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What Makes a 5-Star Game Lodge Experience? Given the continued weakness of our currency, fewer South Africans are able to enjoy overseas vacations than was the case in the past. Fortunately, the ailing rand has also made our country more attractive to international travellers, who......

A Few Facts about a Fine 5-Star Lodge When asked what they missed most about South Africa while they were abroad, countrymen/women will refer to the vast African sky. In summer, it’s the most incredible shade of deep, bright blue during the day, unless it’s......

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......

5-Star Luxury Wildlife Accommodation “Luxury” refers to an exclusive place, object, service, brand, or amenity that is beyond necessity, because the item or experience is superior, better, and much more desirable. It is often indicated with a star rating or grading. This includes accommodation, specifically,......

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......

Luxury Accommodation and a Unique Wildlife Experience at 57 Waterberg Sadly, the future of many wild creatures has long been threatened by mankind’s growing need for space and its continued competition for natural resources. Urban sprawl, deforestation and environmental pollution have already decimated the populations......

57 Waterberg, a Luxury Game Lodge in Africa Most of the select game lodges, which are situated in Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province in South Africa, have typically African names, derived from indigenous African words, which is charming and......

A Private Wildlife Lodge in Big-Five Country There are various groups of five that are famous throughout English speaking countries and the rest of the big, wide world, which is becoming very much smaller, figuratively speaking, because of advances in technology and instant, global communication......

A Shining Star Among Waterberg’s 5-Star Game Lodges Fifty Seven Waterberg is an exclusive 5-star game lodge, situated within the private Welgevonden Game Reserve, which is located in the Waterberg region of the Limpopo province in South Africa. As a 5-star game lodge, we are......

A Warm Welcome to our Welgevonden Private Game Lodge Private game lodges, which offer accommodation to nature loving guests, are the latest additions that enhance visitors’ game reserve experiences to a significant extent, far superior to what was previously available in and at most game......

A Welgevonden Luxury Game Lodge Winner If you have been to one of Welgevonden’s premier 5-star game lodges, then you have truly experienced luxury. Welgevonden is a private game reserve that is home to a world-class game lodge in the Limpopo’s bushveld. Welgevonden means “well-found”......

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......

Accommodation for Big Five Species Plus 5-Star Lodge Guests The world-renowned Big Five truly are big. For the most part, they are big in stature, but always in reputation, strength, abilities, and natural, wild beauty. They are always a huge drawcard too. Everyone wants to......

Allure of Stars and Five-Star Luxury Accommodation In general, worldwide as well as in South Africa, stars are much admired and desired, in whichever way one regards these heavenly bodies – literally as well as figuratively. When someone has stars in her/his eyes, it implies......

Your Destination of Choice for Luxurious Waterberg Accommodation If you have never visited the Waterberg region of Limpopo province, but only passed through the towns one encounters on the route to the northernmost part of South Africa, you don’t know what you have been missing.......

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......

Big 5 Game Lodge in Big 5 Territory There are virtually only a few aspects pertaining to our Big 5 game lodge that are not big, other than the small or tiny creatures, which play an integral role in our environment and ecosystem. Even the......

High Fives at Our South African Big 5 Game Lodge Our South African game lodge, Fifty Seven Waterberg, is known as a Big 5 establishment, which is a name that draws visitors from near and far, and one of the reasons that accommodation at our......

The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve’s Big 5 Luxury Game Lodge Visitors to South African nature reserves invariably wish to include a stay at a bushveld game lodge in their itinerary, ideally in a reserve that is home to the Big 5. Mankind’s fascination with these 5......

Big 5 Wildlife Lodge Accommodation with the Wow Factor Increasing numbers of wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and seekers of bushveld peace and tranquillity, are discovering the Waterberg region and its 5-star lodge accommodation – in particular, the warm, typical South African hospitality that’s extended to......

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......

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,......

Convenient Bushveld Accommodation and a 5-Star Game Lodge in Limpopo With the rand hovering around record low levels, the option of an overseas vacation is no longer within reach of many South Africans. On the other hand, these same meagre exchange rates have served to......

Bushveld Accommodation in the Lap of Luxury Luxury and luxury accommodation in the bushveld is by no means a given fact, particularly in unspoiled bushveld areas where wildlife is plentiful and is not hunted by man – a scenario which should be the norm, but......

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......

It’s Time for a December Breakaway with Luxury Wildlife Accommodation The festive season is almost upon us and, now that the seasonal slow-down in work activities is providing us with the perfect opportunity to start planning a December breakaway, many South African families will already......

  It is the second heaviest flying bird, after the Kori Bustard. There are four species in the region, namely Kori, Denham’s, Ludwig’s and the Black-bellied. The bustard species lacks the hind toe meaning they cannot perch. They also lack the preen gland, a type......

Well-Found, All You Wish For at Welgevonden Game Reserve If you want it all, wherever you may be, you have found the perfect bushveld sanctuary that provides all you could need and wish for in the Limpopo bushveld’s Waterberg region at our luxury game lodge,......

How Would You Define a 5-Star Game Lodge? The excitement of a game drive is something that everyone should experience at some time, and South Africans are especially privileged to live in a country that offers so many opportunities to pursue what, for many of......

Experience All That is Special at Welgevonden Going on a getaway to a South African game reserve is a treat; it is special. However, a trip to the Waterberg’s Welgevonden Game Reserve, and spoiling yourself with five-star accommodation, and a whole lot more,  at Fifty......

High Five for Big 5 Game Lodge Accommodation South African game reserves draw visitors from all over the world, and are vital to this country’s important tourism industry. Game reserves that feature the world-famous Big 5, and offer good accommodation options are popular. Private game......

High Fives to the Big 5 at Our Accommodation It may be mere coincidence or chance, or perhaps it’s some type of sign – who knows? The number 5 crops up all over the place at Fifty Seven Waterberg, like our luxury game lodge that......

Why Not Experience the Big 5 in Luxury this Holiday? Like many South Africans, you have probably taken the family on a couple of day trips to a lion or rhino park in the past, and it’s pretty certain that you all thoroughly enjoyed yourselves.......

How a Private Game Farm Became a Private Game Reserve Once, most things that were private were subjects, objects, parts or remote, secluded places that were so confidential that they were seldom shared, spoken of, written or heard about. Anything private was largely “no go”......

How the Welgevonden Game Reserve was (Well) Found and Founded Visitors to Welgevonden Game Reserve and our private game lodge, Fifty Seven Waterberg, which is located in the heart of the reserve, are both delighted and surprised to find such exclusive and luxurious accommodation in......

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......

Enjoy Luxury Game Lodge Accommodation at Affordable Rates The summer is upon us and, given the weak Rand, apart from a dwindling number of South Africans who can still afford to venture overseas, most will be planning to spend a week or two in one......

Looking at Luxury Wildlife Accommodation What do you regard as being luxurious? Do you mainly associate luxury with expensive, branded goods and services, or do you have your own definition or personal understanding of luxury? Would you purchase an item or pay for an experience......

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......

Experience Something Different in 2017 with this Luxury Accommodation When it’s time to take a break from the office grind and to say goodbye to the twice-daily commute for a week or so, there is probably no better way to spoil oneself than by making......

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......

Defining Luxury Accommodation in the Bushveld To a dedicated camper, the prospect of luxury accommodation in the bushveld may hold little appeal, whilst a few might even regard the two as mutually-exclusive. However, among those who are fortunate enough to have actually spent a night......

Luxury Aplenty at Big Five Game Lodge There are no “ifs” and “buts” about the luxury of our Big Five luxury game lodge or the lovely luxury offered to all our guests here in the Waterberg. As far as the fauna and flora of our......

Luxury at a Bushveld Lodge in Limpopo One of the world’s best-known African game parks, the Kruger National Park, falls within two provinces in South Africa, Mpumalanga and Limpopo, but there’s another wonderful bushveld wildlife reserve in the latter province, but in a different part......

Luxury Big Five Game Lodge Accommodation It does not matter who you are or where you are from, it is virtually inevitable that you will want to see the Big Five when you visit a game lodge in the Waterberg bushveld. No one can promise......

Laid-Back Luxury Accommodation in Malaria-Free Waterberg Bushveld Unless you’re an extreme adventure aficionado, you probably look forward to taking a break to relax, unwind and remove yourself from everything that forms part of your regular routine, responsibilities and environment. You recognise the short- and long-term......

Luxurious Feast for your Senses in the Beautiful Bushveld The South African bushveld is a magical place, quite different from the natural wilderness areas found elsewhere the world that are still pristine and untainted by eco unfriendly human activities. Besides its immense diversity of unique......

A Luxury Lodge in the Heart of the Limpopo Bushveld The lure of the bushveld is hard to resist and, over the years, it has become the destination of choice for many South Africans, and a visit to a game lodge has become pretty much......

A Special Luxury Game Lodge in a Special South African Reserve Do you know what the quickest, easiest way is to find a luxury game lodge in South Africa? Without a doubt, most people, be they South Africans or visitors to this country from abroad,......

Luxury Lodge Accommodation Establishments’ Vital Role in Conservation As the popularity of visiting South Africa’s game parks and nature reserves increased, so too did the inadequate provision of accommodation at traditional rest camps. Overcrowded camp facilities and too many noisy tourists in vehicles at animal......

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......

The Advantages of Luxury Private Game Lodges Compared to Other Alternatives There are four words that are synonymous with enjoying an entire holiday or shorter break in one of South Africa’s iconic bushveld wilderness areas, without any compromise on the standard of luxury creature comforts.......

Luxuries, Lodges, and More at Welgevonden Private Game Lodge Welgevonden Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s most scenic, beautiful, and game-rich wildlife conservation parks. In fact, Welgevonden was initially established in 1987 by combining several Waterberg farms. They removed the fences between them, to......

Luxury Wildlife Accommodation in Limpopo’s Magnificent Welgevonden Game Reserve Part of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 2001, the Welgevonden Game Reserve extends for around 4 000 square kilometres. The reserve’s name is derived from a Dutch phrase......

Why Not Combine an Awesome Wildlife Experience with Luxury Accommodation? The idea that venturing into the South African bushveld in the hope of spotting some of its wildlife automatically entails “roughing it” for a few days, has become an outdated one. In fact, some of......

For the Best Possible Wildlife Experience, You Need Luxury Accommodation South Africans, overall, are well adjusted to the outdoor life and many are never more at home than when trekking through the bushveld with a backpack and a supply of biltong to sustain them. However,......

Welgevonden’s Luxury Lodge Accommodation If you prefer the luxury, superior service, quiet tranquillity, privacy, and limited number of guests that one finds at a boutique hotel, a typical hotel or self-catering guest house is definitely not your ideal accommodation solution. Instead, lodge accommodation should suit......

Ensure Malaria-Free Accommodation for a Safe Bushveld Experience It is an alarming fact that the female anopheles mosquito is responsible for more human deaths than great white sharks, man-eating tigers, rogue elephants and all the alpha predators, plus venomous snakes, scorpions and poisonous spiders, put......

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......

Our 5-Star, Big-5 Game Lodge You may already be aware of the origin of the term “Big 5”, as it is applied to game animals, but just in case you’re not, it’s always interesting to know how and where things began, where they are today,......

It’s a symbiotic relationship that even human beings can learn a lesson from. Plant pollination have been around for millions of years. Plants and pollinators are entwined in a dance of co-dependency and it is such a fragile relationship. It all comes down to reproduction.......

The Opportunity, Anticipation and Excitement of Viewing the Big Five Nothing engenders so much eager anticipation and excitement among visitors to South Africa’s game reserves as does the prospect and actual sightings of the world famous Big Five, so named because the professional hunters of......

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......

Private Game Lodge Accommodation in Waterberg’s Welgevonden The word, Private Game Lodge Accommodation, may have several meanings. The term may refer to a private game lodge or private accommodation on one. It could also indicate a private game lodge, which is not open to the......

With the entire country experiencing drought, I am happy to report that we have had some recent rainfall which in turn makes the gorge next to the lodge a beautiful sight; the flow of the stream next to our fig tree deck provides a place......

Selection and Stars of Welgevonden’s Game Lodges Lodges have featured in literature, folk tales, and in reality, throughout the world and for many centuries. Wherever lodges were found, they were primarily places that offer shelter from the elements, wild animals, or people bent on robbing......

Sought-After 5-Star South African Waterberg Game Lodge  South Africa’s game parks and wildlife reserves have always been a drawcard for local visitors, those from abroad, and lovers of wildlife and the unique South African bushveld regions that are home to the wild creatures that inhabit......

5-Star Luxury in Your Pick of Limpopo’s Private Game Lodges Human beings are constantly striving to develop and improve all sorts of things that may make their own or the lot and future of mankind better and more comfortable, convenient, or luxurious in some way.......

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,......

Big Five, Big Bucket-List Luxury Accommodation When one pauses to think somewhat out of the box, it’s not only our guests at Fifty Seven Waterberg’s private 5-star game lodge that are accommodated in the lap of luxury, the animals and other wild creatures are too,......

The “effective and properly-trained Russian army sleuth animal” is the best way to describe it. They are the ghost cats. Silent, swift and deadly. Unpredictable and efficient, nothing is more entertaining than watching a leopard hunt. Anybody with bush smarts should never underestimate the incredible......

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......

Where to Enjoy Both Luxury and the Ultimate Wildlife Experience While not everyone’s idea of the ultimate wildlife experience is likely to be the same, most people will tend to agree on what they believe constitutes luxury. When a traveller is fortunate enough to encounter......

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......

Luxuries in the Wilderness of a Wildlife Park Because there are so many items and concepts that may be defined as “luxury” or “luxurious”, one can label virtually anything as such, from lifestyle to motor vehicles, a meal or a wildlife park. The synonyms abound......

Choose South Africa’s Top Wildlife Lodges for an Unforgettable Experience There is probably a trace of the adventurer in all of us. Among those who were in their youth when South African TV first went nationwide in 1976 and the subsequent generation, the roots of......

Why So Many Tourists Now Want Accommodation in the Waterberg Established as the first such park in South Africa in 1926, the Kruger National Park quickly became a magnet for wildlife enthusiasts and has remained so for the better part of a century. Given the......

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)......

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......

Experience the Waterberg from Malaria-Free Accommodation in a Luxury Lodge Despite the concerns that many of us tend to harbour regarding the dangers of creatures such as poisonous snakes, lions, elephants, hippos, rhinos and great white sharks, the tiny mosquito is thought to be responsible......

The Wonderful Waterberg Awaits You “Fifty Seven Waterberg” may not sound like the typical indigenous African name given to most exclusive game lodges in South Africa, by that’s about the only atypical African aspect of our lodge, which is located in in Welgevonden Game Reserve....

Luxury Accommodation within Reach of the Waterberg Mountain Range Although there will always be many intrepid travellers who have what it takes to enjoy a bushveld trip from tented accommodation at a campsite, many more of those who choose to visit wilderness regions, such as......

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......

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......

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......

Advantages of Limiting Guest Accommodation at Welgevonden Game Reserve Welgevonden Game Reserve is a private game park in the Waterberg area of the Limpopo Province in South Africa, a veritable bushveld and nature conservation paradise, both for the wildlife that lives there, and visitors of......

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......

Welgevonden Private Game Lodge Information Most people prefer to have privacy when they are staying at a game lodge. It is widely known that celebrities have an enormous desire for privacy, because they have virtually become public property due to their public persona and fame....

Welgevonden’s Lovely 5-Star Luxury Accommodation   If you are amongst the folks who are accustomed to extravagance at home, you may think that there are few, if any, 5-star luxury accommodations that hold anything new or surprising in store for you. You are not to be......

Why We’ll Expect You at Our Wildlife Lodge in Waterberg There are numerous reasons that contributed to our decision to establish our luxury 5-star wildlife lodge where we subsequently did, in the Welgevonden Game Reserve. These reasons are as valid today as they were when......

Experience South African Wildlife and Enjoy Exceptional Bushveld Accommodation The image of a safari party sweltering in the heat of the sun, plagued by swarms of biting insects and at night, taking turns to watch for predators between fitful naps under the stars, may seem......

Spoil Yourself with Some Exceptional Wildlife Accommodation in 2017 Perhaps the most meaningful New Year’s resolution that any South African should make and strive to keep is to spend less time in bemoaning the various difficulties that often confront the country and our daily lives,......

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......

A Realistic View of Accommodation Prices Amongst the Wildlife The popularity of private lodge accommodation in privately run, access-restricted wildlife reserves in South Africa has increased exponentially. This is a trend that continues to grow, driven by the demands of local and international tourists and......

Exceptional Wildlife Accommodation in Limpopo at Rates You Can Afford Given the widespread appeal of a province that is just as famous for its natural beauty, geology, challenging climbs, rock art and prehistoric ruins, as it is for its prolific and diverse wildlife, it should......

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......

How to Combine an Awesome Wildlife Experience with Luxury Accommodation Given the celebrity status that is now enjoyed worldwide by Africa’s iconic Big Five, no safari adventure can really be regarded as complete if it does not offer the opportunity to spot each of this......

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......