Ranger Diaries

We are on track to transform from Molenvliet Lodge to Fifty Seven Waterberg. These changes are also physically visible and I’m very excited to be part of the new developments. I have been with Molenvliet Lodge from the beginning in 2009 being a beautiful, high standard lodge,...

Where to Enjoy Some Luxurious Accommodation in the Limpopo Bushveld Both South Africans and visitors to our country have long been attracted to the bushveld and to the exceptionally extensive and varied collection of flora and fauna that it supports. One of the most prolific of these regions is to be found in Limpopo. Traversed by the tropic of Capricorn, this is the northernmost of South Africa’s nine provinces. Surrounded by the North West, Gauteng and Mpumalanga in the west, south and east respectively, it also shares international borders with three other sub-Saharan countries to the north – namely, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Enjoy 5-Star Accommodation Surrounded by a Wildlife Paradise Where once the term “safari” was used to describe any overland journey undertaken in Africa, today, it is a word that, in most minds, conjures images of elephants and rhinos drinking at a waterhole, or a pair of lions in pursuit of their next meal. Today, the game hunter has been largely replaced by tourists of almost every nationality, each armed with a Nikon, a Canon or a Pentax, and all eager to catch a glimpse of one or more of the fabled Big 5 in their natural habitat.

Finding the Perfect Game Lodge to Experience the Big 5 First coined by the big game hunters who stalked their prey among the various countries of southern Africa, the term “big 5” has since become popular throughout the world. Today, the prospect of a stay in a game lodge and the chance to witness one or more of the five in their natural habitat has developed an appeal amongst tourists and wildlife enthusiasts that is almost universal. While poaching continues to be a serious problem in South Africa, the country has achieved more than most in its efforts to improve the security of reserves and to provide a habitat in which these magnificent creatures can continue to thrive in comparative safety.

Some Interesting Things You Should Know About Fifty Seven Waterberg Perhaps the first thing to know is that, while our lodge employs the number 57 in our web address, our official name is Fifty Seven Waterberg and this too is only our newest title. Formerly known as the MolenVliet Lodge, the one feature that can never be changed is our magnificent location in the Limpopo province at the heart of the Welgevonden Game Reserve. Translated from the Dutch, the reserve’s name means “well found” and all of those travellers who take a little time to experience this picturesque and fascinating region are certain to agree.

Hi, I am Simon Bjaloane, lodge manager and guide at Fifty Seven Waterberg. I've been a guide in the Waterberg region for over 10 years and with the lodge specifically, for 6 years. This is a short blog where I will post monthly photos and news from the bush. I hope...