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Fifty Seven Waterberg
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

Within two days these people succeeded in completely relaxing us, something which a three week holiday can hardly accomplish.
They really understand the definition of hospitality and truly practice what they preach. The game drives are intimate, you get to experience the wild and spend time with the animals like nowhere else. Furthermore the skilled game ranger made the game drives interactive and interesting, if you don’t like animals it is still worth going on the game dives just for the snack and drinks during the drives and warm towel afterwards. It is safe to say that each gourmet meal we had was the best of the particular meal we ever had. All the meals are skilfully prepared, well-presented and the personal interaction added the finishing touch. The staff along with the breath-taking setting and luxurious lodge left us quite emotional on departure. We would encourage each and all to go for experience and return a part of the MolenVliet family.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Chris T
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

This is the fourth time we have been to MolenVliet. We loved every moment of the trip. Private game drives with Simon as your own designated ranger make sure you get to see as much as possible. We were lucky enough to see lots of wildlife including. We loved the sundowners in the middle of the bush watching the sun set! MolenVliet was truly amazing. The suite is enormous with a very comfortable king size bed. The food was great and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. This lodge is great for a large family or a group of friends who could take up all 5 of the rooms available. It would make the whole experience very intimate. We had a wonderful stay.
They also serve a very special red wine and olive oil.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

The lodges are clean and all really tastefully furnished, very quiet and perfectly clean.
We have been lucky enough to see the big five, due to our fantastic ranger Simon...the staff was amazing and was always helpful ...reading our wishes from our lips - with a smile. We had really fantastic days with our friends.... very nice tribal dancing!!! in the evening in the boma...
Lunch in the middle of the bush :)..excellent cooking by Morgan!...We have traveled to over 60 countries and found this place very special, heartwarming and relaxing. We will definitely come back to this place.
Thank you very much to our hosts, Eric and Jenny and all the caring staff.

Room Tip: All rooms are different, named after animals and decorated accordingly. We have stayed in ZEBRA..
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Ingeborg E
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Reviewed 13 March 2013

We spend a weekend at Molenvliet lodge to celebrate my dad's 60th. Coming from Europe Molenvliet offered us perfect relaxation in the instant that we arrived. We loved the game drives and seeing the big five, we enjoyed the very clean and luxurious lodge and the delicious food.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Thank LMSE_22
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Reviewed 15 January 2013

We went to MolenVliet for our minimoon at the end of December and had such an amazing experience. The staff were so attentive and anticipated every need we had. The rooms were beautiful and full of African character. Simon the lodge manager was so warm and friendly as well as such a skilled ranger. We had some of the best game drives we've ever had in SA and we were so impressed by Simon's gentle and calm approach to nature. He is an asset to MolenVliet and they are very lucky to have him! Morgan was an excellent chef who kept us smiling. His meals were AMAZING but be warned- you will need to loosen your belt! If you are looking for privacy, luxury, relaxation, indulgence and love nature then this is the place for you. Thank you to all of the MolenVliet staff- we will certainly be returning.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank sausagesandmash
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Reviewed 15 January 2013

We visited Molenvliet from the 18 December to the 21st December. We took up the whole lodge, what an amazing experience. All the staff were extremely friendly and provided top class service.Morgan produced some amazing and meals,Marcus was always helpful and would go out of his way to make you comfortable.Simon the Lodge Manager was extremely professional and went out of his way to ensure that all was in order.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

We drove from Pretoria to Molenvliet Lodge and that was very easy, thanks to Ritas help at reservations, supplying us with a map which was emailed to us. Arriving at the West Gate, we were greeted by Simon, the Lodge Manager who made us feel welcome by being friendly, warmhearted and easy going! Arriving at the lodge we received a welcome drink and met Marcus and Morgan: we felt so special, they were absolutely wonderful, showing us around and getting us whatever we wanted. Their service and uncomplicated help was outstanding! The lodges chalets are spacious, extremely tastefully furnished and have a private porch which is great for bird watching or just having a glass of wine! The same applies to the communal areas and the pool: stunning and soo relaxing! Because the lodge has only 5 chalets you feel like being in a very exclusive and private surrounding .The food prepared by Morgan is out of this world and you will have a big problem to finish his generous portions! Our game drives were fantastic, we saw everything you could ask for ! It was an absolute pleasure to spend a weekend at Molenvliet-just too short, but we will definitely be back soon. Thanks a million to all of the staff!
Ruth from Pretoria

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ruthborgen
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Additional Information about Fifty Seven Waterberg

Address: Site 57, Welgevonden Game Reserve 0043, South Africa (Formerly MolenVliet Lodge)
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Welgevonden Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Welgevonden Game Reserve
Price Range: £339 - £473 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Fifty Seven Waterberg 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated three hours north of Johannesburg lies Fifty Seven Waterberg, a gem nestled in the heart of the Welgevonden Game Reserve and home to the Big Five in a malaria-free area. The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve was declared an official UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. This magnificent five-star establishment is synonymous with tranquility, solitude and luxury; not to mention the surroundings of the breath taking panoramic views of the Waterberg mountains. Guests can unwind next to the infinity pool that overlooks a shallow valley and mountain stream that flows to a waterhole. The five spacious suites are placed strategically along the small hill to provide maximum privacy and intimacy. All are equipped with king-sized beds, fireplace and relaxing private deck where you can unwind while listening to the birds sing. The honeymoon suites have their own private Jacuzzi for the ultimate distressing pleasure or sipping on a glass of sparkling wine. ... more   less 
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