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Why did we hand pick Summerset Place Country House?

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  • Lush garden and tranquil location for a town guesthouse
  • Bela-Bela is well located for exploring the region
  • Friendly staff will advise you so that you get the most out of your stay

Summerset Place Country House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

3km from Bela-Bela


-24.8612, 28.2953


A short drive from the resort town of Bela-Bela, Summerset Place Country House greets guests with a stunning lily-filled lake, big lawns and a number of large indigenous trees.

The main house has a modern design and is painted in subdued earthy colours that blend perfectly into the bush. Designed with simple elegance and housing luxuriant beds, the guest rooms inside the house are all very spacious, with facilities including satellite television, wireless internet, a mini-bar fridge, tea and coffee facilities and ceiling fans.

Once settled in, you can kick off your shoes and enjoy the soft carpeted floors in the two standard rooms, which offer King-size beds with a twin option. Depending on what you prefer, you can choose a room with a bath or with a shower.

The Executive Suite is large and luxurious, making it perfect for romantic getaways, honeymooners, or those simply looking to treat themselves. From the carpeted bedroom, guests walk up three steps to reach the bathroom, where they can literally step into a vast bathtub sunken into the floor, or into the large double shower. Double vanities ensure that there won’t be any squabbles over who uses the basin next. To connect with nature, try the outdoor shower, or simply relax on the large patio.

Summerset Place caters very well to families, featuring four rooms sleeping four people each. Two rooms have a bedroom with King-size or twin beds, plus a double sleeper couch. Another double room can be taken on its own, but has the option of being linked to the adjoining twin room, with the bathroom being shared between the two. The two-bedroom family suite has the advantage of an en-suite bathroom per room, and a large patio.

There are plenty of facilities inside the guest house to keep you entertained and relaxed, such as the ladies bar and the beauty salon, which offers a full range of treatments. The guest lounge has a fireplace and DStv, while families will love playing in the board-game area, which is also in front of a fireplace. Alternatively, guests can kick back in the 10-seater Jacuzzi with a drink from the bar, before sprucing up and heading to the elegant restaurant, where some lovely dinners can be savoured from comfortable high-backed chairs.

In the hot Limpopo summers, the large swimming pool is hard to resist, and the balmy afternoons can be spent having a cook-up at the huge braai area and tables under the shady trees. Summerset’s grounds, with their large indigenous trees, bushveld, lawns and a dam, are wonderful for picnics, and great for birders to explore with binoculars in hand.

The guesthouse staff are fantastic at organising fun breakaways to enjoy attractions such as mountain biking, elephant rides and wildlife experiences. One of their specialities is arranging golf tours, which allow you to play some of the best bushveld courses in South Africa at discounted rates.

If you’ve forgotten your toothbrush or need to stock up on supplies, the town is a short drive away.

Rates & Summary

2 Standard Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower or bath

Executive Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath, twin shower, twin basins
Private patio and outside shower
This is the largest of our rooms.

2 Family Rooms

Each sleeps 2 adults in King-size bed
Sleeper couch for 2 children
En-suite bath and shower

Double with family option

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Extra room with twin beds can be taken
Bathroom with shower and bath

Family Suite

Sleeps 4 in King bedroom and twin bedroom
En-suite showers


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Restaurant on-site


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Just a kilometre outside the Limpopo town of Bela-Bela, Summerset Place Country House is set at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains and offers comfortable accommodation and comprehensive facilities. Situated in a serene area of pristine bushveld, Summerset Place perfectly combines tranquillity with value-for-money luxury. The guest house can arrange some fantastic excursions to the area’s attractions.


  • Lush garden and tranquil location for a town guesthouse
  • Bela-Bela is well located for exploring the region
  • Friendly staff will advise you so that you get the most out of your stay

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The short gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Games Room
  • Beauty treatments
  • Golf tours

Nearby: mountain biking, hiking, elephant interactions, wildlife sanctuaries, water-skiing.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Ceiling fans
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service laundry available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar
  • No cleaning materials


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No 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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