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About Bonwa Phala Game Reserve

Bonwa Phala Game Reserve is a 5,000 hectare nature reserve, offering a pristine, diverse and unique destination in the Bela Bela district of the Limpopo Province.

The weather is warm almost all year round and Bonwa Phala is a true home for lovers of nature and the African bush. It is under two hours’ drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria and, due to the location of the main lodge, it offers absolute privacy.Bonwa Phala exclusive accommodation comprises of a Main Lodge with 10 chalets and a Tented Camp with five tents, guaranteeing guests their privacy and solitude.

The Main Lodge's 10 open-plan chalets all feature en-suite bathrooms, and guests can choose between double and family-size chalets. All chalets have their own patio and are conveniently situated near to the main complex. The thatched, central main complex consists of an indoor dining area, an informal lounge area with DStv, and a cosy covered bar area that opens up onto an intimate and rustic open-air boma. Guests have the option of eating outside at the fire or retreating into the indoor dining area.

There is an outdoor pool with a covered shelter next to it for those who love relaxing around the pool but don't want to expose themselves to the sun’s rays for too long. Resident guests at Bonwa Phala have access to the superb 5-star Zebula Golf Estate and Spa, which is about a 10-minute drive from Bonwa Phala. Zebula offers a variety of activities such as golf, quad-bike safaris, archery, clay-pigeon shooting, fishing, horse safaris, spa treatments, restaurants, a convenience store, a signature design mountain bike course, and much more.

Safari: Early morning and sunset game drives as well as guided bush walks are offered on a daily basis, but must be pre-booked. Detailed information is available on request and bush braais can be organised by prior arrangement.

Conference Venues: Bonwa Phala lodge is the ideal venue for that bush break or small corporate conference. At the main complex there is a separate conference facility which caters for up to 20 corporate delegates.


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

50% Deposit secures your booking. Full payment to be made 14 days before arrival date. No self-driving is allowed.

The Main Lodge is fully catered Dinner , bed and Breakfast rates include VAT

The Tented Camp is self-catering and is available for group bookings only on a self catering basis. A Dinner bed and breakfast option is...
50% Deposit secures your booking. Full payment to be made 14 days before arrival date. No self-driving is allowed.

The Main Lodge is fully catered Dinner , bed and Breakfast rates include VAT

The Tented Camp is self-catering and is available for group bookings only on a self catering basis. A Dinner bed and breakfast option is available for smaller groups or couples. Guests check in at the main lodge, from where they will be escorted to the Tented Camp. Walking from the Tent camp is not allowed without the guidance of one of our rangers. Game Drives are optional booking essential

One game drive per day is included in your rates.

Important Note: All activities must be pre-booked. Detailed information is available on request.
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Reviews for Bonwa Phala Game Reserve

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Jacques Rudman
20 April 2018

The staff are super friendly and go out of their way to provide good service. The accommodations were clean and well appointed. Wish there was a fridge in the room. Will be back.

Craig Huppe
08 May 2017

Great place. Good service and good home cooked food

Gail Commins
02 April 2017

Bonwa Phala is the most stunning place,uniquely situated.The staff are all amazing,so warm,helpful and friendly.Nothing is too much trouble for them.Both the lodge and tented camp are well equipped and very quiet and private.

Geraldine Maepa, South Africa
03 January 2017

My stay at Bonwa Phala was amazing. The accommodation was comfortable and was like home away from home. The staff was nice and friendly. I will recommend this place to eve i know. Geraldine Maepa

THATO LEGONG, South Africa
06 December 2016

I must say I didn't expect much from Bonwa Phala, but I got more then I could ask for. Loved the fact that they did things deferential. From the little things to the big things that made the reserve stand out from the rest. I will be coming again for sure and I hope you guys keep it up.

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Bonwa Phala Game Reserve Map

Bonwa Phala Game Reserve is 27.9km from the centre of Bela Bela (Warmbaths) , the nearest airport 109.7km (Waterkloof AFB Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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