is known as a premier Big 5 game reserve.

Waterberg’s Luxury Lodges Await You It is hardly surprising that there are several luxury lodges to be found in the Waterberg area, since this beautiful part of the Limpopo Province offers incomparable wilderness experiences to all its visitors. To top it all, certain of these lovely lodges are located in the Welgevonden Game Reserve, which forms the major part of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, so proclaimed by UNESCO in 2001. Distinguishing Features of Luxury Lodges

The Old and Marvellous Molenvliet Lodge Set right in the heart of the Waterberg region of South Africa’s Limpopo Province, within the privately owned Welgevonden Game Reserve, you will find our exclusive game lodge, Fifty Seven Waterberg, which was known as Molenvliet Lodge not too long ago, prior to the name change and upgrade.

Discover your Favourites at Fabulous Fifty Seven Waterberg Unless you are an avid mental traveller, have been to Africa before or you have done some research, you might not be aware of what is meant by “game park” or “game reserve” when you visit South Africa’s pristine Waterberg region. Free and Far from the Madding Crowds The section of the Waterberg where our game park and lodge is located, is a unique part of this vast, diverse and magnificent country. It has been spared the onslaught of hordes of tourists, and is free from commercial exploitation with overcrowded facilities, factors that tend to ruin a true wildlife experience’s leisurely pace, peace and tranquillity. 

Luxury Accommodation Puts a “Wow” into the Waterberg Once upon a time, and yet not too terribly long ago, one had limited accommodation options when travelling in the Waterberg region of South Africa’s Limpopo province, formerly the Northern Transvaal. The towns of Nylstroom (now Modimolle) and Naboomspruit (Mookgophong) were mere villages, mainly serving the farming community of the surrounding areas. Just Passing Through The national route to the far north – Pietersburg (Polokwane), Tzaneen, Louis Trichardt and onwards through the border post of Beit Bridge, and the crossing point from South Africa into Zimbabwe – passed through these towns, where motorists would stop to refuel and stretch their legs. The Waterberg itself was seldom the destination of these long-distance travellers or holidaymakers, unless they intended visiting family who resided or farmed in the region.

A Big-5 Game Reserve Experience Like No Other According to Texans’ own claims, everything is bigger and better in the Lone Star State, but there is something big that they don’t have. We do, at our privately-owned game reserve – Fifty Seven Waterberg – in Limpopo province. We refer to the Big 5 – South Africa’s most well-known animals, which continue to fascinate visitors to game reserves that are privileged to include these wild animals among their game population. Unbeknown to some, “Big 5” is not indicative of the size of these 5 creatures – the African lion, African leopard, Cape buffalo, black rhinoceros and African elephant. Size only applies to the elephant. The Big 5 was regarded by hunters as the most difficult and dangerous species to hunt, hence their distinctive collective title.