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Makweti Safari Lodge, Welgevonden Game Reserve 0530 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 20/08/25 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20/08/25 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 20 Speciality lodging in Welgevonden Game Reserve
Situated in the heart of Big 5 wilderness terrain, Makweti Safari Lodge offers five individual, intimate and luxurious suites, some with a private plunge pool. The lodge offers fine dining overlooking the panoramic bush surroundings and is a member of the by-invitation-only Chaine des Rotisseurs (a hallmark of fine cuisine). The camp is unfenced bringing elephant, lion, rhino and other wildlife to the surrounding waterholes on your doorstep. The game drive safaris are conducted in open safari vehicles with expert guides assuring an astounding experience of the diverse wildlife in the reserve, including the big 5. Other facilities available at the lodge for guests use include the outdoor swimming pool, lounge area, spa and art gallery.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Full body massage
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Public wifi
Paid internet
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Neck massage
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans


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Makweti Safari Lodge, Welgevonden Game Reserve 0530 South Africa
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Alec R wrote a review 18 Jan
London, United Kingdom3 contributions
We had the best time at Makweti Safari Lodge! We were so well looked after by Neil, his wife and everyone else on site. Neil's knowledge, attitude (to everything in life!) and hosting was unbelievable. Both the location of the lodge and the room itself were amazing and all the meals were exquisite! Having been originally recommended Makweti by family, I would pass on and highly recommend here to anyone looking to go on safari. Thank you!
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Makweti Reservations, General Manager at Makweti Safari Lodge
Responded 4 days ago
Thank you for your review. We're delighted that Makweti was part of your honeymoon. We hope to be part of an anniversary celebration in future Best wishes from the Makweti Team
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773nadia wrote a review Oct 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
My stay at Makweti Safari Lodge was humbling and life changing! Neil's outstanding knowledge of the animals and plants was inspiring. However, more inspiring than that was his humble respect for all living beings, large or small, and the environment around him, which makes a person realise how we should all be better humans.... Every mouthful of food was absolutely delicious! I am highly recommending Makweti to all who want to hear and will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Shantellebooysen wrote a review Sep 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa64 contributions53 helpful votes
We booked a lodge in the same park for our 20 year anniversary at Clifftops who canceled our reservation the night before we flew to Johannesburg. The team at Makweti came to the rescue and made our anniversary the most memorable experience of a lifetime. This lodge is not ultra-modern and is built of stones with thatch but the beauty of Makweti is that it has a focus on the two most important things. The culinary experience, which is indescribable... from impala bites to passion fruit creme brulee. and of course the safari experience. Our guide served morning coffee while we watched the elephants and again sundowners while we watched the animals play. The rooms are perfect and if you are lucky you will have an elephant come and drink from your private splash pool. For our anniversary dinner a private little table was set by candlelight in the library... how thoughtful. What struck me the most was how clean and well looked after everything was. Nothing was old and outdated because of Covid. You often see older cutlery or staff uniforms or blankets after Covid, but Makweti has kept the 5-star standard. Interesting fact. The lodges in the area may employ 7 staff members for a specific stand, Makweti bought two stands so they could employ double the staff for a better guest experience. That way your Safari vehicle is never full, you have your own driver, food is prepared faster, and more. This is definitely a lodge I will return to and the fact that more than 80% of the clients are return customers speak for itself. Well done on keeping up the standard Makweti.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Room Tip: Ask if you want a room with a private pool and you can tell them if you want the suite that is...
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jacques wrote a review Jun 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
Amazing 2 nights at Makweti and Welgevonden. Incredible game viewing in this beautiful part of our country, the Waterberg. There are very special people working at this small lodge - an incredible chef Philip and his team, Josphat a wonderful ranger and host to us / knowledgeable, friendly, lots of humour and management team Neill and Jessica who lead their team with such respect. I normally never rate our stays , but this experience is worth sharing. Life is too short not to treat yourselves.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
torsionbar wrote a review Jun 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa18 contributions1 helpful vote
Perfect lodge, delicious food, wonderful friendly team and marvellous game drives. The attention to detail was exceptional, hot water bottles placed on the seat of the vehicle for game drives, a carafe of port waiting for us in the room and many more small touches that added to the luxury experience
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: Rooms are amazing and better than the photographs convey
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US$572 - US$877 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Makweti Safari Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Makweti Safari Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Makweti Safari Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Makweti Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Makweti Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Makweti Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Makweti Safari Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Makweti Safari Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Makweti Safari Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.