What makes Kololo Game Reserve very special, is the fact that you can walk or cycle around and spot zebra's or giraffe's, the impala's came to our lodge and you can see all kind of animals that you normally never see (except in a zoo).
We had a great 3 hour-walk and the nature was very interesting and we were really excited to see some giraffe's on our way home to the lodge.
Ofcourse we took several Game Drives to "Welgevonden" with Jasper, one of the rangers. He is a one-of-a-kind ranger. I don't know about the other staff, but we had the feeling that Jasper was one of the best, as if Kololo Reserve rests at his shoulders.
It is absolutely great that Kololo has its own gate to enter "Welgevonden", and there starts a 3 hour drive where you can see the most beautiful nature and the big 5.
"Welgevonden" is quite special, it is not so touristic, they really care for the animals, they let the animals live a normal wild life. And in this setting you can take a game drive with Jasper who will explain all you ever want to know about nature and wild life, and who has all the patience of the world and you can actually feel his love for the animals who live there.
We found it very very special.
Kololo sent a van to the hotel we were staying in Johannesburg, with chauffeur. He was right on time so all went well. When we went back from Kololo to the airport we took the same van. It's a trip of 3,5 hour but we liked being picked up and dropped off. This way we didn't need to rent a car, you don't need a car when you stay at Kololo.
I booked the King's lodge, but the first night it was already booked so the first night we stayed in the Queen's lodge. Those two lodges are the biggest houses of Kololo, they are both really nice, Queen has an extremely stunning view, but King's view is magical too. King's lodge is the biggest house, a typical South African villa, with its own small swimming pool and lots of space at the terrace and living room etc. One small matter: they are too economical with the amount of towels, we found that a little bit funny. In a lodge like that you expect much more towels. Also the sun-beds and the covers near the swimming pool were a bit worn out, I think it's time to renew them.
About the food: the quality varied during the 5 days we were there, once or twice we were surprised by the good food we had, the other times it was basic but okay.
Normally we find that very important, but in this setting you don't care, as if it is not supposed to be extremely luxurious, I think it would feel fake. Now you almost felt as if you were not just some other tourist ;-)
And King's lodge was a beautiful villa, well decorated with fine South African furniture, all very comfortable, and great views, and it made us feel at home.
Kololo Game Reserve is a very special place, you are surrounded by the best nature you can imagine and you know that you're not there because of the quality of food, you're there because of the nature, the animals, the real experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kololo Game Reserve is situated in the beautiful province of Limpopo, South Africa, in the heart of the Waterberg biosphere. Vast, peaceful and incredibly beautiful, this is a fascinating destination with a rich cultural legacy and natural splendour.A malaria-free area, child friendly and home to a large variety of game, Kololo is a perfect safari destination. Visit neighbouring reserve Welgevonden Game Reserve (of which Kololo is also part) and view the Big 5 - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo - or enjoy a sneak preview over the fence, from the comfort of your chalet at Kololo.Kololo has its own gate near the reception, which provides direct access to Welgevonden Game Reserve. Kololo therefore has a unique concept: the Big 5 and accommodation in a luxurious, comfortable lodge where only the safe wildlife roams free. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kololo Game Reserve South Africa/Waterberg