South African Lodges

Makweti Safari Lodge

Welgevonden Game Reserve
Limpopo Province
South Africa
Lodge Type
Malaria Free, Big Five

Makweti Safari Lodge is ideally positioned to explore the entire Welgevonden Game Reserve on the open safari vehicles accompanied by the professional game rangers. This exclusive safari lodge accommodates a maximum of ten guests in the five Luxury Suites in which guests are ensured exclusivity and tranquillity. The luxury suites, as well as the dining room of the lodge, afford beautiful panoramic views across the gorge-defined valley making for a magnificent setting.

Makweti lodge Suites have been designed to establish a peaceful balance between the shade and the light which dominates the bushveld environment. The interior features warm African fabrics which are well combined with the fresh, colonial-style linens. It is here where guests enjoy magnificent vistas and romantic seclusion.

  • Big-Five wildlife viewing in the Welgevonden Game Reserve
  • Malaria free
  • Five Luxury Suites
  • Member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs (excellent cuisine)
  • Swimming pool
  • Optional private plunge-pool
  • Health and beauty spa
  • Art gallery.

The memorable safari experiences at Makweti are complemented by discreet elegance, luxurious accommodation and gourmet, world-rated cuisine. Home to Africa's "Big Five" which include leopards, lions, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes, the lodge features no fences to the surrounding bushveld.

From the viewing deck and the open lounge one can observe wildlife quenching their thirst at the stream fed waterhole. The main room, the lodge's discreet bar, the outdoor swimming pool and the viewing decks are a short walk away from the Luxury Suites.

Facilities and services:

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant (Chaine des Rotisseur)
  • Health and beauty spa
  • Viewing deck
  • Art gallery.


Each meal at Makweti is an elegant and graceful culinary experience. African-inspired themes and locally sourced ingredients complement the exclusive wine list where guests find some of the best South African wines. Usually, dinner is in the candlelit dining room.

Weather permitting, guests enjoy dining in the outdoor boma which is a traditional enclosure around log fires. As a member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, which represents the typical hallmark of excellence in culinary service and cuisine, guests with high dining expectations will find themselves in paradise here.

Safari & Wildlife encounters

Unforgettable safari experiences await where an astounding diversity of wild species, which include the Big Five can be observed in their natural habitat. The knowledgeable game rangers introduce visitors to the local wildlife and its complex ecology.

The early morning and late afternoon safaris take place in the lodge's open vehicles. The walking safaris are tailor-made to match the guests special ecological and wildlife interests. The thrilling walking safaris are to be pre-booked and are subject to availability.

Wildlife activities:

  • Early morning safari drives
  • Late afternoon safari drives
  • Walking safaris.

Welgevonden Game Reserve

This 40 000 vast wilderness reserve is part of the more significant, UNESCO-declared Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. This unique biosphere in South Africa is known for its high-plateau geology, beautiful cloudscapes, crystal clear streams and its great diversity of wild species.

Welgevonden Game Reserve:

  • Located in Waterberg region, Limpopo Province
  • Malaria free
  • Big Five wildlife viewing
  • 40 000 hectares of untamed wilderness
  • part of UNESCO-declared Waterberg Biosphere Reserve.

Getting to Lodge

Makweti transfers can be arranged which include locations such as the OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport. After about a three to four hour drive, travellers enter the main gate to the Welgevonden Game Reserve. It is here where own cars, as well as rental cars, are parked. The daily pick up time from the gate is at 1h00pm / 13h00. A safari vehicle takes guests from the parking area to the lodge which takes about half an hour. Private light-aircraft flights to the lodge can also be arranged on request.

Below detailed information about the Makweti Safari Lodge is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Terrace
  • Viewing Deck

Wildlife activities
  • Early morning game drives
  • Late afternoon game drives
  • Walking safaris / bush walks.

  • Airstrip
  • Art gallery
  • Boma
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Parking
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Safari drives
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
  • Wellness & Beauty treatments

Available Rooms

Pool Suite

The Pool Suite features an outdoor swimming pool for guests to enjoy tranquility and privacy.  The suite offers convenient amenities and features.

Suite without Pool

The Luxury Suites are well appointed featuring warm, African decor and textiles to make for a most comfortable and relaxing setting.  From the viewing deck, magnificent bushveld views can be enjoyed.

Makweti Safari Lodge Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Enjoy a reduced last minute rate when booking your stay at Makweti Safari Lodge within 10 days or travel.

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation in luxury suites, all meals, teas and coffee refreshments. Two safari activities per day, including game drives in open vehicles and walking safaris (on request) with a Makweti guide. Return scheduled transfers (13:00) from Welgevonden Game Reserve Main Gate or the Welgevonden Airstrip to Makweti Safari Lodge. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.

Excluded from the rate:

  • Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), cigars, and items of a personal nature. Conservation levy charged per bed night @ R165 collected on departure from all guests. Gratuities are not included.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Can be reserved no more than 10 days prior to travel date. Valid for travel throughout the year - subject to availability - no category of suite type can be guaranteed. No special rates apply for peak season: 20 Dec – 05 January

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.202204

Longitude: 27.901649


Directions to the Makweti Safari Lodge from Johannesburg:

Travel on the N1 North, past Midrand.
Remain on the N1at the N1 R 28 split towards Pietersburg Polokwane.
Pass alongside Pretoria, continue through the toll gate and through the Carousel Toll Gate past the Warmbaths Bela Bela turnoff.
Continue until you approach the Kranskop Toll Gate.
Keep in the left lane to take the turn off to Nylstroom ModimoleR33.
At this point, we would like to request that you contact the lodge to advise them of the progress of your journey.
After the toll gate turn left at the T-junction towards Nylstroom.
Travel straight through Nylstroom on the R33 to Vaalwater about 60km.
Keep straight on through Vaalwater, pass the Total filling station and Spar on your left hand side just outside Vaalwater.
Carry straight on the same road for about 23km from the filling station until you get to the Welgevonden MAIN GATE on your left hand side.
Pass the sign indicating access to the East Gate.
A Makweti representative will meet you at the main gate after you parked your vehicle in the reserves secure area.


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star

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