Welgevonden is home to over 50 different mammals, including the Big Five, and boasts one of the largest populations of white rhino on a private reserve anywhere in Africa. There are rare and unusual species too, such as brown hyena, aardwolf and aardvark – all best seen at night. The grassy plains abound with antelope from the largest eland to the diminutive duiker, and cheetah, lion and leopard are always close by. It is the diversity of habitat on the reserve that encourages such a wide range of wildlife as well as over 300 bird species, including rare blue cranes. Welgevonden protects a unique and special environment and the reserve’s management is deeply committed to ongoing conservation research and development.
No private vehicles are permitted, which ensures minimal human impact and the ultimate wilderness experience. Historically, wildlife on the reserve has never been hunted so game viewing is always up close and personal. The Waterberg, with its many privately owned game reserves, game lodges and commercial agricultural farms, has been a well-kept secret for a long time but is fast becoming the destination of preference for local and international guests. Welgevonden is certainly one of the finest places to watch wildlife, sense wilderness and touch the spirit of true Africa.