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, this particular scenario is certainly not everyone’s idea of a good time and may seem more like participating in one of those TV survival shows. For anyone who may be visiting the country from overseas and who is unfamiliar with the challenges of life in the bush, such a prospect could well see them simply choosing to tour the Garden Route from the comfort of a motorhome instead.

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 together. It is estimated that up to 550 million people may have contracted malaria in 2010 alone, and that as many as 1.24 million of those may have died. Such figures should certainly spur most people to give some serious thought to finding malaria-free accommodation when planning a bushveld adventure. In fact, this could prove to be a far more effective precaution than simply taking a chance on one of the, frequently unreliable, prophylactics recommended by a pharmacist or family doctor.

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 or two at one of these exceptional wilderness venues, an overwhelming desire to return soon is more likely to have been their immediate reaction.

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 huge number of visitors that, each year, flock to this iconic venue, both from within the country and from overseas, the park authorities have been required to adopt a more commercial policy that caters for the needs of the tourist, as well as for those of the wildlife. The policy has seen the establishment of franchised fast food outlets, souvenir shops and, a steady increase in the prices of admission and accommodation, resulting in many more travelling to Waterberg venues, east of the Kruger.

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 are assured of exceptional value in exchange for their much-needed dollars and pounds.

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 both of these in a single location, he or she is doubly blessed. That said, one of the locations where enjoying this combination is more than possible lies to the north of the country, in the province of Limpopo. Bordering Mpumalanga to the east and accommodating the westernmost third of the massive Kruger National Park, not surprisingly, the region boasts an impressive array of animal and plant species – many of which are rare and often exclusive to the area.

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 make this country an exceptionally attractive destination for foreign visitors, and a welcome source of hard currency for the local tourism industry. Together, these circumstances have contributed to a growing number of both locals and visitors who wish to experience the local beauty and, in turn, there has been an increased demand for bushveld accommodation, such as campsites and game lodges.

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 the Waterberg, are likely to be in search of a little more luxury. While most South Africans and many overseas visitors enjoy a braai in the great outdoors, not all of them are quite as keen when it comes to sharing an ablution block each morning or spraying themselves with insect repellent before clambering into a sleeping bag each night. One man’s meat, it seems, can indeed be another man’s poison.

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 that means “well found” and, given the area’s stunning natural beauty and abundant flora and fauna, it could hardly be more appropriate.

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 the accommodation offered for this purpose today is notable for its evident luxury. For those less intrepid travellers who prefer not to carry their temporary homes and survival equipment in the boot of an RV, or even on their backs, the prospect of enjoying an air-conditioned, en-suite room, replete with facilities normally only found in a 5-start hotel is, in some locations, no longer a dream but a welcome reality.