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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.

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 wild species is ceaseless; the desire to see more is never permanently satisfied. Every animal encounter is unique. As long as there is game, there’s more to experience – perhaps just around the next corner, within the next half an hour or maybe tomorrow. Because two of the Big 5 are top predators, the chance of observing them hunting increases man’s appetite to see more of them.

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 value of resting and recharging your mind, body and soul. Invariably, your quest to do so involves nature, plus the opportunity to be surrounded by all the comforts and luxuries that you desire, without having to lift a finger. That’s a real laid-back holiday break.

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 overcast, and the skyline seems to go on forever. At night, in any season, the canopy of stars above is breathtaking, becoming brighter and brighter the further one moves away from well-lit cities and human settlements.

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, and instead to devote more of it to counting our blessings. We are privileged to dwell in a land that boasts imposing mountains, verdant valleys and thousands of kilometres of magnificent coastline, yet which is uniquely diverse with its contrasting bushveld scrub, and arid desert land. Bathed in sunshine for most of the year, it is also blessed with a rich biosphere that is home to countless species of plants and wild creatures, many of which are to be found nowhere else.

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 sure to book into a place that is renowned for its luxury accommodation. Traditionally, the South African hospitality industry has been recognised as world-class, offering levels of comfort and service that are hard to beat, and this is no less true in 2017. The advantage of an exchange rate that favours visitors from overseas has led to an increase in the number of foreign tourists, and the valuable hard currency that they bring with them has been providing the wherewithal for many in the industry to further upgrade their premises and, in the process, elevate the country to the status of a preferred international destination.