A couple of new up-market lodges and some visits by Nelson Mandela, together with a touch of good marketing has brought the Welgevonden Game Reserve to people's notice. It has suddenly become a popular weekend safari destination out of Johannesburg because of three main reasons; it is only 3 hours drive north of the International airport; it has the famous 'big Five" animals; it is Malaria free. These important factors make it an attractive safari proposition.
The Cederberg is a massive rock wilderness whose giant sandstone boulders have been sculpted by wind and rain into bizarre and artistic shapes. In places the earth is a rusty red and the rocks are every shade of orange, cream, yellow and brown. The towering bastions of rocks piled precariously one upon the other are the perfect setting for a wild west movie and you almost expect Red Indians to be silhouetted along the ridge.