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Your very own private Villa in Welgevonden at Mhondoro Safari Lodge

The Takeaway

  • Only two and a half hours drive from Joburg
  • All suites have private plunge pools
  • The lodge offers a curated Kids Program
  • Rates start from R7,000 per person, per night
Pool desk view at night hello jobrug

Your adventure begins upon arrival. One of the first spaces you’ll see as you ride gleefully in the safari vehicle is the elevated lodge, which blends effortlessly into its surroundings.


What almost could be a mirage turns out to be the marvelous lodge inside the Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg district. The good news is it is just a 2 and a half hours drive from Jozi, the bad news is two nights just isn’t enough.


The warm welcome of songs and dance gives testimony to just how special this spot is. Its not just another African bush lodge, this is a magnificent showcase of raw beauty, luxury and wildlife in its finest form, nature.

As sunset falls on the watering hole, a few hundred metres in front of the lodge and your villa, the first bird sings and you’ll quickly escape those city blues. Delve into the exceptional views from the room and get inspired by the architecture. The stars shine brighter here and the birds fly higher , and you can observe all the action from your bedroom, with its own private deck and pool of course. From your villa there is a full view of the landscape but just in case that’s not good enough, laze on your outdoor bed to feel even closer.

the stars shine brighter here and the birds fly higher

Positioned between graceful water dams and watering holes there is an abundance of evergreen trees and rocky mountainous peaks, which becomes even more apparent on the game drive. However you could never leave the lodge and still have a five star experience. This is also because there is an underground masterpiece, the waterhole hide, which offers guests the unique opportunity to gaze into a zebras deep glassy eyes. This space is fully open and designed with the animals at the forefront, they wont even know you’re there. As they sip and slurp from the water, close your jaw, take a seat and blend in with nature.


#HelloRecommends – Mhondoro is ideal for families, which is quite rare at such a high level of luxury and service. We love that the lodge offers family villas as well as specialised game drives for little ones. They even have a Kids Program which merges seamlessly with the two daily adult game drives and meal times. Kiddies activities include insect walks, animal and even star gazing. And they even have babysitters on hand. There is also a kiddies menu so your prince and princess’s dietary requirements are constantly satisfied.


Mhondoro is truly a benchmark for luxury family travel.

Welgevonden Game Reserve, Vaalwater, Limpopo


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