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Wild Ivory Eco lodge

Welgevonden Game Reserve West Gate, Bulge River 7600 South Africa
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Wild Ivory Big 5 Game Lodge is situated in Welgevonden Game Reserve in the malaria-free Limpopo Province, South Africa. This exclusive tented bush lodge is located in one of the ‘sweeter’ bushveld areas of the well-established Big 5 Game Reserve, right in the heart of the UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. The pristine Waterberg biosphere is one of South Africa’s least populated areas and one of the best wildlife areas in Southern Africa. Apart from seeing the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo), guests at Welgevonden can also enjoy over 50 species of mammal and more than 300 bird species. The reserve is also well known for its rhinoceros and cheetah sightings. Wild Ivory is one of the few lodges in South Africa which is eco-friendly and has a low impact on the environment. Guests are accommodated in luxury tents with stunning views and spacious, well-appointed bathrooms.
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LolzP wrote a review Jun 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
Visiting Wild Ivory Eco Lodge, and seeing all the beautiful animals and biodiversity, Welgevonden Game Reserve really is a true gem. Wild Ivory is located in the middle of the bush and it allows a person to truly understand and respect the nature around them. Looking back at all the photographs I had taken, each one is worth a thousand words, but another aspect of this incredible trip also deserves a thousand words. . . the people who make sure the trip is worth it. To the five people who welcomed us at Wild Ivory Eco Lodge. Gina is the chef at Wild Ivory. Eating her food was as if I were at home having one of my mother's home-cooked meals. Each day, the excitement grew waiting to see what she would cook. Our mouths would water just waiting in anticipation. But enough about the food... Can we talk about the wonderful guide named Herbert? Every morning and every afternoon, Herbert was waiting (with a fully kitted out game-viewing vehicle) to take us on our game drives. Each drive better than the previous one. His knowledge of the bush and the animals is so vast, that all we could do was listen in amazement. Not only did we view the animals, but we learnt so much and had impeccable company. Finally, to Lazarus, Nomsa and Sara. Whilst relaxing back at camp, these three incredible people ensured that every need was met. Their friendly smiles and hospitable welcoming each day was so nice. There are not enough words to describe the immense amount of appreciation I have for the staff at Wild Ivory for making the whole experience so fantastic. This lodge is the epitome of luxury, comfort and a real bush experience. Definitely will be going back!
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Date of stay: June 2021
Graham B wrote a review Jun 2021
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We stayed at Wild Ivory Eco Lodge from 13th to 16th June 2021. It was a fantastic experience and we found the staff to be most humble and willing. I could not help but see the negative report from Lara R with disbelief as this was not the experience we had at all. During our stay the Elephants also broke the water-pipe late at night which meant that there was a water issue in the morning. To be fair these things can happen at a Game Lodge at any time but the staff fixed this problem while we were out on the morning drive and we were able to shower on our return. We also had the power going off at 22H00 pm as the lodge runs off solar power and if there are quite a few guests using hairdryers etc... this can cause same to happen but there is a power back-up Generator that can be turned on. Perhaps the staff could have mentioned this to the Lara R group to be fair. We opted not to have the Generator on because it was already 22H00 pm and not an issue for us. While we were there, the oven mentioned in Lara R report was working but broke after 1 days stay. The staff reacted immediately and an Electrician/Repair person arrived at the lodge to try and fix it. It was established that a certain part was required from the OEM and a request was put in to get the part. From what i understand this part was not easy to procure and had to come from JHB - i think that complaining about the oven etc... is just unfortunate timing for the Lara R Group because of the lead-time required to fix same. This being said... the oven not working did not affect our ability to cook our meals as the rest of the oven was working ie Gas tops etc... so we just cooked our meals that way - no real issues. Having stayed at Wild Ivory on numerous occasions, I have to say that we have never experienced what the Lara R Group is reporting. I would not heed this report at all. Wild Ivory remains one of the best value Big 5 Game Lodges in RSA in my opinion.
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Date of stay: June 2021
750katherinec wrote a review Apr 2021
JHB69 contributions11 helpful votes
A real little gem! We did the top unit - amazing views Lovely kitchen patio and lounge The bathroom was lovely Great fire pit (needs the weird spike removing from the middle - it’s less than ideal in the dark) The game is always amazing The team super, Herbert next time hyena 😃 Dinner and lunch was lovely! We hope to be back soon
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Waterberg Reserve, Marketing at Wild Ivory Eco lodge
Responded 06 Apr 2021
HI Katherine, Thank you so much for the feedback and your great review. The pole on the fire plinth was previously used for an adjustable braai grid, until a young elephant bull used it as a rubbing post and bent the pole. It's a valid point and we will remove as you suggest, as it can no longer be used. Bets regards Julie
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Desire G wrote a review Mar 2021
8 contributions1 helpful vote
We booked the lodge out as a group in January. The lodge itself is very simple and comfortable. The tents and communal areas could do with a bit of a deep clean and a bit of a revamp. Herbert, our ranger was great and very knowledgeable (and very patient). My only gripe is the food... There is an option to self cater, and I wish we had. The food was disappointing. For a small camp with only 10 guests, I would have expected something a little more creative and tasty. Go for self catering if you have the option.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from Waterberg Reserve, Marketing at Wild Ivory Eco lodge
Responded 06 Apr 2021
HI Desire, Thank you for taking the time to send us constructive feedback. We are glad that you had a good stay and enjoyed the game drives with Herbert. We change our menu every few months , so its always helpful to get feedback from our guests so that we can make the necessary changes. We have new personal involved and we will be running a new menu from April, we are confident that there will be an improvement in the meals and will offer excellent value with our catering option. Bets regards Julie
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H Sutherland wrote a review Jan 2021
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Wild Ivory has the perfect balance between luxury and wild. The luxury lies in the beautiful clean tented rooms, outdoors shower, chef and staff on hand at all times and the wild lies in the unfenced camp, camp visits from the elephants and the top class game drives. Game sightings included cheetah with cubs, lions, buffalo, eland, lots and lots of rhino which was of course very special. Herbert is a great guide and put up with all the birding questions, knowing all the answers. Gina, Alfius, Lazarus and the whole staff team went out of their way to make our lives comfortable. We could not help staying an extra day. We can recommend this lodge to everyone - real value for money too! We loved it.
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Date of stay: December 2020
Response from Waterberg Reserve, Marketing at Wild Ivory Eco lodge
Responded 12 Jan 2021
Dear Hettie, Thank you for your review and your kind words! Warm regards form the Wild Ivory Team
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US$251 - US$312 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceWaterbergBulge River
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wild Ivory Eco lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Wild Ivory Eco lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Wild Ivory Eco lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Wild Ivory Eco lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Wild Ivory Eco lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.