Pitse Lodge, the last and best stop for us in Africa this year. After nice Franshoek, beautiful Hermanus (with several whales in the ocean), Swellendam, Oudtshoorn and Addo Elephant Park (with 750 elephants), we arrived in Welgevonden for the second time. Although we have done safaris for more than 30 years, we found in Welgevonden many experiences, we have never had before. From playing baby jackals, a herd of 70 zebra, a lioness chasing a rhino, two servals, 2 lionesses playing and irritating 2 rhino’s and a lot more!
The view in front of our room, where no vehicle can pass by (thanks to Paul FVV) the excellent food of Francis (“my job is to spoil my guests”) the marvellous hospitality of Christie, Haydn, Pieter and the other staff members. Last but not least…. Steven, he did an excellent job as ranger, replacing Haydn due to his nose operation. At one point we followed foot prints for more than one hour and finally found four cheetah and on another occasion a very big male lion. Thanks for everything and as many have said before: “We would love to come back!
What a week… The hospitality, the sightings (leopard!), the kha kulu munandie food (aka: the great food) (Bobotie x 2!), the kindness, the weather and the laughter.
Big ngia bonga! (aka: big thanks)
PS: Big yay for the 40 (!!) more or less mammals!
Dear Christie, Haydn and Team,
Thank you so much for giving us such a great feeling of hospitality and a feeling for what nature can have! Life doesn’t get better than this. It’s like heaven or beyond… For sure it’s next level for a holiday! Forever yours,
Dear Christie, Haydn, Pieter, Francis and Staff,
Thank you all for the incredible stay! All the game drives were fantastic, we can listen to Haydn for hours! The animals we have seen are unforgettable. Everyday it feels like you are eating in the best restaurant, all that because of the best cook Francis!
Thanks again for everything we have experienced. We hope to come back again one day.
Lots of love,
Dear Christie, Haydn and the Wonderful Team,
There are no words to explain how the experience was. Thank you again for unforgettable days, the good food, wine and of course the game drives. See you soon, big hug and stay healthy.
Dear Haydn, Christie and all the staff, as well as Pieter and Chef,
If a holiday can be a dream, we have experienced a dream over the past three days. Your hospitality, care, knowledge of animals and the country, made our game drives unforgettable. The delicious meals Chef prepared for us and the care of Christie and Pieter was fantastic. Thank you for making our stay unforgettable.
To Haydn, Christie, Pieter, Francis, Paulina and Isaac,
Another wonderful visit with some super lion sightings. We really enjoyed the star gazing!
To Haydn, Christie, Francis, Pieter, Isaac and Paulina,
We want to say a huge thank you to you all for the wonderful time we had here. You have all been so friendly and helpful, and we have loved the food, the environment and atmosphere at Pitse. The food in particular, has been outstanding – thanks Francis. The game drives with Haydn have been fantastic, with his vast knowledge and experience helping us learn so much about the animals, as well as getting some wonderful sightings of the lions, elephants and many other animals. The lodge room we had was just fantastic, with most fabulous views and a very comfortable bed. The turn down service was also great. I enjoyed swimming in the pool which wasn’t too cold. Thanks to everyone for our time at Pitse, we are planning to return in the future.
Dear Christie, Haydn & Pitse Lodge Team,
What wonderful days we spent in your beautiful lodge. The game drives we did with Haydn were amazing. We saw so many animals – the baby rhino, the baby elephants in the herd – we enjoyed it all so much. The warm welcome after we came back at the lodge, and the delicious meals – we loved it. It was the best place to celebrate my 70th birthday!
Many, many thanks & best wishes to you all
Dear Friends of Pitse,
We have been here for 3 days and we have enjoyed it to the fullest. Amazing location, amazing environment, but also amazing hospitality.We have met a unprecedented ranger in Haydn. You know when to look and spot the animals we were looking for. Thank you for your knowledge and experience, you were very willing to share with us. We enjoyed the hospitality of the entire team who were there to give us a royal experience. You succeeded in doing this. Thank you! We wish you lots of success and (who knows) see you in the future!
Dear Christie, Haydn and the rest of the Pitse Team!
This was our first time in South Africa and we could have never prepared for this wonderful experience! The surroundings, the fantastic lodge… it’s all a dream! The game drives with Haydn were the highlight of the day! All the animals we wanted to see… just ask Haydn and he will find them for you! The meals 3 times a day were magnificent and always exceptional! Many thanks for this wedding week!! You’ve made a dream come true!
Love and greetings
A huge thanks to Haydn-ator and the wonderful team here at Pitse Lodge.
We have been so spoilt by all the amazing meals, game drives and scenery! Haydn-ator the legend of Welgevonden made sure that we had the best views of every animal sighting. It’s going to be hard to leave this beautiful place and animals. Hope to come back here in the future to spot the leopard! Cheers to the awesome stay.
Thank you for this amazing week. This week felt like a dream. Everything was perfectly organised. The Pitse Team is so passionate, they fill their hearts with love and very exciting views. We can recommend “Pitse Lodge” to everybody. We will never forget this wonderful week. Thank you all so much.
Much love and greetings
Dear Pitse Dream Team,
I never would have dared to dream about the wedding like we had! It was beyond perfect and you are the ones we will always be thankful for. Our stay with you has been more then amazing and it has filled our hearts with love and joy when we think about Welgevonden and Pitse! Haydn-ator you are the best!! Thank you all for a wonderful time! Much love, the happiest bride in the world.
Dear Christie, Haydn, Pieter, Francis, Isaac, Simon, Paulina and Mittah,
Thank you all so much for an amazing time at the lodge again. We had such a wonderful and relaxing time. This is certainly one of the most relaxing, yet inspiring vacations we could imagine. Not only the scenery, but mostly the people who made it – thanks to everyone! We hope to be back one day soon. Love and greetings.
“Dear Christie, Haydn & Pitse Team,
Thank you so, so much for this incredible and fantastic time that we have spent at the lodge. We had the time of our lives. We couldn’t have hoped for a better place to get married – WE LIVED OUR DREAM.
Thank you for everything.
See you in a couple of years hopefully. We will keep in touch.”
“Dear Pitse Team,
This week was a wonderful experience. Your hospitality, enthusiasm, great cooking and the beautiful environment made us feel like being in paradise. We were very lucky to see so many animals and learned a lot about them from Haydn. Thank you very much for everything.”
Thanks again for another great stay at Pitse! It was so nice to be back again…
Home away from home, in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. At least in our view 😊
Thanks for the great hospitality, cooking and enthusiasm.
We will not forget the cheetahs with their kill, the beautiful sighting of the elephant on the road, which was scary at the same time. But one of the most impressive things was the roaring of the lions at night and to see them so close to the lodge!
Unforgettable…. Besides all the other animals of course.
We hope to be back soon!”
Dear Pitse Team,
We stayed for 14 days for the fourth time at Pitse and it was wonderful again! We did a lot of activities like:
- Full day trips (to the north)
- Braai at the dam with fishing (Sterkfontein)
- Boma dinners
- Morning and afternoon trips
- Also, relaxing times
- And a lot more…
We saw a lot of game and special sightings with the help by super ranger Haydn!
Lions, cheetah, buffalo, bush pigs, giraffe, elephants, spitting cobra, civet, vultures, baby hippo, rhinos and lots of normal animals and birds.
Thanks for the pleasant stay, IT WAS GREAT…
The meals are delicious, back home we must go on diet! 😊
Greetings from Tilburg, Netherlands
Dear Haydn, Christie, Pieter, Francis and All,
Thank you for the wonderful vacation. Everything was fantastic – the game, the walk, the food, the scenery…. But what makes this so special was your incredible hospitality. Thank you!
Dear Haydn, Christie, Pieter, Francis and the entire Pitse Staff,
Africa was always #1 on my bucket list. Little did I know that it would turn out to be a champagne bucket! The staff, accommodation, cuisine, cake and hospitality were 10 stars…. At least. I learned more from Haydn than from any biology, geology or astronomy class I ever had at university. We all felt completely at home here – from ages 6 to 76! You managed to intrigue and inspire us all. Thank you so much for the memories that will last all our lifetimes. We will miss you all and hope to return someday soon”.
Love and best wishes to you.
Dear Christie, Haydn, Pieter, Francis and all the other staff,
This was my third time at Pitse Lodge, which was built with so much love as I can see in every corner. But it is not just the lodge, it is the wonderful team and above all our hosts, Christie and Haydn, who make us feel as if we are coming home! The drives are wonderful, and I have learnt so much. I really hope to come back!!! With great appreciation and thanks for the wonderful time”
Dear Pitse Team,
Great experience it was! Beautiful people, beautiful beasts, beautiful nature, beautiful place. Thank you for the hospitality and I learnt so much more about the wild life”. Warm regards. Jet
I fully agree with Jet’s words. I have been to SA numerous times, this however is an experience that stands out high above everything else I have seen in this beautiful country. Thanks so much – it was fantastic.
Dear Haydn, Christie & All the Pitse Team,
Thank you so much for the wonderful week at Pitse Lodge. What a beautiful place this is! So happy that we saw 4 of the Big 5 animals.
What a beautiful first stay in South Africa and first safari – a truly unforgettable experience!
Haydn’s passion for nature, the landscape and animals is remarkable and is really contagious.
Christie is such a lovely person who is permanently busy to please her guests!
You and your staff made us so happy. Thanks again for this ‘once in a lifetime’ experience.
We’ll come back with our children!
Dear Christie, Haydn and The Pitse Team,
Another week at the lodge coming to an end and it has again been an amazing adventure. We love the feeling of coming back and will savour this until the next time. Your hospitality is one of a kind! Francis has fed us well with delicious food, beer and wine. Except for a little bit of rain, the weather has been sunny and pleasant (and we are all sunburnt!) a nice contrast to the -4 degrees and snow back home. The game drives are truly an experience and we want to thank Haydn for being so patient with all our questions and for being genuinely enthusiastic. We had a lot of wonderful sightings, including encounters with the lions, elephant herds, hippo with a baby and a rock python and a lot of others:
Animal list : hippo, rhino, red hartebeest, wildebeest, waterbuck, jackal, eland, warthog, zebra, common reedbuck, kudu, blesbok, rock rabbit, door mouse, elephant shrew, lion, baboon, impala, bat, oryx, elephant, vervet monkey, red lipped herald snake, tsessebe, steenbok, small spotted genet, puffadder, bubbling casino frog, skink, brown hyena, cheetah, buffalo, rock dassie, giraffe, crocodile, klipspringer, scrub hare, tree squirrel, bushbuck and lots of birds!
We are so grateful that we found Pitse and thank you all for a wonderful week. Until next time…
Thank you for all these beautiful moments – an experience we will never forget.”
“Thank for taking such good care of us – we had amazing days.”
“Thank you for a beautiful stay – we have enjoyed it very much – it was amazing.
Dear Christie, Haydn and Pitse Staff,
This place was even better than we expected! We felt like we have lived in paradise for the last few days. This was due to the beautiful lodge and mostly due to the warm and helpful staff.
What we liked most:
The beautiful, quiet surrounding
The viewing from the lodge in the early morning
Taking a bath and enjoying the view
Cycling in the middle of the Wildebeest
Watching the animals so close
Photographing the wildlife
The chocolates on the pillows
Standing under the outside shower
The “personal touch” of Christie & Haydn
The marshmallow on at the boma dinner
I liked everything!
Thank you for the service
We visited Pitse for the 3rd time, and it was great again! We enjoyed your fantastic hospitality, the delicious meals and the wonderful game drives. Thank you very much and we will see you in December 2020!!
Dear Christie, Haydn & Pitse Staff,
Thank you for a beautiful stay – we loved it all.
Thank you for the peaceful game drives.
Thank you for all the food and special thanks for paying such close attention to our diet.
Thank you for the cleanliness in the rooms and the complete lodge.
Thank you for all the attention to detail.
Hope to come back sometime – best wishes to you all
Dear Christie, Haydn & The Pitse Staff,
Thank you for a beautiful stay in Pitse Lodge! What a wonderful place! Not only the magnificent view and ambiance of the lodge but it is the atmosphere created by all of you.
Haydn and Christie compliments for managing this lodge so well.
Pieter, thanks for all the warm welcomes after the game drives with the warm towels, serving all the meals and all the cups of tea!
Francis, thanks for the gorgeous meals. I tasted the most delicious carrot cake and had never seen a turtle bread before!
Mittah, thanks for everything – it was so clean and what a surprise finding a chocolate or candy on our pillow each night.
Isaac & Simon, all the facilities in the lodge where TOP!
Haydn, thanks for all the hospitality, organizations and especially the nice game drives, you informed us about the wildlife with so much love and passion! It was great to see your respect for the animals. And all the conversations about life – it was so nice.
You said you have already had lots of Dutch guests at Pitse Lodge – there will probably be more, because you have created two more ambassadors!
We hope we can come back once. Best wishes for all and again, thanks so much
Dear Haydn, Christie and the Pitse Staff,
What a magical place you have at Pitse Lodge. We loved everything about it. It’s beauty, its silence, the animals, the personal touch you give to it. Thank you very much for making our holiday so perfect. Francis, thank you for all the lovely meals. Pieter, thanks for all the cups of tea, coffee, soda water, beers etc. Haydn, thank for the great game drives and everything you taught us. Everybody, thanks for the care, your hospitality and the beautiful time you gave us here. We hope to come and see you again.
What a welcome it was, a very friendly meeting with Haydn at the gate and with Christie and the entire staff when we arrived at the lodge BUT there was also an elephant welcoming us, he was thirsty and drank a little from the water features of the lodge. After that it was like the Garden of Eden. The drives were wonderful, the food and the lodge unforgettable. Haydn managed to organise the ‘requested’ bathing elephants and the large male lion. Christie told us everything about the lodge and about living out here. Pieter and the staff were giving us a wonderful and enjoyable stay. Thank you all so much and hopefully we will be able to come back in the near future.
Dear Christie, Haydn and Staff,
It was so great to be here, so overwhelming. Even in our dreams it wasn’t so beautiful as it is here!! Thank you so much for sharing all the nice places, the hospitality and the services you all have given us. We will be back, because our children have to see this place too (and grandchildren) Again a fantastic place!!!”
Dear Haydn, Christie and Staff.
Nothing impresses more than authentic simplicity and real, warm hospitality. We have been around for only three days, too short a stay, but we hope to come back more often. We are quite speechless how we feel. Therefore, nice and simple: You have made our days here so good!
“What an amazing place this is! We had such an unforgettable time here, every second exceeded expectations. A huge thank you to everyone who made this trip so special and amazing. A special thank you to Christie and Haydn – the two of you have made this place a truly one of a kind and can’t thank you enough for all you do. We can’t wait to come back!”
“Dear Christie, Haydn and the Pitse Staff – These past few days in South Africa in Pitse Lodge were definitely the most memorable of our stay in this beautiful country. It was you and your staff who created the ambiance and atmosphere of a perfect wedding day on the 27th of August! Nicole as well as myself will never forget this!! We will leave this place with a big smile on our face and a little tear. Every minute of the game drives, the excellent dinners, snacks and good informative conversations made this an experience we will never forget. Luck was by our side these days with great cheetah sightings, baby rhinos and all other animals. Hopefully we can come back to you in the near future!! You have created new ambassadors for Pitse Lodge and South Africa!! All the best from Holland “Super bedankt”! on behalf of our families Vallen and Mutsers”
“To the Pitse Team – Thank you so much for making our African adventure the most magnificent experience of our lives. We struggle to find the best part of our trip as each amazing event was surpassed by the next. From the cheetah chase, to the elephants play fighting, to the lion’s roar, to the rhinos wanting to join us for dinner in the boma. Everything was spectacular and was complemented by Haydn’s great demeanour, and the staffs friendly attitude and hospitality. Thanks again for everything. This will forever be remembered as one of the best family bonding we have ever had and if we don’t… we have over 1000 pictures to help us!”
“As South Africans, we are blessed to get the chance and immense privilege to visit a number of game reserves and lodges. We found Welgevonden be a place of serenity and beauty. The open plains were a new experience and we could observe game clearly from the vehicle. Pitse Lodge has the best choice we could ever have made to stay at. A flawless experience where we were treated with great love and care from a dedicated group of professionals. It would be amiss of us not to mention them by name:
Christie, Haydn, Isaac, Pieter, Simon, Paulina, Mittah, Francis. The best endorsement is that we will be back to reconnect with the wildlife and great Pitse hosts in the future”
Dear Christie, Haydn & the whole Pitse Team, Thank you for a wonderful stay at Pitse Lodge. What an experience, the endless hospitality, endless scenery, endless wildlife. We all really enjoyed our stay at Pitse Lodge. Far too short, this hopefully gives us the opportunity to come back one day. Wildlife was superb, we were so lucky to greet a lion and a bunch of elephants! The rhino’s – enjoy the fantastic preservation in this place – supported by lodges such as Pitse Lodge! Superb!! Thank you and greetings from all of us.
We had a really lovely stay and experience at Pitse Lodge. All the staff are so welcoming – thank you Christie and all. The game drives were great and we were lucky to have seen the cheetah up close. Thank you Haydn, for all the finds! The food was delicious, the warm smiles welcoming and Welgevonden is such a beautiful reserve. We are lucky to have been guests at this special place.
We came back for the third time to Pitse, now with teenagers. They are still so enthusiastic and so are we. We saw so many animals. The lion came back! It was so nice to meet Haydn and Christie again. What a paradise!! Thanks to all the staff. The wonderful food and the plus plus experience of Haydn and Christie!
We stayed for the third time at Pitse and it felt like coming home. Sterkfontein is a great plus, we enjoyed the fishing, hiking and biking. The game drives are GREAT, we loved it!! Also the meals are very good as well is the service. Thank you very much Haydn, Christie, Pieter, Francis, Isaac, Simon, Paulina and Mittah.