Botsebotse Luxury Retreat Bela Bela Game Lodge Luxury Accommodation in Waterberg

Botsebotse Luxury Retreat

Game Lodge at 52 Zebula Golf Estate and Game Reserve, Bela Bela, Waterberg, Limpopo, South Africa.. Show on Map

About Botsebotse Luxury Retreat

Our discreet boutique getaway for the discerning traveller accommodates only a small number of guests, offering a relaxed and refined experience, complemented by personal service and a wide range of exciting activities such as spa, golf, Eco-safaris and Big-5.

What makes Botsebotse different? Perhaps it is about the personal service or the luxuries that you enjoy so much, such as breakfast in your PJ’s in your own courtyard, a delicious picnic in the bush, a relaxing massage, a bottle of good wine, scrumptious food under a clear starlit African sky, and fresh coffee next to a roaring fire.

Or maybe it’s more about the whole experience than one single thing. More about the memories you made, the occasions that you celebrated and the way that you felt at home. That’s why people come back to Botsebotse Luxury Retreat again and again, because it feels like home – even for the first time.


Inspired by African design and art, Botsebotse is a picture perfect boutique lodge built from stone, thatch and natural materials, blending seamlessly with the surrounding lanscape. Luxurious indoor and outdoor spaces, rare African artifacts and tasteful décor combines harmoniously to provide a calming and comfortable sanctuary.

The main lodge with its lapa, teak decks, crystal-clear martini pool, quaint teak hot spa tub and comfortable indoor and outdoor lounges is ideal for relaxation. Four luxurious spacious en-suite rooms accommodate only four couples at a time and are housed back-to-back in two free standing wings. The two wings are connected to the main lodge by a thatched walkway. Each room has a private screened courtyard, a lavish bathroom with a bath and shower, a private outdoor shower and undercover parking.

All rooms have remote controlled air conditioning and heating, ceiling fans, comfortable Queen beds, refreshment stations, seating, flat screen televisions, DVD players, satellite TV, electronic safes and mini-bars. Room layouts are the same but the décor is unique to each room. All rooms are equipped with luxury amenities to ensure an unforgettable stay.

Choose from the finest South African estate wines and enjoy culinary delights from menus created with the most discerning palettes in mind. Dine in our dining area, on the outdoor decks, in the boma next to a roaring fire, or a romantic private spot under a clear African starlit sky. Order breakfast in the privacy of your own courtyard and delicious light bistro meals or a picnic basket for lunch. Help yourself to complimentary home baked muffins and fresh fruits whenever you need a top-up snack.


An area of 1,400ha with no predatory animals, offers the unique experience to explore the African bush and to do your own game drives, game walks and cycle safaris, and to view and photograph over 300 bird species and 450 head of game that roams freely at close range. The area is home to animals such as warthog, caracal, jackal, wildebeest, zebra, kudu, eland, waterbuck, bushbuck, oryx, giraffe and many more. Follow the hiking trails in the reserve or plan your own route. Animals are relaxed and sightings are frequent.

Starting at Botsebotse inside the Zebula Nature Reserve

Enjoy guided safari vehicle game drives as well as horseback and quad bike safaris at neighbouring private game reserves with qualified rangers. These reserves offer the Big-5 (lion, elephants, leopard, buffalo and rhino) as well as the unique opportunity to experience a cheetah walk and view white lions.

Within a 10 – 15 min radius by car from Botsebotse

For an unforgettable experience, ask us to book you an elephant interaction, elephant-back safari and swimming with elephants (subject to water levels in the dam), with Adventures With Elephants which is managed by the Hensman family who have lived and work with elephants since 1988. Experience the thrill of hands-on interactions with these magnificent pachyderms and learn more about elephants by witnessing their intelligence, compassionate nature and sheer delight in interacting with their human companions. Friendly, experienced and qualified elephant handlers will share their in-depth knowledge and passion for their charges.

8 minute by car from Botsebotse


Enjoy relaxing in-room massages and pamper treatments, or book a spa package at a nearby spa (15 minutes by car from Botsebotse).

A well-equipped gym with cardio and workout machines for keeping up your training and fitness regime is available at the clubhouse. Supplement your cardio training with a run through the reserve.

Golfers are spoiled for choice with two award winning premier 18-hole golf courses on Botsebotse Luxury Retreat's doorstep.

Within walking distance, the Zebula 18-hole Peter Matkovich designed golf course, a classic Bushveld par 72course, where animals often visit the fairways. The course is relatively flat yet undulating, inviting to play with generous fairways and clusters of trees that act as hazards. Voted the Golf Digest’s Best New Golf Course 2004 and awarded the 5-star Golf Experience for 2010 by Compleat Golfer, Zebula has matured wonderfully over the past few years into a truly great course to play.

The18-hole Peter Matkovich-designed US PGA Championship Elements Golf Course with fantastic practice facilities for the avid golfer is situated15 km from Botsebotse Luxury Retreat. The Elements golf course is ranked among the best golf courses in the country. Elements also have a golf academy with expert lessons given by appointment.


The tranquil setting of Euphoria Golf Course belies the challenging nature if the Annika Sorenstam 18-hole championship golf course, Designed with a serious commitment to the preservation of the indigenous fauna and flora, the combination of golf and the Waterberg landscape makes for a unique golfing experience.

The golf experience at Legend Golf Course in the Entabeni Conservancy is nothing short of exceptional, offering eighteen legendary signatures on this unique signature course, the highest and longest Par 3 in the world – the Extreme 19th reached by helicopter, a tribute course recreating 10 of the world’s most famous Par 3s, a golf academy, a spectacular setting and a climate conducive to great golf. Follow in the footsteps of great champions Padriag Harrington, Gary Player, Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman and Sergio Garcia and come and experience the Legend for your self.

Two tennis courts and a squash court are situated at the clubhouse and can be used at no charge.

To save water in a water scarce region, Botsebotse offers a hot spa tub and a martini plunge pool for cool down. A large swimming pool is available minutes from Botsebotse at the clubhouse, next to the gym, squash court and tennis courts.

Find out more about Bela Bela or view things to do in Waterberg. Please let us know how you enjoyed your stay by leaving a review.


In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Air-conditioning
  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Beach towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • DVD player
  • Fan(s)
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • Hi fi
  • International plug point(s)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Mini- / courtesy bar
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Television (with M-Net)
  • Television (with satellite)
  • Video player

On Site

  • Concierge
  • Garden(s)
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Gym / fitness centre
  • Health spa
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (undercover)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Security (guard)
  • Smoking: in demarcated areas
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room
  • Room service


  • Airport transfers
  • Other transfers available
  • Tour assistance

Accreditations (as claimed by Botsebotse Luxury Retreat)

Greenwood GuidesLimpopo Tourism & Parks Board

per person sharing, per night

Contact: Christine Hall

Tel: +27 (0)82 779-6730

Physical Address:
Botsebotse Luxury Retreat, 52 Zebula Golf Estate and Game Reserve, Bela Bela, Waterberg, Limpopo, South Africa.

Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -24.7517
Longitude: 27.974033332666668

Closest airport(s)
Lanseria Airport - 215km
OR Tambo International - 215km

Children policy
Children are accommodated when a group booking for the exclusive use of Botsebotse is made.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 14h00
Check-out by 10h00

Travellers' Reviews

This weekend on the 25th of July 2014 me and my husband booked in at BotseBotse Game Retreat we stayed for the Weekend Fri-Sun and it was lovely time...

Mpho & Mahlatse Bainze, BotseBotse Game Retreat Travellers' Rating


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Payment Methods accepted at the establishment

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