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96 Makhato Bush Lodge Self Catering, Game Reserve & Bush Lodge Accommodation In Bela-Bela

96 Makhato Bush Lodge is situated on Sondela Nature Reserve in Limpopo Province. 10 km from Bela- Bela and only one hours drive on the N1 going north, from Pretoria.

96 Makhato Bush Lodge is a beautiful, privately owned lodge ensuring a peaceful getaway from the hussle and bussle.

Stunning views of the bush and animals like Wildebeest, Kudu, Giraffe and Zebra, just to name a few and Nyala who will eat out of your hands.


  • 6 Sleeper lodge – 3 Bedrooms (1 room with queen size bed and 2 with 2 single beds each)
  • All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with showers
  • Wall heaters and ceiling fans in each room
  • Aircon in TV room
  • Boma with a fire pit and a thatched lapa with a built-in braai, 8 seater table and chairs, sink and drinks fridge
  • Upstairs entertainment area with a huge wooden table and chairs over-looking the bush. Canvas sails that can be pulled down if weather comes up.
  • 2 Flat screen TV's with Hotel Bouquet Dstv. One TV is upstairs in TV Room and the other is downstairs in the Dining Room area
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Optional daily cleaning services
  • Backup battery system for lights and TV in the case of power outages
  • Front loader washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Tumble Drier
  • Microwave
  • Oven and Hob
  • Undercover parking for 2 cars and trailers
  • All linen provided except swimming towels


  • Sondela is very Family Friendly and run programs for adults and children to participate in . More info and booking can be done by phoning 014-736-8800
  • Wildlife Centre - Rehabilitation Centre of Rescue animals - can be booked by phoning 014-736-8800
  • Farmyard - Children can ride horses, go for rides in a donkey cart, milk cows and feed goats
  • Adventure Centre - offering target shooting and Quad Bike rides
  • Beauty Salon - Spa baths available, Body Massages and Pedicures - Book by phoning 014-736-8894
  • 4 x 4 Activities, Game Drives, Horse Riding, Many swimming pools - Heated and cool
  • Cycling is big at Sondela. Bring your bikes and ride the courses

Payment Options:
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Air conditioning in lounge
Bar fridge
Braai / barbecue - onsite
Ceiling fans
Childrens swimming pool
Cycling trails
Dishwasher onsite
DSTV in unit
Electronic safe
Electronic safe (some units)
Game drives onsite
Horse riding onsite
Kitchen (fully equipped)
Linen & towels provided
Live entertainment onsite
Lock-up safe
Microwave in unit
Nature trail (less than 2km)
Nature trail onsite
Outdoor pool
Parking all onsite
Private airfield (less than 15km)
Private entrance
Remote security
Restaurant (less than 5km)
Restaurant onsite
Spa facilities
Target shooting
Tea / coffee making facilities
Television in communal area
Tennis court (less than 5km)
Tennis court onsite
Tumble dryer in unit
Tumble dryer onsite
Washing machine in unit
Washing machine onsite

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RATES 2018

  Out of Seasons Peak
Makhato 96
Minimum Stay 2 Nights 2 Nights
  • Per Unit


  • R2300.00 per night


  • R2990 per night


  • R2990.00 per night


  • R3680 per night
  • 1 May  2018- 31 August 2018 
  • 1 Sept. 2018 - 15 Jan. 2019
Branch: Master