Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa

Mhondoro Safari Lodge Villa

Price per night from$2,930.14

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If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (ZAR56,536.52), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Afro-European Chic


Unspoilt wilderness





Welgevonden – which means ‘well found’ in Afrikaans – is the name of the game (reserve) here. It’s on Welgevonden that you’ll find Mhondoro Villa, within the grounds of Mhondoro Safari Lodge, and the name is certainly apt. The villa’s a sublime example of the lodge’s perfectly integrated-with-the-environment aspirations: you can almost imagine it’s been here as long as the local fauna, particularly the especially friendly elephants (at the very least, they’re interested in that cool swimming pool on your terrace). There’s no sense of roughing it here, though: everything you might want before or after your expeditions is catered for in your private villa. And should you wish to regale others with tales of your safari adventures, just head to the main lodge and meet your neighbours. 

Smith Extra

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A 60-minute spa treatment of your choice, followed by a spa bath and personal gin-tasting session

First Glance

  • Traditional South African decor meets modern Euro-luxe style throughout.
  • The large open-plan kitchen has a chef on hand.
  • There’s a dining area next to the open kitchen, which seats up to 10 and has views of the waterhole.
  • In the living room, you’ll have views of the waterhole, large comfy leather sofas and a fireplace.

Villa highlights

  • Experienced safari guide on hand
  • Dedicated staff, including chef
  • Underground waterhole hide

Sleeping arrangements

  • The spacious master bedroom has a king-size bed, its own lounge area with a fireplace, views of the waterhole, a terrace with a daybed and a large private bathroom with twin sinks, a freestanding bath and an indoor/outdoor shower.
  • Villa Suite 2 has a double bed or twins on request, and has a private bathroom with a freestanding bath and shower.
  • Villa Suite 3 has a double bed or twins on request, and a private bathroom with a freestanding bath and shower.
  • The annex to the master bedroom has a double bed or twins on request, and a shared bathroom.
  • The annex to Villa Suite 2 is a small bedroom that’s ideal for children; it has twin beds or a double on request, and a shared bathroom.

Key kit

  • Sonos sound system.
  • Barbeque.
  • Safes.
  • Air-conditioning.


  • The heated pool overlooks the grounds of the Welgevonden Reserve.
  • It’s on a private decked terrace.
  • There are plenty of sun loungers available.
  • Look out for occasional visits from passing elephants.
  • The deep end is 1.7 meters, and the shallow end is 1.5 meters, with stairs.


  • The entire game reserve on your doorstep.
  • There’s a well-visited waterhole nearby.
  • You have private terraces and decks for outdoor dining, nature watching and stargazing.
  • You’ll have full use of the main lodge at the hotel, a short walk from the villa, for communal relaxation.
  • Parking is at the front gates of the Welgevonden Reserve.


  • Driving, it’s two and a half hours from Johannesburg, and two hours from Pretoria.
  • The reserve is 45-minute flight from Johannesburg.
  • There are no private vehicles permitted on the reserve, so at the gates you will be picked up by the villa’s staff.

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Price per night from $2,930.14