Welgevonden Game Reserve

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Welgevonden Game Reserve
Map showing the location of Welgevonden Game Reserve
Map showing the location of Welgevonden Game Reserve
Location of the reserve
LocationLimpopo province, South Africa
Nearest townVaalwater, South Africa
Coordinates24°12′15″S 27°54′09″E / 24.20417°S 27.90250°E / -24.20417; 27.90250Coordinates: 24°12′15″S 27°54′09″E / 24.20417°S 27.90250°E / -24.20417; 27.90250
Area36000 ha (139 square miles)

Welgevonden Game Reserve, (Dutch for well found), is in the Waterberg District, of the Limpopo, province of South Africa. Welgevonden Game Reserve, (Dutch for "well found"), is a 38,200ha game reserve in the Waterberg District, of the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

It forms part of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve which was officially declared by UNESCO in 2001 and currently covers an area in excess of 654,033 hectare.

The reserve comprises mountainous terrain that is dissected by deep valleys and kloofs while flat plateaus characterise most hilltops. Altitude varies from 1080 m in the north to ±1800 m in the southern section of the reserve.

Welgevonden is home to over 50 different mammals, including the Big Five. The diversity of habitat leads to a wide range of wildlife with grassy plains abounding with antelope from the largest eland to the diminutive duiker; and cheetah, lion and leopard are regularly seen close by. There are also numerous rare and unusual species such as brown hyena, aardwolf, pangolin and aardvark – all best seen at night. Over 300 bird species can be seen on the reserve, including rare blue cranes which breed in the southern section early in the year.

Wildlife[edit]

Including: lion, elephant, white rhino, buffalo, sable, gemsbok, leopard, antelope, giraffe, warthog, bush pig, aardvark, and pangolin. It has one of the largest populations of white rhino on any private reserve in Africa.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Welgevonden Game Reserve Retrieved on 11 Jan 2011

External links[edit]

Giraffe at Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa
Giraffe at Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa

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