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7.9
Overall

Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway

South Africa, Near Gauteng, Welgevonden

from R 4560 pp/night sharing

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7.9
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Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway

South Africa, Near Gauteng, Welgevonden

from R 4560 pp/night sharing

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Our Verdict

The extremely contemporary styling of the lodge with its trademark white colour palette makes for an exciting break from traditional game lodge design!

Our Ratings

7.9
Overall
8.5
Luxury & Style
8.5
Setting
6.5
Game Viewing
8.0
Romance

Our Ratings

7.9
Overall
8.5
Luxury & Style
8.5
Setting
6.5
Game Viewing
8.0
Romance

What's Hot

  • The lodge’s setting must be one of the most spectacular in the country with outstanding views from the cliff top over the river cutting through the ravine below
  • The private and very luxurious suites with their plunge pools and salas are perfect for romance – you could just hole up there for your entire stay only emerging at meal times!
  • Unusual and distinctive décor and style - have a look at the pics and see if the unapologetically contemporary style appeals to your sense of aesthetic
  • Wooded mountains cut by rocky ravines and majestic gorges make Welgevonden perhaps the most scenic of all the main reserves!
  • For something really special, why not enjoy a romantic couples dinner in the intimate wine cellar

What's Not

  • The lodge’s glamorous and contemporary styling doesn’t appeal to everyone – if you’re more of a bush traditionalist then you may be happier at a more conventionally styled lodge
  • Welgevonden still doesn’t have the same reputation as the lowveld reserves in terms of game viewing (and off-roading isn't allowed either) – then again it completely blows them away as far as beautifully scenic landscapes are concerned!
  • It’s a little bit of a drive to get from Clifftop’s ravine-side location to the prime game viewing areas down on the plains
Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway

Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideawayan unapologetically contemporary and glamorous look and feel with white painted wooden decks and the use of metallic paint to bling up some décor features that would make Clifftops feel just as much at home perched above Clifton’s beaches!

Lodge Profile

The extremely contemporary styling of the lodge with its trademark white colour palette makes for an exciting break from traditional game lodge design!

Quick Overview

Location
Welgevonden
Drive Time
3.5 hours from Johannesburg
Malaria
No
Setting
On a cliff top overlooking a river
Rooms
8 rooms
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes - and 1 plunge pool in the suites
Spa
In-room massage
Camp Fenced
No
Tracker
No - only ranger
Off Road
No
Child Policy
No children under 13

Situated in the malaria-free Welgevonden reserve in the Waterberg mountains, Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway has to enjoy one of the most spectacular positions of any game lodge in South Africa – it is literally perched on the edge of a rocky cliff with the most stunning views over the river valley below. The lodge has certainly been designed in such a way as to make the most of the superb views. The main lodge building boasts various decks as well as an infinity swimming pool from which guests can enjoy the amazing vistas, and this continues with the eight luxury guest suites which have both private plunge pools and thatched salas perched on the cliff’s edge (it’s no wonder that children under the age of 13 aren’t allowed here as parents with young kids would no doubt be having constant nervous breakdowns!)

It’s not just the lodge’s spectacular location that marks it out from the norm though; it’s also the lodge’s unusual design style that immediately strikes you. A quick look at the pictures above will quickly show you what we mean – quite simply, Clifftop has taken the standard game lodge design manual and cheerfully chucked it over the edge of the cliff! It’s an unapologetically contemporary and glamorous look and feel that has been achieved here, with white painted wooden decks and the use of metallic paint to bling up some décor features that would make Clifftops feel just as much at home perched above Clifton’s beaches! It’s definitely what we would call a “marmite” type lodge – people will either love the lodge’s unique look passionately and completely or they’ll be completely turned off, with nothing in between. We at Bushscapes always applaud bold design and the fact that it is one of the most popular lodges in the Welgevonden means that there are clearly loads of people on the “love it” side of the equation! (the style gurus love it too - the lodge won Best Hotel Interior at the African Hotel Awards in 2011!)

There are eight luxury suites which overlook the flowing Sterkstroom River and all of them have been positioned for maximum privacy and views. Each boast their own private deck and plunge pool (between game drives the plunge pool provides the perfect place to relax and literally chill), as well as a thatched sala which is perched on the cliff’s edge – just beware if you fancy reading a book that your eyes are likely to be constantly dragged away from the pages to take in the remarkable views! The stylish air-conditioned suites with their earthy colours and textures also feature indoor and outdoor showers with sweeping views – they’re the type of place where you could disappear into for an entire weekend without emerging except for the odd meal!

That would be a pity though as the Welgevonden is certainly worth exploring on the twice-daily game drives (the lodge’s spectacular cliff top positioning does exact a small price in this regard in that it’s about a 20 minute drive down to the prime game viewing areas on the plains) Situated only 3 hours drive from Johannesburg, Welgevonden boasts some 36000 hectares of diverse and scenic bushveld and adjoins the Marakele National Park, making for a massive area under wildlife of almost 60000 hectares! Unlike the lowveld reserves which are largely as flat as a pancake, Welgevonden boasts magnificent scenery with rolling mountains interspersed with deep gorges, river valleys and grassy plains. Clifftop is the one and only lodge in the eastern region of the park, therefore if you're looking for exclusivity and romance on your getaway then this is the place for you!

Twice daily game drives depart in the early morning, stopping for refreshments en-route – on these 4x4 drives you and your ranger will explore both the beauty of the reserve and enjoy some excellent game viewing. Welgevonden is home to over 50 different mammals, including the Big Five, and boasts one of the largest populations of white rhino on a private reserve anywhere in Africa. The wide diversity of habitat encourages this wide range of wildlife and birds - there are rare and unusual species too, such as brown hyena, aardwolf and aardvark which are best seen at night. The grassy plains abound with antelope from the largest eland to the diminutive duiker, and cheetah, lion and leopard are always close by.

Back at the lodge you can also enjoy pampering massages or simply chill – either in your gorgeous suite or in the equally stylish main public area which is decorated in an organic style using all natural handmade fabrics. You could kick back and enjoy a good book on the wooden decks of the main complex or take a dip in the rimless swimming pool which boasts magnificent views of the river valley below! If you fancy a cold one, then head down to the bar where an extensive array of drinks and cocktails can be sipped on the pool deck, or on those chilly winter’s evenings enjoy a sherry next to one of the indoor fireplaces!

Cuisine at the Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway is a superb affair offering a dramatic fusion of African and Western flavours - for those romantics looking to enjoy an intimate dinner for two then the fully stocked wine cellar (affectionately known as Oupa se Stoel) is the perfect romantic setting!

Pricing

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Booking Notes

  • All prices quoted are based on a minimum stay of two nights over a ’normal’ weekend and 3 nights over any long weekend
  • Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents
  • The Lodge cannot offer triple rooms due to the design of the Suites
  • Welgevonden Park Fee payable directly to the Lodge - R85 per person, per night
  • Guests will be collected at the East Gate of the Welgevonden in an open Land Rover between 13h00 & 18h00
  • Subject to availability

Child Policy

  • Children aged 13 years and older will have to occupy their own room and pay full adult rates