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Itaga Luxury Private Game Lodge
Itaga Luxury Private Game Lodge
Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, Bela Bela, Bela Bela
Phone: 014 736 6900
Cellphone: 082 806 4968
Rates High Season: From R1 495 - R1 795
Rates Off Season: From R1 495 - R1 795
Nestling just 2 hours away from Johannesburg in the shadows of the spectacular Waterberg mountains, near Bela-Bela in the province of Limpopo, Itaga Lodge is situated in a 12, 000 hectare, malaria-free game reserve which is home to the ‘Big 5’.
Itaga has earned a proud reputation as an exclusive, graded four star lodging establishment of understated elegance, offering 8 luxuriously appointed climate controlled en suite, African styled chalets. Each room has a private pergola covered patio and guests have a choice of either shower and bath, or shower only. Most rooms also feature a screened outdoor ‘bush shower’ for that exhilarating ‘Out of Africa’ experience!
The Main Lodge
The thatched central complex of the lodge has a romantically appointed dining area; an intimate lounge with feature fireplace; a cocktail bar with viewing deck overlooking the floodlit waterhole; a cozy open-air bush boma; an all day complimentary tea and coffee refreshment station for the convenience of our guests; a DSTV loft lounge and library; a gift, art, curio and fashion goods boutique, and a swimming pool with Martini seats / large sun deck, overlooking the waterhole. The elevated ‘top deck’ offers stunning views across the plains and the quiet solitude of this private location makes it the perfect place to witness sensational sunsets, as you savour the moment with a sundowner cocktail. For the safety of our guests (and the protection of our Marula trees from mischievous elephant), the area surrounding the camp is securely encircled by an electrified game fence. The lodge also has comfortable indoor / outdoor conference facilities, catering for up to 16 corporate delegates. Itaga is the perfect place to celebrate special birthdays, anniversaries, engagements and other private social or corporate events – truly the ultimate intimate bushveld breakaway!
Service and Cuisine
Itaga has earned a proud reputation for its excellent service and fine cuisine, complimented by a selection of quality wines, popular liqueurs and imported cigars – for connoisseurs of good living!
Itaga Lodge has traversing rights over more than 12,000 hectares of good game country, home to elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hyena, warthog, a wide variety of antelope and bountiful bird life. Guests can enjoy early morning and afternoon game drives from the comfort of our open 4 x 4 game viewers with individually contoured seats, or a guided bush walk with an experienced tracker / ranger.
Resident guests at Itaga Lodge have access to the superb Zebula Country Club and Spa, located about 30 minutes drive from the lodge. This pristine 1,200-hectare bushveld estate has been awarded 5 star accreditation by the South African Tourism Grading Council and boasts a sensational 18-hole world class Peter Matkovich designed golf course. It is also home to a variety of indigenous 'non-predator' free-roaming game species, as well as caged cheetah, lion cubs and other species of animals. Other facilities at the Country Club include the Zebu Health and Beauty Spa, a T.V. lounge, a restaurant, cocktail bar, a swimming pool, a fully equipped gymnasium, a Jacuzzi, tennis courts and a squash court. Transfers from / to the lodge; green fees; hire of golf clubs & golf carts are available to guests of Itaga, at preferential rates.
In addition to golf, various other optional activities can be arranged and paid for at the lodge. This includes: Guided bush walks; 4 x 4 adventure trails; Night game drives with sundowners in the bush; Horseback trails; Visits to the nearby Cheetah and Wild Dog Breeding Centre; the Lion enclosure, or the Zebu Health and Beauty Spa at the nearby Zebula Country Club.
The optional excursions / activities which are outsourced to private contractors have limited availability, particularly over weekends, on public holidays and during the S.A. school holidays. Please therefore advise our management staff as far in advance as possible if you would like us to make a reservation for one of those services, on your behalf.
• From Johannesburg or Pretoria, take the N1 North, Polokwane Pietersburg/Platinum Toll Highway.
• Pass through the Pumulani Toll Plaza (R5 toll fees for cars).
• Pass the Panorama Petroport on your left and continue through the Carousel Toll Plaza (R24 toll fee for cars).
• Pass the Carousel Casino on your left and approx. 30kms later take the Settlers/Coddrington (R576) turn-off. Keep left.
• At the T junction (approx. 2kms from turn-off) turn right into the R101 Warmbaths road.
• After entering Warmbaths, pass the Waterfront Arts & Craft Centre on your left and at the next set of traffic lights, veer left again into Potgieter street and follow the road which curves around to the right and then turn left at the intersection (new Rooiberg Rd), passing the entrance to the Aventura Spa Resort (on your left).
• Proceed to the next roundabout and turn left, following the signs to Mabalingwe, Thabazimbi, Nylstroom and Rooiberg, at that circle.
• Follow the road for approx. 28kms. The Mabalingwe signboard/entrance is on your right. After going through the main gate, take an immediate sharp left turn on to the dirt road and follow the signs to Itaga Lodge which is approx. 8kms from the Mabalingwe main gate.
Services, Features and Activities
Itaga Lodge has traversing rights over more than 12,000 hectares of good game country which is home to Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Hippo, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Hyena, Warthog, a wide variety of antelope / plains game and bountiful bird life.
Guests can enjoy an early morning or afternoon game drive with an experienced ranger in our open 4x4 game viewing vehicles.
Like many other private game reserves, the lions in our reserve are contained in a separate high security, fenced area.
Visits to the Mabalingwe Lion Enclosure must be pre-booked and is subject to space availability. Visitors are not always guaranteed to see the lions as they can be elusive.
We also recommend an excursion to visit the white lions at another reserve nearby as well as a number of other optional extra activities which are available in the area. For your convenience, we have enclosed some details of these activities for your perusal.
All prices are exclusive to Itaga Lodge guests, provided that activities are booked and prepaid at Itaga.
Transport, at an additional cost, can be arranged with the Duty Manager for activities which do not include transfers.
Bookings are essential as activities have limited availability, particularly over weekends, on public holidays and during the South African school holidays. It is therefore imperative to make your booking as far in advance as possible.
Please advise our Duty Manager if you would like us to make a booking on your behalf.
Kindly note the following Terms and Conditions
•Prices include vat.
•Activity prices and times are subject to change without prior notice.
•Independent operators charge a 100% cancellation fee on all activities which are booked and subsequently cancelled.
•All participants will be subject to terms & conditions of the relevant independent service providers.
•Itaga Lodge accepts no liability in respect of the bookings/arrangements..
• Zebula’s Golf Estate Spa
• Horseback Game Viewing Safari
• Quad Bike Safaris
• Zebu Health & Beauty Spa
• Cheetah Interaction at Zebula
• Tiger & Lion Cub Interaction
• Adventures with Elephants
• Mabalingwe Nature Reserve
• De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Centre
Children under 12 @ R120 per person
• Tandeka Game Lodge
• Zipline Adventures
Ensuite Bathroom, Aircon in Room, Satellite, Languages spoken: English, Afrikaans, Safe Facilities, Wedding Friendly, All children welcome, Pool, Pub, Restaurant, Breakfast, Dinner, Airport Transfers, SecureParking, Laundry
4x4 Trails, Bird Watching, Game Viewing, Golf, Horse Riding