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  • Traditionally furnished elegant bushveld luxury
  • Stunning vistas over the Phalala River
  • Nature lover's paradise, with numerous activities and lots of wildlife

Witwater Safari Lodge & Spa

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

60km from Mookgophong


-24.093, 28.4771


Perched above the banks of the beautiful Phalala River in the Witwater Conservancy in Limpopo, Witwater Safari Lodge and Spa treats guests to a luxury safari experience in a stunning, secluded setting. 

The African-styled accommodation ranges from luxurious suites to well-appointed self-catering lodgings, all equipped with air conditioning, satellite television and tea/coffee facilities. Eight suites are connected to the main lodge, and house Queen-size beds and en-suite baths with handheld showers. Guests on the ground floor can relax on decks under the canopy of indigenous trees, while upper floor guests will enjoy a superb view over the Phalala river valley. 

Each occupying its own private spot amongst the lush vegetation, the canvas tented suites offer an authentic safari atmosphere mixed with supreme comfort, holding Queen-size beds leading to bathrooms with rejuvenating steam showers.

Rich Rhodesian Teak floors extend to the lovely decks and out to walkways that connect the suites to the lodge. Guests who want a special experience can choose the luxury suites, which boast a spa bath and separate shower. 

All suite guests have a superb full brunch, served in the bush breakfast area, included in the rates. Those who prefer to enjoy a private self-catering getaway can choose between the River Chalets and the Leopard Lodge, depending on the size of the group. The chalets sleep four people in two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, while Leopard Lodge sleeps eight in four en-suite bedrooms.

Both types of lodgings have well-equipped kitchenettes and lounges, while outdoor entertainment is covered by a splash pool, lapa and braai area. 

A typical day at Witwater starts at dawn with a game drive through the reserve, a diverse area comprising mountains, rivers and plains.There is a chance to see three members of the Big Five (leopard, rhino and buffalo) along with numerous other animals and over 300 bird species. 

After brunch, guests can unwind at the poolside, head to the spa for an indulgent treatment or embark on one of the many activities offered by the lodge.

Fly fisherman can have a crack at angling on the Phalala River, which contains the hard-fighting yellowfish, as well as barbel, bass and kurper. Archery and clay pigeon shooting are a possibility, as are unforgettable elephant back safaris and excursions to see rare white lions.

Bush walks and trips to the reserve’s bushman paintings add fascinating variety to the Witwater experience. High tea is followed by an afternoon game drive which extends into the night, before guests enjoy a sublime gourmet dinner (at extra cost) in the outdoor boma, capping off a truly unforgettable day in the African bushveld.

Rates & Summary

8 Lodge Suites

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and handheld shower
Deck with bushveld and river views

3 Luxury Suites

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite spa bath and shower
Deck with bushveld and river views

4 Tented Suites

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite steam shower
Private deck with bushveld views

3 River Chalets (self-catering)

Each sleeps 4 in Queen and twin bedrooms
Both bedrooms en-suite with shower or bath 
Kitchenette and lounge
Splash pool, lapa and braai area

Leopard Lodge (self-catering)

Sleeps 8 in 2 Queen and 2 twin bedrooms
Each bedroom en-suite with shower or bath
Kitchenette and lounge
Splash pool, lapa and braai area


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Bed and breakfast in suites
Self-catering in chalets and lodge
Light lunch and dinner available


Children of all ages are welcome
Babysitting service available

Why Stay Here?

Witwater Safari Lodge and Spa is situated in a private game reserve on the banks of the Phalala River in Limpopo, and offers bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation in luxury suites and chalets, while pampering guests with great facilities, outstanding service and wonderful activities. The lodge’s luxurious suites and chalets are beautifully-positioned amongst lush indigenous trees elevated above a river. Guests will enjoy gourmet meals and can partake in a wide variety of activities, ranging from game viewing to fly fishing.


  • Traditionally furnished elegant bushveld luxury
  • Stunning vistas over the Phalala River
  • Nature lover's paradise, with numerous activities and lots of wildlife

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The 24km gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Wellness spa
  • Game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Elephant back safari
  • White lion excursion
  • Bushman paintings
  • Fly fishing
  • Archery
  • Clay pigeon shooting


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning in some rooms
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom 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
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Fridge and freezer


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

Leisure Amenities

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

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • No cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 50km
  • Nearest fuel further than 50km
  • 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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