Mabalingwe Nature Reserve

Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, Bela-Bela

Price: From R350 per person per night
Travel time from Joburg city centre: 2 hours

Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, near Bela-Bela, consists of 12500 hectares of malaria-free bushveld and has all the features of a good family resort. Reader John Miles says, ‘If the traffic plays along, you could leave the city after work on the Friday afternoon and reach Mabalingwe with enough time to pitch your tent and still enjoy the sunset. There’s a good network of game viewing roads within the reserve, most of which you can drive with a Citi Golf.’ There’s a large caravan park with 67 shady stands and an assortment of self-catering options. For groups of up to 10, we recommend renting Sekelbosgat or Rooiboklaagte lodges – they’re very private, each with four en-suite rooms, a fully kitted kitchen, outdoor braai area and pool.

Cost: Camping is from R180 per stand per night plus R90 per person per day and the 10-sleeper Rooiboklaagte house is from R3500 per night
Contact: Tel 014 736 9000, email


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