Big five excursions from Waterfall Lodge

Waterfall Lodge organizes walking safari nearby

Photo safaris, golf and other activities

Waterfall Lodge is situated strategically perfect and within short drives by car to amazing game reserves and top tourist attractions making Waterfall Lodge the ideal spot to bring along non-hunting observers and tourists alike. Waterfall Lodge is an excellent choice for a family vacation. We would love to help tailor make your program.

One day photo safari

Welgevonden Big Five Game Reserve

Welgevonden is a 38,200ha privately owned game reserve situated in the heart of the Waterberg Biosphere, only one hour and 20minutes drive from our lodge. Rolling wooded mountains cut by deep rocky ravines and majestic gorges makes up the most beautiful scenery that in2001 was placed on the list of UNESCOs World Heritage Sites. Welgevonden is home to over 50 different mammals including the Big Five as well as over 300 different bird species. No private vehicles are permitted and only a very limited number of guests are allowed during the year.   Together with Kololo Game Reserve we organize 3 or 6hours game drives including lunch. www.welgevonden.org

Marakele National Park

Approximately one hour’s drive from Waterfall Lodge you find the Marakele National Park neighbouring Welgevonden.  This scenic Limpopo Nature Reserve and its imposing mountain landscape is located in the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa. The Park is a sanctuary for a great variety of animals offering great photographic opportunities. You ought to get fantastic photos of rhinos and elephants. With 80 km of accessible roads, this park is ideal for a self-drive visit. www.sanparks.org/parks/marakele/

Two-day photo safari with overnight stay

Two-day photo safari with overnight stay

North of Waterfall Lodge lies this the grossly underrated Mapungubwe National Park at the confluence of the Limpopo and the Shashe rivers. Set hard against the northern border of South Africa, joining Botswana and Zimbabwe. It is an open, expansive savannah landscape dotted with formidable sandstone formations, iconic Baobab trees and riverine forest. And among the rocks and along the rivers you shall find an abundant and exciting wildlife. Especially the famous Mapungubwe elephants. A sundowner overlooking the legendary Limpopo or a swim in the Loewcke Camp rock pool while the elephants drink from the same pool at the same time, is an astounding scenic moment that you will never forget.  Self-catering and fully equipped accommodation is available inside the park.  www.sanparks.org/parks/mapungubwe

Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve

The crater of a long extinct volcano is the setting of Pilanesberg that is home to more than 7000 animals, including Africa’s Big Five. It holds a variety of literarily all species found in South Africa and as such both the black and the white rhino. There are nearly 200 km of excellent quality roads for either self-drive or guided drives and numerous hides and scenic picnic sites enable the visitors to get out of their cars. All sorts of lodge accommodations are to be found inside the reserve. A visit to Pilanesberg is most often combined with a visit to next-door Sun City. www.pilanesbergnationalpark.org


Does Gary Player, Lost City and The Extreme 19th ring a bell or sound familiar to you? Fantastic Golf Clubs and great golf is all within easy reach of Waterfall Lodge.  

Mogol Club

To warm up you find the local Mogol Club only 25 km away. A high-quality par 72 golf course nestled in the Limpopo Valley that is ranked among the Top 100 best courses in South Africa. And clearly the best winter course in Limpopo. Green fee around 20 € only!

Gary Player & Lost City in Sun City

Continue to world famous Sun City where you find Gary Player Golf Course, home of the prestigious Nedbank Golf Challenge. But why not test The Lost City Golf Course as well and while you are there and meet the crocodiles lurking in the waterholes on hole 13?

Legend Golf & Safari Resort

Legend Golf & Safari Resort is Africa’s most talked about leisure venue. It offers a Signature Course where each of the 18 holes has been designed by a world golfing legend, but the challenge is the Extreme 19th! Set high up on the impressive Hanglip Mountain, this hole is accessible only by helicopter and played to a green the shape of Africa some 400 m below. Hole-in-one pays a 1 million US D. But no one has collected the reward – yet?

Other sports

The rock formations above Waterfall Lodge are ideal for bouldering and rock climbing and the greater area offers plenty of challenges for mountain bikers on all levels. We also invite you to test your skills or try bow shooting for the first time on our shooting range.   


Mokolo Dam

Our manager LG is a very enthusiastic sports fisher and he would love to take you out on a boating safari or on a fishing trip on the Mokolo Lake. It is one of biggest dammed lakes in Africa holding more than 145 cubic metres of water and has become a fantastic bird sanctuary and a fisherman’s paradise. The shoreline is a National Park featuring reedbuck, kudu, klipspringer and leopard and Mokolo has become the favourite rallying point for all the local nature enthusiasts. Swimming is NOT recommended due a large population of crocodiles.

City visits


Nearby Lephalale is one of the fastest growing towns in South Africa and at present a hectic melting pot of old and new. Lephalale and its 80.000 inhabitants has become a district capitol dominated by hunting tourism, farming, mine industry and game-farming. You find modern shops, including fully equipped hunting shops with the latest in fashion, and the newest shopping malls just next to open-air markets, bars and restaurants of all sorts. 

Sun City

The Las Vegas of South Africa. Sun City is a resort full of sporting and recreational facilities, a luxury casino, two world-class golf courses and fantasy hotels in all categories. With more than hundred thrilling activities on offer Sun City is great fun for all ages and a comparison to Disneyworld is fair and valid – but with an African touch. We recommend that you spend at least one night while in Sun City, either in the 3-star family oriented Cabanas Hotel, or why not try the expensive but fantastic 5-star Palace of the Lost City? We suggest you combine Sun City with a visit to Pilanesberg.