About 30 miles south-east of Welkom you’ll find the Willem Pretorius Game Reserve. I visited this reserve several times when I was working in the area. Since there are no large predators in the camp the wildlife always appeared fairly relaxed so easy to view from the car. I took this photo of a baboon on one of my visits to the park. That said, the circular specular highlights are a dead giveaway that I used my Tamron 500mm mirror lens for this image.
In addition to the plentiful usual game suspects, the reserve has the world’s larges herd of black wildebeest and over 200 species of birds. In my view it’s well worth a visit or two if you’re in the area (or at least, it was in the late eighties). I used to drive along the north side of the lake (which is fed by the Sand River and formed by the Allemanskraal Dam) where there are some rocky outcrops, one of which is well known for it’s remains of prehistoric settlements.