Mabalingwe Accommodation at Phumelelo Lodge Hotel Waterberg

Phumelelo Lodge

Game Lodge at 16 Cyferfontein, Road D908 (off R516), Mabalingwe Game Reserve, Bela Bela, 0480, Waterberg, Limpopo, South Africa. Show on Map

About Phumelelo Lodge

Phumelelo Lodge is located in the greater Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, a Malaria free area of Limpopo and home to the Big 5 (lions in separate high security enclosure).


Phumelelo Lodge is an authentic African experience offering exclusive but affordable luxury en-suite accommodation in air-conditioned and heated African themed chalets.

The lodge has four chalets; each unit is luxuriously finished with air conditioning and has a private deck where you can view the game below at the river or on the mountain across from the lodge.

Guests have the luxury of a bath, indoor and outdoor showers for that exhilarating ‘Out of Africa’ experience. Rooms have an all day tea and coffee, hot chocolate, gourmet biscuit and rusks refreshment station as well as DStv satellite TV in each luxury room.

Lodge Facilities

The central lodge complex has a romantically appointed dining area, a lounge with fireplace, a cocktail bar with viewing deck, a cozy open-air boma, swimming pool with large sundeck and an indoor / outdoor lounging area.

The elevated upper deck offers stunning views across the plains and river.


It takes only two hours to reach Phumelelo Lodge from Johannesburg (OR Tambo International Airport) and just about an hour and 30 minutes from Pretoria, travelling via the N1 to Polokwane.


Phumelelo Lodge has traversing rights over more than 12, 000 hectares of malaria free private game reserve – home to the ‘Big 5′. Guests can enjoy an early morning or afternoon game drive with an experienced ranger in our open 4 x 4 game vehicle. These game drives include snacks and drinks, and blankets for those chilly winter evenings.

Like many other private Game Reserves, the lions in our reserve 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; visits to the lion enclosure at Mabalingwe should be pre-booked after arrival and will be subject to space availability, based on the limited number of permitted visitors for each scheduled game drive / viewing experience. Visitors are not always guaranteed to see the lions as they can be elusive.

We recommend an excursion to visit the lion cubs, cheetah run and snakes at Zebula Golf Estate & Spa where Phumelelo Lodge guests will have access to the hotel, golf course, shop and health spa. It is located just 20 minutes drive from the Lodge in our 4 x 4 vehicle, via our private access road through the reserve with an opportunity for an additional game drive along the way.

Green fees, hire of golf clubs and carts are available to guests of Phumelelo Lodge at special rates and transfers to / from Zebula can be provided by the Lodge and should be arranged on arrival.

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Air-conditioning
  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom (shared)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Beach towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Cleaning materials supplied
  • Clock radio
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • Disabled equipped
  • DVD player
  • Fan(s)
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • Hi fi
  • International plug point(s)
  • Internet connection (ADSL)
  • Internet connection (dial up)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Iron / trouser press
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kitchen (fully equipped)
  • Kitchenette (semi-equipped)
  • Mini- / courtesy bar
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Private pool
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: allowed
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Telephone (direct dial)
  • Telephone (pre-paid)
  • Television (SABC, eTV only)
  • Television (with Deukom)
  • Television (with M-Net)
  • Television (with satellite)
  • Underfloor heating
  • Video player
  • Wheelchair Friendly

On Site

  • Air-conditioning
  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Health spa
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Parking (undercover)
  • Reception (24 hours)
  • Security (alarm system)
  • Smoking: in demarcated areas
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls

Food & Drink

  • Bar (honesty bar)
  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room


  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Airport transfers
  • Other transfers available
  • Tour assistance

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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -24.768383
Longitude: 28.016349

Closest airport(s)
OR Tambo International - 190km

Children policy
Children of all ages are welcome.

Listed on
August 2015 - 3 Reviews

Travellers' Reviews

Food and service was of a very high standard - staff is well trained and accommodation was excellent. Thank...

Karien Boneschans, Pretoria Travellers' Rating


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