Mabalingwe Accommodation at Phumelelo Lodge Hotel Waterberg
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  • Property TypeGame Lodge
  • Guests8
  • Rooms/Units4
  • Minimum Stay1-2 Nights

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Phumelelo Lodge is a highly recommended Limpopo game lodge providing a wildlife experience for discerning tourists visiting Waterberg.

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).

At a Glance

  • All meals included
  • All of the Big 5
  • Malaria-free area
  • Safari / bush walks by arrangement
  • Game drives by arrangement


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.

Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Air-conditioning
  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom (separate)
  • Bathroom 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

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

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

King Suite with mountain and river views, Designer 4 poster Tusk king-size bed, air-conditioned, en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower, slipper bath with all amenities. 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.

  • Additional bed / mattress  
  • Air-conditioning  
  • Area information booklet  
  • Bar fridge  
  • Bathrobes  
  • Bathroom (en-suite)  
  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Cleaning materials supplied  
  • Complimentary toiletries  
  • Desk  
  • Fan(s)  
  • Hairdryer  
  • Heater(s)  
  • International plug point(s)  
  • Internet connection (ADSL)  
  • Internet connection (wireless)  
  • Iron / trouser press  
  • Jacuzzi  
  • Patio / verandah / balcony  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities  
  • Television (with satellite)

Qty: 4
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: not allowed in this room type

Full Board Rates INCLUDE:
Luxury en-suite accommodation in air-conditioned and heated African themed chalets.
Refreshing welcome drinks on arrival.
Breakfast, lunch and 3 course dinner.

Guest Reviews

7 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

Phumelelo Lodge in Waterberg, greater Mabilingwe reserve was the perfect place to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The lodge is beautifully decorated "out of Africa" theme. The lodge was very clean, the staff friendly and attentive but never in your face. Bev is a great chef. We experienced beautiful sunsets and open fires in the boma area were made where we ate at night. What a peaceful getaway, Derek and Julie were perfect hosts, allowing us time to enjoy the wonders of the bush. They took us on game drives where we were privileged to see a Rhino with her newborn baby, giraffe, zebra, springbuck, nyala, buffalo, kudu, monkeys and about 14 elephants close up. Such a beautiful and unique experience!!

September 2022

Kim A. (Gauteng)

Verified reviewexcellent

Excellent Accomodation and the most professional, accommodating and friendly staff

February 2022

Craig B. (Cape Town)

Need to Know

Response timePhumelelo Lodge typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyRooms sleep adults only and are not suitable for children.

Closest airport(s)OR Tambo International - 190km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 14h00 to 19h00
Check-out by 11h00

Payment methods accepted by the property Mastercard, Visa, EFT or secure online payment via

Listed on since August 2015

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