Nature Reserve

The Mabalingwe Nature Reserve is rich in abundant bird and animal life, including Africa’s Big 5. It is spread over 12 500 ha, malaria free unspoilt bushveld. The reserve nestles in the shadow of the majestic Waterberg Mountains.

The reserve has facilities such as a restaurant and ladies bar, bush pub, shop, liquor store, ATM and fuel. A large variety of activities are available including game drives, bird drives, lion feeding, archery, paintball, abseiling, tennis courts, putt-putt, squash court and horseback safaris. You are also allowed to enter the game viewing areas in your own vehicle.

The Kalahari Oasis, in the reserve, is the bush pub where the famous Castrol GTX adverts were filmed. A great place to have a beer – “Ya Boet!”

Onsite Facilities in Mabalingwe

  • 4×4 trails and game drives
  • 24-hour reception
  • ATM
  • Archery
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Restaurant and Ladies bar
  • Private airstrip
  • Provisions shop
  • Cold swimming pool
  • Heated 2-in-1 pool (pool and Jacuzzi)
  • Sauna
  • Tennis courts
  • Squash courts
  • Mini-golf


  • Game drives
  • Horse trails
  • Lion feeding drives
  • Archery


Nearby Facilities

  • Bela-Bela – 28km
  • Golf and gym – 18km
  • Johannesburg International Airport – 197km
  • Medical facilities – 28km
  • Shopping centre – 28km

Tourist Attractions

  • Adventures with elephants – Offering way more than the usual ‘Touch and Feed’ elephant experience; Adventures With Elephants provide unique hands-on elephant interaction
  • Zebula Golf Estate And Spa – Horse trails, paintball, game drives, lion and tiger interactions, golf, conferences
  • De Wildt Shingwedzi – Endangered breeding centre
  • Zip Line
  • Thandeka – White Lions, game drives
  • Bambelela – Vervet Monkey rehab centre
  • Loebies Predator Park
  • Mystic Monkeys
  • Forever Resorts
  • Thaba Kwena Crocodile Farm