Authentic African hospitality at Mabalingwe Game Reserve

Mabalingwe Game Reserve - Bela Bela - Limpopo

Mabalingwe Game Reserve, Bela Bela, Limpopo

Bushveld bliss awaits, nestled in the shadow of the majestic Waterberg Mountains and just over an hour’s drive, North of Pretoria at Mabalingwe Game Reserve. Set in the beautiful, unspoilt bushveld of Bela-Bela in Limpopo; this game reserve has so much to offer in accommodation, activities, abundant birdlife and spectacular wildlife.

The reserve was established in the late ‘80s by Basie Wessels, whose name you will notice memorialised at one of the beautiful dams you’ll see on your game drive. His legacy continues as Mabalingwe Game Reserve offers you the beauty of African wildlife, a variety of outdoor activities for the whole family and fantastic service from an incredible team who are ready to share their passion for nature with you.

You are spoilt for choice with a variety of accommodation options. Luxury lodges or their famous caravan park; whatever you choose, you are guaranteed comfort, well-maintained facilities, wildlife on your doorstep and quality time to create amazing memories, under the African sky.

Accommodation at Mabalingwe Game Reserve

There are 11 lodge accommodation options to choose from in the Mabalingwe Game Reserve, all well-appointed and in a beautiful setting, ensuring you comfort and tranquillity during your stay.

Lodge accommodation can be booked for RooibokLaagte 226, SkekelbosGat 225, Kaya Chané, Hippo Creek, Olievenfontein 221, Bateleur Lodge, Kwalata 129, Idwala 27, Elephant Lodge, Sweet Water 222, and Itaga 702.

These self-catering lodges boast spacious and comfortable bedrooms with both separate, full bathrooms and en-suite bathrooms depending on the lodge. Amenities vary per lodge and include outdoor entertainment areas with braai and pool facilities.

For those searching for an idyllic bush experience, book a campsite in the caravan park, consisting of 70 paved stands, beautifully framed by surrounding trees. All campsites are equipped with standard electric points and there are a number refuse bins around the park. You will find three modern and clean ablution blocks centrally located, one of which comes with two family bathrooms.

When you’ve returned from a drive out in the reserve, jump into either a heated or cool swimming pool, challenge your family or neighbour to a game of putt-putt while the kid’s playground keeps the little ones entertained.

Facilities at Mabalingwe Game Reserve

We all have those holidays when we don’t feel like cooking or dread the trip to the nearest town when you’ve forgotten something at home. Mabalingwe Game Reserve has got you covered!

R&R Buffalo Bar and Pizzeria located in the caravan park, overlooking the pools give you the chance to relax and socialise with bar service, wood-fired pizza and the backdrop of the setting sun. Bookings recommended.

Also located within the caravan park is a well-equipped convenience store stocking grocery items, curios and holiday necessities, a liquor store and takeaway.

Mabalingwe Game Reserve provides the latest in audio-visual equipment and expertise for your conference. The conference centre is situated next to the Kubu Dam and offers access to a swimming pool and tennis court. This spectacular location includes entertainment from the bush, with the sound of lions roaring at sunrise and sunset, and sightings of the resident hippo’s swimming or basking in the sun during the day.

Conference delegates can be accommodated on-site and enjoy home-style cooking and an excellent personal service from the Mabalingwe Game Reserve team.

Top reasons for staying at Mabalingwe Game Reserve:

  1. Enjoy peace and tranquillity in the bushveld of Mabalingwe Game Reserve.
  2. Incredible game viewing with a variety of wildlife and birdlife during your stay.
  3. A variety of accommodation options that include amenities to make your stay comfortable and memorable.
  4. Helpful and friendly staff.
  5. Well-equipped conferencing venue offering a full conferencing service, in a picturesque setting.

To find out more about Mabalingwe Game Reserve, give them a call on 014 736 9000/014 001 7010 or email Visit their website at Find them on Google Maps, Facebook and Instagram.

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