Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway

Perched regally amidst the bushwillows on the tip of a magnificent gorge overlooking the Sterkstroom River, Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway is just that; a romantic, secluded hideaway from the world’s worries, an intimate encounter with the beauty of the ruggedly scenic Welgevonden Game Reserve.

Sip a soothing G&T as you relax in your very own plunge pool overlooking the gorge, or disappear into the depths of a comfortable wicker chair to watch the glorious scenery and varied wildlife.

Clifftop is a serene sanctuary amidst spectacular scenery; a wildlife retreat of extraordinary beauty and home to a myriad of animal and bird species that call the rocky ravines and rolling wooded mountains of this stunning private reserve home.

Your precious privacy is interrupted only by the sound of the bushveld from your elevated suite deck and the sound of the roaring river a hundred meters below.

Relax on your private deck enjoying the cool breeze or sip a full-bodied red wine in front of one of the lodge’s cosy fires. Whether you’re on honeymoon or simply seeking a romantic sojourn, Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway will soothe your soul; its characteristic silver, grey and white tones, private nooks, and natural wood and stone features creating a sense of calm throughout.

The seclusion and romance throughout Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway make it an incredible wedding destination and heaven for honeymooners. Spend the best day of your life or the days thereafter in intimate surroundings with the one you love.

Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway brings the bush to life, delivering a secluded, romantic retreat within Limpopo’s beautiful Waterberg, just three hours’ drive from Johannesburg.

Romance the bush at Clifftop and it will romance you right back.

Reasons to visit Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway

  • The setting is unique with outstanding views
  • An elegant safari experience just three hours from Johannesburg
  • Personalised service by friendly well-trained staff
  • Excellent cuisine
  • Wine Cellar for private dining
  • Malaria-free area
  • Private decks boasting a sparkling plunge pool

Small and exclusive with a unique style created by designer Laurie Owen of Laurie Owen Interiors, Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway was named Best Hotel Interior at the African Hotel Awards in 2011.

All 8 suites have a private deck with a plunge pool and thatched sala. There are also indoor and outdoor showers.

The suites are non-smoking and have air conditioning, direct dial telephones, hairdryers, hotel stationery, minibars, room safes, separate bath and shower with bath consumables and tea/coffee making facilities, electric blankets, indoor & outdoor lounges, private plunge pools, and viewing decks.

One suite has an open plan bathroom and toilet.

Children 13 years and older are welcome at the lodge and are accommodated in their own rooms.


15 March 2021

Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway has pushed design boundaries and the aesthetic of African safari luxury since its inception. In anticipation of the recovery of South African tourism in 2021, the Extraordinary team embarked on an ambitious project to elevate this jewel of Welgevonden Private Game Reserve to the next level.

A glamourous refashioning commenced at the start of 2021 and has now reached completion—well in time for the Easter holidays. The talented Group Interior Design Executive, Esley Georgiou, has created a fresh aesthetic that maximises the breath-taking views of the unparalleled surroundings and of the lodge’s clifftop position, which enhances a private space for the discerning safari enthusiast. An adults–only zone of sanctuary and luxury—the lodge now boasts new, bespoke furniture and fittings throughout.

From the moment of arrival, the tranquil colours invite and soothe the traveller. The use of light, natural tones, which blend gently with the surrounding landscape, maintain the distinctive theme of Clifftop. As one of the first lodges to use the timeless colour palette of whites and greys, this romantic setting has always embraced its unique design. An inspiring, three–metre-high chandelier dominates the entrance vestibule. Crafted from recycled materials and bleached wood, it is suspended from the triple volume space and emulates a cluster of protea flowers (the South African national flower). The stunning new outdoor deck spaces, mindfully styled with half–moon seating nodes and shimmering swinging nests suspended from the thatched roof, establish an ambiance of serenity and understated luxury.

Sustainability is a core value at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway. In this regard, a proudly South African approach was taken in ensuring that all of the elements were produced and sourced locally. The support of SMME companies, which all have previously disadvantaged backgrounds, was of vital importance to the property. The use of Environ paints, a water-based natural paint product that is dedicated to preserving the environment and ensuring a greener future, set the pace and was followed by using recycled materials wherever possible.

Massive transformations to all eight suites were curated, with the additions of sleek silver and grey headboards as well as bed-end ottomans, which create a sense of lavishness whilst the natural wood branches preserve an earthy style that pairs seamlessly with the ruggedly beautiful surroundings. The careful use of natural elements and tones, including wood and stone, paired with the opulence of the well–appointed furnishings, create an irresistible feeling of sanctuary. A cosy L-shaped cocoon overlooks the outside deck with its sparkling private plunge pool. The gorgeous and spacious bathrooms boast new vanities, baths and a view to die for. Don’t miss the experience of the outdoor shower–suspended above the fifty-metre plunge down the cliff to the Sterkstroom River below. A modern light Oak hospitality/workspace offers a minibar as well as tea and coffee stations to ensure that guests have everything that they need at their fingertips.

The overall contemporary feel of the lodge is one of exceptional space, perched on the edge of the world. Suspended somewhere between the absolute bliss of seclusion and the necessity of luxury and elegance, Clifftop has transitioned into a truly spectacular safari escape.

Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway is part of the Extraordinary Collection of Lodges and Hotels in Southern Africa. These destinations include a wide range from Cape Town to private concessions in the Kruger National Park through to the North West and Limpopo safari areas. Extraordinary boasts an impressive client base that extends beyond South Africa into Zimbabwe.

For more information, contact Cindy Sheedy Walker of Extraordinary on Tel: +27 82 779 4479, Email



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