Situated in the Limpopo province of South Africa is the magnificent and scenic Waterberg region, boasting four mountain ranges and several first-class games reserves.
More than just a treat for safari-lovers, the Waterberg is just as fascinating for geology enthusiasts. The ancient rock formations and deeps ravines provide endless opportunities for exploring. Some of the Waterberg cliffs stand up to 550 meters above the plains. The region features ancient mountains and ancient rock art dating back to the Stone Age which can be found at two separate sites in the Welgevonden Game Reserve.
The superb rolling hills, mountain gorges and clear streams, the mineral baths, and the plenty of game form the protected UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. It is the only savannah biosphere reserve in Southern Africa. In addition to the spectacular views and pristine bushveld, the region hosts a number of game reserves that offer an authentic malaria-free safari experience.
One of these is the beautiful Welgevonden Game Reserve, a haven for the Big Five. Welgevonden is a vast and diverse reserve spanning more than 37 000 hectares and home to over 50 different mammals. Only a 2.5-3 hour drive or 45 minute flight from Johannesburg, Welgenvonden is one of the most accessible premier malaria-free reserves in the country.
The diverse habitat allows for a wide range of wildlife from eland to leopard to elephant, and over 300 bird species! In addition to Big Five sightings, you stand an excellent chance of seeing some of the Shy Five – aardvark and aardwolf.
While a vast game sanctuary, Welgovenden has a limited number of exclusive commercial and private safari lodges, each hidden from view. One of these is the romantic and secluded Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway.
Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway is perfectly positioned atop a magnificent gorge offering views of the Sterkstroom River and surrounding plains. Relax on your private deck, enjoying your private plunge pool, while listening to the sound of the roaring river below.
While it is private and secluded at the lodge, visitors can traverse and have free access to the entire Welgevonden sanctuary with the lodge’s field ranger. Spot elusive leopard, elephants, hippo, giraffe, lion and even white rhino with the help of your Clifftop Lodge guide.
This is Africa at its best!
The Waterberg is also home to the Mabula and Mabalingwe Game Reserves, and the Marakele National Park which has what is regarded as the world’s largest colony of endangered Cape vultures.