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  • Private Big 5 game reserve in the mountainous beauty of the Waterberg
  • Elegant and luxurious classic safari lodge
  • Hilltop Letlapala provides epic vistas

Sediba Private Game Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

48km from Vaalwater

 

-24.1967, 27.7745

About

Sediba Game Lodge accommodates guests in 15 expansive suites spread out across two lodges, situated a ten minute drive away from each other. These thatched freestanding units blend the wildness of Africa with luxurious comfort, and all occupy spectacular locations overlooking the bushveld, with the Waterberg mountains providing a picture-pretty backdrop. Wraparound windows and glass sliding doors allow guests to enjoy a close connection with nature from every part of the suite.

Situated on one of the highest points of the reserve, Letlapala- meaning ‘place of the sun’ in the local Northern Sotho language- houses ten suites where guests can enjoy panoramic views and spectacular African sunsets. Hidden in a tranquil valley, Letlapa (meaning rock), has five suites and provides a more intimate experience, while the rooms are more spacious than Letlapala. The lodge has wheelchair-friendly walkways and one suite is well equipped for accommodating disabled guests.

The large private decks in all the suites are a special feature, coming with built-in Jacuzzis from which to soak up the views with a refreshing drink in hand. Apart from full en-suite bathrooms, the suites have the charm of outdoor showers. With the aim to provide supreme comfort, the units have amenities such as air conditioning and heating, minibars, tea and coffee facilities, safes, and large lounges with a fireplace.

At both of the lodges, guests are treated to three gourmet meals and an afternoon tea per day, beautifully presented by experienced chefs and served in locations varying from the main decks to the indoor dining rooms and outdoor bomas. For romantics, candlelit dinners can be arranged in the privacy of the suites, and are well complemented by one of the cellar’s exclusive vintage wines. All local beers, ciders, soft drinks and house wines are complimentary.

At over 33 000 hectares, Welgevonden is one of the largest private game reserves in South Africa, and the two daily game drives, conducted by knowledgeable guides, will reveal the diverse wonders of this unspoilt wilderness. Sightings of a variety of mammals and multiple bird species is guaranteed, and participants could be lucky enough to encounter all members of the Big Five.

Tea and coffee stops in the morning, as well as sundowners in the afternoon, provide the chance to recharge and enjoy the peace and quiet. The guides are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the environment, and also conduct walks and excursions to the game-viewing hide hidden deep in the bush.

During off-time, guests can splash around in the swimming pools, head to the beauty salon for one of numerous indulgent treatments or get the blood pumping at the gym. The library has a good selection of wildlife-related books to peruse, while the curio shop sells a variety of mementos to remind you of your time at Sediba. 

Personalised around-the-clock service will be a feature of your stay, allowing you to fully enjoy an unforgettable safari experience.

Rates & Summary


10 Letlapa Suites

More spacious
Each sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Lounge with fireplace
Private deck with Jacuzzi
Bushveld and mountain views

5 Letlapala Suites

Each sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Lounge with fireplace
Private deck with Jacuzzi
Bushveld and mountain views

Pricing

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Catering

Full Board

Kids

Children under 12 on request only.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve in Limpopo, Sediba Private Game Lodge offers accommodation in 15 immaculate suites, and ensures that guests are given the most exclusive and memorable safari experience possible. The massive suites are indulgent havens of African-style luxury and are privately situated in the wilderness. Guests can enjoy spectacular mountain and bushveld views from Jacuzzis on the wooden decks. Home to all members of the Big Five, the reserve offers brilliant game viewing, while guests will be treated like royalty throughout their stay.

Summary

  • Private Big 5 game reserve in the mountainous beauty of the Waterberg
  • Elegant and luxurious classic safari lodge
  • Hilltop Letlapala provides epic vistas

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

No private vehicles are allowed on the reserve and guests are picked up at the gate or airfield.

Activities & Attractions

  • Big Five game viewing
  • Bush walks
  • Swimming pools
  • Health and beauty salon
  • Gym with sauna
  • Curio shop
  • Library
  • Wine cellar
  • Open-air bomas

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • 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

  • Full board
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Library

Business & Connectivity

  • Paid Wi-Fi
  • No cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • Shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Waterberg

Limpopo

About

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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