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Bela-BelaSouth Africa

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.

Top hotels in Bela-Bela

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge
Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge
4 out of 5
Farm 534KQ D1000, Mabula District, Bela-Bela, Limpopo

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (34 reviews)
Perfect Getaway

"Perfect weekend away! Very peaceful lodge overlooking nature from your room. Great service and food served at the restaurants. Lots of activities to be booked by the club house. And the spa was incredible. Would definitely recommend to any couples looking for a getaway to relax and view animals from ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge
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
Safari Plains
Safari Plains
4.5 out of 5
The price is Rs24,022 per night

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)
Great Potential if flaws addresses

"The trip was good and the lodge has great potential, but it definitely has some cons. Pros: The staff were very friendly (Dries in particular) and the game ranger was really good. He knew a lot about the animals and made us feel comfortable. We saw 3 of the Big 5 in one drive so we were happy. Cons: ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019

Safari Plains

Popular places to visit in Bela-Bela

Mabalingwe Nature Reserve South Gate
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Mabalingwe Nature Reserve South Gate

Explore the great outdoors at Mabalingwe Nature Reserve South Gate, a lovely green space in Bela-Bela. You can enjoy the restaurants while in the area.

Welgevonden Game Reserve
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Welgevonden Game Reserve

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Welgevonden Game Reserve, a popular green space in Vaalwater. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

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