Inzalo Safari Lodge, an intimate luxury tented lodge in the malaria-free Welgevonden Game Reserve in South Africa, will open in May.

The 34 000-hectare Big Five reserve lies within the Unesco Waterberg Biosphere of South Africa’s Limpopo province. 

Inzalo Safari Lodge is situated along the Sterkstroom River, with each of the five tented safari suites providing panoramic views of the river and Waterberg sandstone cliff beyond.

The custom-designed 50-sqm suites are positioned to provide complete privacy and feature a private deck with a splash pool, en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, a spacious bedroom, bar fridge and WiFi connectivity.

The main lodge will feature large open spaces extending on to an expansive deck and bar area with views.

The décor and design combine modern comforts with rustic charm to create inviting spaces where guests can relax, dine, take in the views or enjoy a refreshing beverage.

Safari experiences include daily game drives, on-site birding, river walks, track-and-sign identification, bush walks, visits to San paintings, bush picnics and more.

Welgevonden Game Reserve maintains a low human footprint, limiting the number of lodges and guests allowed within the reserve. Private vehicles may not enter, and the number of vehicles allowed at rare sightings is controlled. The unspoiled environment provides guests with the opportunity to enjoy unrestricted views of the habitat and wildlife.

The lodge is a two-and-a-half-hour drive or a 45-minute flight from Johannesburg to one of the reserve’s two airstrips.

Inzalo Safari Lodge is owned and managed by husband and wife team, Dave and Henriette Rieger. “At Inzalo Safari Lodge nature creates spectacular guest experiences; here nature is the main attraction and our team will support it by providing excellent service that makes for rejuvenating experiences for our guests,” says Henriette.

“The name Inzalo can loosely be translated to mean ‘born’ or to ‘be re-born’, symbolising and celebrating the rejuvenating characteristics of nature. When early conservationist Pienkes du Plessis did the groundwork for the establishment of the Welgevonden Reserve, his vision was to restore this beautiful landscape into a ‘wilderness reborn’.  Since the establishment of the reserve in 1989 this dream has been realised through many years of dedication and hard work of Welgevonden conservation and management teams. Like the original San inhabitants, we can again glance from the mountain tops at a landscape untouched, teaming with wildlife and a rich diversity of fauna and flora,” added Dave.