Bela-Bela, a Northern Sotho name meaning "Boiling-Boiling",
which is synonymous with the town's world-renowned hot water springs
was discovered by the Tswana's in the 1800's. Hot water bubbling out
of the earth at approximately 22 000 liter per hour with a temperature
of 53°C and the close proximity to Gauteng make this destination
even more popular. The area has pleasantly mild climate during the winter
months with an average of 286 sunny days every year add to the popularity
of this destination. Our temperature in summer range between 15,7°C
- 29°C and winter from 6,7°C - 24°C. Our resorts offer excellent
accommodation, sport & recreation, conferencing, Big Five, hiking,
game drives, quad bikes and much much more.
Activities & Places of interest
- Horse Riding
- 4x4 Trails
- Quad Bikes
- Nature Hikes
- Bird watching
- Game Drives
- Thaba Kwena Crocodile Farm
- Mokopa Reptile Park
- Shingwedzi Cheetah and Wild Dog Breeding Project
- Datan Strawberry Farm
- Annual Bela-Bela Tourism Festival
- Bela-Bela Dam
The blockhouse was erected by the British Soldiers to protect the railway
line against the Boers during the Second Freedom War. You can view the
blockhouse in the Industrial District via Paul Saur Road. The Municipality's
Test Grounds are on the same property. Unfortunately, there is no entrance
into the blockhouse. Contact the Tourism Office for more information.
CHRISTINA PRETORIUS GRAVE
The grave of Andries Pretorius' wife, Christina, can be seen at the
Voortrekker Cemetery behind the Municipality. Entrance to the cemetery
is in Luna Road. There are not entry fees and is open to the public
to view at any time. Contact the Tourism Office for more information.
Strawberries! You choose it, you pick it! You pay it, you enjoy it!
2km outside of Bela-Bela on the Thabazimbi Road, where you can pick
and chew it! Tea garden and much more!
DE DRAAI GIFTS
Where time stood still. Just outside of Bela-Bela, towards Modimolle
(past Klein Kariba). Gift shop and coffee shop with a variety of artwork
and collectibles on sale. Also offers accommodation. Please go to the
GUEST HOUSE section on the front page for more information and facilities.
Telephone: 014 736 4755
Thanks to the dedicated pioneer research initiated by Ann van Dyk, the
Cheetah is today no longer on the endangered list. Observe these world
renowned De Wildt Cheetahs and Wild Dogs at close quarters or witness
the feeding of these magnificent captive born carnivorous. For accommodation
facilities, visit the GAME LODGE section on the front page.
Telephone: 014 734 1735
Two ladies bought an old neglected house & turned it into a creche
where preschool kids of surrounding farm workers could be properly cared
for. With limited funds they started to renovate the old place. They're
dependant on the donations of other well-wishers in the community &
can't charge normal creche fees for people who can't pay it. With donations
of farm owners & other organizations the creche opened in Nov '02
with 2 women caretakers & 15 children. In Jan '03 they employed
1 more lady as the children increased. P layground toys, a fleet of
tri-cycles, a video machine & lots of educational materials has
been donated. A teacher offered to help teach the children to read &
write. They receive 3 meals per day & are cared for by the 2 caretakers,
they're washed & bathed when their mothers work late & are looked
after until their mothers can come to fetch them. The local clinic sister
visits the creche on request of the owner to keep an eye on their health.
The owner plans to increase the ablution facilities as well as the dining
room & recreational space but this can only be done in stages as
they're completely dependant on donations. We invite you to visit our
facility. Call the Tourism Office for directions.
THE HOWZIT KWAGGA
Arts & Crafts shop in the CBD of Bela-Bela, just opposit the Forever
Aventura Resort. African masks and curious are for sale. The Howzit
Kwagga supplies Hotels and Game Lodges. For wholesale, contact Fanie
Hendricksz on 082 898 6265.
Tel: 014 736 3700 | Fax: 014 736 5950
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Contact: Delanie Vos
MOTH COMMEMORATION MONUMENT
This commemoration monument was erected in remembrance of those soldiers
who had died during the Second World War. It can be seen on the corner
of Minnaar Street and Luna Way.
OX WAGON TRAILS
The Ox Wagon Trails were eternalized in cement in 1939 in front of the
Bela-Bela Municipal Offices.
The Peace Monument is situated at the Waterfront in front of the Information
Office of the Limpopo and Bela-Bela CTA. The monument is one of only
a few in the Limpopo, erected during the year 2000. Contact the Tourism
Office for more information.
The largest crocodile farm in SA open to the public. Informative guided
tours daily (9am - 4pm). Special rates for school groups and senior
citizens. Browse around in the curio shop, buy vacuum packed crocodile
meat and enjoy a snack in the tea garden. Don't miss feeding time! Book
breakfast and lunch (groups of 10 plus only!).
Telephone: 014 736 5059