Seasons of the Waterberg  

Situated within the beautiful Waterberg region of South Africa, Welgevonden Game Reserve is a testament to the country’s natural beauty and biodiversity. Spanning over vast savannahs and woodlands, this reserve is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. We would like to tell you about the difference in weather you can expect during the different seasons.

Summer: November to March

During the summer months, which span from November to March, Welgevonden experiences its rainy season. Characterized by rising temperatures, with daily temperatures between 28-35°C and more rainfall. Most days are sunny and pleasant, since most rain falls through the nights (with amazing thunderstorms that you can watch unfold in the sky).

The abundant rainfall nurtures the vegetation, resulting in lush greenery that blankets the terrain. This brings new life in form newborn animals and returning migratory birds. Summer is definitely the best time for those who are interested in bird sightings.

Despite the occasional downpour, summer evenings and mornings maintain a pleasant warmth, making them ideal for game drives through the vibrant wilderness of Welgevonden.

In April and May, the temperatures start to drop during the evenings. During daytime it is mostly still warm and nice with temperatures between 22-30°C. It will be less likely to rain and the green will start to fade.

Winter: June to August

In contrast, the winter season in Welgevonden spans from June to August. During this time, the region experiences cooler temperatures and minimal rainfall. Daytime temperatures are still very comfortable with 20-25°C on average. But nights and early mornings will be cold (5-15°C). You have to bring some warm clothes for on the game drives. These cold nights will create cozy opportunities for stargazing under the clear, expansive skies.

The absence of rain leads to a gradual decline in vegetation, as the landscape transforms into a more subdued color palette. With fewer leaves on the trees, visibility improves, making it easier to spot elusive wildlife.

In September and October, the temperatures will rise again and can lead to 30°C days again. The mornings and evenings can still be cool. When the first rains arrive – mostly end of October – more reptiles, birds and insects will become active again. It’s always great to watch everything come to live again.

Appreciating the Diversity of Seasons

Despite the contrasts between summer and winter, both seasons offer their own unique attractions and experiences for visitors to Welgevonden Game Reserve. Whether it’s witnessing the lush abundance of summer or embracing the serene landscapes of winter, guests are taken on a journey through the wonders of nature. From vibrant birdlife to thrilling wildlife encounters, Welgevonden showcases the beauty and resilience of South Africa’s wilderness throughout the year. The reserve’s remarkable climate ensures that every visit is filled with unforgettable moments and the most amazing sights.

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Site 67, Welgevonden Game Reserve, West Gate,
Vaalwater, 7600
Reservations Office Number
+27 87 056 9937
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