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Tshwene Lodge

South Africa, Near Gauteng, Welgevonden

from R 4560 pp/night sharing

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7.5
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Tshwene Lodge

South Africa, Near Gauteng, Welgevonden

from R 4560 pp/night sharing

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With just 5 lovely suites on a hillside giving wonderful views of the mountains of the Waterberg, this is a great choice for couples looking for a romantic break!

Our Ratings

7.5
Overall
7.5
Luxury & Style
7.5
Setting
6.5
Game Viewing
7.5
Romance

Our Ratings

7.5
Overall
7.5
Luxury & Style
7.5
Setting
6.5
Game Viewing
7.5
Romance

What's Hot

  • Tshwene enjoys great views out over the stunning landscapes of the Welgevonden, both for the main lodge building as well as the 5 lovely rooms
  • What could be more romantic than enjoying a good soak together with your better half in your huge standalone bath!
  • This has to be the most scenically spectacular of all the reserves with its majestic mountains, gorges and expansive plains – when you’re out on game drive, you won’t know whether to look out for animals or just take in the stunning vistas!
  • If you have a group that can’t fit into 5 rooms (the typical lodge size in the Welgevonden) then Tshwene can combine well with nearby sister-lodge Ekuthuleni to accommodate your group

What's Not

  • 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!
  • Doesn’t have the cutting edge modern décor of some of the latest lodges – but frankly you can’t really go much wrong with Tshwene’s typical traditional game lodge styling
Tshwene Lodge

Tshwene LodgeFrom your private wooden deck you can listen to the calls of the birds flitting about in the surrounding trees or watch the African sun set the bush ablaze as it sinks over the horizon!

Lodge Profile

With just 5 lovely suites on a hillside giving wonderful views of the mountains of the Waterberg, this is a great choice for couples looking for a romantic break!

Quick Overview

Location
Welgevonden
Drive Time
3 hours drive from Johannesburg
Malaria
No
Setting
Overlooking the bushveld
Rooms
5 suites
Aircon
No
Pool
Yes
Spa
No
Camp Fenced
No
Tracker
No - only ranger
Off Road
No
Child Policy
No children under 10

Tshwene Game Lodge lies deep in the foothills of the Waterberg plateau, (named after the plentiful supply of clear water) in a game sanctuary so unspoilt, so abundant in indigenous flora and wild fauna that its name is well deserved – Welgevonden (or “well found”!)This privately owned reserve, with its rolling wooden mountains and deep rocky ravines and gorges is a huge 37 500 hectares in size and adjoins the Marakele National Park and soon game will be moving freely between the 2 reserves to create a massive area of more than 100 000 hectares! Increasingly Welgevonden is gaining great popularity in the South African market due to a number of factors: the gorgeous landscapes, the fact that this is a non-malarial area, the high quality game lodges found here, some excellent game viewing and, a major plus point, the fact that the reserve lies just 3 hours north of Johannesburg and is therefore perfect for an accessible weekend away.

In fact, what you do need to bear in mind is that the 3 hours travelling time is to the reserve’s main gate where you leave your vehicle (no private cars are allowed in Welgevonden) but this is effectively when your holiday starts as this is also where you will be greeted by the lodge with an ice-cold drink for the enjoyable 1 hour transfer cum game drive to the lodge itself. Unlike sister-lodge Ekuthuleni which is positioned more on the grassy plains of the reserve, Tshwene (named after the Chacma baboon) is located on a hillside with great views out over the reserve. The managing company positions Tshwene as the more couple’s orientated of the 2 lodges and it’s not hard to see why - the lodge’s suites are all tastefully furnished and offer exhilarating views of the valleys below and the hills beyond (note that sister lodge Ekuthuleni is situated in close proximity and the 2 can work together very well if you have a group_

Tshwene’s rooms allow you to unwind in comfort and in total privacy with each boasting an en-suite bathroom with a gorgeous romantic standalone bath (big enough for two) looking out into the bush and an indoor and outdoor shower with breathtaking views. The rooms at Tshwene are elegant with typically conservative but classy safari décor style. From your private wooden deck you can listen to the calls of the birds flitting about in the surrounding trees or watch the African sun set the bush ablaze as it sinks over the horizon!

The good news continues at Tshwene’s main lodge complex which features two elegantly furnished lounges and an indoor dining area with a large fireplace that creates an intimate and cosy atmosphere, especially on those chilly winter nights. There's a huge wooden deck with magnificent views where you can unwind or wallow in the cool swimming pool whilst watching game passing by. Evening meals are enjoyed either inside, out on the view deck or in the traditional boma under the stars around the open fire with the sounds of the bush as your background soundtrack. After dinner you can relax with a cognac at the bar whilst exchanging tales of the day’s game drives with fellow guests, or if you wish to get an amazing insight of the night sky, a qualified sky ranger can give you an evening of astronomical entertainment!

Whilst the views from the lodge at Tshwene are gorgeous, the good news is that game drives will give you even more exposure to the stunning landscapes found in Welgevonden. This has to be the most scenically diverse and beautiful of all of the South African reserves, ranging from majestic mountains to expansive grassy plains slashed by ravines and river valleys – the landscape seemingly changes around almost every corner and would be enough to keep many guests enthralled even before you add in the game viewing that’s on offer here.

Historically this area supported a wide diversity of mammal species, but by the end of the 19th century most of the large species that were present here, had been exterminated by uncontrolled hunting. Following one of the largest game relocation programmes ever undertaken on private land in the early 90’s, Welgevonden has once again became home to the Big Five as well as many species of antelope, zebra, giraffe, baboon, hyena, wild dog, and other fauna foraging on the plains and wooded slopes, while perennial waters hide crocodile and offers sustenance to over 250 bird species. One of the highlights of the Welgevonden has to be the excellent rhino sightings on offer, with the reserve boasting perhaps the largest population of white rhino on a private reserve anywhere in Africa!

Two daily game drives are conducted by experienced rangers who will provide and entertain you with intimate details of the abundant flora and fauna - many of which are unique to the Waterberg! On these thrilling game drives you will be seated in open 4x4 vehicles as you experience the excitement of seeing the Big Five and other game in their natural habitat. One thing to note though is that, unlike most of the lowveld reserves, off-roading in pursuit of sightings is not permitted in Welgevonden to keep the environment as pristine as possible, which means that the sightings may not be quite as up close and personal as elsewhere as the animals are given their space. The great thing about this reserve is that only a limited number of guests have access at any one time – with no private vehicles permitted – ensuring an awesome wilderness experience with minimal sight of any other people! So what are you waiting for? What’s the point of staying for the weekend in Johannesburg or Pretoria when a gorgeous weekend breakaway is just a few hours away!

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Booking Notes

  • Welgevonden Park Fee payable directly to the Lodge - R150 per person, per night (subject to change)
  • Clients will be collected from the main gate of the Welgevonden in an open Land Rover at 12h30. Other pick up times are subject to availability and will be charged for
  • Subject to availability

Child Policy

  • Children aged 10 - 12 years wil be charged 50 % of the full adult rate