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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bushveld in the hope of spotting some of its wildlife automatically entails “roughing it” for a few days, has become an outdated one.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.

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 for many more human deaths each year than all of these fearsome creatures put together. This has meant that some are unwilling to take a holiday in the bush at all, whilst many others do so but dose themselves with prophylactic medications designed, at least, to limit the risk posed by the bite of an infected, female anopheles mosquito.

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 romantic, but it is not an experience that most of today’s wildlife enthusiasts are keen to share. Instead, most will be looking for more comfortable accommodation and a guide to transport them in a well-equipped Land Rover, to the best animal viewing sites.  

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 mandatory for the average overseas visitor. Luxury, however, is not a quality that is encountered too often in the nation’s wilderness areas and so, a tent or a simple wooden A-frame structure, a space to set up a braai and perhaps some basic ablution facilities will be what many visitors are required to settle for.

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...

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.