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Welgevonden Game Reserve, Limpopo Province, South Africa

Guests 10

Rooms 5


Malaria Free

Thaba Metsi Lodge

Nestled within the heart of the untamed Welgevonden Game Reserve, Thaba Metsi Safari Lodge invites you to embark on an exclusive and unforgettable safari experience. Named after the Sotho term for "Mountain River," Thaba Metsi captures the essence of nature's serenity and the majestic landscapes surrounding this private oasis. Indulge in the lap of luxury with our five exquisite en-suite chalets, seamlessly blending contemporary comfort with the rustic charm of the African bush. Each chalet offers a private sanctuary, ensuring a restful night's sleep before your next thrilling safari adventure. Unwind in the central lounge and dining area, where our chefs craft culinary masterpieces inspired by the rich flavors of Africa. Relax and rejuvenate on the outdoor patio and lounge, overlooking our inviting swimming pool. The breathtaking panorama extends to the Platbos River, where elephants and other wildlife frequently grace us with their presence. Thaba Metsi provides a front-row seat to the awe-inspiring spectacle of nature. Situated on the banks of the Platbos River, Thaba Metsi offers unparalleled access to wildlife. Witness elephants strolling along the riverbank, and marvel at the diverse array of general game that can be viewed over our expansive lawns. Every moment is a chance to connect with the untamed beauty of Welgevonden. Thaba Metsi Safari Lodge is more than just accommodation; it's a haven where the rhythms of the African bush sync with the beats of your heart. Whether you seek adventure on game drives, tranquility by the river, or the warmth of genuine South African hospitality, Thaba Metsi awaits your discovery.


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Why We Love it: The Open Boma overlooking the River
Location: Northern Welgevonden on the Platbos River
Rooms: 5 en-suite separate chalets
Swimming: The pool is located on the main deck.

Children: Yes but must be supervised at all times.
Safety: The lodge is Fenced
Treat: The lodge has a mini-golf chipping area.



"We had the most incredible family getaway at Thaba Metsi private lodge in Welgevonden. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with warm hospitality and a sense of security thanks to the fully fenced lodge. The highlight was undoubtedly the close encounters with elephants right outside our door – a surreal and unforgettable experience for our kids!


The private chef prepared mouthwatering meals that catered to our tastes, making each dining experience a delight. The swimming pool was a great place to relax during the day, and the game drives were simply the best for spotting the Big 5. Our knowledgeable guide made sure we learned about the incredible wildlife of the area.


This lodge is exceptionally child-friendly, and our kids had a blast. The staff went above and beyond to ensure our comfort and enjoyment throughout our stay. We left with incredible memories and a strong desire to return. Thaba Metsi is a hidden gem in the heart of the bush, and we can't recommend it enough. We're already planning our next visit!"


Ashley Pestana (Johannesburg)


Our en-suite chalets are a testament to exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail. Tasteful décor elements inspired by the surrounding landscapes create a warm and inviting ambiance, ensuring that every moment of your stay is a celebration of style and sophistication.

Each chalet has their own private balcony and King Beds which can all be converted into twins if required.

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Luxury Game Reserve in South Africa


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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Bush Lodges in South Africa


The lodge has the following facilities:


  • Large Lounge and Dinigng areas with fireplaces

  • Outdoor patio and deck overlooking the river

  • Large Swimming pool below the deck

  • Fireplace in the Lounge and Dining Rooms. 

  • Indoor and Outdoor Dining areas, 

  • Open Boma with Braai Area

  • Mini Golf Chipping Area

  • 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


Private Game 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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