In the Wild – Big 5 Safari

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In the Wild – Big 5 Safari

  • Early Morning/Evening Guided Game Drives
  • Big 5 Game/Bird Viewing
  • Majestic Waterberg Bushveld (inniebos)
  • Tswana Culture & Art Experiences
  • Al Fresco Wine Tasting
  • Boma Braai

In the Wild
Big 5 Safari

Passionate about nature, wildlife and the great outdoors? Love rustic bush walks, log fires and stargazing? Then this safari is for you!   Your en-suite chalet accommodation with decadent outdoor shower, adjoins a private game lodge with log fires for chilly evenings and an azure pool for hot days. Situated in the majestic Waterberg, in a Big 5 game reserve teeming with wildlife.  Fitness Levels Required: our guests need to be able to climb in and out of an open-top game drive vehicle. We will be at the same lodge for 4 nights on this safari – accommodation details/locations on the EBrochure. Max 8 Places!

2024/2025 DATES/PRICES

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2024 (4 Night)2025 (4 Night)
Mon 28 Oct – Fri 1 NovMon 27 Oct – Fri 31 Oct
* R14,212 pp sharing
* R16,400 pp solo
* R15,633 pp sharing
* R17,220 pp solo
4 nights – 5 days


Welgevonden Game Reserve, Main (East) Gate, near Vaalwater Limpopo

Arrive no later than 14:00. Park in the main car park at the gate. Your vehicle will remain here for the duration of the safari. We will meet our guide here and we will drive from the main gate to our lodge in an open safari vehicle – game drive en route! Please note: Late arrivals will need to pay for an additional transfer from main gate to the lodge – so please don’t be late!


Welgevonden Game Reserve, Main (East) Gate

We will leave the lodge at 08:30 and return via open safari vehicle to the main gate (approx. 2hr transfer) where your vehicle will be parked.

If you don’t have your own transport please see ‘Safari Excludes’ section below

Itinerary IN THE WILD BIG 5 (4 Nights)

* = Optional (Own Account)

All accommodation is on a Bed, Brunch and Dinner basis. Lunches included are listed in the itinerary below.

All accommodation includes bed linen and towels. Coffee/tea facilities and WiFi are available at the lodge. Limited laundry facilities are available*

Day 1:  Meet in Vaalwater
  • 1-2pm Meet at Welgevonden Game Reserve Main (East) Gate and park your vehicle.  Relax - you are in the bushveld!
  • 2-3pm Meet the group and the guide. Transfer to Lodge in open game drive vehicle - enjoy game drive en-route.
  • Check in & Chill - the lodge will be your home for 4 nights.
  • 4pm Late Afternoon guided game drive/sundowner
  • Dinner
Day 2:  Lodge & Game Drives
  • Early game drive - stop for coffee/rusks/muffins
  • Brunch
  • Relax at the lodge
  • Afternoon Tea/Coffee/Cakes
  • Afternoon game drive  & sundowner
  • Dinner
Day 3: Art & Culture Day
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Main Gate - Enjoy Game Drive en route
  • Meet our hosts for the Vaalwater Art & Culture Trail - immerse yourself into the world of Tswana culture, hear about the journey of the local healer, meet the chief and enjoy the traditional beer and a chisanyama lunch whilst you enjoy the vibrant dancing!
  • Transfer back to the lodge and enjoy game drive en-route
  • Sundowners & Dinner
Day 4:  Lodge & Game Drives
  • Early game drive - stop for coffee/rusks/muffins
  • Brunch
  • Relax at the lodge
  • Afternoon Tea/Coffee/Cakes
  • Afternoon game drive  & sundowner
  • Enjoy  a slide show - Best photos from the week!
  • Boma Braai Dinner
Day 5: Farwells & Travel Home
  • Breakfast & Final Farewells
  • Check Out - depart 08:30
  • Transfer to Main Gate - enjoy game drive en route (arrive main gate approx. 10:30)
  • Travel home

Safaris Include:

All accommodation, meals, activities and highlights as specified in the itinerary for each Safari unless specified as (Optional).
Guidance on what to bring will be provided following deposit payment, or on request.

Safaris Exclude:

Alcoholic and soft drinks, Tips for guides, Travel insurance, Conservation/community fees, Items of a personal nature and Travel to, from and between Safari locations.
If you don’t have your own transport and would like to ‘Transfer with Us’ to, from and between safari locations => please click here for guidance and prices
(this will open a new page in your browser).
For this Safari – the ‘transfer with us’ option starts/ends at O.R Tambo.

What are Arrival/Departure Times - if you are traveling with us?

Please refer to our 'Transfer with Us' Guidance:

For 2024: Transfer with Us guidance 2024

For 2025:  Transfer with Us guidance 2025

What are Arrival/Departure Times - if you are NOT traveling with us?

  • Aim to arrive at first safari location by 15:00. See each Safari website for guidance on this.
  • Departure on final day is up to you - we will schedule breakfast (or breakfast box) based on group members.
  • Please contact us for directions to the start location for each safari.

Will we be sleeping in a tent?

We generally use lodges, cottages and country hotels. On our 'In the Wild Big 5' Safari we sometimes use tented camps - but these are permanent, en-suite, very comfortable tents!

Are bed linen and towels provided?


Are toiletries provided?

Not at all locations. Where they are provided they are basic soap/shampoo. We suggest you bring your own.  Please remember to limit plastic waste!

Is there electricity?

Not in all locations. Where it is needed - yes.  For all locations, please bring a torch!

Is there WiFi?

There is very little WiFi at any of our locations. Where it is provided it will be in a central location and bandwidth is limited.

Dietary Requirements?

Vegan and vegetarian diets and preferences can be catered for - but severe food allergies cannot. Please contact us if you are unsure.

Are there laundry services at the locations?

There are limited laundry services at all our locations for a small charge - but water is in short supply. Please try to bring all you need for the week, or be prepared to do a little hand washing.

What clothes to bring?

For Namaqualand (September)

  • Shoes
    • Light walking boots
    • Trainers
    • Sandals for evening/relaxing
  • Long trousers for hiking
  • Layers - T-shirts (long and short sleeved), light jackets, warm fleecies
  • Sunhat, Sun glasses, Sun Protection Cream

For Cape (June):

  • As above - it can be cold and wet in June - so layers are important

For In the Wild (June):

  • This is in Limpopo - and early/late game drives can be very cold in the open safari vehicles - suggest in addition to the list above - also pack in gloves, scarf, and thick jacket.

What else to bring?

  • Day Pack
  • Torch
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars for our 'In the Wild Big 5' Safari
  • Bird/Mammal/Flower/Star gazing guides - depending on your interests. We do have our own experienced guides and guide books at each location.
  • On our Cape and In the Wild Safaris there are swimming pools at the locations. They are not heated, so will be cold. But if you are braver than we are - pack a swimming costume 😊


What NOT to bring?

  • Excess valuables/accessories
  • Smart evening wear - our tours and locations are all very casual

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