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About Itaga Luxury Private Game Lodge

Itaga Lodge is situated on a 12 000-hectare, malaria-free game reserve, home to the Big Five. Itaga has earned a proud reputation as an exclusive, four-star lodging establishment of understated elegance. We offer eight luxuriously appointed en-suite, African-style chalets. Each room has a private pergola covered patio and most rooms are equipped with private outdoor bush showers.

The thatched central complex of the main lodge has a romantically appointed dining area; an intimate lounge with feature fireplace; a cocktail bar with viewing deck overlooking the floodlit waterhole; a cosy open-air bush boma; an all-day complimentary tea and coffee refreshment station for the convenience of our guests; a DStv loft lounge and library; a gift, art, curio and fashion goods boutique; and a swimming pool with Martini seats on a large sun deck, overlooking the waterhole.

The elevated ‘top deck’ offers stunning views across the plains and the quiet solitude of this private location makes it the perfect place to witness sensational sunsets, as you savour the moment with a sundowner cocktail. For the safety of our guests and the protection of our marula trees from mischievous elephants, the area surrounding the camp is securely encircled by an electrified game fence. The lodge also has comfortable indoor-outdoor conference facilities, catering for up to 16 corporate delegates.

Like many other private game reserves, the lions at Mabalingwe are contained in a separate high security, fenced area of the reserve. It is necessary to book for a visit to the Mabalingwe Lion Enclosure Wednesdays and Sundays at 9.00 am. The cost is R145 per person, including transport to the lion camp from Itaga Lodge.

Resident guests at Itaga Lodge have access to the superb Zebula Country Club and Spa, located about 30 minutes’ drive from the lodge. This pristine 1 200-hectare bushveld estate has been awarded five star accreditation by the South African Tourism Grading Council and boasts a sensational 18-hole world class Peter Matkovich designed golf course.

In addition to golf, various other optional activities can be arranged and paid for at the lodge. This includes guided bush walks, 4x4 adventure trails, night game drives with sundowners in the bush, horseback trails, visits to the nearby Cheetah and Wild Dog Breeding Centre, the Lion Enclosure, or the Zebu Health and Beauty Spa at the nearby Zebula Country Club.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 2 hours
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Lodge
  • Sleeps: 16
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 15 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Conference Venues
  • Parking on Premises
  • Cosy

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
  • AA Superior
* Please enquire for further details.

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Reviews for Itaga Luxury Private Game Lodge

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Sello Modibela, South Africa
30 January 2017

The best weekend getaway destination ever. Our stay at Itaga was the best, on arrival we were warmly welcome by staff. Everything was perfect from the room, food and the atmosphere. Our highlight was the sundowner , picture perfect moment. Upsolute tranquillity.

Francois Strydom, South Africa
26 September 2016

Would highly recommend Itaga for a stay within the Mabalingwe reserve. Friendly staff, good food and the bushveld.

charmaine meyers, South Africa
17 June 2015

our time at Itaga as amazing. Staff where extremely helpful, friendly and made you feel like part of their family. the food was perfect. rooms confortable and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. 10000 out of 10. thanks guys

Leigh Coles, South Africa
05 May 2015

We celebrated our1 year wedding anniversary at Itaga and it was stunning. The hospitably that wereceived from arrival until departure was superb. The team at Itaga interactwith every guest and they make you feel at home. Included in the accommodationis a late afternoon game drive, of which both Danie and Rochelle have excellentknowledge on the wildlife as well as a good sense of humour. During our stay weexperienced nothing but great service from everyone, we even requested certaindietary requirements and it was never an issue. The food was absolutelydelicious. The accommodation was nice and...
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Joanna Hands, South Africa
05 January 2015

We stayed here for 3 nights as a family of four with children of 12 and 14. The hospitality of Liesel, Rochelle and Chris was the warmest, friendliest and most relaxing I have ever experienced. Nothing is too much trouble. They are so helpful, thoughtful, friendly, and funny - without being over bearing. We had the best time. The lodge is so relaxing. The service is 5* but at the same time it retains a genuine, unstuffy, home from home but in the bush feel to it.The rooms are great. We adored the inside/outside showers.The game drives were good even though summer is not the best time for spott...
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Itaga Luxury Private Game Lodge is 27.7km from the centre of Bela Bela (Warmbaths) , the nearest airport 110.8km (Waterkloof AFB Airport).
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