Mabalingwe is a RCI Gold Crown resort situated approximately an hour to hour and a half from Pretoria. Its location is lovely, set amongst the rolling hills and bush of the Waterberg, 30 kms outside Bela-Bela. It's a sprawling estate and you can use your vehicle to criss-cross all the dirt roads looking for game. Good luck with that - there is not a lot of game -don't even consider to pay for a game drive - at R145 (US $16) you can spend your money on something else.
We stayed in the Tlou Camp in a 6-sleeper, 3-bedroom self-catering chalet. The chalets offer a pleasant bush experience with its own boma and you don't stay on top of the other people. Where we stayed the Tlou pool was within walking distance (there are various pools and camps dotted across the estate) and there were tennis courts and a squash court as well as a superette right next to the pool. Do yourself a favour and go and take a dip at Ingwe pool or even Kubu camp pool - private and quite an exprience. The caravan park, quite a distance away from the chalets, offers a lovely heated pool as well as a cold one.
The chalets are fairly spacious with all the basics, but do need a bit of a facelift. The kitchen equipment is basic but sparse in certain areas (pots, pans and glass bowls) but in general we enjoyed our stay. They charged R1950 (US $220) per night for the chalet, out of season it is slightly cheaper, which is fairly standard I suppose. We had a problem with ants, reported it, and it was dealt with quickly.
We ate the restaurant once, buffet for R95 (US $9-10) which was fair, but I won't dine there every day. They have games for the children, a sauna and jacuzzi, horseriding and you can of course, just laze around the pool with a good book or stay at your chalet and relax. Warthogs are very common and often visit you and monkeys can be a pest (lock your doors and close your windows when you are not there).
Mabalingwe offers a relaxing holiday for couples or families and I would recommend it as a destination. There is definite room for improvement, but in general it didn't disappoint us.
- Also Known As:
- Mabalingwe Nature Reserve Hotel
- Mabalingwe Nature Reserve Hotel Limpopo Province
- Mabalingwe Nature Reserve Africa/Limpopo, South Africa
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