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About Phumelelo Lodge

Sitting up on a hill in the Waterberg Mountains overlooking a river and just 30 minutes from Bela-Bela, Phumelelo Lodge is located in the greater Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, a Malaria-free area of Limpopo Province and home to the Big 5; Lions in separate high security enclosure. It takes only 2 hours to reach Phumelelo Lodge from OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, and just about an hour and 30 minutes from Pretoria, travelling via the N1 to Polokwane.

Phumelelo Lodge is an authentic African experience and is exclusive but affordable luxury accommodation, offering four air-conditioned/heated en-suite chalets with a uniquely African theme. The rooms have DStv satellite TV available, and have private decks where you can view the game below at the river or on the mountain across from the Lodge. A very comfortable lounge area is available with a fireplace and big screen television. The Lodge also features a pool along with another lounging area overlooking the bush veldt.

Our guests have the luxury of a bath, and indoor and outdoor showers for that exhilarating Out-of-Africa experience. An all-day tea and coffee, hot chocolate and gourmet biscuit and rusks refreshment station is available in each room for the convenience of our guests.

The thatched central lodge complex 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; a swimming pool with large sundeck; and a indoor/outdoor lounging area. The elevated 'upper deck' offers stunning views across the plains and river, and the quiet solitude of this private location makes it the perfect place to witness sensational sunsets, whilst savouring the moment with a sundowner cocktail.

At Mabalingwe Nature Reserve you can enjoy game drives and gorgeous sunsets. In the closest town, Bela Bela, you can enjoy a variety of restaurants, adventures with elephants, the hot springs and the stunning Diepdrift hiking trails.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 6 hours
  • Type: Lodge
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 10 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.


R500 OFF Special

Stay between 20 Apr 2018 and 01 Aug 2018 and get R500 off .


R975 OFF Winter Weekend Special

Stay between 01 May 2018 and 01 Aug 2018 and get R975 off . Valid every Fri,Sat,Sun. .


R1475 OFF Winter Special Weekdays

Stay between 22 May 2018 and 01 Aug 2018 and get R1475 off . Valid every Mon,Wed,Fri,Sun. .

SAVE R1475

Important Information

A self-catering option is available. Please enquire for more information.
A sleeper couch can be added to the room for R500 per night.
Rates include:
• Welcome drink on arrival;
• Dinner/ Brunch/ High tea
Optional early morning or late afternoon game drive R250p/p (min 4 people required).
Please note, no excessive noise...
A self-catering option is available. Please enquire for more information.
A sleeper couch can be added to the room for R500 per night.
Rates include:
• Welcome drink on arrival;
• Dinner/ Brunch/ High tea
Optional early morning or late afternoon game drive R250p/p (min 4 people required).
Please note, no excessive noise after 22h00, no smoking in rooms, no pets, own alcohol is not permitted at the
main lodge.
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Reviews for Phumelelo Lodge

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Julie Diab
19 June 2018

The rooms are beautiful and they have amazing bathrooms! Staff very friendly and cater for every need you have. The food was top notch with loads of attention to detail and taste. Only one small suggestion - during the cold winter nights, an electric blanket would put the cherry on top of a 5-star experience.

Ben-Dusje Stassen
13 October 2017

Great place to stay - Staff brilliant - Loved it

Deeolan Govender
28 August 2017

Amazing location and service - could not have asked for more. From the welcome drinks to the checkout - nothing was a problem and every whim was catered for. Having only 4 rooms allows for a personal touch - and Sam, Steven, the chefs and every person working there looked happy to be there. Keep it up!One small thing - the road leading to the lodge is not great, so if you don't have an SUV be aware of this.

Ramokone Tlou
28 May 2017

The staff was friendly and they can improve their beautiful place by adding jaquzy in each bedroom.

J. Piek
22 May 2017

Having incredible service, food is excellent. Staff's friendliness and service are excellent. The rooms are more than expected and spacious. Will definitely recommend this to anyone. It's worth every penny for what you get

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Phumelelo Lodge Map

Phumelelo Lodge is 33.3km from the centre of Bela Bela (Warmbaths) , the nearest airport 112.8km (Pilanesberg International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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