Welgevonden Nature Reserve, Vaalwater

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Explore South Africa's diverse landscapes across 37,000 hectares (91,428 ac) of Welgevonden Nature Reserve, home to 50 mammal species, including one of the world's largest populations of white rhinos. Onsite accommodations include luxurious lodges that have been designed with the surrounding environment in mind. Local animals sheltered here have never been hunted and aren't fazed by human presence, allowing for closer-than-usual encounters. Arrange your visit to Welgevonden Nature Reserve and discover more family-friendly attractions in Vaalwater using our Vaalwater visit planner.
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  • We had a three hour game drive here that was at the worst time of day despite that we saw Lots of rhinos, elephants too. Water buffalo on the public road in.  more »
  • The Weldevonden reserve is only a 3.30 hour drive from Johannesburg. Many South Africans come to stay in winter, a dry season ideal for seeing animals. It is a true sanctuary for white rhinos, which we are guaranteed to see, and even very closely. Drives with driver-guides. The approach is very different from the reserves we had seen in Kenya and Tanzania: here there are few animals, so the drive is a track adventure where we look for animals. It is better to plan to stay at least three nights if you want to try to see all the big 5 (not easy especially to see leopards and cheetahs). Also I will not recommend this reserve for stays of only one night, or with young children, who will get impatient. We also admire the beautiful landscapes. a lot of respect for nature, animals, very few vehicles in circulation,
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