Situated three hours north of Johannesburg lies Fifty Seven Waterberg, a gem nestled in the heart of the Welgevonden Game Reserve and home to the Big Five in a malaria-free area. The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve was declared an official UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. This magnificent five-star establishment is synonymous with tranquillity, solitude and luxury; not to mention the surroundings of the breath taking panoramic views of the Waterberg mountains.
The excellent game viewing makes Fifty Seven Waterberg a fantastic holiday destination in a world of easy-going grace.
Fifty Seven Waterberg
Crystal clear streams have, over the millennia, carved the scenic topography of the Waterberg mountain range and wilderness. Rock art sites dating as far back as 2000 years can be found in Welgevonden and the greater Waterberg area.
Historically, wildlife on the reserve has never been hunted so game viewing is always up close and personal.
The Waterberg, and in particular Welgevonden, with its privately owned lodges such as Fifty Seven Waterberg has been a well-kept secret for a long time, but it is fast becoming the destination of preference for local and international guests. Fifty Seven Waterberg is certainly one of the finest places to experience wildlife, a sense of wilderness and touch the spirit of true Africa in comfort and style.
Fifty Seven Waterberg is a twenty bed lodge situated in the Welgevonden Game Reserve which consists of nearly 35 000 hectares of unspoiled African bushveld ranging from rocky outcrops where the leopards watch from their hidden crevices to wide open savannah where the herds of Zebra, Wildebeest and Impala abound. Welgevonden Game Reserve is
considered to be one of the best managed game reserves in the world and a leader in conservation and anti-poaching strategies.
Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability
|1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020|
|Classic Suite • per suite per night for two guests excluding drinks and conservation fee||R 8 160|
|Classic Suite • per night for single person excluding drinks and conservation fee||R 6120|
|Luxury Suite • per suite per night for two guests excluding drinks and conservation fee||R10 080|
|Luxury Suite • per night for single person excluding drinks and conservation fee||R 7 560|
|Honeymoon Suite • per suite per night for two guests excluding drinks and conservation fee||R11 040|
|Honeymoon Suite • per night for single person excluding drinks and conservation fee||R 8 280|
LUXURY ACCOMMODATION – ROOMS
Enjoy 5-Star Luxury
To describe our accommodation at Fifty Seven Waterberg as 5-star luxury is, if anything, an understatement. Our guests are consistently surprised and delighted just by the sheer size of our suites, and with a minimum of 80 square metres in which to spread out and enjoy their stay, this is not too surprising.
Apart from being unusually spacious, each of our 5 suites has also been furnished to the very highest standards, and features a king-sized bed and its own private patio with a magnificent view of the bushveld. Each room has a study desk and a comfy armchair, as well as coffee & tea making facilities.
We have to chalets namely Springbok and Gemsboks that we are busy installing Jacuzzis. Rate – per person per day sharing. Excludes drinks and conservation fee.
At the main lodge, our guests are welcome to sit back and enjoy some downtime with our comfortable sofas and armchairs which help to create a relaxing living area, while other equally well-designed areas provide guests with spaces in which to work.
If you’re not out on a game drive, lounge on the beds on the deck at our crystal clear blue pool. The boma is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner around a welcoming fire and under a starry sky – you’ve never seen the stars as bright as they are when you are in the Waterberg area.
As our guests, everyone is of course free to enjoy all of our facilities.
- Swimming Pool
- Indoor Fireplace
- Satellite TV*
Gabriel is our master chef at Fifty Seven Waterberg. Gabriel hails from the province of Limpopo and his passion for fine dining emenates from the days of helping his sister with her catering business. His culinary skills come to life in the mouth watering dishes he prepares for our guests. By his side to assist him is chef Lukas.
HOW MANY GUESTS DO YOU ACCOMMODATE AT THE LODGE?
The lodge consists of 10 suites, accommodating 20 adults (excluding children). Meals are served at the communal main lodge areas.
CAN I BOOK THE LODGE FOR EXCLUSIVE USE?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CLASSIC SUITE, LUXURY SUITE AND HONEYMOON SUITE?
Classic suites may use the communal pool at the main building whereas the Luxury suites have private solar-heated plunge pools. The honeymoon suite has its own heated jet pool and outdoor shower. Classic suites have a traditional atmosphere and luxury and honeymoon suites have a contemporary atmosphere.
DO YOU CATER FOR VEGETARIANS?
Yes, but due to our remote location, please ensure that you communicate your requirements well in advance.
CAN I BRING MY OWN FOOD / BEVERAGES?
Unfortunately not. All beverages to be purchased on site from our cash bar.
DO YOU HAVE WIFI?
Yes, free of charge.
WHERE IS THE COLLECTION POINT AND WHAT IS THE CHECK-IN PROCEDURE?
• Collection time: 13h30, standard.
• Collection point: Welgevonden West Gate, where you must leave your vehicle – there is 24-hour security.
• Please inform us of your estimated time of arrival.
• Phone the lodge when you reach Vaalwater.
• Early collection time: 11h30 (access to suite will only be at 14h00).
• Any other collection time will carry a R500 surcharge.
• Specify any dietary requirements well in advance.
• Arrival lunch: 14h00.
• Please do not use the lodge on Google maps for directions, but rather the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve West Gate or the map on our contact us page. Collection and drop off from the Welgevonden Main Gate can be arranged at additional costs.
DO I HAVE MY OWN GAME VIEWER FOR EXCLUSIVE USE?
Game drives occur collectively as a group; maximum 10 guests per vehicle allowed.
CAN I SELF-DRIVE IN WELGEVONDEN?
No, your vehicle must be left at the Welgevonden West Gate – there is 24-hour security.
CAN I WALK/RUN IN WELGEVONDEN?
Welgevonden is home to the Big 5 and should not be approached.
DO YOU HAVE A SPA?
We offer in-room spa treatments.
IS THE LODGE LOCATED IN A MALARIA AREA?
No, we are in a Malaria-free area. This is the malaria risk map as released by the Department of Health:
WHAT IS THE DAILY ITINERARY?
Daily game drives take place in the mornings between 5h00 and 6h00 and in the afternoon at 15h00 or 16h00 and lasts approximately 2,5 – 3 hours. This may change due to weather and seasonal conditions. Breakfast is at 9h00 (dependent on game drive arrival), lunch 13h00, dinner 19h30.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK?
Sunscreen, insect repellent (don’t worry too much – we are a malaria free area), hat, bathing suit, closed shoes when walking between suites, warm clothing, reading material, binoculars. Cash / credit card should you want to buy something from our curio shop or would like to tip the staff.
WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE?
Relax, you are in the bush, we recommend practical and comfortable clothing; no need to dress to impress. Please remember warm clothes such as scarves, gloves, beanies and jackets; especially in Winter (May – September). May we suggest earthy and neutral colours in order to blend in with nature.
ARE CHILDREN ALLOWED?
Children older than 6 years are allowed but please contact us regarding our child policy.
WHAT SORT OF CLIMATE CAN I EXPECT?
The climate of the Waterberg area can be described as warm temperate with three distinct seasons. From May to July it is dry with mean daily maximum and minimum temperatures of 22.3°C and 2.6°C respectively. Ground frosts occur regularly, particularly in low-lying areas. From August to October, daily temperatures begin to rise, with mean daily maximum and minimum temperatures of 27.6 °C and 8.6°C respectively, and although generally dry, occasional thunderstorms develop.
The annual wet season extends from November to April, with mean daily maximum and minimum temperatures of 29.3°C and 14.5°C respectively.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?
This is a matter of personal choice but there is no good or bad time to visit.
Here are a few “Pros” of each season:
SUMMER (Nov – Feb)
• Lots of greenery and baby animals
• Good for colourful photography
• Pleasant early mornings and evenings with long days
AUTUMN (Feb – May)
• Crisp mornings, less rain
• Beautiful Autumn colours
• Animals are healthy
WINTER (May – Aug)
• Easy to spot wildlife
• Almost no rain
• Less insects and mosquitos
SPRING (Aug – Nov)
• Good birding time
• Great climate
• Nature is starting to blossom
• Fifty Seven Waterberg welcomes full board guests (excludes beverages, excludes Welgevonden daily conservation levy, inclusive of meals, inclusive of selected game drive beverages).
• Please note: Collection point is at the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve West Gate, where you must leave your vehicle. There is 24-hour security. Link to the West Gate: https://goo.gl/maps/p1qp4VaZEPVrPvkEA – please use the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve West Gate directions and not the lodge if you are using Google Maps.
• Check in time is at 13h30 at the Welgevonden West Gate Collection Point. Should a guest request a different collection time; an additional surcharge applies for their account, due to the remote location. Check out time is at 10h00. No private vehicles are permitted, which ensures minimal human impact and an ultimate wilderness experience.
• All beverages to be purchased on site
• Special diet meals upon request
• Daily housekeeping
• Gift shop on site
Welgevonden also offers landing facilities for light aircraft and helicopters by prior arrangement.
Common Areas – Swimming Pool:
Cool down and relax in the hot African sun and enjoy your favourite drink at our heated infinity pool while enjoying the sights and sounds of the tranquil African bush.
Common Areas – Curio Shop, Lounge, Bar, Dining Room and Boma:
At the main lodge area, meals are served in the dining room. Drinks can be enjoyed either at the cosy inside bar or the outside deck area with fire pit, which overlooks the waterhole. For a real South African treat, guests can unwind next to the boma fire under the spectacular Milky Way. The curio shop is stocked with an array of luxury clothing, trinkets, gifts and basic toiletries.
Conference Events and Weddings:
The lodge can be arranged for the purposes of catering, corporate retreats and breakaways. There are numerous "break- out" areas for brainstorming, workshops and idea generation. Small, intimate weddings can also be arranged.
Directions to Welgevonden West Gate:
1. Take the N1 North towards Polokwane
2. After the Engen garage at the Kranskop tollgate, take the R33 Modimolle / Marble Hall oframp and keep left towards Modimolle
3. Continue past Modimolle and Vaalwater
4. NB Please inform staf when you reach Vaalwater: +27(0)14 754 8930
5. At Vaalwater keep straight to Bulgerivier / Thabazimbi for about 46km (you will pass the Welgevonden Main Gate)
6. Turn left at the Schoongelegen gravel road
7. After about 17km, the West gate will be on your left West Gate GPS Coordinates: S 24° 14.586’ E 027° 43.080’
Please allow roughly 3 hours travel time from Pretoria
- Light lunch
- 2 game drives per day
- Collection is done at the West gate at 13h30 – any other collection time will be charged at R500
- Conservation fee
Springbok and Gemsbok: that we are busy installing Jacuzzis.
Our entire camp consists of five chalets which sleep two per chalet. Elegantly furnished chalets with a king-size bed that can be converted into a double or twin room and an en-suite bathroom. The unit is spacious and features a study desk and lounging chair. Large sliding doors exit onto a private sun deck where guests can enjoy the views of the African bush and game as they pass by. Included in each room are tea and coffee making facilities.
Full board to full private use with access to the entire lodge, Fifty Seven Waterberg can accommodate up to ten guests.
Suites are in excess of 80 square meters and are decorated with high class finishes, king size beds and private patios. Luxury Accommodation at it’s best.
Features: King beds, En-suite, Balcony/patio, Fan, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, Safe, No Smoking in Rooms, Hair Dryer
Please inform me if you will be taking the earlier check in time – but you still need to contact the lodge when you pass Vaalwater.
Additional collections will be done at an additional surcharge cost of R600.00
Please inform me of any dietary requirements/ special occasions.
57 Waterberg is perfectly positioned on the 35 000HA Welgevonden Game Reserve which is home to the Big Five, over 50 different mammals and over 300 species of birds. The Waterberg is a paradise of natural wildlife. Our experienced guide has vast knowledge of the Waterberg and all its animals, ensuring educational game drives and great sightings.
A 50% deposit must be paid to secure your booking and the outstanding balance must be settled before check in date. Please note prices exclude Welgevonden Private Game Reserve’s daily conservation and beverages.
Unfortunately, we do not accommodate children under the age of six (6) years unless the entire lodge is booked for exclusive use. Children aged 6 and older that are allocated a suite/bed will have first option on game drives, whereas children sharing a suite with their parents will only be able to go on a game drive if there is availability on the day. A seat is not guaranteed on the game vehicle. An extra bed can be set up in suite to accommodate up to two (2) small children in the suite with their parents.
Game drives operate in the early mornings and late afternoons when viewing is at its best. Enjoy a crisp morning game drive with the beauty of the rising African sun as well as an evening drive, where the animals can be viewed with the aid of a spotlight.
Game Drive Policy for Children
- Children under the age of 7 years will not be permitted on game drives unless the lodge has been booked out exclusively.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
- Special rates offered above are based on bookings for a minimum 2 night stay.
- Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Special Discounted Rates for International Residents are available on request.
- Rates exclude a Welgevonden Conservation Fee of R 130 per person per day, payable directly to the Lodge. Subject to change without prior notification.
- Guests will be collected at the West Gate of the Welgevonden in an open Land Rover at 14h00. Please contact the lodge once you reach Vaalwater and they will arrange for a guide to meet you.
- Gate transfers other than this allocated time must be requested in advance with management
- On the day of departure, guests will be transferred back to the West Gate at 10h00.
DEPOSITS & PRE PAYMENTS
- Cancellation less than 7 Days forfeit the full accommodation account
- Cancellation 7 – 14 Days forfeit 75% of the accommodation account
- Cancellation 15 – 21 Days forfeit 50% of the accommodation account
- Cancellation 22 – 30 Days forfeit 25% of the accommodation account
Payment on arrival is required at the hotel, should the accommodation not have been prepaid- unless a prior signed agreement has been negotiated. All major credit cards are accepted. You shall make good and be responsible for any damage occasioned to the Hotel which is as a direct result of your actions, irrespective of whether such damage is caused by your negligence, gross negligence or wilful conduct.
Food & Beverage:
All meals are included, selected beverages are included (breakfast beverages, selected local bar items on game drives) and all other beverages are to be purchased on site.
LUXURY WILDLIFE ACCOMMODATION – BIG 5
A Haven for Wildlife
While a stay at Fifty Seven Waterberg offers our visitors the ideal opportunity to chill out and relax, the Welgevonden Game Reserve, in which we are located, forms part of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, which was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. This area is thus home to an awesome array of flora and fauna. In addition, we offer the wildlife enthusiast the added benefit of being located in a malaria-free zone.
Besides the reserve’s status as one of the few locations in which it is possible to spot all of Africa’s iconic Big 5, the region also has more than 50 species of mammals. For the dedicated bird watchers, the region boasts in excess of 300 species of birds.
o ensure that our guests are able to enjoy the best possible wildlife experience, we also provide the services of a knowledgeable and experienced local guide.