Kololo Game Reserve
Last w-end a dear friend was visiting South Africa for business, so a very good excuse to fly up to Johannesburg to meet up with her and spend some time in the bush. This time I had chosen an area where I hadn’t spend time before but what was still high on my to-do list. The area has many advantages for tourists and I’m sure it will develop in a thriving though sustainable tourism destination for many national and international tourists. Here are the advantages:
– Only 3 hours drive from Johannesburg International Airport, province of Limpopo
– Only last 40 km is very good dirt road
– Malaria free so take your kids and the rest of the family too!
– 40.000 hectares of private Big 5 game reserve, Welgevonden, entrance less than 1 km from Kololo. Enjoy an open vehicle morning, day or afternoon drive from Kololo
– 120.000 hectares of National Park, Marakele, Big 5 area too; you can drive in with your own car if you like. The entrance is about 60 km from Kololo
– 40 minutes drive to golf courses and to the amazing Extreme Hole, you have to be taken there in a helicopter. How spectacular!
– Kololo is a 3.000 hectares reserve with no dangerous animals so you can walk or take a mountain bike and explore on your own.
– Lovely setting with pool and nice restaurant.
Kololo Game Reserve offers a variety of accommodation, from small bush chalets to the King’s and Queen’s Chalets which are the most luxurious ones. You can choose to do self-catering or you can have all your meals included in the package so it’s ideal for everyone. The staff is very friendly and food is fresh. Kololo adheres to sustainable tourism practices and is very much involved in social upliftment of the community and in environmental management. You will not find plastic bottles and electricity is mainly generated through solar panels.
The game drives into Welgevonden were absolutely spectacular. We saw a lot of rhinos, elephants and even some lion. The park is beautiful and game is plenty. We didn’t see any other vehicles when we were there so this area is still very much unspoiled. The park is established with the help of a famous Dutch business man, Mr Paul Fentener Van Vlissingen. Unfortunately Mr Paul Fentener Van Vlissingen passed away in 2006 but he definitely left a beautiful legacy by founding this reserve.
On both game drives we enjoyed the company of very knowledgeable rangers with a passion for their work. There’s always so much to learn about nature and nature keeps surprising me. I’ll just enclose some pictures so you’ll get an idea. 1 picture says more than a 1000 words, right? Till next time!