Alpetra Nature Reserve is 4000ha private game reserve in the beautiful Waterberg District of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Here, nature is left unspoilt as the Creator intended it – for the animals to roam free, the birds to sing their sweetly songs, the mountains to stand proudly in their grandeur and the breeze to sweep mischievously through the trees.

Tucked snugly between the South-Western fence of Welgevonden Game Reserve and the Southern fence line of Marakele National Park, Alpetra Nature Reserve offers a selection of accommodation consisting of 4 self-catering chalets at the main lodge, 1 large private bush lodge and a lovely lakeside cabin. The standard of accommodation all around is far above average.

The Waterfront Lodge (Main camp):
4 Self-catering units that offer accommodation for 4 – 6 persons overlook the dam and mountains.  Guests will enjoy the delightful sparkling pool and private or shared braai facilities. 

Buffelsfontein Bushlodge:
Private and secluded and set some distance away from the main camp, is the perfect private setting for a group of 12 persons sharing.  Here you can stay in luxurious surrounds in peace and quiet and harmony with nature. A heated pool and stunning boma completes the picture and make this a popular destination for family groups or small parties!

Lakeside Cabin:
Tucked away deep in the bush, private and secluded, Lakeside Cabin gives new meaning to “living on the wildside”.  The cabin is a thatch roof unit with canvas walls and wooden flooring (beds to be specified at booking) that overlooks the dam. Fishing is permitted.

Travelling to Alpetra:

Easy driving distance from OR TAMBO International Airport

With only a pleasant 2.5-hour drive from Johannesburg, this malaria-free area of the Waterberg is  easily accessible. Passing through little country towns such as Modimolle and Vaalwater makes the journey even more pleasant, because here you can stop for a while to stretch your legs and browse the many delightful tourist attractions. Once you turn off the main road and start descending into the belly of the Waterberg, the beautiful scenery will take your breath away.

Relax, slow down, observe… the rocky outcrops and river valleys, tall trees and busty shrubs, monkeys frolicking around, the low sweep of a hornbill flying by… all just as Nature intended it to be.


MAIN LODGE - Overlooking the dam. The main lodge impresses with beautiful, manicured lawns, a sterling pool, 4 very neat self-catering chalets and two communal leisure and recreational areas.

Aardvark Chalet & Badger Chalets (Sleeps 4 + 2 people)

  • Main bedroom with double bed (en suite bathroom with bath, shower and basin and separate toilet)
  • Second bedroom with two single beds (own en-suite bathroom)
  • Air-conditioned bed-rooms
  • Open plan dining room and lounge with sofa bed.
  • Fireplace in lounge
  • Hairdryer
  • Full kitchen and scullery
  • Open Patio and Deck with private braai facilities

Civet Chalet & Duiker Chalet (Sleeps 4 people)

  • Two bedrooms with two single beds each (both with separate bathrooms)
  • Open plan dining room and lounge with fireplace
  • Kitchenette
  • Open Patio with private braai facilities

Buffelsfontein Lodge (Sleeps 12 people)

  • Two wings with two bedrooms each, first bedroom with one double and one single bed and second bedroom with three single beds.
  • One full bathroom with extra outside shower per wing)
  • Bedrooms are air-conditioned
  • Open plan dining room and lounge with fireplace
  • Full kitchen
  • Open Patio
  • Outside washroom with cold-room
  • Boma with fire-place
  • Heated swimming pool
  • DSTV

Lake Side Cabin (Maximum 4 people)

  • One thatch roof unit with canvas walls and wooden flooring (beds to be specified at booking)
  • Outside open bathroom (donkey for hot water and outdoor toilet)
  • Lapa with wooden deck and braai facilities
  • Solar lighting
  • No wifi
  • No game drives
  • Fishing permitted



At Alpetra we encourage our guests to leave the rat-race behind. Now that you are in the Bushveld, let’s explore nature at a leisurely pace…

Join us early in the morning and late afternoon for a slow game drive though the reserve to get a closer look at the animals and enjoy nature at its best.

A large area around the lodge is completely safe and incredibly beautiful to enjoy daily bush walks at your own leisure. No dangerous animals roam around these parts, but you may come across some Nyala, Kudu, or even Bushbuck along the way.

The beautiful unspoilt nature calls for enthusiasts who love...

  • Nature photography
  • Fishing
  • Dendrology
  • Bird watching

to come and explore.

Big 5 game drives can be arranged at the adjacent Welgevonden Nature Reserve or at Marakele Nature Reserve.

At Alpetra, we respect Nature in its entirety – from the smallest dung beetle to the majestic buffalo - no animals are disregarded. We love all our animals equally and as custodians of nature of we believe that all of God’s creation should be loved and respected.

Beware! Some animals might even wander into camp to inspect the guests!


Extras available at the Reserve:  Wood and ice are available at an extra cost from Reception.

Take the N1 North towards Polokwane. Exit the N1 at the Kranskop Tollgate towards Modimolle on the R33. Continue straight through the town of Modimolle en route to Vaalwater. Drive straight through Vaalwater and continue straight on the R517 for 47km on the until the turn-off to Schoongelegen (D1371) on your left. Access through the security boom gate and continue for 18km on dirt road until you find the Alpetra Nature Reserve gate on your left.