Ranger Diaries

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 lodge guests at Fifty Seven Waterberg. Add excellent opportunities to view the renowned Big 5, roaming freely in their natural habitat surrounding the main lodge, plus the individual guest accommodation suites, and one and all are sure to have the time of their lives during a wildlife experience to treasure.

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 yesteryear considered these five species as being the most dangerous, hazardous and difficult to hunt successfully.

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 – grandeur, splendour, magnificence, lavish, extravagant, something fine and enjoyable that exceeds mere necessity, and may not always be freely available, and is therefore costly or expensive.

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.

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. This begs the question – what makes the Waterberg so special, and why would one seek to acquire accommodation there?

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.