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Wild Ivory Eco lodge

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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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Welgevonden Game Reserve West Gate, Bulge River 7600 South Africa
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Daniel Johannes J wrote a review Apr 2017
9 contributions1 helpful vote
We just returned from,this gem of a lodge tucked away in the beautiful malaria free Waterberg mountains not too far from Jozi. the staff a super friendly and go the extra mile to,ensure that all the needs and wishes of each person in our group of 10 were met. We were lucky to have seen cheetah on an impala kill elephants surrounding our vehicle Hyena and their pups in a den,and much much more, oh and not to forget having a male lion roar just metered from our camp was truely amazing for all that witnessed it. We will be back all. Thanks Wild Ivory and staff for this unforgettable weekend with loved ones!!
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Date of stay: April 2017
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Thecdnman wrote a review Mar 2017
Alfred, Canada7 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed only 1 night, we were a group 10 including 5 teenage boys and one 9 year old. Great staff very well organized, the tents were perfect and the food was great. Safari was very cool and an amazing experience, this place i recommend for a great experience.
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Date of stay: March 2017
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DiSiMa wrote a review Sep 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution1 helpful vote
Myself and 5 friends have just spent a fantastic 2 nights at Wild Ivory Tented Camp. On this, my 2nd visit, we managed to get away mid-week for a much needed break. Luckily we had the camp completely to ourselves this time. Being greeted at West Gate (remember to call after leaving Vaal Water), I was surprised that Herbert – our top-notch game ranger – remembered me from my last visit. How welcoming. Right after leaving west Gate, we bumped into a herd of 28 elephant. Finally they moved off the road, and let us carry on to our lodge, arriving to a warm welcome. The lodge is in one of the most secluded part of the park. Hidden away in the North-West, we didn’t see another vehicle in our area. Only after a while of driving did we come across the other lodges’ vehicles. The lodge
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Date of stay: September 2016
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AR-Weston wrote a review Sep 2016
Pretoria, South Africa13 contributions2 helpful votes
I have recently spent one night at the Wild Ivory Eco Lodge in the Welgevonden Game Reserve. The lodge is quite plush and the food was excellent but I was not entirely satisfied. The main problem in my opinion is the reserve itself and the lax protocols that are observed by the various game drive vehicles operating in the reserve. I saw behaviour on the vehicles that was not very acceptable: people calling to animals, people standing up or impetuously getting off game vehicles, game vehicles stopped and having coffee at water holes (thereby impeding the natural flow of animals), and terribly young children screaming. This made the reserve feel like the worst southern part of Kruger National Park rather than a private reserve. As for the Wild Ivory Eco Lodge game vehicle, it was
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Date of stay: September 2016
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Response from WildIvory, Owner at Wild Ivory Eco lodge
Responded 04 Oct 2016
Dear Anthony We thank you for taking the time to send feedback on your experience, all feedback is used constructively to improve our services or compliment our staff and keep them motivated. You have specified that your main concern was the lax protocols on the reserve relating to game viewers and the reserve itself. While we respect this was your experience a once off visit for one night has not left you with an accurate impression of what Welgevonden is about or what almost all visitors to Welgevonden experience. The reserve has some of the most stringent conservation principles and protocols in place and these include a maximum of 4 vehicles in any game sighting, no driving off-road to reduce disturbance on the animals and the environment. All game viewers are green in colour, only one game viewer per 10 bed lodge to ensure the reserve is not overly busy, all persons driving on the reserve must have completed the welgevonden orientation course and all guides are Figasa qualified. These protocols among others have in the main allowed for an exclusive game viewing experience in a true wilderness setting and very much opposite to what you describe. On many occasions you can drive for hours without seeing another vehicle. Your experience was really an exception to the rule but it will be sent on to the reserve management and considered by ourselves. We believe your point regards the calling in of rhino is valid and it has come under discussion previously but it is important to know that Welgevonden has an exceptional record in terms of Rhino conservation and protection, possibly the best record of any reserve in Southern Africa. The radio channel is private whereas raising this on a public forum may also put the rhino at risk and may be it is in everyone's interest to delete this part of the post. Again this will be sent to reserve management for consideration.
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Bigfix wrote a review May 2016
Johannesburg24 contributions2 helpful votes
We bought a groupon voucher and went for a 2 night stay. From the booking to the end the service was great. Me, my wife and 1 year old son stayed in the Luxury tent. We new from the start we could not take him on the game drives so we made turns. there is not alot to do for kids but it was nice spending alot of time with them. The staff even took him sometimes when we ate and "babysat" and let me and my wife eat a hot meal together which is a change (People with babies will understand) Game drive was long but interesting and the elephant did come and drink water from the pool just like in the pics on there website. Only problem we had was the gas water heater did not work sometimes but the staff sorted this out. Food, staff, facilities etc was great.
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Date of stay: April 2016
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South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceWaterbergBulge River
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