Itaga Private Game Lodge

Nestling in the shadows of the Waterberg Mountains, near Bela-Bela, Itaga Lodge is located in the greater Mabalingwe Nature Reserve - a Malaria free area of Limpopo Province and home to the 'Big 5' (Lions in separate high security enclosure). It takes only 2 hours to reach Itaga from Johannesburg and just over an hour from Pretoria, travelling via the national Polokwane road - one of the country’s finest scenic highways.

Itaga has earned a proud reputation as an exclusive but affordable luxury lodging establishment offering 8 tastefully appointed, air-conditioned / heated en-suite, African themed chalets. The rooms have private pergola covered patios and guests have a choice of either shower & bath, or shower only. Most rooms also feature a screened outdoor 'bush shower' for that exhilarating 'Out of Africa' experience!

The thatched central complex has a romantically appointed dining area; an intimate lounge with feature fireplace; a cocktail bar with viewing deck overlooking the floodlit waterhole; a cozy open-air bush boma; an all day tea & coffee refreshment station for the convenience of our guests; a DSTV loft lounge and library; a gift, curio and fashion goods boutique; a swimming pool with large sundeck, and indoor / outdoor conference facilities catering for up to 16 corporate delegates. The elevated 'upper deck' offers stunning views across the plains and the quiet solitude of this private location makes it the perfect place to witness sensational sunsets, whilst savouring the moment with a sundowner cocktail.

For the safety of our guests (and the protection of our Marula trees from mischievous elephant), the area surrounding the camp is encircled by an electrified game fence.


Itaga offers 8 unique, individually styled African themed thatch chalets. Each unit is tastefully furnished with climate controlled air-conditioning for maximum comfort in warm summers or cool winters. The rooms have private pergola covered patios with comfortable waterproof outdoor furniture, perfect for lazy afternoons.

Guests have a choice of either shower and bath or shower only. Most of the rooms also have a screened outdoor bush shower, for that exhilarating 'Out of Africa' experience! All rooms are equipped with electric hairdryers and power sockets. All rooms are non-smoking.

Our superior rooms also include:- tea and coffee making facilities, guaranteed inside and outside shower, digital safe, special bathroom amenities, bath robes, slippers and late check out (1pm instead of 11am).


  • Air Condition
  • Bar
  • Bathroom en-suite
  • Conference Facilities
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Fridge
  • Function Rooms
  • Guest Lounge
  • Heater in Room / Unit
  • Kitchen Unit
  • Laundry Service
  • Linen and Towels Provided
  • Non Smoking Rooms
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Parking
  • Room Service
  • Safe in Room / Unit
  • Satellite TV
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tea and Coffee in Room
  • WIFI / Internet Access


Game Viewing:

Itaga Lodge has traversing rights over more than 12, 000 hectares of good game country - home to Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Hippo, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Hyena, Warthog, a wide variety of antelope and bountiful bird life.

Guests can enjoy an optional early morning or afternoon game drive (included in rate) from the comfort of our open 4 x 4 game vehicles.

Like many other private game reserves, the lions at Mabalingwe are contained in a separate high security, fenced area and it is necessary to book for a visit to the Mabalingwe Lion enclosure – (days and times on request)

Other Activities:

In addition to golf, various other optional activities can be arranged and paid for at the lodge.

This includes: 4 x 4 adventure trails; Night game drives with sundowners in the bush; Horseback trails; Visits to the nearby Cheetah and Wild Dog Breeding Centre; the Lion enclosure, or the Zebu Health and Beauty Spa at the nearby Zebula County Club.