Overlooking the Makweti gorge, and with sweeping views of the surrounding forested mountains, this beautifully-located safari lodge is to be found in the pristine, malaria-free Welgevonden Private Reserve, just 250km or 3 hours drive from Johannesburg.
An unfenced camp, the intimate Makweti Safari Lodge accommodates just 10 guests in 5 stone and thatch luxury chalets dotted amongst indigenous trees and giant euphorbia. Each comes with indoor & outdoor showers, stand-alone bathtubs, log fires for those cooler evenings in the bush and teak viewing decks with private plunge pools.
Featuring kelim rugs, deep leather couches and hand-beaded fabrics, the main lodge building is handsomely designed and includes a dining room (serving up famously good food, particularly picnics and to-die-for desserts), a bar, library, a lounge (overlooking a waterhole frequented by game) and further viewing decks looking over to the gorge.
Part of the Waterberg biosphere, the reserve offers not only some of the most beautiful scenery in South Africa, but also an abundance of wildlife. Daytime game drives and walking safaris offer the chance to see the big 5 (with notably the largest number of white rhino on any private reserve) as well as kudu, blue wildebeest, giraffe, red hartebeest and over 300 species of birds. Sundowner and night drives offer up a different menu of including hyena, bushpig, porcupine, civet and other fascinating nocturnal species.