iBhubesi Private Game Lodge

iBhubesi Private Game Lodge

Off R33 Site 23, Welgevonden Game Reserve 5083 South Africa
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IBhubesi Private Game Lodge is a self catering game lodge situated in the Welgevonden Big 5 Game Reserve it is situated approximately 260km north of Sandton in Johannesburg South Africa in the Limpopo Province. Welgevonden Game reserve is in the malaria-free zone of the Waterberg Region in Limpopo Province.
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Property amenities
Free public parking nearby
Pool
Bar / lounge
Entertainment staff
Patio
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Secured parking
Outdoor pool
Mosquito net
Laundry service
Room features
Desk
Dining area
Fireplace
Seating area
Oven
Stovetop
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
Room types
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Off R33 Site 23, Welgevonden Game Reserve 5083 South Africa
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Beagle09 wrote a review Feb 2021
Columbus, Ohio311 contributions21 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We traveled to iBhubesi as a last minute side trip on a family visit to Johannesburg. The lodge is a 40 minute game drive from the entrance of the Welgevonden Nature Reserve. It is self catering so we meal planned and brought all our food/drinks with us, the truck has a large trailer that fit all our luggage and food/drinks without any difficulty. The drive in and out is beautiful, once we got to the lodge itself we were in complete privacy other than the onsite house staff and driver. There is no wifi, it is truly amazing to be off the grid. We were a family of ten, 2 grandparents, 4 parents and 4 kids ages 8-13. There are 5 bedroom lodges and a main house with the amazing pool. Kids lived in the pool while we were there. The bedrooms are gorgeous and the beds are very comfortable. The sleeping lodges are nicely secluded from each other for privacy. The outdoor showers are amazing, we wish we could replicate it at home! The lodge sits on the edge of a beautiful open grass plain. We saw Warthogs, Zebra, Impala, Rhino and Lion from our back deck on a daily basis. We actually saw the lions go for a Zebra kill, baby Zebra somehow out ran the lady lions that day! The twice daily game drives with Ellard were wonderful. He is knowledgable and easy to chat with. The house staff - Hilda(Chef), Connely(Grounds keeper) and Jenene(house keeper) were lovely and did a great job. We provided meal plans for dinner and they were executed to perfection. They also managed a great breakfast when we returned from our morning drives. We chose to manage easy lunches ourselves. The staff was professional and managed Covid precautions seamlessly. We all felt safe and well taken care of. We had a fabulous visit and would most definitely return again.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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RobK1000 wrote a review Feb 2020
Bath, United Kingdom22 contributions6 helpful votes
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We loved absolutely everything about Ibubhesi and it’s fabulous staff. As a family of 5, with adult children, this was the absolute best way to spend 6 days together. Set deep in the game reserve, we watched zebra, rhino and warthogs from our panoramic balcony and had a regular visiting elephant at our swimming pool. The bedrooms are separate chalets in the grounds. We’ve stayed in everything from tented camps to stunning, modern lodges in other reserves in SA. Ibubhesi is neither of these. It has a kind of rustic charm that is entirely appropriate to its setting.
As a reserve, Welgevonden is one of the most gorgeous places we’ve been, with so much variety thanks to its mountainous terrain. Quite apart from plentiful sightings of lion, cheetah and elephant, we loved the bird life which is exceptional in January, although of course the weather is mixed in the summer months and you’ll need to be prepared for some rain.
At the lodge, Hilda, Jeanine and Conley were welcoming, immensely friendly, gracious and seem to keep the lodge spotless. Nothing was too much trouble for them. And our guide Hendrik was absolutely first class - charming, highly experienced and immensely knowledgable.
We couldn’t recommend it more.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Lisa M wrote a review Mar 2023
Grabels, France7 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An incredible experience !!!
Everything was just perfect, the cooks, the ranger, all the staff was very professional and so nice with us ! The lodge is beautiful and always clean thanks to the staff and the menus are deliciously cooked...
We spent one intense week with game drives each morning and each late afternoon; the game reserve is absolutely amazing.
This trip was unforgetable and we truely hope to be able to come back soon !
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Manuel F wrote a review Jan 2023
Arma di Taggia, Italy13 contributions
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I have often been on safari and in multiple Game Lodges in South Africa, but a place like iBubesi i have not experienced in my life yet.
iBhubesi is a place in heaven. After a 40-Minute drive from the main entrance of the Welgevonden Game Reserve we arrived at this stunning lovely game lodge. The huts next to the Main House are lovely decorated, spacious and the nicest is the outside shower! The Staff is incredible, it is a feeling of coming home. Hilda, Janine, and Conley were fantastic, ensuring the rooms were cleaned daily and serving the menu we requested to perfection. Experiences like having a glass of white Crispy wine at the fire and watching Rhino is just spectacular. Or lying in the Pool and viewing all the Game (Rhino, Zebras, Elephants,...) is not to put in words. The game drives with Ellrand were every time very fascinating. We got so much information about the animals and could see a lot of them. We had a lovely visit with fabulous people.
To make it short, spending time at iBhubesi is like being in heaven. We will surely go back again and spend some high-quality time.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Eugene_Hugo wrote a review Jan 2023
Centurion, South Africa44 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Loved our trip to iBhubesi, would highly recommend! The location is perfect when compared to other lodges in Welgevonden, a lot of great sighting in front of the lodge and then a short drive away.

Ellard is one of the most passionate rangers I have met and a big thanks to Herry, Linda and the rest of the team, the food was amazing and the service was perfect.

We will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Kate J wrote a review Jun 2017
36 contributions10 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My friends and I had the most amazing long weekend at iBhubesi! The staff were incredible. The lodge itself is absolutely stunning and in a perfect location. I would definitely recommend this place for anyone looking to go to Welgevonden. Can't wait to plan my next trip to iBhubesi!
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Date of stay: June 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from CraigGett, Manager at iBhubesi Private Game Lodge
Responded 21 Jun 2017
Hi Kate, Thanks for the awesome review and very glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. iBhubesi is indeed a special place and we look forward to having you again. I will pass on your comments to the staff who will certainly appreciate the feedback. Regards Craig
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Greet D wrote a review Jul 2015
Cape Town9 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have visited more than 20 different game reserves over the years and this remains our favourite. It really feels like home. From the moment Simon welcomes you at the main gate to the moment you enter the spacious cosy warm lodge overlooking the plains. You are made to feel special and welcome. Simon is an institution with his enormous knowledge and love for the bush. He relates so well to adults and kids alike. Hilda is an amazing cook. Even our fussy youngest daughter loves her cooking. And Conley is a master at "braaivleis".
The Waterberg is probably also one of the most beautiful areas of South Africa and we have had great animal sightings there.
In fact we would like to keep Ibhubesi our very own little secret but then again it woudn't be right not to share such a wonderful place. It is our very happy place.
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Date of stay: July 2015
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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56Awj123 wrote a review May 2015
Johannesburg, South Africa6 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were a group of 6 young adults and stayed for two nights - definitely could have stayed one or two nights longer. Staying at IBhubesi completed our safari experience - as we relaxed by the pool during the day we saw lion on the hunt from the decking, just missed elephants drinking from the pool and saw a host of buck and warthogs.

The rooms were all spacious and were kept clean throughout our stay by the great team. We were given food ideas by the lodge before we went and were amazed by the quality of cooking and culinary ideas from Hilda the cook.

The game drives were the highlight for us all - Simon was an intelligent, interesting and humorous guide. Of course the game viewing was fantastic but it was made even more enjoyable by Simon's company, personable character and good humour.

I highly recommend iBhubesi!
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Date of stay: May 2015
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Rose S wrote a review Apr 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa17 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Firstly, Welgevonden game reserve is magnificent. Just over 2,5 hours drive from Johannesburg and malaria free. We also saw an amazing amount of game - the big 5 plus brilliant cheetah sightings. The rooms at this lodge are spacious , well equipped and very comfortable. The staff are an absolute pleasure. Nelson, the game ranger is one of the best I have experienced and I have been to many game lodges. he is knowledgeable and just a nice person. Hilda (Executive chef) and her team also contributed to our experience by cooking all our meals on a self catering basis.Would definitely go back to this lodge and intend taking my children and grandchildren. One of the positive features of I Bhubesi is that it caters for children . Overall, highly recommended.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: All the rooms are good but check which ones have double beds and those that have single beds.
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Rod B wrote a review Apr 2019
Pretoria, South Africa39 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family (two grandparents, three families and six grandchildren - 14 in all)) have just returned from iBhubesi after a wonderful family reunion. iBhubesi was a fantastic option that made for three days that will be long remembered by all - both young and old. Welgevonden Game Reserve has the Big 5 and iBhubesi Game Lodge has the Big 4 = Nelson, Conley, Hilda and Jeaneen. Informative game drives, tasty meals, smiles all round and gracious hosts. Standout service, delicious muffins and the best outside showers. All in all, highly recommended.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Chocolate74 asked a question Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom636 contributions396 helpful votes
We are staying at the sister lodge Morala lodge but cannot find this lodge on Tripadvisor?
Rose S wrote a tip Apr 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa17 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms are good but check which ones have double beds and those that have single beds."
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davidfam wrote a tip Oct 2018
Johannesburg, South Africa5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All chalets identical"
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Philippa wrote a tip Apr 2018
Johannesburg, South Africa353 contributions202 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Suite furtherest away from the main area is the most private."
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865jody wrote a tip Feb 2018
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms appear to be the same - for extra quiet rooms 1 and 5 are more secluded but a longer walk from the main lodge."
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Siddhant M wrote a tip Oct 2017
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"best views, best guide, perfect hospitality"
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Frequently Asked Questions about iBhubesi Private Game Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at iBhubesi Private Game Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, a lounge, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at iBhubesi Private Game Lodge?
Top room amenities include a desk, a dining area, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at iBhubesi Private Game Lodge?
Guests can enjoy a lounge and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at iBhubesi Private Game Lodge?
Yes, free public parking nearby and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at iBhubesi Private Game Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does iBhubesi Private Game Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, iBhubesi Private Game Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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