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Ekuthuleni Lodge

Ekuthuleni Lodge

Ekuthuleni Lodge, or “place of peace” in the indigenous Zulu language, is a destination of elegant comfort and inner tranquility. This oasis thrives in the malaria-free Welgevonden Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s Waterberg region. The areas of Welgevonden and Marakele National Park have become landmark conservation areas, and wildlife is allowed to move freely between them, further enhancing guests’ wildlife viewing experience.

The lodge’s tranquil swimming pool cools and relaxes guests after exciting daily game drives. Featuring only the freshest of local ingredients, meals are often enjoyed in the dining room or under a reed awning on the open-air deck.

With only five suites, Ekuthuleni Lodge is an exclusive sanctuary, with the privacy and intimacy of each suite only enhanced by a spacious bathroom with an indoor and outdoor shower adjoining a private courtyard opening to the grasslands.

Experienced guides lead thrilling twice-daily game drives, sharing enlightening details about the landscapes and animal life. Especially on evening safaris, the African bush is alive with predators including lion, leopard, and more. The other three of the “big 5” (buffalo, elephant, and rhino) also flourish here, along with numerous antelope species, zebra, giraffe, baboon, hyena, wild dog, crocodile, and abundant birdlife.

As one recent happy guest recommended, “[We had] a superb weekend at this wonderful lodge, the oldest in the Welgevonden Reserve, but spotlessly maintained. The lounge and dining areas are restful and comfortable, and the five chalets are spacious and extremely well-fitted (the outdoor shower with a view into the bushveld was just superb, as was the huge free-standing bath). But best of all was the old-world courtesy and friendliness of the staff. Ranger Ifrahim was knowledgeable, articulate, and a superb driver, and Chef Josi delivered the goods again and again. His kudu steaks were the most tender we have ever eaten, and his crème brulee compares with any we have had anywhere in the world. And the game viewing and bird life was magnificent—elephant, lion, rhino, kudu, eland, and much more—even a rarely-spotted civet and a well-fed puff-adder!”

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