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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.

  • Type: Lodge
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 33 Reviews

Facilities

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

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

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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  • King Suite King Suite Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B Rooms / Units: 4 King suite with mountain and river views, Designer 4 poster Tusk king-size bed, air-conditioned, en-suite bathroom with... see more Features:  King beds, DStv, En-suite, Air-Conditioning, Balcony/patio, No Smoking in Rooms see more King beds, DStv, En-suite, Air-Conditioning, Balcony/patio, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
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      Reviews for Phumelelo Lodge

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      Anna Aniftos
      25 March 2019

      Derick, Jonothan and Carina are great hosts and very accommodating. We had a great stay and the food was absolutely to die for. Well done

      Thulie Komane
      30 July 2018

      The game drive was fantastic and very refreshing. The service was also great . The menu can be improved with nicer options to choose from and WiFi poorly connects.

      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.

      ADRI
      21 November 2017

      It was an awesome weekend celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary. Everything was awesome from when we got there till we left.They will definitely see me again. Thank you.

      Ben-Dusje Stassen
      13 October 2017

      Great place to stay - Staff brilliant - Loved it

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      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