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Botsebotse Luxury Retreat
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Botsebotse Luxury RetreatBela Bela

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Contact Details
Tel: 082 779 6730
Fax: 086 653 0224
Manager: Christine Hall
Our discreet boutique getaway for the discerning traveller accommodates only a small number of guests offering a relaxed and refined experience, complemented by personal service and a wide range of exciting activities such as Spa, Golf, Eco Safaris and Big-5.

What makes Botsebotse different? Perhaps it is about the personal service or the luxuries that you enjoy so much such as breakfast in your PJ’s in your own courtyard, a delicious picnic in the bush, a relaxing massage, a bottle of good wine, scrumptious food under a clear starlit African sky and fresh coffee next to a roaring fire.

Or maybe it’s more about the whole experience than one single thing. More about the memories you made, the occasions that you celebrated and the way that you felt at home. That’s why people come back to Botsebotse Luxury Retreat again and again, because it feels like home – even for the first time.


Inspired by African design and art, Botsebotse is a picture perfect boutique lodge build from stone, thatch and natural materials blending seamlessly with the surrounding landscape. Luxurious indoor and outdoor spaces, rare African artifacts and tasteful décor combines harmoniously to provide a calming and comfortable sanctuary.

The main lodge with its lapa, teak decks, crystal-clear martini pool, quaint teak hot spa tub and comfortable indoor and outdoor lounges is ideal for relaxation. Four luxurious spacious en-suite rooms accommodate only four couples at a time and are housed back-to-back in two free standing wings. The two wings are connected to the main lodge by a thatched walkway. Each room has a private screened courtyard, a lavish bathroom with a bath and shower, a private outdoor shower and undercover parking. All rooms have remote controlled air conditioning and heating, ceiling fans, comfortable Queen beds, refreshment stations, seating, flat screen televisions, DVD players, satellite TV, electronic safes and mini-bars. Room layouts are the same but the décor is unique to each room. All rooms are equipped with luxury amenities to ensure an unforgettable stay.

Choose from the finest South African estate wines and enjoy culinary delights from menus created with the most discerning palettes in mind. Dine in in our dining area, on the outdoor decks, in the boma next to a roaring fire or a romantic private spot under a clear African starlit sky. Order breakfast in the privacy of your own courtyard and delicious light bistro meals or a picnic basket for lunch. Help yourself to complimentary home baked muffins and fresh fruits whenever you need a top-up snack.
Guest Reviews/Special Mention
World Luxury Hotel Awards 2012 – Global Award Best Country House
World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013 - Global Award Best Luxury Eco Safari Lodge
No Of Rooms: 4
Room Options: Luxury
High Season: From R 2,290 - R 2,910
Off Season: From R 2,290 - R 2,910
Credit Cards Accepted
An area of 1,400 ha with no predatory animals, offers the unique experience to explore the African bush and to do your own game drives, game walks and cycle safaris and to view and photograph over 300 bird species and 450 head of game that roams freely at close range. The area is home to animals such as warthog, caracal, jackal, wildebeest, zebra, kudu, eland, waterbuck, bushbuck, oryx, giraffe and many more. Follow the hiking trails in the reserve or plan your own route. Animals are relaxed and sightings are frequent.
Starting at Botsebotse inside the Zebula Nature Reserve
Enjoy guided safari vehicle game drives as well as horseback and quad bike safaris at neighbouring Private Game Reserves with qualified rangers. These reserves offer the Big-5 (lion, elephants, leopard, buffalo and rhino) as well as the unique opportunity to experience a cheetah walk and view white lions.
Within a 10 – 15 min radius by car from Botsebotse
For an unforgettable experience, ask us to book you an elephant interaction, elephant-back safari and swimming with elephants (subject to water levels in the dam) with Adventures With Elephants. Managed by the Hensman family who have lived and work with elephants since 1988. Experience the thrill of hands-on interactions with these magnificent pachyderms and learn more about elephants witnessing their intelligence, compassionate nature and sheer delight in interacting with their human companions. Friendly, experienced and qualified elephant handlers will share their in-depth knowledge and passion for their charges.
8 minute by car from Botsebotse
Enjoy relaxing in-room massages and pamper treatments or book a spa package at a nearby spa: 15 minutes by car from Botsebotse.
A well-equipped gym with cardio and workout machines for keeping up your training and fitness regime is available at the clubhouse. Supplement your cardio training with a run through the reserve.
Golfers are spoiled for choice with two award winning premier 18-hole golf courses on Botsebotse Luxury Retreat's doorstep.
Within walking distance, the Zebula 18-hole Peter Matkovich designed golf course, a classic Bushveld par 72course, where animals often visit the fairways.The course is relatively flat yet undulating, inviting to play with generous fairways and clusters of trees that act as hazards. Voted the Golf Digest’s Best New Golf Course 2004 and awarded the 5-star Golf Experience for 2010 by Compleat Golfer, Zebula has matured wonderfully over the past few years into a truly great course to play.
The18-hole Peter Matkovich-designed US PGA Championship Elements Golf Course with fantastic practice facilities for the avid golfer is situated 15 km from Botsebotse Luxury Retreat.The Elements golf course is ranked among the best golf courses in the country.Elements also have a golf academy with expert lessons given by appointment.
The tranquil setting of Euphoria Golf Course belies the challenging nature if the Annika Sorenstam 18-hole championship golf course, Designed with a serious commitment to the preservation of the indigenous fauna and flora, the combination of golf and the Waterberg landscape makes for a unique golfing experience.
The golf experience at Legend Golf Course in the Entabeni Conservancy is nothing short of exceptional, offering eighteen legendary signatures on this unique signature course, the highest and longest Par 3 in the world – the Extreme 19th reached by helicopter, a tribute course recreating 10 of the world’s most famous Par 3s, a golf academy, a spectacular setting and a climate conducive to great golf. Follow in the footsteps of great champions Padriag Harrington, Gary Player, Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman and Sergio Garcia and come and experience the Legend for your self.
Two tennis courts and a squash court are situated at the clubhouse and can be used at no charge.
To save water in a water scarce region, Botsebotse offers a hot spa tub and a martini plunge pool for cool down. A large swimming pool is available minutes from Botsebotse at the clubhouse, next to the gym, squash court and tennis courts.
  • Ensuite Bathroom
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Aircon in Room
  • TV in Room
  • Satellite
  • Internet
  • Language Spoken: English
  • Safe Facilities
  • Room Service
  • No child facilities
  • Pet Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • HealthSpa
  • SecureParking
  • Laundry
From Johannesburg:

• Take the N1 to Pretoria;
• Follow the N1 signs towards Polokwane/Pietersburg;
• Take the R516 to Warmbaths turn-off;
• Turn left going towards Bela Bela/Warmbaths;
• At the T-junction, the waterfront will be in front of you, turn right;
• Go over the bridge and turn left at the first set of traffic lights;
• Follow the road around a sharp right bend;
• At the next road turn left, go past the Adventure Resort on your left;
• At the traffic circle, turn left;
• Drive approximately 35 km passing the Mabalingwe Game Reserve on your right;
• Turn right at the tar road on your right that says Rooiberg, with a large Zebula Sign on the corner of the turn-off;
• Drive approximately 4 km and turn right at the Zebula sign;
• Approximately 5 km down the newly tarred road the Zebula gate will be on your right-hand side.
52 Zebula Nature Reserve and Golf Estate, Bela Bela, Waterberg
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