Discover boutique hotels in Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa

When to go

The best time to visit depends on what you want to see. For most visitors, the winter (May to July) is the best time to go, when the savannah’s shorter and there’s less foliage on the trees, making big game easier to spot. But if you want to see the reserve’s birdlife at its best, the wet season (November to April) is best.

Getting there

  • Planes

    OR Tambo International Airport is the one to aim for, and can be reached directly from London Heathrow and most European hubs. The drive from the airport to most lodges in the reserve takes around three hours. If you’re looking to shave some time off your transfer (and get bird’s-eye views while you’re at it), charter a plane to one of Welgevonden’s airstrips.
  • Automobiles

    You won’t need a car once you’re on the reserve, as you’ll do all your game drives in custom vehicles with an experienced ranger at the wheel. If you want to hire at the airport and drive to the reserve yourself, the Smith24 team can arrange it.