Welgevonden Big Five Game Reserve (1995)

Waterberg, Limpopo Province, South Africa

Among private game reserves, Welgevonden has few equals. Hidden deep in the foothills of the Waterberg, Welgevonden is a private Eden of over 26 000 hectares of unspoiled wilderness. Once a hunting and cattle ranch, over time its natural abundance of wildlife was complemented by the introduction of the Big Five, the result of one of the largest game relocation programmes ever undertaken on private land.

Welgevonden is a popular safari destination. It is only a two and a half hour drive north of OR Tambo Airport, in a malaria free area. Over 50 owners have freehold title to 500 hectares and traversing rights on over 26 000 hectares of the Reserve's numerous habitats. Developed in partnership with Rand Merchant Bank and the Du Plessis family, Welgevonden is a rare example of how areas of Africa's wilderness can be enhanced and protected through innovative project development.