Starry, Starry Nights … in Welgevonden

The real heart of the Waterberg district lies at Welgevonden private Game Reserve. The reserve boasts 37,000 hectares of diverse landscapes, geology and a plethora of South Africa’s wildlife. Initially a conservation area in 1993, this ecosystem ticks all the boxes for an authentic African experience…

Like sentinels guarding the Waterberg, we were welcomed by a majestic journey of giraffes, followed by a dazzle of zebras. The area is generously scattered with wildlife. This place offers such breath-taking views, it’s no wonder the animals never want to leave!

Just two and a half hours outside of Joburg, Camp Ndlovu forms part of The Residence Portfolio with their sister property, The Residence, being right on our doorstep in Houghton. This safari hotel is brand new, having its doors in October 2017. We were a part of the very first media group to visit this stellar property, where the winds blow gingerly in the sticky afternoons, and the stars dazzle at night. It’s a recipe for quintessential luxury!

This isn’t your stereotypical bush lodge – this is something far beyond the ordinary. The lodge has a luxurious spa, outdoor gym and five villas, private and exclusive, nestled amongst the indigenous trees. Each air-conditioned villa has its own plunge pool, outdoor bath or shower (or both), and an outdoor lounge area and deck. The villas are mammoth and magnificent, and a royal room calls for a larger than life bed; a king extra-length with a lounge and fireplace.

A nature enthusiasts delight, a birdwatcher’s paradise, and an authentic African safari experience, there’s no reason we won’t be back.

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