Bonwa Phala is a 4000 hectare game reserve set in the heart of the malaria-free Limpopo Province. Situated a mere 2 hour drive from South Africa's business hubs, Johannesburg and Pretoria, Bonwa Phala is the ultimate destination for both corporate and family bushveld getaways.

Early morning or sunset game drives at Bonwa Phala reveal a diversity of fauna and flora as well as a thriving population of birdlife, making it a nature lover's and photographer's haven. Guests can expect to see an abundance of game, such as Buffalo, Nyala, Kudu, Eland, Zebra, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Blesbuck, Impala, Duiker, Warthog and occasionally even the elusive Leopard.

Accommodation & Facilities

Bonwa Phala offers two distinctly unique camps catering for a variety of tastes

Main Camp

Designed with guests' privacy and solitude in mind

The camp consists of:

  • 10 well-appointed en-suite thatched chalets Chalets vary in size (2 to 5 sleepers) Linen, towels, bathroom amenities, as well as a tea & coffee station are provided
  • A communal lounge and dining area with DSTV
  • A cosy covered bar area
  • An outdoor pool with thatched lapa
  • A rustic boma with fire pit

Tented Bush Camp

For those seeking an authentic African bush experience

The camp consists of:

  • 4 Spacious en-suite thatched roof tents with canvas & brick sides (4 tents with 2 double beds per tent)
  • Linen, towels and bathroom amenities are provided
  • A lounge, dining room, well equipped kitchen, outside braai area and splash pool

Conference Centre

A quaint venue easily adapted to suit your needs

The venue consists of:

  • Fully equipped, air-conditioned thatched conference room which can seat up to 24 guests
  • Adjacent undercover thatched lapa & ablution facilties

Perfect for hosting:

  • Conferences, Meetings, Team building,Year-end functions & Private functions


Bonwa Phala offers a range of on-site activities as well as nearby attractions.

Pre-bookings can be made via central reservations.
Activities are subject to availability. Note activities will incur additional charges.

On-site Activities

  • Game drives
  • Archery
  • Hunting
  • Board games
  • Swimming pool
  • Sunset dinners on the "koppie"
    overlooking the waterhole

Nearby Attractions & Activities

  • Zebula Golf Estate & Spa
  • Adventures with Elephants
  • Horseback & Quad bike safaris
  • White Lion & Cheetah experience
  • All within 15 minutes of the reserve


Bela Bela Community Property Association

"The best land restitution & development model in South Africa."

The community settled in the Mabula area in the 1800's and possessed informal occupational
rights to the land.
In 1910 the land was forcibly removed from the community and occupied by whites. 
The community was subjugated and reduced to be labourers on their ancestral land.
As a result of the harsh treatment from white farm owners, members of the community left
the land in the 1960's.  
In 1998, Mr MA Mabuela lodged a land claim on behalf of the community which was accepted by the Land Claims Commision and published in the Government gazette in November 2003. 
Since 2008, over 6000 heactares of land have been restored to the community.
In order to ensure sustainability as well as skills transfer to the Community, the Community entered into a partnership with Dr DJL Snyman, a previous landowner and commercial farmer.  
They established Mahlohomolo Investments (Pty) Ltd in which the community is the majority shareholder.
In 2010 the implementation of the Community Food Programme was established, whereby over 2000 beneficiaries receive food each month. 
In Februay 2015 the chairperson of the CPA presented the project in Parliament before the porfolio committee of Rural Development and Land Reform.
Find out more about this amazing journey and the model that has made this such a successful land restitution project by purchasing Dr Lebogang Lance Nawa's book.   

Alternatively please e-mail

Bela Bela CPA received the following award in 2015:
Best Governed Rural Development Project after AgriSETA's Land Reform Intervention


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Cell: +27(0)76 920 3096 |
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GPS Co-ordinates: 24 51'04.26" S, 28 02'42.94" E