South African Lodges

Itaga Luxury Private Game Lodge

Mabalingwe Nature Reserve
Bela Bela/Warmbaths
South Africa
Lodge Type

Nestling in the scenic Waterberg Mountains close to Bela-Bela, the five-star Itaga Luxury Private Safari Lodge is among the more significant Mabalingwe Nature Reserve. Malaria-free, Big Five Mabalingwe Nature Reserve in the Limpopo Province of South Africa can be reached from Pretoria and Johannesburg within a two hours drive travelling via the national Polokwane highway (N1).

Home to eight African themed thatch chalets. Each chalet at Itaga is furnished with climate control air-conditioning. The rooms provide covered patios with furniture which invites for relaxation in this tranquil and natural setting. Guests staying at the Safari Lodge have a choice of either shower and bath or shower only. Most of the chalets also provide an outdoor bush shower where an exhilarating 'Out of Africa' experience can be enjoyed.

The indoor and outdoor conference amenities at the Itaga lodge, South Africa, can be arranged to meet clients' requirements. Discussion groups are encouraged to book the entire lodge during the duration of their stay to guarantee exclusivity and privacy.


Guests can enjoy early morning and afternoon safari drives with experienced rangers. A visit to the Mabalingwe Lion enclosure is also available upon request. The nearby 5-star Zebula Golf Estate & Spa which was voted Best New Golf Estate in South Africa when it opened in 2004, offers guests of the Safari Lodge access to its facilities. Facilities at the Zebula Golf Estate include the 18 hole golf course, restaurant, cocktail bar, halfway house, bush boma, shopping, swimming pool and jacuzzi, squash and tennis courts and a fully equipped gym.

A bird aviary, the Meerkat Manor, the Snake and Reptile Centre, as well as the Zebu Health and Beauty Spa, can also be visited along with the following:

  • Game watching
  • Mabalingwe Lion Enclosure
  • Adventures with Elephants
  • Zebula Golf Estate and Spa
  • Zebula Animal Care Centre
  • Elephant tracking
  • Night safari drives
  • Cheetah and Wild Dog Breeding Centre.

Below detailed information about the Itaga Luxury Private Game Lodge is available.
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Heater in Room
  • Housekeeping
  • Viewing Deck


Dining at the Itaga Lodge

The Itaga Lodge in the Mabalingwe Nature Reserve of South Africa's Limpopo Province is known for its service excellence and delicious cuisine which is well complemented by a fine selection of wines.  The Itaga Lodge also offers a choice of cognacs, liqueurs and imported cigars which can be enjoyed after dinner.

Breakfast at the Itaga Lodge offers a scrumptious brunch which is served either on the swimming pool deck or in the lodge's main dining area upon return of the early morning game drive.  Breakfast includes cereals, juices, breads as well as a selection of fresh fruit, yoghurt, cheeses and cold meats.  A hearty 'cooked to order' typical South African breakfast can also be arranged.

Dinner at the Lodge consists of a three-course meals.  With white tablecloths and elegant candlelights a romantic affair is created in the lodge's restaurant.  This dining venue is located directly opposite the floodlit waterhole.  The Lodge offers a table d'hôte menu with a choice of two starters, two main course and two deserts.  Dinners can be interrupted by a thirsty rhino, elephant, buffalo or any other game species which frequent Itaga's floodlit waterhole.

The snack menu is available daily from 10 am to 4 pm.  This selection offers light meals such as hamburgers, sandwiches, salads and quiches.

Game watching

The Itaga Private Game Lodge has traversing rights covering more than 12, 000 hectares of malaria free bushveld which is home to the 'Big 5'. Elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hyena, warthog, a wide variety of antelope/plains game as well as bountiful bird life.  Guests are welcome to enjoy the thrill of an early morning or afternoon game drive with an experienced ranger in the lodge's open 4 x 4 game vehicle.

Mabalingwe Lion Enclosure

The Lions in this reserve stay in a separate high security, fenced area.  It is required to book for a visit to the Mabalingwe Lion enclosure. Visits to the lion enclosure at Mabalingwe should be pre-booked after arrival at the Game Lodge.

Nearby activities and local excursions
  • horseback trails
  • quad bike safaris
  • clay pigeon target shooting
  • fishing
  • birding
  • lion enclosure at Mabalingwe Nature Reserve
  • Cheetah and Wild Dog Breeding Centre .
Zebula Animal Care Centre

The scenic Zebula Golf Estate & Spa is also home to a large variety of free roaming ‘non predator’ plains game as well as abundant bird life.  The Animal Care Centre offers the opportunity to see Lion Cubs or Bengal Tiger cubs.  The famous Zebula ‘Cheetah Run’ provides a chance to learn more about these fascinating and fast animals as visitors experience the exhilaration of observing them reach speeds of almost 100 kilometres an hour.

Adventures with Elephants

Guests staying at the Itaga Luxury Private Game Lodge in South Africa have the opportunity to experience one of the most popular local attractions, namely the 'Adventures with Elephants'.  Guests have the chance to enjoy an unforgettable elephant interaction experience as well as an elephant  back safari.

Nearby facilities and attractions
When staying at the five star Itaga Private Game Lodge guests enjoy access to the nearby Zebula Golf Estate & Spa.  The Zebula Golf Estate & Spa lies only 20 minutes by car away from Itaga and can be reached in the lodge's 4 x 4 vehicles via their private access road through the game reserve.
This magnificent 2, 600 hectare nature reserve and bushveld resort was voted ‘Best New Golf Estate’ in South Africa when it opened in 2004. The Zebula Estate boasts a spectacular 18 hole world class golf course which was designed by Peter Matkovich. Green fees, as well as the hiring of golf clubs and golf carts, are available.
Facilities at the Zebula Golf Estate & Spa:
  •  golf course
  •  restaurant
  •  cocktail bar
  •  halfway house serving fast food and snacks
  •  bush boma
  •  shopping (convenience store, curios, gifts, clothing and golf accessories and spa beauty treatments)
  •  swimming pool and jacuzzi
  •  squash and tennis courts
  •  fully equipped gymnasium
  •  Meerkat Manor
  •  Snake and Reptile Centre
  •  Zebu Health and Beauty Spa.
Zebu Health and Beauty Spa

The exclusive Zebu Health and Beauty Spa at the nearby Zebula Golf & Spa Estate offers guests the most modern equipment.  Stress relieving therapies in a tranquil environment are available for guests.  Relaxing spa treatments on offer include pedicures, manicures, massages, hydros and tanning.

Conferences at the Itaga Luxury Private Game Lodge

Due to its easy and close access from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Itaga Luxury Private Game Lodge is a popular 'bushveld breakaway' for small corporate conferences and special events, ranging from 6 to 16 guests.

The indoor as well as outdoor conference facilities at the Itaga Luxury Private Game Lodge, South Africa, can be set up to meet clients' precise requirements.  Flip charts, overhead projectors, TV, video equipment and other conference equipment can be requested.

Conference groups are encouraged to take over the entire lodge for the duration of their stay to guarantee privacy and exclusivity.

  • Boma
  • Cocktail Bar
  • Conference venue
  • Curio Shop
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Nearby golf course
  • Nearby Gym
  • Nearby Spa
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 11:00
General Services
  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Individual climate controlled room
  • Safari drives
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
Children Policy
  • The lodge does not offer facilities for children who are under the age of 10 years.

Available Rooms

Standard Chalet

# Rooms:

The Itaga Game Lodge in South Africa features eight eight unique thatch chalets which are individually styled with an African theme.  Each chalet at the Itaga Lodge in the Mabalingwe Nature Reserve is tastefully furnished with climate controlled air-conditioning for relaxed comfort in warm summers as well as chilly winters. 

The chalets offer private pergola covered patios where comfortable furniture invite for relaxation in a beautiful and tranquil setting.  Guests staying at the Itaga Lodge have the choice of selecting either a shower and bath or a shower only.

Most of the chalets additionally offer a screened outdoor bush shower which adds to the memorable 'Out of Africa' experience.  Electric hairdryers and power sockets are available.

Single Room R2640
Double Room R4090

Superior Room

# Rooms:

The Superior Chalets at the Itaga Lodge, Mabalingwe Nature Reserve also offer tea and coffee making facilities, an inside and outside shower, a digital safe, exclusive bathroom amenities, comfortable bath robes as well as the slippers.

Itaga Luxury Private Game Lodge Specials

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We had a great confrence at Itaga, Enjoying maximum comfort, the best were the spectacular elevated views across the plains of the surrounding Waterberg area.



I enjoyed my individually styled African themed chalet, had a supper time at Itaga, we definately enjoyed Snake and Reptile Centre.







GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.827254

Longitude: 28.051863


From Johannesburg and Pretoria in Gauteng, 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 almost 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, passing 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 followed the road which curves around to the right and then turns 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, (gate attendant will remove chain). After turning onto this road, follow the signs to the Itaga Lodge, which is approximately 8 kilometres from the Mabalingwe main gate entrance.


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

4 Star


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