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Welgevonden Game Reserve

North of Johannesburg, near the town of Vaalwater, there is the Welgevonden Game Reserve which forms part of the Waterberg region which was declared so by UNESCO in 2001 in the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. The area is known for the wide variety of vegetation and you will find endless open fields with low tropical vegetation but also beautiful forested hills with rivers, valleys and gorges. It is a breath-taking place to visit during your holiday in South Africa.

Welgevonden is a 37 000-hectare private game reserve and was started in 1993. In the area then all leopards lived naturally and successfully later lions, elephants, white rhinos, buffalo and some special kinds of antelopes such as gemsbok and sable were reintroduced. The area thus has the Big Five and is one of the private game reserves with the largest population of white rhino in Africa, thus the probability to see them is great. Further in the region are 45 other animal species such as giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, hippos, moose, blue wildebeests, ibex, kudus, klipspringers, jackals, monkeys and the rare brown hyena. There are more than 250 different bird species including the rare blue crane that can be spotted in the reserve.

Only a limited number of visitors are allowed and it is not allowed to drive around with your own car in the reserve, as the disruption of nature is minimized. This also means that when you visit the reserve, you will experience "only the middle of wildlife and nature" feeling.

The temperature in the reserve is on average as follows: winter months of May to July are dry and have a maximum temperature of 22.3 and a minimum of 2.6 degrees at night which can freeze to the ground. From August to October the temperature is already higher with minimum and maximum between 8.6 and 27.6. In general, it is still dry in these months, but a few thunderstorms may occur. The wet summer season runs from November to April and it has the highest temperatures; between 14.5 and 29.3 degrees on average. The reserve can be visited all year round and is malaria free.

Besides enjoying the beautiful scenery, game drives and relaxing at your lodge, you can still see the stars and planets with an 8-inch telescope under the guidance of an expert 'sky-ranger'.

In the reserve there are some beautiful luxury lodges where you can stay.

Your holiday begins at South Africa Specialist.