Only two and a half hours away from Johannesburg is Rare Earth’s
luxury boutique lodges at Welgevonden Private Game Reserve in Waterberg, Limpopo: Ekuthuleni Lodge for a cozy family retreat or Tshwene Lodge for a romantic couple’s getaway.
Both Ekuthuleni and Tshwene are small lodges catering for a few, offering an intimate setting and versatile space for relaxation and feasting between game drives. Depending on the weather – next to a fire or outside on the sunny deck – breakfast, lunch and dinner is severed in different areas of the lodge. Golden hour is during sunrise and sunset, when game drives depart, safari lodgers begin and end the day in its most splendid hour – picture perfect scenes of the landscape, flourishing wildlife and nature.
Only two and a half hours away from Johannesburg is unfenced life where wildlife, the Big Five and the endangered live in peace and harmony with nature, which humans can experience too.
On arrival at Ekuthuleni Lodge we were introduced to the accommodating and friendly staff who became more than friendly faces – even Instagram followers – during the course of our stay. The lodge villas are a comfortable distance apart, each with en suite bathrooms and outside shower, views of the African landscape and wildlife, in an escapement of hills.
Continental breakfast waiting on the table and English breakfast ordered from the kitchen is on the menu for the first meal of the day which was severved in the lodge’s lounge with a chimney-lit fire due to foggy weather. When the sun came out for lunch – warm winter salads and tapas – was served on the outside viewing deck where one could spot a few Zebra at the watering-hole. A five star and five course feast was enjoyed for dinner, served in the main dining hall with a chimney-lit fire because even during African winters – when the sun is out – it is cold. The food was so delicious that my stomach often presided over my camera. An over abundance of food and gluttony is always a common trend and hot topic between guests on a safari holiday.
Apart from the numerous times tea and coffee is served (before, during and after game drives), breakfast, lunch and dinner, there is nothing much more to do than take in nature’s scene, lounge around and read a book. I personally like to take this time to download, edit and share my latest snaps with friends and family via Facebook and Instagram (@grace_in_the_mundane) which is possible in the main areas of the lodge with free and unlimited access to wifi.
Whether in one’s private space, communal lodge areas, or safari game drives, one can catch the sunrise and sunset, wildlife and wilderness in the 360 degree backdrop of the African landscape. Welgevonden is also a small reserve therefore it is impossible not to spot the abundance of wildlife. On our first game drive, as the sun was about to set, we were fortunate to see three sets of mother and baby rhino – a first for me and the other nine guests at Ekuthuleni. This was the highlight of my weekend, to witness Rhino grazing without fear, as well as learning about the reserve’s great anti-poaching efforts from our game driver Jonas. Seeing Ekuthuleni means “place of peace” and is a family lodge I found the baby and mother rhino theme fit perfectly into our experience.
Follow me on my next journey, on a romantic couple’s getaway, at Tshwene Lodge .