“Tshwene Lodge is an amazing, peaceful and special place to unwind and relax. Staff were very attentive to our needs and ensured we had the best stay. Food was delicious and we had fantastic animal sightings with our game ranger, who was professional, cheerful and knowledgeable. Will definitely be returning!” – Liane W

The game vehicle makes its way along a sandy track that weaves through the Taaibos River valley, accompanied by the high-pitched trill of the woodland kingfisher and the rustle of the breeze through the leaves. Your guide turns off the main access road and passes underneath a curved gatehouse, pulling up at the foot of a flight of wooden stairs that winds up towards a classic timber-and-thatch safari lodge. This is the start of your stay at Tshwene Lodge – a romantic treetop hideaway in the blissful seclusion of the African bush at Welgevonden Game Reserve.

While just a three-hour drive from Johannesburg, Tshwene Lodge still manages to feel peaceful and remote, immersed into the wilderness and surrounded by nothing but nature. The main guest area, boma, spa and five idyllic suites that make up this enchanting property are perched in the canopy, offering views of the lush landscape and eye-level sightings of the reserve’s incredible birdlife. The relaxed luxury of the contemporary interiors provides comfort and warmth, giving a modern spin to the charming treehouse aesthetic and allowing guests to feel completely at home in the beautifully-appointed space.

Lofty ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass give the spacious suites an airy, open feeling while drawing your eye to the leafy hills and valleys beyond each standalone unit’s beautiful private deck. Extra-length king-sized beds promise deep and uninterrupted sleep, while generously proportioned en-suite bathrooms with both indoor and outdoor showers and a large bathtub are the perfect place to refresh and reset.

Welgevonden itself is set in the shadow of the ancient Waterberg mountains and is home to more than 65 mammal species, including the Big 5. The density of wildlife in the reserve, its easy accessibility from Johannesburg and its status as a malaria-free destination make it the perfect location for an escape from the city surrounded by the beauty and tranquillity of a pristine 36,000ha wilderness.

Last minute special rate

As safari-lovers will know, autumn is a magical time to be in the bush, especially in this part of the world. The fierce heat of summer has waned but days remain sunny and warm, while the lower rainfall begins to thin the undergrowth, offering enhanced visibility and easier wildlife sightings.

From April to June 2024, book a stay at Tshwene Lodge less than 30 days prior to arrival and save 33% on the regular rate.

This limited offer of just R4,750 per person per night sharing includes accommodation, all meals, selected beverages and two game drives per day. Find out more or check availability now.

“The lodge is simply stunning. The suite is spacious and clean with an amazing view of the bush. The staff is welcoming and very professional. I had a great massage in the spa — highly recommended! Our guide (Ricardo) was the best. He’s passionate about his work, knowledgeable, and professional.” – Yves-Marie