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Welgevonden Game Reserve, Limpopo Province, South Africa

Guests 10

Rooms 5

Solar / Off the grid

Malaria Free

Emfuleni: In the River

Ah, the wild, wild North! Emfuleni Lodge defines what it means to be free. Elevated over the Platbos river the lodge provides an immersive experience of the surrounding trees and bush. With a large viewing deck and a plunge pool the only thing between you and the wonder of Africa is your champagne glass, or camera. View all we have to offer from The Rock, a unique location to Emfuleni, where you can absorb the experience in solitude or with company. Emfuleni gives you comfortable, calm serene views over the rushing river for which it is named. The main lodge has an open-plan lounge and dining area both with stacking doors opening up to the deck and open tree canopy. The large viewing deck has a lounge area and deck chairs overlooking the river below. The rooms are spread around the main lodge providing privacy for all the guests each with a deck and en-suite bathroom. The Boma area provides an ideal spot for evening dinner around the open fire.


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Why We Love it: Guests keep asking to go back.
Location: Located in the North of Welgevonden
Rooms: 3 separate en-suite chalets and an interconnected family suite.
Swimming: Swimming pool on the deck with stunning views of the river below.

Children: Yes but must be supervised at all times.
Safety: The lodge is Fenced
Treat: Sundowners on The Rock



What a magical place with incredible staff and great company


I love the lodge! It is luxurious while feeling homey and comfortable. The staff are so lovely - massively attentive & friendly.  Steven is knowledgeable and knows the reserve very well. Overall, the lodge is wonderful, thank you so much for the experience, really a place for lifelong memories.


Eve Pennington

(Johannesburg, SA)


The large rooms are spread around the main lodge, are all en-suite and each having its own deck area. All the rooms have king-sized beds with the option to split into twins if required. Two of the rooms are interconnected providing guests with children the option to create a family suite. The rooms are fully serviced and have coffee/ tea facilities.

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Daily Room Service

Bath Towels

Fans in Rooms

Swimming Towels

Coffee & Tea Stations

Hand Soaps & Cream

Satellite WiFi in Main Lodge


All Linen Provided

Electric Fence


Unique to our lodges is the flexibility of either choosing to have your meals fully catered (on a full board basis) or the alternative of bringing your own food and our resident chef will do all the preparation and cooking for you. We will discuss and plan suggested meal options for the duration of the stay before your arrival at the lodge which will then be prepared according to your specific preference. 

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The lodge has the following facilities:


  • Large Viewing Deck and Covered Outdoor Patio

  • Elevated swimming pool 

  • Lounge with large fireplace 

  • Indoor dining area with stacking doors 

  • Helicopter Pad

  • Boma and Braai Area

  • The Rock 

  • Private Game Vehicle 


Included in your stay at the lodge are morning and evening Safari game drives together with your personal accredited and experienced game ranger.  Afternoon game drives include sundowners in the bush together with your snacks and favourite drink to watch the African sun bid its farewell for another day. Private walks in the reserve and The Bushpig Lapa can be arranged with prior request and subject to availability.

Game Drives

Bushpig Lapa

Safari Walks


Family Safari Lodge


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Welgevonden Game Reserve


Rolling wooded mountains cut by deep rocky ravines and majestic gorges make Welgevonden Game Reserve an evocative piece of Africa. Aptly meaning ‘well found’, this is a place of rare and rugged beauty, plentiful wildlife and prolific birdlife. Spectacular scenery and excellent game viewing make Welgevonden quite unlike anywhere else on earth. To visit here is to experience the spirit of true wilderness.

A pleasant 2.5-hour drive or an easy 45-minute flight from Johannesburg into one of the airstrips, makes Welgevonden one of the most accessible premier malaria free wilderness reserves in the country. Welgevonden Game Reserve, (Dutch for "well found"), is a 34,850 ha game reserve in the Waterberg District, of the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

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