Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa
Tsheshepe Safari Lodge
Tsheshepe Safari Lodge- Welgevonden Game Reserve
Imagine a trip to Africa. Fly into Johannesburg and take a short drive to Tsheshepe Lodge in the Welgevonden Game Reserve for some great game viewing opportunities. Coupled with a few days in iconic Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world and possibly a few days at the world renowned Victoria Falls.
Tsheshepe Safari Lodge is located within the 75,000 acre malaria free Welgevonden Game Reserve, which is located about a two and a half hours drive north of Johannesburg. Tsheshepe is a private lodge offering an amazing wildlife viewing experience where you could see the endangered rhino, lion, leopard, hippo, elephant, cheetah, buffalo and the full range of smaller indigenous wildlife species such as impala, waterbuck, klipspringer, duiker, wildlebeest, warthogs etc.
Welgevonden is also a birdwatcher’s paradise and the rich array of indigenous trees and flora make for wonderful game drives with stops for sundowners in the evening or coffee in the early morning. The Welgevonden terrain is very beautiful and everywhere you look there is evidence of its rich and ancient wilderness – from the majestic and mystical rock formations to fascinating San Bushmen cave art.
The entire lodge is booked out for one group at a time for their sole use, anywhere between 4 to 10 guests. This luxury lodge is fully staffed and operated as a five star safari facility for its owners and their guests. The lodge is managed by an experienced lodge manager and his team. The lodge staff will also service your rooms, cook for you, and handle your laundry as required.
Activities at Tsheshepe Safari Lodge focus on early morning, afternoon/evening game drives throughout the Welgevonden Game Reserve in a comfortable and specially converted open Landcruiser 4x4 vehicle, conducted by our experienced and knowledgeable safari guide. Midday is siesta time to enjoy the lodge's facilities and relax around the swimming pool.
The lodge has five bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom including indoor and outdoor showers and bath. All but two of the bedrooms are free standing made from natural stone and thatch. Two of the bedrooms are connected with their own private lounge and can be used by two couples or for parents with younger children who wish to have their kids closer by. The main area comprises of a lounge, dining room, bar area, and swimming pool.
Activities of Interest
• Wildlife viewing
• Safari Trips with sundowners
• Night drives
• Campfires and barbeque in outdoor boma
Access: You can self drive from Johannesburg to Welgevonden Game Reserve's main park entrance, where you will be met our manager. Your vehicle will be safely stored at the park entrance and from then onwards you will be travelling to the lodge and around the reserve on the lodge's specially converted open 4x4 game viewing Land Cruiser.
Professional transfers can be arranged from Johannesburg, at additional cost if preferred. For a larger group with a budget, a charter flight in and out of camps are also a possibility.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature and location of Tsheshepe, we offer the lodge on a fully catered and serviced basis and hence the additional costs as specified below:
2018 Fees: Minimum charge of 6 guests for a 5 night stay
6 - 7 guests - US$150 per person per night
8-10 guests - US$125 per person per night
2019 Fees: Minimum charge of 6 guests for a 5 night stay
6 - 7 guests - US$160 per person per night
8-10 guests - US$135 per person per night
The surcharge covers the cost of your game drives (two per day - morning and evening), plus three sumptuous meals per day, park and concession fees, local drinks and daily housekeeping.
Additional costs that will need to be settled at the lodge, in cash on departure are imported drinks or premier brands, staff gratuities and transfers to/from Welgevonden gate.. If you wish to bring your own drinks, no corkage fees will be charged. It is also important that all guests take out fully comprehensive personal travel insurance.
Welgevonden is located in a National Park. The park gates close at sunset and only open at sunrise. For this reason you need to plan to arrive in Johannesburg as early as possible and no later than 11am if you intend to drive to the lodge and no later than 2 pm if you are chartering to the lodge. Please allow for 2-3 hours for customs formalities in Johannesburg.
On your return, if you are transferring directly from the lodge to the airport by road your flight must not leave before 2pm international flight) or 1pm (local flight). If you are doing a charter flight outbound flights can be planned anytime from 10am onwards.
Estate with 1 level
5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 5000 square feet
King, King, King, Twin, and Twin
10 guests maximum
O.R. Tambo, Johannesburg, South Africa
3 hours by car or 45 minutes by air charter
Welgevonden offers amazing wildlife viewing opportunities where you could see the endangered rhino, lion, leopard, hippo, elephant, cheetah, buffalo and the full range of smaller indigenous wildlife species.
Access to the lodge is as follows:
1) Self drive - you can pick up a car rental at OR Tambo and drive to/from Welgevonden - it is around 3 hours driving time
2) Transfer - we can arrange for a private transfer vehicle to take and collect you from the Park gate, where you will be met by the lodge manager. Estimated cost is around US$500 per 7 seater vehicle each way (approximately 3 hours driving time)
3) Private charter flight - this is subject to the number of guests. However a Cessna Caravan (10 seater aircraft) with maximum baggage allowance of one bag at 20kg's works out to be around US$2700 per aircraft per pick up or drop off (45 minute flight)
Please note that the above costs are estimates only and are subject to change. Accurate costs can be quoted at time of reservation
Activities of Interest
- Zebula Golf Course offers a golfing experience on a Peter Matkovich designed golf course. Teeing off on this pristine 1 200-hectare bushveld estate is a considerable pleasure with its wildlife spectators, tranquility and vast open spaces.
- Enjoy Wildlife viewing, safari trips with sundowners and night drives
- Campfires and barbeque in outdoor boma
- Kamotsogo Craft Art Kamotsogo - shop in Vaalwater If you’re in Vaalwater looking for unusual handmade products made by locals
Places of Interest
- Mabatlane/Vaalwater is a charming little village in the heart of the Waterberg area. It’s a centre for surrounding agriculture and game reserves.
- Kamotsogo Craft Art Kamotsogo - If you’re in Vaalwater looking for unusual handmade products made by locals
AMAZING SAFARI, LODGE, AND STAFF
The Tsheshepe Lodge offers the complete safari experience that cannot be surpassed. Steven, the guide and lodge manager, is the most experienced on the reserve. As a result, we saw all of the animals, not just passing for a snap shot, but witnessing the interactions and life styles of the different animals. Every day was a new adventure. In addition to superb game drives, we were treated each day by Livingston to food equivalent to that of a 5 star restaurant. All of the talented staff were helpful, yet not intrusive, and were very responsive to our needs, desires, and schedules. They all added to the harmonious atmosphere of the beautifully furnished and comfortable lodge. Thank you, Heather, for such an opportunity. We plan to return.”
Best Safari experience ever!
Our fourth Safari and the best by far. Shocked I was able to book it through third home! This is a 5 star world class private lodge in a huge game reserve with about 60 other similar small lodges, which you rarely see. The big five are there in abundance. Our driver/spotter Steve was the best, could see anything miles away, far before the other lodges could see and would radio them the location and turn about was fair play and he was highly respected. All 5 cottages are large, meticulous and cleaned twice daily. Livingston the cook turned out one fabulous meal after another, Simon helped out Steve, and Mama "B" and Eunice took care of all the rest. We filled it up with 10 best friends and felt like we had our own piece of paradise all to ourselves, unlike some other "upscale" lodges (like Shambala....down the road) where you are a guest in a nice hotel. No "home" to go to. Everything a week in the bush should be and more! Now just have to find 8 more friend if it ever is available again!”
Amazing experience at a great location. Never got tired of the Safari. Lodge was immaculate. Staff was incredible. Stephen, our guide and the rest of the staff made the trip magical. Livingston,is an execellt chef. Highly recommend and will return.”
Can't recommend Tsheshepe Safari Lodge highly enough. An unfenced 5-star lodge in the African bush, wonderful staff and great cuisine. The animals stole the show - waking up to baboons and impala wandering past your bedroom, a lion kill 200 meters from your front door, up-close-and-personal with lions, cheetahs, elephants, rhino and so many more. Do try and see the Vaalwater singers and dancers if possible. Thank you Heather and Colin for sharing your unique property.”
A more magical experience has not been had! The lodge was beautiful, cabins were spotless and very well stocked and the staff ... there are no words! Having the entire lodge to ourselves made the experience that much more special. The lodge manager /game driver, Steven, was exceptional. What a treat to be able to learn and spend a week with someone that grew up in the bush! He worked tirelessly to make sure everything was perfect ... and everything was! Livingston, the cook was wonderful. Betty and Aniki were kind, friendly and professional. Every one of them made our week fabulous. We had quite an experience when 2 lionesses decided to make Tsheshepe their home! That, in and of itself, was unforgettable. We were constantly reminded that we were guests in the wild kingdom and we were the ones that had to remain aware. Our only poor experience had nothing to do with Tsheshepe but a company that we contracted with for transfers to and from the lodge and a day of horseback - Boruntho Travel. Liorna (owner of the travel company) was dishonest and caused some real issues with our ride back to the airport. I would caution anyone to have any dealings with that company. Steven, our lodge manager, was the saving grace that got us to the airport on time and went out of his way to make sure that we were all taken care of. Thank you for an experience of a lifetime! ”
- 40"+ TV
- Chef's Kitchen
- Covered Parking
- DVD Player
- Gated Community
- Laundry Service
- Outdoor Grill
- Outdoor Pool
- Satellite/Cable TV
- Staffed Guard Gate
- Wireless Internet
- Workout Facility