Bela-Bela (Tswana: The pot that boils) derives its name from the geothermic hot springs around which the town was built. It was called Warmbaths, until 2002.
Long before the mineral waters at Bela-Bela were used therapeutically – the curative waters have often been described as nature’s gift to humankind – they were discovered by the Batswana in the 1800s and named Bela-Bela, meaning ‘boiling-boiling’.
The town owes its origins to the hot mineral springs that bubble out of the earth at about 22.000 l/hr at a temperature of approximately 53°C. Said water is rich in minerals and is believed to have curative properties – restoring sanity and a sense of well-being to all who holiday in Bela-Bela.
The pleasantly mild climate during the winter months and an average of 286 sunny days every year add to the popularity of the destination.
Attractions in and around Bela-Bela include:
– Zebula Golf Course offers a superlative golfing experience on a Peter Matkovich designed golf course.
– Visit Mabalingwe Game Reserve and spot the Big 5 in a malaria-free reserve in the Waterberg Mountains.
– Adventures With Elephants provide thrilling hands-on interactions for kids and adults with their wonderfully tame elephants.
– Bambelela Wildlife Care offers two and a half hour guided tours offering in-depth knowledge and first-hand experiences about hand-raising wild animals and primates.
– The Kloof Route strikes up mountain slopes and into a series of kloofs and a small waterfall. This circular trail forms part of the out-and-back-to-base-camp overnight days on the Wag ‘n Bietjie Hiking Trail.
– The Waterberg Zipline takes guests on an exciting, two-hour adventure sliding from one platform to the next.
– Designed by Peter Matkovich, Elements Private Golf Reserve has been rated among the top golf courses in South Africa.
– The Stamvrug Hiking Trail is situated within the Bateleur Private Nature Reserve near Bela Bela, which is less than a two-hour drive from Gauteng.
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