Getting up close and personal with a young male cub from the Western pride in Welgevonden Private Game Reserve.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @tshwenelodge and @ekuthulenilodge, Rare Earth Retreats properties in Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, South Africa.
Twinkling lights and a table set for a feast. What a beautiful photo captured by @sharynhodges at the wedding of Annie and Reinhardt. Get in touch with us if you would like more info about hosting a wedding or special occasion at Kay and Monty Vineyards.
Did you know that both male and female wildebeest grow horns? While the male's horns are considerably bigger, they are essential to both sexes and act as an important defense against predators.⠀ ⠀ Photograph by @tailsofamermaid.
We have enjoyed some incredible rains this season in Cape Town, after a period of intense drought. Our dams are looking healthy and we are preparing for another busy festive season.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Stay with us at @capeviewclifton, a Rare Earth Retreats property in Cape Town, South Africa.
One of Africa's most iconic species, giraffe have the most incredible presence and spotting them at Welgevonden always feels like a privilege. Follow the link in our bio to learn five fun facts about these gentle giants.
Dreaming of getting married under the great big African sky with the sound of the bushveld all around? The Outpost Lodge may be just the spot for your big day. Follow the link in our bio to read more about our wedding offering. ⠀ Photograph by @becsmadevisible.
Celebrate the holidays at Kay and Monty and get a full wine tasting, homemade bread + dip of your choice for just R60. We are open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Give us a call on 079 965 9779 to book your table. Offer valid until 9 October. Thank you for the beautiful photo, @jaredincpt.
Pel's Post is designed so that you and your loved ones can book it exclusively. You'll have your own expert field guide, game-viewing vehicle, chef, swimming pool and lounge area to relax in together. Find out more about this once-in-a-lifetime escape by clicking the link in our bio.
SPECIAL OFFER | To celebrate the school holidays, order our kids chicken and beef sliders with chips and get a kiddies Oreo milkshake on the house. We are open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Give us a call on 079 965 9779 to book your table. Offer valid until 9 October 2018.
Spotting a Long-tailed Widowbird in full plumage is always a treat. Their name is derived from their generally black plumage, resembling a widow in mourning, and they sport tails that are more than double their body length.
"I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy." – Ernest Hemingway⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Taken at @ekuthulenilodge, a Rare Earth Retreats property in Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, South Africa.
A roaring fire and dinner under a starlit sky in the boma at Tshwene Lodge.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Taken by @sinamatella_za at @tshwenelodge, a Rare Earth Retreats property in Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, South Africa.
Elephants are herbivorous and eat an array of plant matter such as grasses, fruit, bark, shrubs, trees and flowers. After the rain, they will even dig for roots in the soft earth. Click the link in our bio to find out more about these incredible animals.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photograph by @sumari_s.
With a delicious selection of artisanal cheese, charcuterie and home baked breads – our platters are the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon of wine tasting.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you for visiting us, @jaredincpt.
Feeling inspired to book a family bush holiday? Ekuthuleni Lodge has a family suite that is both luxurious and spacious. It boasts two bathrooms, a main bedroom, and an additional loft area with two single beds.
Our lodge is intimate and personal (we only have five suites), which makes it a wonderful place to spend the weekend with a group of special friends. Get in touch with us via the link in our profile to find out more about our rates.
Pel’s Post accommodates up to eight guests in four stand-alone, open-plan suites. You will have the entire place to yourself, along with a private game driving vehicle, expert field guide and a personal chef.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Taken at Pel's Post (situated at @theoutpostlodge), a Rare Earth Retreats property in northern Kruger, South Africa.
Table Mountain is just a few minutes away from Cape View Clifton. Choose to head up via cable car or take a few hours and hike to the top. On a clear day, the views are extraordinary.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @capeviewclifton, a Rare Earth Retreats property in Cape Town, South Africa.
Black-backed jackals are known for their high wailing calls as well as repetitive yapping when they are on the trail of predators to feed off their scraps. So, if you hear this sound, look carefully and you may just spot a lion or leopard planning their next move. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photograph by @yoos.pics.
If you're lucky, you may spot cheetah hunting during the day here in the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve. Stronger predators like lion or hyena can steal their prey, so cheetah often hunt in daylight hours, when the other big cats are asleep⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photograph by Field Guide, April Theledi.
Pel’s Post accommodates up to eight guests in four stand-alone, open-plan suites. You will have the entire place to yourself, along with a private game driving vehicle, expert field guide and a personal chef. Get in touch to book for the festive season.
Africa’s vast and beautiful animal kingdom includes creatures of all shapes and sizes who have learnt to survive in some of the most challenging conditions on earth. We take a look at some of the most iconic safari animals and the weird and wonderful quirks that make them so magnificent in the article link now in our bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photograph by @nico.wills.
Our lunch menu is different every single day, depending on what's in season and the inspiration of our talented chefs. On return from your morning game drive, you can expect to tuck into the likes of beef koftas with tzatziki, tempura fish, chicken kebabs or wraps, accompanied by a healthy salad.
Just because we are in the bush doesn't mean that our menu isn't made up of the freshest produce, turned into delicious dishes for our guests each day. From fresh fish with a chermoula dip (pictured here) to hearty salads and more, Tshwene's lunch table makes sure you aren't hungry on your afternoon game drive.
Looking for a luxury getaway in the bush? Ekuthuleni Lodge is ideally situated in the heart of the malaria-free Welgevonden Private Game Reserve and is the epitome of African luxury. Follow the link in our bio for five reasons why you should visit.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photograph by @sinamatella_za.
"Enjoy the little things on safari, animals and insects, as well as the more well known Big 5. Don't miss the magical moments like the dung beetles rolling around on the ground unbalanced, and the owls and bush babies on your way back to the lodge at night." – April Theledi, Field Guide.
There is very little rain during the winter months, with drought dominating the season. The bush is dry and dies back considerably, making it easier to spot game in the short grass. The watering holes also become a hive of activity, as the animals seek out water. Another bonus of this time of year is that the bare winter trees make it easier to identify and photograph Welgevonden's abundant birdlife. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photograph by @sinamatella_za.
Your accommodation is booked, your trip is all mapped out and it's almost time to go on your bush getaway. Knowing what to pack can be a daunting task for the first time safari-goer, so we are here to help. Click on the link in our bio for a list of safari suitcase essentials.