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About Idwala View

This secluded, self-catering luxury nature reserve getaway offers you the best way to experience amazing African wildlife in the malaria-free Mabalingwe Nature Reserve – the playground of a multitude of Africa's finest animals and birds who love to visit the watering hole at Idwala View. The house boasts spacious rooms that spill out to the expansive deck where a swimming pool, bar and sun deck await. Beautifully decorated in a distinct South African flavour, inspired by Tretchikoff and the local street artists, Idwala View can accommodate 14 guests – up to 10 adults and 4 children. Perfect for family gatherings and large groups. Spend quality time together as you enjoy the views of the glorious sunsets while sipping a sundowner.

Go on game drives in your own Game Viewing Vehicle (manual transmission) (extra cost of ZAR 950.00 per day). Or book a guided game drive with Mablingwe Time Share Reception. Be greeted in the mornings by Klipspringers and experience the magic of your own open air boma lit by a glowing fire and the Milky Way at night. In addition to the awesome surrounds and first-rate accommodation, you can choose from a host of activities; including horseback game viewing, cold and heated swimming pools and an outdoor spa. Main House: Leopard Room – Upstairs – En-suite Bathroom – King Bed – Sleep 2. Elephant Room – Upstairs next to Leopard Room – Loft Room – Bathroom/Shower Downstairs – 2 Single Daybeds – Sleep 2. Impala Room – Downstairs – En-suite Bathroom – 2 Single Beds – Sleep 2. Deck Rooms (access from Main Deck): Zebra Room – En-suite Bathroom and Shower – King Bed – Sleep 2 – Plus 2 Roller Beds with Bedding that can be prepared for children. Ostrich Room – En-suite Bathroom and Shower – King Bed – Sleep 2 – Plus 2 Roller Beds with Bedding that can be prepared for children.

We are Kind to our Environment

At Idwala View we have created an eco-friendly system that is kind to the surrounding environment. We are striving to become one of the most environmentally friendly self-catering lodges in the Mabalingwe Nature Reserve.

We have implemented a number of small touches to help us reduce our carbon footprint and make it a safer and healthier world for our guests and surrounds.

Cleaning Products – Biodegradable Earth-Conscious Cleaning Agents and Bath Products are provided for guest use.

Toilet Tissue – It is not because we are cheap, it is because we care that we supply Single Ply Toilet Tissue made from recycled paper.

Waste and Recycling – Mabalingwe has a recycling program that we participate in. Tins, glass, plastic, paper and cardboard recyclables are placed in the green bag compartment of the waste bin in the scullery and all other household waste are placed in the black bag compartment of the waste bin. This eases the workload of the Mabalingwe sorting team and results in a cleaner environment.

Bedding and Sheets – Made from 100% Percale Cotton and low-impact dyes.

Appliances – We have installed energy efficient and water saving appliances.

Lighting – We use energy efficient light bulbs (LED & CFL’s) that consume 75% less energy than “old-school” incandescent bulbs.

Cooling – All bedrooms and living areas have ceiling fans and wall fans that has been proven to be 4 times more energy efficient than air conditioners. Used in conjunction with some of the windows that can safely be left open, there is more than enough cross breezes to cool down the rooms. 

Heating and Cooking – We have installed instant gas water heaters that use safe and environmentally friendly fuel sources (LPG) and also saves on greenhouse carbon emissions. The cooker in the kitchen uses gas as it's main source of energy.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 4 hours
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 14
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 8 Reviews


  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information


• A REFUNDABLE BREAKAGE DEPOSIT equal to 1 days' rental is also payable and will be refunded within 5 working days after departure if no breakages or damages have been caused as a result of the tenant or his guests' behavior. THIS BREAKAGE DEPOSIT IS PAYABLE DIRECTLY TO THE OWNER AND DOES NOT FORM PART OF THE...

• A REFUNDABLE BREAKAGE DEPOSIT equal to 1 days' rental is also payable and will be refunded within 5 working days after departure if no breakages or damages have been caused as a result of the tenant or his guests' behavior. THIS BREAKAGE DEPOSIT IS PAYABLE DIRECTLY TO THE OWNER AND DOES NOT FORM PART OF THE QUOTATION.
• The Departure Clean Fee of R600.00 forms part of the quotation. This is NOT a daily cleaning service. See ADDED EXTRAS for the price of the daily cleaning service.
• A levy of R150.00 per extra person per night will be added if the quote was done for a specified number of guests and more guests are added.
• Children are welcome. Young children must be under the supervision of their parents at all times.
• No stag or hen groups.
• No matriculation parties.
• No bachelor parties.
• No pets are allowed under any circumstances.
• Music will not be allowed from 10 pm to 11.30 am.
• Smoking is only allowed in some of the open air areas.
• Parking for all guests is available on site and is free of charge. Strictly no more than 4 cars.
• Free Wi-Fi.
• Free DSTV.
• A Camp/Travel Cot and bedding is available on request.
• As the house is situated in a Nature Reserve, all persons using the house will have to sign an indemnity form which will be emailed on receipt of deposit.
• Please note the lodge can comfortably sleep 8 adults and 6 children or even 10 adults and 4 children.
• Please note that baboons, monkeys and various other animals roam freely. Keep all doors and windows securely closed and locked when out, not in sight or when checking out. Failure to do so, resulting in the baboons, monkeys or animals gaining access to the house will result in the loss of the whole breakage deposit as well as being charged for any other damage incurred by the baboons. monkeys or animals.

• A daily cleaning service is available at R320.00 a day.
• A newly converteddgame drive vehicle (purchased Feb 2018) (manual transmission) is available at R950.00 per day. (The vehicle has to be booked for the entire duration of your stay. All fuel, flat tyres and call-outs will be for your own account.) Driver of the vehicle must be a licensed driver and over the age of 25. The vehicle cannot be taken off the reserve. The vehicle is not allowed on any of the 4x4 routes or difficult routes up the mountains. Failure to adhere to this policy can result in the loss of the full breakage deposit plus being liable for all other costs involved. If the vehicle is rented the breakge deposit will be repaid after 10 working days. If rented, the vehicle is only for the use of the tenants at Idwala View.
• Braai wood is available at R25.00 per bag.
• Heating of swimming pool to 28 degrees C @ R320.00 a day. This has to be booked at least 3 days in advance and has to be booked for the entire duration of your stay.
• Late Check-Out (after 10 am) – optional @ R550.00 – can only be requested 2 days prior to check-out and will depend on availability.


Main House Only – Sleep 6 – ZAR 2600.00 (non school holidays) per night, ZAR 2900.00 (all school and public holidays) per night.

Main House plus One Deck Room – Sleep 8 - 10 – ZAR 3350.00 (non school holidays) per night, ZAR 3750.00 (all school and public holidays) per night..

Whole House – Main House plus 2 Deck Rooms – Sleep 8 adults and 6 children or 10 adults and 4 children – normal listed rates apply.

If you book the main house only or the main house and the one deck room only your privacy is still assured as the rest will not be booked out to anyone else.

Advertised Specials do not apply when booking the Main House or the Main House and one Deck Room.
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  • Idwala View Sleeps 14 Includes: Self-catering Idwala View comfortably accommodates eight adults and six children or can accommodate ten adults and four children. The... see more Features:  King beds, M-Net, DStv, Private bathroom, Bath only, En-suite see more King beds, M-Net, DStv, Private bathroom, Bath only, En-suite, Shower only, Mountain views, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Upstairs, Self-catering, Single beds, Fan, Television, Satellite TV, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, Wi-Fi, Internet Connection, Safe, No Smoking in Rooms, Hair Dryer, Dam views, Swimming pool views, Garden views
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      Reviews for Idwala View

      8 guest reviews Reviews of

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      inge Marais
      28 May 2018

      We thoroughly enjoyed staying at this absolutely stunning house. The views are exceptional, one can spend all day sitting on the deck and staring at the expanse of bushveld and mountains that seem to stretch into forever. The house is beautifully decorated and has every amenity you can think of. It was thoroughly clean and tidy on our arrival and Lea and her team did everything to ensure that our stay would be comfortable. We will most certainly be back.

      Linette Human
      05 March 2018

      My family and I stayed at Idwala View for a weekend to celebrate my mother's 60th birthday. The house is beautifully decorated and equipped with everything you need, even baking utensils that we needed. The house and rooms are very comfortable and clean. We really enjoyed our stay. Lea is very organised, she made sure we had a wonderful memorable stay. The house is highly recommended! Thank you for everything.

      Deidre Lotter
      17 January 2018

      We (10 people) stayed at Idwala View for a weekend to celebrate my mother's 80th birthday. The house is beautiful, with stunning views over the bushveld landscape, and equipped with everything you could possibly need, including an ice-maker, very welcome in the January heat! The beds are huge and supremely comfortable and everything is clean and neat. The lay-out of the house allows for maximum privacy in three of the bedrooms, while the loft room is ideal for couples with younger children. Lea, the owner, is extremely organised, thus ensuring a memorable and problem-free stay. Highly recommen...
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      Claire Smith
      10 January 2018

      Idwala is well appointed and we had an awesome time together with friends.

      Liezel Oosthuizen
      25 July 2017

      Lea, se puik diens met vooraf reëling deur gee was uitstekend om nie eers te praat van vriendelike Lienkie die huishoudster nie. Ons was as familie daar het ouma se 70ste verjaarsdag gevier alles was puik. Soos mense sê een van die herrinnering om mee weg te gaan wat drome oortref. Sal dit vir enige iemand aanbeveel om die stukkie hemel in die bosveld op so puik manier te kan beleef.

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      Idwala View Map

      Idwala View is 28.1km from the centre of Bela Bela (Warmbaths) , the nearest airport 109.9km (Waterkloof AFB Airport).
      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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