Makweti Safari Lodge
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Makweti Safari Lodge

Makweti Safari Lodge is nestled within Welgevonden Game Reserve, a malaria-free wilderness of some 40,000-hectares.  Welgevonden ranks among Southern Africa’s largest and most pristine private game reserves.

Welgevonden forms part of the greater, UNESCO-declared Waterberg Biosphere Reserve.  This biosphere is characterised by high-plateau geology, magnificent cloudscapes, crystalline streams and an immense diversity of wild species.  (While perfect for indigenous plants and animals, the Waterberg’s soils are largely unsuitable for farming or forestry – hence the region has remained unspoiled across the centuries.)

Makweti is perfectly placed for exploration of the entire Welgevonden Game Reserve. While guests are not permitted to drive their own vehicles within the Reserve, our expertly guided, open-vehicle safaris can take you on any variety of interesting routes.


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Situated in the heart of “Big Five” (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard) wilderness terrain, within a UNESCO Biosphere.

Panoramic surroundings: a waterhole on your doorstep, plus teak decks overlooking Makweti Gorge

Need to Know

Accommodation in luxury suites, all meals, teas and coffee refreshments. Two safari activities per day, including game drives in open vehicles and walking safaris with a Makweti guide. Return scheduled transfers (13:00) from Welgevonden Game Reserve Main Gate or the Welgevonden Airstrip to Makweti Safari Lodge. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.

Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), cigars, and items of a personal nature. Conservation levy charged per bed night @ R165.00 (subject to change) – collected on departure from all guests. Gratuities are not included.

Reservation requests must be received in writing. A 25% non-refundable deposit confirms a reservation or full prepayment if the reservation is made less than 4 weeks prior to arrival. Full and final payment is due at least 4 weeks prior to arrival.

Cancellation of any booking must be received in writing.
The following cancellation penalties apply:
From reservation date to

  • 30 days prior to travel date: deposit forfeited
  • 30 – 15 days prior to travel date: 50% of the total cost is forfeited
  • 14 – 0 days prior to travel date: 100% of the total cost is forfeited

The onus is on all guests to ensure that they have adequate travel insurance to cover themselves in the event of a cancellation

Transfers are available by road or by air to Makweti. Please refer to our Johannesburg office for rates.

Rates are valid at the time of booking, but until such time as full and final payment has been received the price is subject to change without notice. In the unlikely event of there being an unscheduled extension of a booking caused by bad weather, strikes or any other matter beyond our control, it is understood that expenses incurred will be for the passenger's account.


Delightful safari experiences at Makweti are assured by an astounding diversity of wild species, including the “Big Five”; by natural densities of wildlife; and by superbly qualified guides.

Makweti’s guides are, moreover, mature experts, proven in their dedication to introducing you to our wildlife, ecology, and the African folk-wisdom imbued in our environment.

While most of our safaris are conducted in an open vehicle, walking safaris can be tailored, on request, to your special wildlife or ecological interests. All bush walks would be by prior arrangement and are subject to availability.

Vital to any true safari experience is a certain quality of stillness. Wild animals follow their own sense of time and space, and the greater your personal sense of stillness – or peace, or well-being – the more you will experience.  In making your stay comfortable, secure and exclusive, Makweti aims to maximize both your inner peace and the pleasure of your safari.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Elegance and authenticity define Makweti’s cuisine. Each meal is a graceful culinary event, featuring African-inspired themes, locally sourced ingredients, and a wine list that nods to the best of South Africa’s famed vineyard estates.

Dinner is usually served – with a good helping of colonial charm – in our candlelit dining room. But on nights when the African cosmos shines with particular brilliance, we dine in the outdoor boma (a traditional enclosure) around glowing log-fires.

Makweti is, incidentally, a member of the by-invitation-only Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – the global hallmark of excellence in cuisine and culinary service.

The joys of a spa with massage are not only for city slickers; inward relaxation is essential to a good safari. Africa’s wild giants do not move at the frenetic pace of television, digitized schedules, or other human gadgetry. Indeed, the “Big Five” spend most of their lives conserving energy – and to appreciate their various behaviours, you will ideally feel every bit as relaxed as they appear to be.

So we hardly need add that we offer our guests a most soothing massage.



Outdoor swimming pool

4 suites with private plunge pools

Massages on request

Big 5 safaris and game drives



To maintain its exclusivity, Makweti offers just five suites.  All are luxurious; and all are designed – with great architectural care – to create a restful balance between the light and shade that dapple our bushveld environment.

The suites’ interiors are likewise balanced by our matching of cool, colonial-style linens with warm African fabrics.

We should mention again that every suite offers a wonderful view, and an atmosphere of romantic seclusion.

Of course, if one seeks a somewhat more communal space, the lodge’s main lounge, discreet bar, pool and viewing decks are just a minute’s stroll away.

Every suite is designed to create a restful balance between the light and shade that dapple our bushveld environment.  Interiors are likewise balanced by our matching of cool, colonial-style linens with warm African fabrics.


Member of the by-invitation-only Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – a hallmark of fine cuisine

Average StayAverage Stay

A minimum night stay of two nights is required.

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

2018 Rates

Pool Suite:

2 Nights: R 7 130.00

3 Nights: R 6 095.00

4 Nights: R 5 348.00

Standby: R 4 000.00

Suite without Pool:

2 Nights: R 6 612.00

3 Nights: R 5 635.00

4 Nights: R 4 945.00

Standby: R 4 000.00

Quoted in South African Rand (ZAR)
Per person sharing, per night
Inclusive of 14% VAT
Children over 12 are welcome, whereupon full rate will be charged
50% single supplement applies

Special Rates:

Minimum stay of 3 nights qualifies for the discount.

Minimum stay of 4 nights qualifies for the discount.

Can be reserved no more than 10 days prior to travel date.
Valid for travel throughout the year – subject to availability – no category of suite type can be guaranteed.

10 guests accommodated in 5 suites, 4 of which have private plunge pools.
Makweti will close the camp, on basis of 8 guests, on an exclusive basis, provided 3 consecutive nights are booked.

01 Jan 2018 – 31 Dec 2018                                    Rate Per Night                                R 52 000.00

All full camp reservations require a 50% DEPOSIT, PAYABLE 14 DAYS FROM RESERVATION DATE

Full prepayment required 30 days prior to arrival.

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children over 12 are welcome, whereupon full rate will be charged.

Children under the age of 12 years can be accommodated if Makweti is booked for exclusive use. 

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To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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