Bela Bela area (Mabalinge & Bonwa Phala reserve)

Mabalingwe game reserve offers the ideal year-round malaria-free Big Five safari destination! iMabalingwe Nature Reserve, is located 38 km west of Bela Bela, in the Limpopo province of South Africa, and of about 30,000 acres.  Located a mere 2 hours form Johannesburg.

Wildlife include the big five game: lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros, but also hippo, giraffe, hyena, warthog and sable antelope to name but a few of the 36 species of mammals. For bird lovers there are more than 220 species of birds to be spotted. Note that lions are kept in a separate enclosure.

Bonwa Phala reserve is located adjacent to the Mabalingwe reserve. Bonwa Phala is a 12,000 acre nature reserve which offers a pristine, diverse and unique destination in the Bela Bela district of the Limpopo Province. The weather is warm almost all year round and Bonwa Phala is a true home for lovers of nature and the African bush. Bonwa Phala specializes in exotic game species like golden Wildebeest, White Blesbuck, Black Impala and many others which are very rare to see.

What is important to note is the various activities one can enjoy from these locations: Elephant interaction and ride, Cheetah encounter, horse back safari, quad bike safari rides, mountain biking and game walks.

As numbers of elephants have decreased by some 350% in the last 70 years and by 110 000 elephants in the last ten years (Great Elephant Census) due to poaching and habitat loss, Adventures with Elephants  are honored to have saved a few. Connect you with Elephants through unique interactions, so that you might see them for what they are, and therefore think a little bit more about their future, and indeed many other species, in an ever changing and modernizing Africa. 

Adventures with Elephants is a place of inspiration and joy. This beautiful reserve in South Africa is home to many types of wildlife from zebra; giraffe and warthogs; to meerkats. The biggest privilege is caring for our beautiful African elephants who were destined to be culled.  Latest additions, Zambezi and Bela, were born to mothers Shan and Mussina and are our 6th and 7th family members.

Offering close up and personal encounters with elephants carried out with cheerfullness and respect for the welfare of both our majestic residents and you our guest. Here you will learn all about our continent's gentle giants, their intelligence, their bodies, their behaviour. You will leave humbled and moved, and a lifetime ambassador of holistic wildlife conservation.

What a rush! Don't miss the opportunity to watch Tarzan and Jane do what cheetahs do best - Run! A cheetah speeding at over 100km per hour a mere 10 metres in front of you is something that has to be seen to be believed! Be prepared to be totally mesmerised, but don't blink because you will miss it, they are fast! Opportunities for hands-on animal encounters are unmatched at Zebula. Meet Tarzan and Jane, our tame resident cheetahs and have a photo taken to prove to family and friends around the world that you have touched the world's fastest animal