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Bela-Bela

Travel Guide
Bela-Bela featuring swimming, a luxury hotel or resort and a pond

Unwind in spas and pools created by geothermic hot springs, observe big cats and rhinos and explore the wilderness surrounding this town.

Situated at the foot of the Waterberg Mountain is Bela-Bela, a town whose roots lie in the hot spring water that bubbles up from the ground. The waters are rich in minerals and were once used for healing purposes by the Tswana people. Relax in ancient hot springs, hike along mountain trails and waterski across a dam.

The town’s resorts and spas are among its biggest draws and there are many to choose from. A popular choice is Warmbaths, a Forever Resort, built around a thermal spring. Soothe your body in the hydro pool and then indulge in a spa treatment. The resort also features lots of outdoor activities for all the family, including paddle boats and a play park for children.

You can also get active in Bela-Bela with a range of pursuits. Enjoy waterskiing and fishing at Warmbaths Dam, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the center of Bela-Bela. Go hiking and cycling along trails that wind through the mountains. For something gentler, play a round of golf at the Zebula Golf Course.

There are lots of opportunities to see wildlife during your time in Bela-Bela. Go on a big game drive at Mabalingwe Nature Reserve and look for lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos. There are also drives to watch lions during their feeding times.

For more wildlife experiences, visit the Bambelela Wildlife Care & Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation Farm. Take part in one of the volunteer programs and spend a few days caring for the farm’s free roaming vervet monkeys. Other animals you may see here are zebras, antelopes and porcupines. At the Nylsvley Nature Reserve, see hundreds of bird species at their inland floodplain home.

Bela-Bela is located between Pretoria and Polokwane, approximately 124 miles (200 kilometers) from Johannesburg. A rental car is a good way to get around to see all the sights. Many of the reserves in the area feature guided tours.

Bela-Bela’s picturesque surroundings and relaxing, warm mineral waters will leave you feeling utterly refreshed.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge
Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge
4 out of 5
Farm 534KQ D1000, Mabula District, Bela-Bela, Limpopo
The price is £72 per night from 16 Aug to 16 Aug
This family-friendly Bela-Bela lodge is located in a national park, within 3 mi (5 km) of Mabalingwe Nature Reserve South Gate and Wessels Lake. Klipspringer ...
4.2/5Excellent! (39 reviews)
"very good ,staff friendly"

Reviewed on 27 Apr 2021

Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge
Safari Plains
Safari Plains
4.5 out of 5
The price is £306 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated in a national park, this all-inclusive lodge is 12.3 mi (19.7 km) from Mabalingwe Nature Reserve South Gate and within 20 miles (32 km) of Wessels Lake ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (6 reviews)
Absolute treat!!
"A Treat from the minute you arrive until you check out. Russel went out of his way on the game drives. The place is clean and comfortable. Food was great!"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2021

Safari Plains
Thandeka Game Lodge & Spa
Thandeka Game Lodge & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Rooiberg Road, Bela-Bela, Limpopo
This family-friendly Bela-Bela lodge is located in a rural location, within 2 mi (3 km) of Wessels Lake and Mabalingwe Nature Reserve South Gate. Klipspringer ...
2/5 (1 review)
OROS for breakfast
"This lodge just does not have the WOW factor. Lacks that special feeling,that does not cost any money. Although staff were very friendly, the waiters were absolutely nowhere in terms of other skills - basic waitering and communication skills lacked. Overall, the place lacks refinement and the managers/owners ..."

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2015

Thandeka Game Lodge & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Buyskop Lodge
Buyskop Lodge
1.5 out of 5
The price is £44 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated in the mountains, this spa campsite is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Bela Bela Flea Market, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bela-Bela Mosque and Thaba Kwena Crocodile ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
A great place to relax
"A very nice place, very peaceful, the daily house keeping not entirely happy with, they clean on request and that cleaning does not include bedroom 😭😭, beautiful scenery with animals moving around, house equipment with all the necessities needed for a comfortable stay"

Reviewed on 24 Dec 2019

Buyskop Lodge
Tholo Private Game Lodge, Mabalingwe
Tholo Private Game Lodge, Mabalingwe
Bela-Bela, Limpopo
Situated in Bela-Bela, this historic resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mabalingwe Nature Reserve South Gate and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Wessels Lake. Klipspringer Lake ...
Tholo Private Game Lodge, Mabalingwe
Elements Bush Villa 216
Elements Bush Villa 216
3.5 out of 5
Situated in Bela-Bela, this golf villa is 6.7 mi (10.7 km) from Klipspringer Lake and 7.6 mi (12.3 km) from Wessels Lake. Bela-Bela Mosque and Bela Bela Flea ...
Elements Bush Villa 216
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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