In the 'hood, Bela Bela as a destination

Just under two hours' drive due north of Johannesburg is Bela-Bela - place of the warm baths. Which, indeed, used to be its name. Warmbaths. Bela-Bela offers accommodation close to Johannesburg (about two hours’ drive), while still enjoying the more laid-back pace of the Waterberg for those after a relaxing holiday in South Africa. This is the “place of the warm baths”. In fact, its name used ... cont.

Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, Bela Bela, Waterberg, Limpopo, South Africa

Directions to Itaga Private Game Lodge

From Johannesburg or Pretoria:
• Take the N1 North, Polokwane (Pietersburg) / Platinum Toll Highway
• Pass through the Pumulani Toll Plaza - (Approximately R6 toll fee for cars / mini-buses)
• Pass the Panorama Petroport on your left hand-side and continue through the Carousel Toll Plaza - (Approximately R27 toll fee for cars / mini-buses)
• Pass the turnoff to the Carousel Casino on your left and approximately 40 kilometres later, take the R516 Bela Bela / Settlers turn off (exit 238) and keep left
• At the T-junction stop street, turn right into the R101 Bela Bela Road
• Pass the Waterfront Arts and Craft Centre on your left, (‘A’ frame timber units) and at the next set of traffic lights, (immediately after crossing the railway bridge)
• Turn left again into Potgieter Street and follow the road which curves around to the right and then turn left at the intersection (into Chris Hani Drive), passing the entrance to the Forever Resorts Warmbaths complex (on your left hand side)
• Proceed to the next roundabout and then turn left, following the signs to Mabalingwe, Thabazimbi and Rooiberg, at that circle
• Follow the road for approximately 28 kilometres. The Mabalingwe Nature Reserve signboard / entrance will be on your right hand side
• Once you have gone through the Mabalingwe main gate, take an immediate sharp left turn on to the dirt road, (chain will be removed by gate attendant)
• After turning onto this road, follow the signs to Itaga Lodge, which is approximately eight kilometres from the Mabalingwe main gate entrance.

Amenities in the area

  • Airport (15 km)


  • Bird watching
  • Elephant back safaris
  • Game viewing
  • Golf course(s)
  • Health spa / massage
  • Swimming

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