North of Johannesburg is an area called the Waterberg which is home to a number of small towns, private game reserves and some excellent golf courses. It is easy to reach by road and simple as a self-drive option with most destinations reached in under 2 hours.
On the safari side, one of the most popular destinations is the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve which is home to Africa’s Big 5 game animals and has the added bonus of being malaria-free. There are a number of small lodges on the reserve and it is perfect as a combination with golfing or a stay at Sun City which is about a two hour drive west.
For golfers, the Legend Safari and Golf Resort has become a must-play destination due to the famous Extreme 19th hole there. The tee box can only be reached by helicopter and guests are given 6 balls with which to try and find their mark – the Africa-shaped green which is 300m below. The resort is also home to a large safari conservancy and an 18 hole Championship golf course.
Hanglip Mountain Lodge
One of 5 Lodges set on the Entabeni Private Game Reserve, 5* Hanglip Mountain Lodge is the most exclusive and luxurious. Hanglip is located on the lower escarpment a 15 minute drive from the Legends Golf Resort.
Legend Golf Resort
The Legend Golf and Safari Resort is situated north of Johannesburg in the malaria-free Waterberg Region. The resort consists of a top class golf course and accommodation set within the 22,000ha private Entabeni safari conservancy.
Makweti Safari Lodge
Makweti Safari Lodge is in the Welgevonden Private Reserve, in the Limpopo Province. It is an easy two hour self-drive north from Johannesburg and is a perfect location for a malaria-free safari holiday in South Africa.