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Why did we hand pick Kololo Game Lodge?

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  • Elegant and comfortable accommodation caters for a variety of budgets
  • Right next to the Welgevonden Reserve for a Big 5 safari
  • Guided walks, cycling and horseback riding available, and numerous attractions in the region

Kololo Game Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

38km from Vaalwater


-24.3809, 27.8608


The 3000 hectare Kololo Game Reserve is home to a diverse array of ‘safe’ wildlife, affording guests the opportunity to explore the beautiful bushveld scenery at their leisure, using the lodge’s African-style chalets and villas as private, comfortable bases.

The thatched accommodation ranges from economy chalets, to luxury villas that can sleep up to six guests, meaning that all budgets and needs are taken care of, with one of the two-bed standard chalets being wheelchair friendly. Five standard twin chalets with open-plan living areas and kitchens are perfect for couples, while the lodge offers a number of options for families and groups. All lodgings have verandahs where guests can relax and connect with the sights, sounds and smells of the bushveld.

The standard rates include dinner and breakfast, and a 1.5 hour morning or afternoon Kololo game drive on the reserve. On request, self-catering can be arranged in all except the economy chalets.

Built by the original owner of the reserve in 1916, the old farmhouse has been converted into the Oom Piet chalet, a lovely family chalet overlooking the green grass stretching down to the Kololo River. Guests sleep in double and twin bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms. Lion is another family chalet which sleeps five, and features a terrace with views over the neighbouring Welgevonden Game Reserve, home to the Big Five.

The five double-storey villas each offer guests a luxurious bushveld home, boasting a range of amenities that make for a very entertaining stay. Sleeping four, five or six guests, each house has outdoor showers to go with the en-suite bathrooms, along with spacious living areas, fireplaces and outdoor braai areas.

Wide verandahs and balconies showcase views of the indigenous vegetation, birds and animals, while being conveniently close to the swimming pool and restaurant. Perfect for unwinding in complete privacy, the deluxe villa has the luxury of its own swimming pool and an outdoor boma.

The number of things to do on the reserve will keep kids and adults busy for days on end. Facilities at the lodge include a restaurant serving delicious South African breakfasts, lunches and dinners, along with a bar area and fireplace-lit lounge. To spice things up, breakfasts and braais in the middle of the bush are regularly organised by the lodge. Hot days can be spent languishing in the pool or reclining on the deck. 

The reserve encompasses grassland, bushveld, mountains and valleys, with wildlife including a variety of mammals and more than 300 species of birds. These can be viewed on guided morning and afternoon drives or walks (at no extra cost) with an informed ranger. Cycling and hiking are perfectly safe activities, while horseback safaris are a thoroughly entertaining way to explore the bush.

Groups with special interests can arrange birding safaris, photographic courses or tracking courses. The Welgevonden Game Reserve is reached via a gate at the back of the lodge, and offers some exceptional Big Five safaris. Children will delight in the educational kids safari, and the lodge has a fun-filled special events programme to keep the little ones further occupied. A babysitting service is also available. 

Guests can visit the De Wildt Shingwedzi Cheetah & Wildlife Ranch and the Marekele National Park, or get a slice of culture by going on a tour to a traditional village and township. The lodge also encourages guests to experience the amazing performances of the Bokamoso Dance Group. Transfers to all these attractions can be arranged.

Rates & Summary

2 Economy Chalets

Each sleeps 2 in twin or double beds
Bushbuck has loft with 2 single beds
Impala has en-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Bushbuck has en-suite shower

5 Standard Twin Chalets

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
Bathroom with shower
Outside covered patio with kitchen
Verandah with garden views

2 Family Standard Chalets

Oom Piet sleeps 4 in double and twin bedrooms
Each bedroom has en-suite bathroom
Lion sleeps 5 in 2 twin rooms and loft
Bathroom with shower
Both rooms have a kitchen and verandah

4 Superior Villas

3 Villas sleep 6 in three twin bedrooms
Each bedroom has en-suite bathroom
Queens villa sleeps 4 in double and twin room
Each bedroom has en-suite bathroom
Outdoor showers (not in Queens)
Verandahs and balconies
Living area with fireplace
Kitchen and braai area

Deluxe Villa

Sleeps 6 in 2 double and 1 twin room
2 bedrooms with en-suite bathroom in the house
1 bedroom with bathroom divided by a room divider above the garage next to the house
Dining area and living room with fireplace 
Outdoor boma and private swimming pool
Magnificent bushveld views


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Standard meal plan is DBB
Lunch available at restaurant
Self-catering on request


Children of all ages are welcome.
The lodge offers a kids' safari and fun events programme.
Babysitting service available.

Why Stay Here?

Set within the spectacular Waterberg region of Limpopo, Kololo is an African-style, family friendly lodge which offers comprehensive facilities and a huge variety of exciting bushveld activities. The lodge’s range of comfy chalets and villas are situated in a beautiful, safe game reserve that allows hiking, mountain biking and horseback safaris. For a Big Five experience, guests can go on guided game drives in the neighbouring Welgevonden Game Reserve.


  • Elegant and comfortable accommodation caters for a variety of budgets
  • Right next to the Welgevonden Reserve for a Big 5 safari
  • Guided walks, cycling and horseback riding available, and numerous attractions in the region


Kings is an especially private, luxurious villa deep in the bush.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The 29km gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Game drives
  • Game walks
  • Specialised safaris and courses
  • Horseback safaris
  • Hiking and mountain bike trails
  • Bush braais and breakfasts
  • Nearby: cheetah and wildlife ranch, cultural and township tour, Bokamoso Dance Group.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast & dinner
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Electricity from a generator

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Limited cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • Shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe







Rugged mountains, rolling bush and abundant wildlife characterise this area. The Waterberg is one of Limpopo’s most popular eco-tourism regions. Over the past decade it has come to rival Mpumalanga’s legendary Lowveld, with the added plus of being malaria-free.

The Waterberg offers a range of wildlife and safari experiences. These vary from Big 5 private reserves and game lodges to remote wilderness hideaways and self-catering bush camps. There are also national and provincial reserves.

The region is named after the Waterberg mountain range - ‘water mountains’ in Afrikaans - that stretches west to east for about 150km from Thabazimbi to the Mokopane. The mountains form the shoulder of the Palala Plateau – the bushveld of which rolls westwards all the way to Botswana.

True to their name, the Waterberg mountains include many rivers, streams, swamps and wetlands. The Limpopo River forms the western boundary of the region and the Mogalakwena River the eastern. The Waterberg has vast tracts of bushveld savannah punctuated with clusters of trees and tall savannah shrubs. The Springbok Flats are to the south. 

The Waterberg is more than three million years old – and there are numerous archaeological finds and San paintings that give us glimpses of its past.

Mining has long been essential to the Waterberg’s economy. An Iron Age mineshaft found in the Waterberg was carbon dated to 1 500 AD. Five hundred years later, mining is still taking place. The Waterberg is one of the richest mineral deposits in the world. It’s part of the Bushveld Igneous Complex - a unique geological complex of volcanic rocks formed some 600 million years ago. The complex extends over 50 000km² and is rich in platinum, iron ore, vanadium, tin, tungsten, chromium and coal.

The Waterberg region includes the towns of Bela-Bela, Modimolle, Mabatlane, Lephalale, Mookgophong and Thabazimbi. The largest town is Bela-Bela, a lively centre for surrounding farms and game reserves, and famed for its hot springs. The name Bela-Bela means ‘water that boils’ in Tswana.

The towns of Modimolle and Mookgophong are steeped in interesting Iron Age, Nguni and Voortrekker history. The quaint village of Matlabane is a meet-and-greet spot for many travellers to the area, and Lephalale is the centre for the region’s thriving hunting industry.

The heart of the Waterberg is the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, a 400 000ha protected wilderness area offering a mix of nature, culture and heritage. It was declared by UNESCO in 2001 on the basis of its mountainous habitat, magnificent red sandstone cliffs and evidence of human occupation dating back thousands of years. It was first inhabited by the San people, who left their legacy in the form of rock art and cave paintings.

The only savannah reserve of its kind in southern Africa, the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve includes private and provincial game reserves. It also has areas of cultural and archaeological significance. The region has a strong conservation ethos, and eco-tourism and sustainable practices underpin many lodges and reserves here.

The Waterberg offers an exciting mix of wildlife and wilderness experiences – from traditional game lodges to tailor-made adventures. You can go hiking, camping, 4x4 off-roading, horseback riding and birding. The Waterberg is famed for two significant birding sites. The Nylsvley Wetlands is home to over 400 species of waterbirds. The Marakele National Park is home to the largest Cape vulture colony in the world. The area also has conservation training programmes, wildlife rehabilitation centres and educational school camps.

Look out for

Marakele National Park - The name Marakele is Tswana for ‘place of sanctuary’ and this wild and remote reserve is just that. Marakele has craggy hills and deep wooded kloofs, with rare cycads, tree ferns and yellowwood trees. This is an unspoilt part of the Waterberg, home to all the large game species from rhino to elephant and the big cats. It is also home to the world’s biggest Cape vulture population – over 800 breeding pairs.

Nylsvley - The Nylsvley Conservancy is a favourite destination among South Africa’s birding community. It is part of the country’s largest flood plain. Stretching over 70km from Modimolle to Mokopane, Nylsvley is a world-renowned RAMSAR site. In the rainy summer months the grasslands of Nylsvley are transformed into lake that stretches for kilometres. It virtually becomes an international bird airport. The Waterberg Nylsvley Birding Route covers Nylsvley, the Waterberg mountains and Marakele National Park.

The Waterberg Meander - The Waterberg Meander is a self-drive route through the heart of the region that takes you to a series of interesting sites, community projects and tourist attractions. Visit local arts & crafts projects, explore the ancient hill of Melora, meet the Waterberg Red Beds, an unusual geological formation, check out the glorious mountain peaks known as the Seven Sister of the Waterberg, or visit a monument dedicated to explorer David Livingstone.

Bela-Bela’s hot springs - Long known for their healing properties, the hot mineral springs at Bela-Bela bubble out of the ground at about 2 200 litres per hour, at a temperature of around 53ºC. The water is rich in sodium chloride, calcium carbonate and other salts with natural healing properties. The Bela-Bela Aventura Resort is a popular spot for its water world activities. There are many health and pampering opportunities in and around Bela-Bela.

The annual Big Five Marathon - The 42km-long Big Five Marathon is known as the wildest of them all – they say it’s tougher than South Africa’s famous 88km-long Comrades Marathon. Held at Entabeni Game Reserve in the Waterberg mountains, this annual marathon attracts thousands of runners from around the world. Out here there are ravines and gorges, rivers and lakes, and stretches of unspoiled bushveld. There are no fences; just wide open spaces and a tough challenge for marathon runners.

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