Tshwene Lodge

Welgevonden Game Reserve, Limpopo

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Amenities & Facilities

Game viewing Restaurant Rooms Swimming Pool

Surrounded by magnificent rock outcrops, Tshwene Lodge is a secluded oasis in the rugged valley of the Taaibos River.

The Chacma baboon, after which the lodge is named, calls late at night to alert of pending danger. Rich in bird life, Tshwene offers peace and tranquillity for those seeking to get away from it all. The five strategically located suites all offer exhilarating views of the valleys below and the hills beyond.

Accomodation 5 Rooms/10Guests

Unwind in the comfort of a double room with bathroom en-suite, an indoor and private outdoor shower and breathtaking African views. From your private wooden deck listen to the calls of a passing herd of elephant, or watch the African sun set the bush ablaze as it sinks over the horizon, in this malaria-free paradise.

The Lodge

Nestled within a rock outcrop, Tshwene Lodge is intimate and peaceful. The main facilities include two lounges, pool, indoor and outdoor dining areas set on a huge wooden patio with magnificent views. All meals are prepared by the local chef for a delicious culinary experience.

Game Drives

Two daily game drives are conducted by experienced rangers who will provide intimate details of the abundant flora and fauna, many of which is unique to the Waterberg. Watch the morning sun scribble intriguing patterns across the veld and contemplate the day’s journey. Enjoy an early morning safari and watch Africa awaken in front of your eyes. Then head home for a scrumptious breakfast before settling down for your midday siesta.

After sundowner drinks, allow the darkness of the African bush to envelop you on your evening game safari. Nightlife abounds in the African bush and dangers lurk everywhere. Lions on the hunt and leopards stalking prey in the cover of darkness are truly magnificent sights to behold.

Welgevonden Private Game Reservet

"Deep in the foothills of the Waterberg is a nature reserve - a game sanctuary so unspoilt, so abundant in indigenous flora and wild fauna that its name is well deserved, Welgevonden.

The rugged grandeur of the Limpopo Province envelops you at Welgevonden and the altitude brings year-long cooling winds and temperate climate. It was here that the celebrated author and poet, Eugene Marais, penned his classics, Soul of the Ape and Soul of the White Ant.

It was in these intoxicating mountains that historically significant Bushman paintings were discovered centuries after the artists told their stories on rock. It was the Waterberg that protected, with equanimity, the intrepid soldiers and warriors who fought their battles and shed their blood on its hills.

In an area traditionally known as the wild lands of the Waterberg, Welgevonden is an exclusive nature reserve where the finest is freely available and privacy is a right. Over 40,000 hectares of private game reserve, adjoining the Marakele National Park, have become a landmark conservation area - and with game soon to be moving freely between Marakele and Welgevonden.

Following one of the largest game relocation programmes ever undertaken on private land, Welgevonden once again became home to the "big five" - lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino. This malaria-free reserve has many species of antelope, zebra, giraffe, baboon, hyena, wild dog, and other fauna foraging on planes and verdant slopes, while perennial waters hide crocodile and offers sustenance to a huge variety of birds.

The pristine beauty of the Waterberg region offers a variety of habitats: riverine scrub, woodland, grassland, fertile valleys and great tracts of water, both above and below ground - a natural paradise for game and an unfolding ecosystem which will reflect the legendary herds of Africa".

The Waterberg

"The Waterberg ... so named by the early trekkers for its bounteous supply of clear water. Eugene Marais, the noted author and father of African ecology, observed that the passage of wagons was impeded by the enormous amount of water to be found throughout the region. The name is apt, for in times of good rain, one will find a continual seepage and flow of water from within these mountain ranges.

Straddling an area of some 15 000 square kilometres in the Northern Transvaal, it has largely gone unnoticed for the past eighty years. Within its brooding mountain ranges it had a reputation for gun runners, tax evaders and hunters, to be followed by serious minded pioneer folk and their families, who set down deep roots within these hills and plateaus.

In spite of the name Waterberg, the region is also known to experience extreme droughts. It is largely a sourveld area and farming is difficult. During the past decade there have been great changes as a result of farmers finding it increasingly hard to eke out a decent living, which has seen the conversion from conventional farming to game ranching and conservation.

It was predicted some years ago that the Waterberg would yet emerge as the most important and significant conservation area in South Africa with the greatest potential for tourism, game ranching, hunting and environmental education. The diversity of both plant and animal life is considerable. Whilst recognising that most of the big game species were eliminated by the turn of the century, conservation has seen the return of the elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, all the major species of antelope, and in time, the lion.

It has a beauty unmatched, from its soaring craggy heights on the southern escarpment with the Seven Sisters guarding the plains, to the north-eastern buttresses of spectacular rock formations, rising sheer out of the bushveld plains. The central plateau provides a stunning feeling of emptiness and yet man has lived within these mountains for the past 2000 years - a fact we should be ever mindful of.

Within its vastness there is only one town. The area is completely devoid of pollution, industry and forestry, and is very low in human numbers. The challenge is to create a conservation area of international importance to the benefit of both the environment and man. Great strides have already taken place with the establishment of the 80 000 hectare Waterberg Nature Conservancy, of which Lapalala Wilderness is a key element, on the northern side of the area. To the south-west, one finds the emerging Marakele National Park, destined to be one of the finest national parks within South Africa. Bordering Marakele is the recently created Welgevonden Game Reserve - a reserve which is going to play a major role in wildlife conservation. These three conservation areas cover an area of over 1400 square kilometres, and represent the flagship of a future conservation vision: restoring the wildlife, protecting the environment, providing employment opportunities, upliftment, pleasure, relaxation and learning for those who too would venture into this wilderness world of the Waterberg."

The reserve has two private landing strips and there is a private heli pad at Ekuthuleni's sister lodge Tshwene.

Check-in time is 12h30 and you should be ready to depart at 11h00, as this enables Tshwene Lodge to rotate rooms for the next arrival of guests.

Meal times are flexible, to accommodate guests returning from game drives and guided walks. Please let Tshene Lodge know if you have any specific dietary requirements or requests.

Swimming towels are provided.

Bottled water is provided for drinking purposes. Please note the borehole water has a very high pH Level, and is not recommended for drinking purposes.

The safety of the guests is of the utmost importance. Please bear in mind that Ekuthuleni does not have a fence. Please do not walk unattended and do not leave the confines of the camp without a staff member.

Umbrellas and ponchos are provided. If you would like Tshene Lodge to dry any of your items, please ask management or housekeeping.

Game Drives Guests are advised to bring a hat, sunscreen and warm clothing (a jersey or a jacket is recommended for evening drives). Extra blankets and rain ponchos are provided on vehicles.

Child Policy:

* Children over 10 years of age are welcome at Tshwene Lodge.
* Please note that the rooms have balconies and that the lodge and swimming pool are both unfenced.
* Children must be supervised at all times.
* Children under 12 years of age pay 50% of the adult rate.

Rates from:

South African Rate From:

Suites
R 2 695 per person per night sharing
LONG WEEKENDS
R 2 695 per person per night sharing
Valid 01 Mar 2017 to 07 May 2017
R 2 450 per person per night sharing
Valid 08 May 2017 to 03 Aug 2017
R 2 695 per person per night sharing
Valid 04 Aug 2017 to 13 Aug 2017
R 2 450 per person per night sharing
Valid 14 Aug 2017 to 14 Dec 2017
R 2 695 per person per night sharing
Valid 15 Dec 2017 to 05 Jan 2018

Rate Includes:

* Accommodation
* Breakfast, lunch and dinner
* Twice daily game drives in open vehicles with sundowners and snacks, all teas and coffees and game drive drinks (both alcaholic and non-alcaholic)
* Transfers to and from the Parfuri landing strip for fly-in guests to The Outpost
* Teas and coffees

Rate Exclude:

* All Extras
* Reserve entry fee of R85 per person per day

Term & Conditions:

* These rates are only valid for SA residents
* Rates are subject to change and availability

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