Malaria-Free Safaris in the Waterberg
The Waterberg has been described by some as South Africa’s best keep secret. Its rugged beauty, together with its diverse plant and animal life, has led to the development of the Waterberg Nature Conservancy, an amalgamation of conservation areas covering more than 150,000 hectares.
The individual reserves that make up this area all vary in size, but are an ideal safari destination for visitors to South Africa who will be arriving or departing through Johannesburg, or spending some time at Sun City. Most are within a comfortable 3-4 hour drive from Johannesburg, meaning that visitors can easily arrive on a morning flight, and be at a game reserve by lunchtime or early afternoon - but certainly on a game drive the same day!
Equally, if you are departing on an evening flight from Johannesburg, you can enjoy your last morning in South Africa out in the bush searching for elephant and lion - safe in the knowledge that you can comfortably be back at the airport in time for a late afternoon/early evening check in at the International Departure Terminal.
Many of the reserves are home to the Big 5 of the African bush - elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and the elusive shy leopard - as well as the other wildlife you would hope to see on an African safari - so antelope, zebra, giraffe, jackal, hyena, cheetah, warthog may all be seen on game drives if you are lucky. Not to mention an array of birdlife that will keep any birder happily peering through their binoculars.
Other lodges offer horse-back safaris - an exhilarating and intimate way of viewing game in their natural habitat.
Finally, if this is not enough to tempt you, the area is malaria-free, making the lodges a great choice for families and others who want to enjoy the African wildlife without the worry of taking anti-malarial precautions. Several of the lodges can also be taken on an exclusive basis, which is ideal for families or groups of friends travelling together, and who want to enjoy complete personal service and total flexibility.
Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp pampers guests in 5 well appointed luxury canvas tents in the scenic Mabula Private Game Reserve. All tents are fully furnished with a private deck and en-suite bathrooms, however there is no electricity and romantic oil lamps add to the 'Out of Africa' ambience.
Children aged 8 years and older are welcome.
Mabula Game Lodge
Set in lush green mountainous vegetation in the malaria-free Waterberg, Mabula has over 40 clean, simple, and elegant rooms. In addition to game drives, Mabula also offers walking safaris, horseback safaris and even quad bike safaris.
Children of any age are welcome.
Inzalo Safari Lodge
Inzalo Safari Lodge is a luxurious tented camp in the spectacular Big 5 Welgevonden Game Reserve. Each of the lodge’s 5 tented safari suites features a private deck with a splash pool overlooking the Sterkstroom River and en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers.
Children aged 12 years and older are welcome.
Set against the backdrop of the magnificent Waterberg Mountains, Safari Plains combines the elements of a great safari with excellent hospitality. The camp consists of 20 tented suites all with views of the nearby waterhole.
Children of any age are welcome.
Ekuthuleni Lodge is set in the heart of the malaria-free 34,000 hectare Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, just 3 hours from Johannesburg. Each of the 5 suites offer intimacy and privacy, with magnificent views of the grasslands.
Children aged 6 years and older are welcome.