Welgevonden game reserve lies within the Waterberg District, of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. It forms part of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve which was officially declared by UNESCO in 2001 and currently covers an area in excess of 654,033 hectare.


The reserve comprises mountainous terrain that is dissected by deep valleys while flat plateaus characterize most hilltops. Altitude varies from 1,080 m in the north to ±1800 m in the southern section of the reserve. With a size of 98,000 acres, in mountain bushveld surrounding by rivers, this private reserve has never been used for game hunting, so the wildlife is more relaxed and approachable.

The Reserve was founded in 1987 and constitutes farmland that has been reclaimed for wildlife conservation and it has extensively been re-stocked with numerous species including the Big Five: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and cheetah. Home to over 50 different mammals and various antelope species with a diverse birdlife to be found in the rolling bushveld terrain. It has one of the largest populations of white rhino on any private reserve in Africa!



The diversity of habitat leads to a wide range of wildlife with grassy plains abounding with antelope from the largest eland to the diminutive duiker; all of which attract the large predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah are regularly seen close by. There are also numerous rare and unusual species such as brown hyena, aardwolf, pangolin and aardvark – all best seen at night. Over 300 bird species can be seen on the reserve, including rare blue cranes which breed in the southern section early in the year. 

Visiting guests will enjoy unlimited traversing through the reserve and experience an environment where biodiversity conservation and game viewing are managed in harmony. Welgevonden protects a unique and special environment and the reserve’s management is deeply committed to ongoing conservation, research and development.