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  • Set in the heart of the diverse and beautiful Waterberg Biosphere
  • Elegantly comfortable accommodation offers good value and relaxation
  • Guided walks, photography courses, painting (materials provided) and cooking classes on site

Ama Amanzi Game Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

35km from Vaalwater


-24.0611, 27.9772


A remarkable region of mountains, bush and indigenous forests, the Waterberg Biosphere is well worthy of its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within this immensely beautiful environment and with the help of the local people, the owners at Ama Amanzi set out to build a thatched main lodge, along with two luxury lodgings, a farmhouse and a secluded safari tent.

Centrally situated and within easy walking distance of most of the accommodation, the main lodge has several comfortable covered and open terraces and houses a lounge with a double fireplace and cosy sofas. Guests have a choice of catering options, including bed and breakfast, half board and full board, with juicy steaks and authentic African main and side dishes prepared in the braai area. An extensive variety of home-grown seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs are plucked from the grounds and served with meals.

The two African lodges, named Cheetah and Leopard, are luxurious thatched brick houses set on either side of the main lodge. They stand on elevated platforms, and low windows ensure you have a view of the bush from the comfort of your bed. 

Ideal for families, the farmhouse has the addition of a living room and is located in the area where the fruit and vegetables are grown. Here, guests enjoy the comforts of their own home among the mango, apricot and marula trees in the garden. 

Built in the middle of the bush, the Civet Safari Tent has been designed to connect you with nature. Although essentially a tent, which provides the unmistakable feel of sleeping under canvas, the unit is large, well-equipped and comfortable, with a luxury en-suite bathroom. Reclining under the shade of the verandah with a book or ice-cold drink in hand is the perfect way to spend the hot midday hours. 

Room service is available at the lodges and safari tent.

Ama Amanzi has a dazzling array of activities, with the main focus being the farm’s natural beauty. Apart from self-drive game drives, where you can expect to encounter a wide range of wildlife, including more than 400 bird species that have been recorded, a guided bush walk will educate you on animals, tracking, trees and the smaller residents of the wild. Staying true to their roots, the Dutch owners also conduct a ‘Dutch in the Bush’ tour, which highlights the connection between South Africa and Holland.

Photography courses allow you to hone your landscape and wildlife photography, and great fun can be had while mountain biking on various trails that wind through the bush. Marked hiking trails cater for every fitness level, but before setting out, take into consideration the high temperatures that often occur in the region during summer. 

For arty and culinary-inclined guests, painting (with all the materials provided), cooking classes and wine tasting in this especially peaceful setting are a rare treat. The High Wine experience at Ama Amanzi offers tempting options of wines and luxury snacks or finger food lunch, along with a “High Kidz” special for the kids. 

You may also book a special half day self-drive tour through the stunning Waterberg area, enjoying a tasty packed lunch en route to a memorable Big Five game drive led by a ranger in the reserve, savouring a delectable dinner before you drive back 'home' to Ama Amanzi.


Rates & Summary

2 African Lodges

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Private patio 


Sleeps 2 adults and 2 children
Bathroom with bath and shower, basic bathroom in outside building.
Private patio
Large garden

Civet Safari Tent

Sleeps 2 adults in twin/King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Private verandah


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The default meal plan is Bed & Breakfast
Half Board and Full Board options are available at extra cost


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

An authentically African game lodge, Ama Amanzi is situated on a pristine piece of land in the heart of the Waterberg Biosphere, a spectacular World Heritage Site. The Dutch owners have placed particular emphasis on preserving the bush and providing organic fruit and vegetables grown on the farm. Unobtrusively set in the beautiful Waterberg region of Limpopo, the lodge’s affordable bed-and-breakfast or all-inclusive luxury accommodation is complemented by a holistic mix of activities ranging from bush walks and game drives to wildlife courses, painting and cooking classes. 


  • Set in the heart of the diverse and beautiful Waterberg Biosphere
  • Elegantly comfortable accommodation offers good value and relaxation
  • Guided walks, photography courses, painting (materials provided) and cooking classes on site


The Farmhouse is ideal for a private family getaway.
The Civic Safari Tent is surrounded by the bush and is very private.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, mountain bike, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The short gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Splash pool
  • Game viewing
  • Bush walk
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking
  • Wine tasting experience
  • Half-day self-drive tours
  • Cooking classes
  • Painting
  • Basic & advanced photography courses
  • Dutch connection experience


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • No under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Braai area available
  • Basic cleaning materials


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Solar and gas geysers

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Limited cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • Pets allowed by arrangement
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • Shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted







Rugged mountains, rolling bush and abundant wildlife characterise this area. The Waterberg is one of Limpopo’s most popular eco-tourism regions. Over the past decade it has come to rival Mpumalanga’s legendary Lowveld, with the added plus of being malaria-free.

The Waterberg offers a range of wildlife and safari experiences. These vary from Big 5 private reserves and game lodges to remote wilderness hideaways and self-catering bush camps. There are also national and provincial reserves.

The region is named after the Waterberg mountain range - ‘water mountains’ in Afrikaans - that stretches west to east for about 150km from Thabazimbi to the Mokopane. The mountains form the shoulder of the Palala Plateau – the bushveld of which rolls westwards all the way to Botswana.

True to their name, the Waterberg mountains include many rivers, streams, swamps and wetlands. The Limpopo River forms the western boundary of the region and the Mogalakwena River the eastern. The Waterberg has vast tracts of bushveld savannah punctuated with clusters of trees and tall savannah shrubs. The Springbok Flats are to the south. 

The Waterberg is more than three million years old – and there are numerous archaeological finds and San paintings that give us glimpses of its past.

Mining has long been essential to the Waterberg’s economy. An Iron Age mineshaft found in the Waterberg was carbon dated to 1 500 AD. Five hundred years later, mining is still taking place. The Waterberg is one of the richest mineral deposits in the world. It’s part of the Bushveld Igneous Complex - a unique geological complex of volcanic rocks formed some 600 million years ago. The complex extends over 50 000km² and is rich in platinum, iron ore, vanadium, tin, tungsten, chromium and coal.

The Waterberg region includes the towns of Bela-Bela, Modimolle, Mabatlane, Lephalale, Mookgophong and Thabazimbi. The largest town is Bela-Bela, a lively centre for surrounding farms and game reserves, and famed for its hot springs. The name Bela-Bela means ‘water that boils’ in Tswana.

The towns of Modimolle and Mookgophong are steeped in interesting Iron Age, Nguni and Voortrekker history. The quaint village of Matlabane is a meet-and-greet spot for many travellers to the area, and Lephalale is the centre for the region’s thriving hunting industry.

The heart of the Waterberg is the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, a 400 000ha protected wilderness area offering a mix of nature, culture and heritage. It was declared by UNESCO in 2001 on the basis of its mountainous habitat, magnificent red sandstone cliffs and evidence of human occupation dating back thousands of years. It was first inhabited by the San people, who left their legacy in the form of rock art and cave paintings.

The only savannah reserve of its kind in southern Africa, the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve includes private and provincial game reserves. It also has areas of cultural and archaeological significance. The region has a strong conservation ethos, and eco-tourism and sustainable practices underpin many lodges and reserves here.

The Waterberg offers an exciting mix of wildlife and wilderness experiences – from traditional game lodges to tailor-made adventures. You can go hiking, camping, 4x4 off-roading, horseback riding and birding. The Waterberg is famed for two significant birding sites. The Nylsvley Wetlands is home to over 400 species of waterbirds. The Marakele National Park is home to the largest Cape vulture colony in the world. The area also has conservation training programmes, wildlife rehabilitation centres and educational school camps.

Look out for

Marakele National Park - The name Marakele is Tswana for ‘place of sanctuary’ and this wild and remote reserve is just that. Marakele has craggy hills and deep wooded kloofs, with rare cycads, tree ferns and yellowwood trees. This is an unspoilt part of the Waterberg, home to all the large game species from rhino to elephant and the big cats. It is also home to the world’s biggest Cape vulture population – over 800 breeding pairs.

Nylsvley - The Nylsvley Conservancy is a favourite destination among South Africa’s birding community. It is part of the country’s largest flood plain. Stretching over 70km from Modimolle to Mokopane, Nylsvley is a world-renowned RAMSAR site. In the rainy summer months the grasslands of Nylsvley are transformed into lake that stretches for kilometres. It virtually becomes an international bird airport. The Waterberg Nylsvley Birding Route covers Nylsvley, the Waterberg mountains and Marakele National Park.

The Waterberg Meander - The Waterberg Meander is a self-drive route through the heart of the region that takes you to a series of interesting sites, community projects and tourist attractions. Visit local arts & crafts projects, explore the ancient hill of Melora, meet the Waterberg Red Beds, an unusual geological formation, check out the glorious mountain peaks known as the Seven Sister of the Waterberg, or visit a monument dedicated to explorer David Livingstone.

Bela-Bela’s hot springs - Long known for their healing properties, the hot mineral springs at Bela-Bela bubble out of the ground at about 2 200 litres per hour, at a temperature of around 53ºC. The water is rich in sodium chloride, calcium carbonate and other salts with natural healing properties. The Bela-Bela Aventura Resort is a popular spot for its water world activities. There are many health and pampering opportunities in and around Bela-Bela.

The annual Big Five Marathon - The 42km-long Big Five Marathon is known as the wildest of them all – they say it’s tougher than South Africa’s famous 88km-long Comrades Marathon. Held at Entabeni Game Reserve in the Waterberg mountains, this annual marathon attracts thousands of runners from around the world. Out here there are ravines and gorges, rivers and lakes, and stretches of unspoiled bushveld. There are no fences; just wide open spaces and a tough challenge for marathon runners.

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