07 Mar Luxury Accommodation
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.
A significant portion of the UNESCO-designated Waterberg Biosphere Reserve is located within the province, thus providing a destination that has grown to become one of the nation’s most popular eco-tourism destinations. With this growing interest, the need for tourist accommodation has grown in parallel and while much of it may be fairly basic in its offerings, there are now one or two game lodges that are widely known for the luxury that they provide.
There are a number of reasons why so many tourists tend to favour this region. For a start, it offers some substantial challenges for rock climbers, attracting enthusiasts of the sport from all over the world. In other parts of the reserve, those with an interest in archaeology and history may explore the remains of Stone Age settlements or view some of the many fascinating examples of rock art left by the long-departed San and Khoikhoi tribes who once roamed and hunted the local savannah.
While many keen campers will be perfectly happy to pack a tent into their 4×4 and spend their nights under the stars, the outdoor lifestyle is not for everyone, and for those who would prefer to continue enjoying some of the comforts of their home while away from it, there is an abundance of game lodges in and around the various national parks in Limpopo. If, however, it may be luxury accommodation that you are in search of, then your choice is certain to be rather more limited.
One such venue is to be found in the region known as the Welgevonden Game Reserve. Offering access to all of Africa’s iconic Big 5, not surprisingly, this 35 000-hectare reserve has become a favourite destination for both local and international wildlife enthusiasts and offers them the added bonus of being situated in a malaria-free area. Known as Fifty Seven Waterberg, we provide our guests with a scenic view across a savannah-filled valley leading beyond to the magnificent mountain range from which it takes its name.
Our lodge itself offers the last word in luxury accommodation which is offered in the form of just five private suites that ensure that guests are able to enjoy both peace and privacy. Their comfort is provided by opulent furnishings and exquisite fittings and, of course, a king-sized bed. Everything is provided for a private stay, but guests also have the option of a full-board booking. In either case, all of our lodge’s additional facilities, such as the pools, formal lounge and dining areas are available to all.
Wildlife enthusiasts will be delighted to hear that Fifty Seven Waterberg can also provide the services of an experienced local guide to accompany them on their game drives.