Self-Catering Luxury Tent

  • Unit sleeps: 2

Includes: Accommodation, two daily game drives and transfers to and from West Gate.

Please note: There are no credit card facilities at the lodge. 

Self-Catering Lodge Room

  • Unit sleeps: 2

Includes: Accommodation, two daily game drives and transfers to and from West Gate.

Please note: There are no credit card facilities at the lodge.

Luxury Tent

  • Unit sleeps: 2

Includes: Accommodation, all meals, twice daily game drives, and transfers to and from West Gate.

Please note: There are no credit card facilities at the lodge.

Lodge Room

  • Unit sleeps: 2

Includes: Accommodation, all meals, twice daily game drives, and transfers to and from West Gate.

Please note: There are no credit card facilities at the lodge.


"I haven't stayed at any other Lodges in this Game Park but surely this is one of the best, particularly if you are on a budget. To clarify I believe there are almost 50 lodges in this park and the regulations only allow maximum of ten people. Our party took the whole place and our three days two nights was idyllic. We didn't see a leopard but the other four of the big five in abundance. We had an early morning and late afternoon game drive, breakfast, lunch and dinner all for under £80 a night. Our guide knew the park like the back of his hand but the different guides talk on the radio, so do pool info on the best sightings. We got fantastic close up photos of elephants, lion inc two inquisitive cubs, white rhino, giraffe , baboons, wart hogs, various different gazelles. The food wasn't gourmet but tasty and prepared in the kitchen right by the open dining area. There is an honesty bar and very good prices and good wines. One of party couldn't eat tomatoes and they quickly made a different dish and a different salad As for the rooms, when is a tent not really a tent. Here. Yes the sides were canvas but the modern bathroom was walled and from the outside shower you can watch giraffe or baboons. Very comfortable bed with permanent electrics. Wonderful place. One word of warning. Some of the accommodation needs a big climb so older travelers might like to ask for accommodation close to reception."

- Pat

"We booked out the whole camp for Christmas. Four adults and five children (aged 9 +) and had the most fabulous time. We opted to self cater with a chef so having bought all our own Christmas food, Silus the wonderful Chef cooked it all for us to a very high standard. The lodge is absolutely perfect for a relaxing bush retreat with a simple but cozy central area having a bar, lounge, swimming pool and deck. The individual tents are very well appointed and the joy of the outdoor shower is always to be savoured. Brendon, the ranger was exceptionally personable and knowledgeable and told us seasoned bush people many new and interesting facts. Game viewing was great with cheetah on the first night and some fabulous up close and personal encounters with Elephants. Stevie his partner and the rest of the staff all looked after us without fussing too much. To be greeted with welcome drinks and a Christmas tree on a large dining table looking out over the bush was much more than we expected for a supposed "self catering" option. We would not hesitate to recommend Wild Ivory to friends and family as it's eco credentials, sensible pricing combined with a wonderful location and fabulous management made it a very special Christmas to remember."

- Emma

"Wild Ivory Eco Lodge is aptly named. We stayed three nights with the lovely staff of Brenden (Ranger/Manager), his partner Stevie (Aussie Aussie Aussie), Siris the cook, and Josephine the cleaner. To cut a short story long, we absolutely loved our time there. We experienced everything Africa had to offer, not withstanding a herd of elephants that drank from the swimming pool. Oh crikey, who would have thought? Very happy and coming again."

- Marieke

"I enjoyed two nights and four game drives (the things by which one marks time when out in the Bush) at Wild Ivory. I can highly recommend it to anyone who wants to feel a blend of warm welcome and creature comforts that steers clear of the formality of "the luxury" experience. It's an eco-lodge, the power supply is solar and the absence of gadgets, wi-fi and other gimmicks means that in some ways it is basic. However, that doesn't mean it isn't comfortable (my bed was!), just that the main focus here is on connecting with and getting out to see the flora and fauna in the Game Reserve, not lounging around base camp being waited on. Welgevonden itself covers 38,000 hectares, so it's very big (and "Big 5"). It has several different areas of habitat, which is fascinating, and is criss-crossed by a labyrinth of off-road tracks which the Land Rovers can manage but other vehicles would struggle with. There were two, 3-4 hour drives arranged each day, and they tended to follow the animals, so you never knew where or what you might see. There are 58 Lodges on the reserve, each limited to max 10 guests and only 20 of which cater for public paying guests, so there was no sense of being crowded. The rangers communicate with each other to share sightings and organise reasonable access to others in the area, and they also provide you with information as you go. They must be patient people, because it would drive me nuts dealing with the same basic questions over and over. Tip: try to think of some more unusual questions to ask before you visit, or get interested in the geography and the plants as well. Much more rewarding. Wild Ivory is reached in about 3 1/3 hours of fairly clear driving from Jo'burg. Half of this is motorway (about 50 Rand toll charges each way) with good rest stops, and then half on a newly reconstructed road (R33). This lodge is accessed at the furthest gate, the West Gate, which is clearly signposted but which is down 17km of good but dusty dirt road. The lodge comes to meet you at the gate (don't lose the entrance paper the guard issues you - you need it signed at the end to exit!) and then you can relax. My room (sturdy tent, actually) was spotless and a reasonable size. It was too cold when I was there to use the outdoor shower, and there was limited hot water from the sun-heated plumbing, but that didn't really matter. Food and drinks are served communally (one of the nicest things was the community feel with other guests) in the main lodge. It was freshly cooked, and more home-cooking than gourmet. The bar prices are really reasonable! The stars of the show were, however, Jennifer and Jaco, the young couple who manage the lodge and lead the game drives. They were approachable and fun without being intrusive, and - as I have said - so patient."

- Chris

"This place was among the best and we enjoyed our stay there very much. Not sure why it get's such high praise yet only 4 stars on average... This place is a little paradise and yet still quite affordable. Would go again."

- Bess

"We spent three wonderful nights at Wild Ivory in August 2015. We were a party of 8 and had the place to ourselves. Andrew, Ash and all the staff at Wild Ivory were just brilliant and ensured we had the perfect break. On arrival at camp we were greeted by a bull elephant which was very exciting for us. Andrew is so knowledgeable and made each and every game drive interesting and informative (for children and adults alike). The other highlight was coming back from our evening game drive to find a hyena had chased an impala onto the deck! Again, Andrew's expertise ensured we always felt safe, despite being rather nervous guests. The food (cooked by Silas) was excellent and meals were served on the deck, with beautiful views of the reserve (and animals if you're fortunate!). We would highly recommend Wild Ivory and hope to return one day."

- Caroline

"Our stay in the 2 bedroom self contained chalet was excellent. A high standard of accommodation for the price, exceeding our expectations. Brendan and Stevie, our hosts, made us very welcome. The Game drives with Brendan were excellent and we were fortunate to spot Lions, White Rhino and Elephant on more than one occasion. The lion hunts, with Brendan's passion for tracking and stalking the Game, were especially thrilling, Our two night stay was memorable and thoroughly enjoyable."

- Tracy

"A beautiful vista over pristine bush from a simply but well put together eco lodge and pretty luxurious tented accommodation. Brendon, Stevie and staff were discretely there when needed. We chose to self cater - the meals were magnificent but anything we could reasonably need to achieve that was available spotless and returned clean quickly. The only artificial sound - the noise of the pool cleaner was silenced at our request and for the rest it was sheer joy. A great bush experience. Thanks guys"

- Cyndi

"This place is the epitome of an African bush experience. The lodge itself is excellent, with luxury tents for accommodation, a lovely lounge and dining area and very comfortable bathrooms. The highlight is the outside shower which overlooks the rolling bush-veld. The staff are excellent, with Brendan providing unforgettable game drives which included us spotting lion, cheetah, rhino, elephant and various other wildlife. He is very knowledgeable and provides incredibly interesting commentary on the various animals and tracks, etc. Silus the cook is excellent and Stevie makes sure that everyone is happy and enjoying their time at the lodge. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. We will definitely be coming back!"

- Brendon

"Wild Ivory is a small lodge (4 cabins + 1 self catering) in Welgevonden Game Reserve. The cabins are half tent/half stone on a concrete floor. Nice detail: your shower is in the open air. The cabins are spic-and-span. The lodge is under new management since a year, and the young couple Brandon and Stevie, together with their staff, are trying to make you as welcome as it can be. Sightings are good in Welgevonden, with the highlight of our trip being a cheetah with here 2 cubs. Nice detail: you will be woken-up by Brendon blowing a kudu horn, i.e. the original vuvuzela."

- Jan

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