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Luxury Accommodation in Waterberg

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If you crave the classic African silhouette, come here: you’ll find sprawling fertile plains, dotted with herds of wildlife and colossal baobab and marula trees. The Waterberg Mountain Range, extending from Potgietersrus in the east to Thabazimbi in the west, has a network of rivers, streams and lakes that bring water to an otherwise arid...

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Fifty Seven Waterberg

Welgevonden Private Game Reserve
5 Luxury Rooms
PPS from R 3,875

Only three hours north of Johannesburg, Fifty Seven Waterberg lies nestled in the 35 000 ha Welgevonden Game Reserve, home to the Big Five and over 50 different mammal and 300...


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Sable Lodge

Mabula Game Reserve
Exclusive use self-cater lodge with 4 chalets and a clubhouse

Safari Lodge in the Waterberg just under two hours from Johannesburg, Sable Lodge is in the heart of the magnificent 10 000ha malaria-free Mabula Game Reserve, where the Big...


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Tshwene Lodge

Welgevonden Private Game Reserve
4 Rooms, 1 Honeymoon Room
PPS from R 3,900
Includes All Meals and activities
Special Deal

Tshwene Lodge enjoys an elevated position looking down the Taaibos River valley in the malaria-free Welgevonden Private Game Reserve. An intimate, secluded Big Five safari...


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Arendsig Villa

Mabula Game Reserve
Exclusive use self-cater game lodge with 4 rooms
Units from R 6,400

Arendsig Villa, meaning ‘Eagle’s View’, is a treasured family home perched high on a rocky outcrop that offers a stylish self-catering safari for family and friends in the Big...


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Leeuwenhof Country Lodge & Garden Spa

Modimolle (Nylstroom)
6 Bedrooms, 5 Suites and 2 Luxury Tents
PPS from R 900
Includes Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Leeuwenhof is a romantic Country Lodge situated in the Waterberg Mountains, just 2 hours drive from OR Tambo International Airport. A timeless tranquillity emanates from the...


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Ant's Nest

Vaalwater
6 Rooms
PPS from R 3,900

Ant’s Nest is owned and run by Ant and Tessa Baber, descendants of some of the earliest pioneers in the area who settled here in 1886. This welcoming bush home is located on a...


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Ant's Hill

Vaalwater
1 Room, 4 Cottages
PPS from R 4,600

Ant’s Hill is owned and run by Ant and Tessa Baber, descendants of some of the earliest pioneers in the area who settled here in 1886. This unique bush home is located on a...


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Mhondoro Game Lodge

Welgevonden Private Game Reserve
1 Private Villa, 1 Family Suite, 1 Executive Suite, 1 Honeymoon Chalet, 2 Deluxe Chalets
PPS from R 4,400

Magnificently rebuilt with a unique underground waterhole hide, romantic Star Bed (coming soon), spa and exclusive private Villa, Suites and Chalets. Mhondoro, meaning...


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Itaga Luxury Private Game Lodge

Mabalingwe Nature Reserve
8 Chalets
PPS from R 1,595

Set under spreading marula trees at the foot of the Waterberg mountains, Itaga Private Game Lodge is in a malaria-free area, less than two hours from Johannesburg. Set in the...


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Bushwa Private Game Lodge

Vaalwater
4 Tents, 1 Spa Bedroom, Rustic Tree House and Family Bush Camp
PPS from R 1,500

Set high on a ridge in the unspoilt malaria-free Waterberg biosphere, Bushwa offers stunning views and a unique African bushveld experience. Warm hospitality, excellent...


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Ekuthuleni Lodge

Welgevonden Private Game Reserve
5 Rooms
PPS from R 3,900
Includes All Meals and activities
Special Deal

In the heart of the malaria-free Welgevonden Private Game Reserve in the Waterberg, lies Ekuthuleni Lodge or "place of peace”. In a natural basin surrounded by low hills with...


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Legend Golf and Safari Resort

Entabeni Safari Conservancy
210 Rooms
PPS from R 2,300
Special Deal

Dramatically set against the scenic backdrop of the imposing Hanglip Mountain, Legend Golf & Safari Resort lies within the 22 000 hectare, malaria-free, Big 5, Entabeni Safari...


Nedile Lodge

Welgevonden Private Game Reserve
4 Rooms and 1 Family Room
PPS from R 2,118

Welgevonden Reserve is a declared heritage site of 37 000 hectares adjoining the Marakele National Park in the breathtaking malaria-free Waterberg Biosphere. Only 3 hours...


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Silver Streams Lodge

Bela Bela (Warmbaths)
17 Rooms, 1 Family Room
PPS from R 1,150
Special Deal

Silver Streams Lodge nestles within the bushveld alongside a picturesque dam with indigenous rock gardens and abundant plains game. This modern, romantic retreat is an easy two...


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Jembisa Bush Home

Vaalwater
5 rooms
PPS from R 4,150

This welcoming stone and thatch bush home offers an intimate and unique safari experience for all ages. Originally built as a family home, it has since been converted into a...


Venda Culture Experience at Mashovhela Lodge and Morning Sun Nature Reserve
Visiting Venda is a captivating experience filled with...

Venda Art Experience at Leshiba Wilderness Lodge
Magical game reserve on top of the Soutpansberg...

Motswari Private Game Reserve
This is one of South Africa's jewels nestled within...

Venda and Tsonga Cultural Tours at Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge
From the sacred forests of Venda, via gigantic...

Creative Cultural Workshops at Madi a Thavha Lodge
Create your own masterpiece from wood, clay or beads....

Waterberg travel guide

If you crave the classic African silhouette, come here: you’ll find sprawling fertile plains, dotted with herds of wildlife and colossal baobab and marula trees. The Waterberg Mountain Range, extending from Potgietersrus in the east to Thabazimbi in the west, has a network of rivers, streams and lakes that bring water to an otherwise arid region. It’s malaria-free and has a pleasant climate in summer or winter. Getting here is an easy 2.5 hour drive on great roads from Joburg or Pretoria. Treasures of the area include hot springs at Bela Bela and the big conservation project, the UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. This encompasses the main game reserves of Welgevonden, Marakele National Park, Mabula and Mabalingwe, plus a number of smaller private reserves. The Waterberg contains fascinating San Rock art and some outstanding archeological sites such as the caves at Mokopane. Stay at your choice of nature and game reserves, and wander in the natural beauty to your heart’s content.

Topping the list in the Waterberg:

  • Welgevonden Private Game Reserve – Always green due to mountain streams that flow year-round, this landscape incorporates cliffs of red rock, open plains and valleys sheltering thick forests. The open plains attract rhino, zebra, wildebeest, impala, lion and cheetah, whilst the rocky outcrops and forests are favoured by klipspringer, kudu and baboon, as well as their feared predator, the leopard. You won’t find great herds of animals because in winter the grass does not taste good. However, there are many kinds of animals to spot. In addition, the diversity of habitat here makes birding a pleasure, with many of the Waterberg’s 450 species of bird found here.
  • Marakele National Park – This reserve filled with yellowoods, cycads and tree ferns, also has four of the Big Five, plus the endangered Cape vulture in the largest colony in the world. This is a great place to look for raptors as well as several kinds of eagle. The wildlife is plentiful – keep an eye out for the mischievous Chacma baboon and Vervet monkey.
  • Mabula Game Reserve – You can see the Big Five here, as well as the small five:ant lion, leopard tortoise, buffalo weaver, elephant shrew and rhino beetle. Also found here are many types of mongoose, hyena, jackal, honey badger, large spotted genet, African civet, Cape clawless otter and many more species.
  • Makapansgat Valley – North of Mokopane, One of the world’s most significant archaeological and palaeontological sites, showing evidence of an early human-like primate who lived in the limestone caves. Explore the complex network of caves, best done with a guide.
  • The Legends Golf & Safari Resort - home to the unique 'World-In-One' Signature Course where each of the 18 holes has been designed by a world golfing legend. There are two clubhouses and a pool.