Top 10 Restaurants in Bela-Bela (Warmbaths)

Found in the diverse and beautiful Limpopo province, Bela-Bela (formerly known as Warmbaths) is a fascinating town to explore.

Roughly two hours’ drive from Johannesburg and an hour or so from Pretoria, Bela-Bela offers plenty to see and do.

There are not a huge number of eateries in the area but thankfully, there are a select few that are unique winners on all fronts.

In this post, we look at the top ten restaurants, farm stalls and bars in Bela-Bela:

#1 Toeka se dae

This farmstall-and-restaurant-in-one remains an unmissable attraction near Bela-Bela. Situated on the R516 (1km from the N1 direction of Bela-Bela), you can find this charming farm stall and convenience.

At the farmstall side of things, visitors can browse and purchase everything from freshly baked goods to curios, ice cold beer and much more.

Their one-of-a-kind, in-house restaurant, meanwhile, has a nice selection of South African favourites, such as vetkoeke, pizzas, bunny chows and more. It offers a fun, vintage-style setting and is great for the whole family. The restaurant can also be hired for functions and private events.

The owners and staff are friendly, making for a pleasant atmosphere and the food is a favourite among all those who stop by.

Contact: +27 (082) 445 5019, info@toekasedae.co.za

Website: www.toekasedae.co.za

Address: Toeka se dae, Roodekuil Padstal, R516, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

Toeka se dae via Facebook
Toeka se dae via Facebook

#2 Chip Inn

This is more a takeaway eatery than restaurant but it’s one that is loved by locals and visitors alike. In fact, it is even touted by some as the ‘king of takeaway’ in the region.

Here, you can can enjoy ordering tasty pizzas, delicious burgers, hot dogs and sublime fish and chips.

The owners are also the chefs and aside from their quality food, offer friendly service to boot too. They provide a level of personal attention and customer care that garners rave reviews.

So, if you are looking for real food by real people and some of the best takeaway in Limpopo, be sure to pop by Chip Inn!

Contact: +27 (014) 736 2441

Website: N/A

Address: Chip Inn, Potgieter Road, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

#3 Syringa at Zebula Golf Estate and Spa

Situated at the beautiful Zebula Golf Estate and Spa, Syrina is Zebula’s main dinner restaurant.

With romantic, fire-side dining options and a lovely, a la carte-style menu, guests can enjoy a memorable meal at this local spot.

Dinner runs from 18:30 pm to 22:00 pm, allowing for an early meal – or late night dinner after a fun day of adventuring in Bela-Bela.

+27 (014) 734 7700, reservations@zebula.co.za

Website: zebula.co.za

Address: Syringa, Zebula Golf Estate and Spa, Farm No 534, KQ, D1000, Mabula District, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

#4 Bush BBQ at Ingilozi Park

Bush BBQ via Ingilozi Park
Bush BBQ via Ingilozi Park

For those craving a unique food experience in the bushveld, look no further than the delightful Bush BBQ at Ingilozi Park.

Loved for their great food, family-friendly atmosphere and friendly service, Bush BBQ is popular among travellers and locals alike.

They also have nice play facilities for kids and a Junior Menu so the whole family gets to enjoy good food and family fun in a relaxing setting.

Some consider theirs to be the best BBQ around, highlighting the delicious pork ribs, beef brisket, chips and more that you can feast on at this Texas-style barbeque offering.

Contact: +27 (060) 554 5950, info@ingilozipark.co.za

Website: ingilozipark.co.za

Address: Bush BBQ, Ingilozi Park, R516 Rooiberg/Thabazimbi Road, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

#5 Jakkalsgat Pub & Grill

At this pub and grill, guests can enjoy a laidback pub offering that ensures a friendly ambience, good pizza and all-round pleasant country experience.

With live animals milling in and around the bar, a limited selection of food offerings and a soothingly laid-back atmosphere, this pub makes no promises of luxury – but what they offer, they do well.

Visit them for an authentic local experience and meal.

Contact: +27 (076) 656 1526

Website: N/A

Address: Jakkalsgat Pub & Grill, Thabazimbi Road, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

#6 L’abri Farm Shop and Brewery

While it is not strictly a restaurant, L’abri Farm Shop and Brewery is nevertheless a great hidden gem.

At this tranquil local spot, guests can purchase everything from fresh produce and food – including some delectable pizzas – to great beer.

So whether you need to stock up on road trip essentials, grab a quick bite to eat or simply enjoy a cold one, this rustic local place is perfect for you.

Contact: +27 (084) 426 7196, +27 (082) 605 1492

Website: N/A

Address: L’abri Farm Shop and Brewery, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

#7 Le Fera Restaurant and Bar

Le Fera Restaurant and Bar via www.mabalingwe.co.za
Le Fera Restaurant and Bar via www.mabalingwe.co.za

Found within the incredible Mabalingwe Nature Reserve – itself a worthy local attraction for the whole family – guests can enjoy a variety of great dining options at Le Fera.

Le Fera Restaurant and Bar offers gorgeous views, a relaxing, yet elegant restaurant-meets-bar setting and some great, affordable food and drinks to boot.

They have a nice varied menu, with everything from spaghetti dishes to rump steak, burgers and tasty pizzas on offer. You can also join them for a special sundowner, as it’s the perfect lookout point.

Please note: Le Fera’s restaurant operating hours are limited. Please contact them for their specific business hours.

Contact: +27 (014) 001 7011

Website: www.mabalingwe.co.za

Address: Le Fera Restaurant and Bar, Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, R516 Rooiberg, Thabazimbi Road, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

#8 Kalahari Oasis Bush Pub

Another gem at Mabalingwe Nature Reserve is the laid-back, yet vibey Kalahari Oasis Bush Pub.

Once the former location for the iconic Castrol Oil ads, Kalahari Oasis is now a special, uniquely South African venue.

They are the perfect place to grab a relaxing drink after a day’s exploration or some basic, yet tasty bites to eat – like their peri-peri chicken leg, chips and bread roll special.

Contact: +27 (014) 001 7011

Website: www.mabalingwe.co.za

Address: Kalahari Oasis Bush Pub, Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, R516 Rooiberg, Thabazimbi Road, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

#9 Boeretroos Coffee Shop 

Also found within Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, this cosy, little coffee shop is the ideal place to enjoy a dreamy deck-side coffee and slice of cake while soaking up the warm air and peaceful natural atmosphere.

Boeretroos Coffee Shop is located on the deck, near the Le Fera Farm Shop and overlooks the main entertainment area.

Their menu offers a good selection of coffee shop staples, such as varied toasties, nice hot beverage options (everything from cappuccino to iced coffee and hot chocolate), decadent milkshakes, light meals (like jaffles or tramezzini and chips) and much more.

They even have some mouthwatering Belgian waffle options, with both sweet and savoury waffles to choose from, and soft-serve ice-cream.

Contact: +27 (014) 001 7011

Website: www.mabalingwe.co.za

Address: Boeretroos Coffee Shop, Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, R516 Rooiberg, Thabazimbi Road, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

#10 Vulture View’s Bar

Vulture's View Bar via www.mabalingwe.co.za
Vulture’s View Bar via www.mabalingwe.co.za

Finally, our last Mabalingwe Nature Reserve find is the scenic Vulture’s View Bar. Although this is admittedly more a bar than eatery, it is still worth a mention and visit if you are in the area.

While they may have limited food shops, this is an unmissable spot for a wide array of thirst-quenching drinks and divine cocktails. Order a toasted sandwich to enjoy with your drinks, as you bond with friends and family at this lovely spot.

You can sit out on the expansive, shaded deck or poolside – and either way, you are sure to enjoy stunning views over the Mabalingwe biome.

Contact: +27 (014) 001 7011

Website: www.mabalingwe.co.za

Address: Vulture’s View Bar, Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, R516 Rooiberg, Thabazimbi Road, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

These are just ten of the top eateries, farmstalls and bars you can enjoy in Bela-Bela!

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Top 10 Things to do in Bela-Bela (Warmbaths)

Found in the diverse and beautiful Limpopo province, Bela-Bela (formerly known as Warmbaths) is a fascinating town to explore.

Roughly two hours’ drive from Johannesburg and an hour or so from Pretoria, Bela-Bela offers plenty to see and do.

Famed for its natural hot springs, it is the perfect place to go for resort holidays, game and nature experiences and of course, quality downtime in the countryside.

#1 Experience Adventures with Elephants

Opened in 2010, Adventures with Elephants offers visitors an amazing opportunity to experience, learn more about and educate themselves on these magnificent giants.

Visitors have the chance to meet the herd and learn all about them from “trunk tip to tail”; enjoy a self-drive on the AWE game farm (where you are almost guaranteed to bump into the elephants); self-cycle through the bush and view the wildlife from your bike; and even bathe with the ellies!

There are also opportunities to ‘bring and braai’ or picnic… And, if you can’t visit in person yet, you can even do a virtual Zoom session with the elephants!

All activities are affordable and well-priced, making them accessible to all who visit.

Note: For additional activity and price information and opening hours, please contact Adventures with Elephants directly – or visit their website.

Contact: +27 (014) 734 7730, adventures@zebula.co.za

Website: adventureswithelephants.com

Address: Adventures with Elephants, D1000 Mabula District, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

Adventures with Elephants via Facebook
Adventures with Elephants via Facebook

#2 Explore the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

Originally known as De Wildt Cheetah Research Centre but renamed in 2010 to Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre (in honour of the lady, Ann van Dyk, who devoted her life to the survival and protection of cheetahs) – this unique conservation and research centre plays in important role in protecting cheetahs, educating the public and allowing visitors to learn more about these amazing wild cats.

Aside from the incredible activities that visitors can enjoy here, you are also able to adopt animals, ‘back a buddy’ or make an important donation to this special place.

Two-hour guided tours are offered daily – as well as the option to book a cheetah run on certain mornings… This rare experience allows guests to see the speedy cheetahs in all their glory!

The professionally guided tours also introduce you to a number of other resident animals too, including African wild dogs, caracals and vultures to name a few.

There is also a lovely on-site curio shop for those who wish to browse or take home some mementos and keepsakes.

Contact: +27 (063) 693 7403, bookings@dewildt.co.za

Website: dewildt.co.za

Address: Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, R516, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

#3 Visit Bambelela Wildlife Care and Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation Farm

Bambelela does important work rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing three of South Africa’s five primate families: the lesser Bush Baby, the Chacma Baboon and the Vervet Monkey.

Here, guests can enjoy everything from memorable day visits to cosy self-catering chalets and even volunteering, with limited openings available each year.

On the guided tours, you will learn all about these unique creatures and see first-hand the precious nature of hand-rearing and looking after these wild animals and primates.

Note: Tours are by appointment only. For pricing and additional info, please contact Bambelela directly – or visit their website.

Contact: +27 (014) 736 4090,  info@bambelela.org.za

Website: www.bambelela.org.za

Address: Bambelela, Groot Nylsoog KR447, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

Bambelela via Facebook
Bambelela via Facebook

#4 Pop by L’abri Farm Shop and Brewery

If you work up a thirst or appetite in Bela-Bela, one of the most popular local spots to visit is L’abri Farm Shop and Brewery.

Here, you can find everything from fresh produce and food (such as mouthwatering pizza) to great beer and even the L’abri Lodge or bush camp.

Stock up on essentials, grab some food for the road or sample some of the amazing beer at this rustic hidden gem.

Contact: +27 (084) 426 7196, +27 (082) 605 1492

Website: N/A

Address: L’abri Farm Shop and Brewery, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

#5 Visit Mabalingwe Nature Reserve

No visit or stay in Bela-Bela is complete without a wildlife or nature experience – and happily, Mabalingwe Nature Reserve is perfect for both! Here, you can enjoy an incredible African experience, suitable for the whole family.

The 9500-hectare landscape allows visitors to truly lose themselves in the stunning South African bushveld, which is home to abundant birdlife, indigenous trees and of course, diverse wildlife too.

In addition to the self-catering chalets and bush camps, guests can enjoy fun (day or night) game drives, eco-tainment, spa treatments at Mbali Day Spa and even getting married here!

The nature reserve has incredible facilities, with everything from restaurants to fun activities, such as mini golf, tennis, as well as an entertainment area, kids’ play room and lovely swimming pools.

Contact: +27 (014) 001 7011, contactus@mabalingwe.com

Website: www.mabalingwe.co.za

Address: Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, R516 Rooiberg, Thabazimbi Road, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

Mabalingwe Nature Reserve via www.mabalingwe.co.za
Mabalingwe Nature Reserve via www.mabalingwe.co.za

#6 Check Out Loebies Gasteplaas 

At Loebies Gasteplaas (Guest Farm) and Predator Park, guests can enjoy a heart-warming experience at this soothing country escape.

The guest farm is also extremely child-friendly, meaning the whole family can enjoy a wonderful, quality time together.

Enjoy a tour of the predator park, check-in for a relaxing weekend escape or simply pop by for a homely meal at the tea garden.

Contact: : +27 (083) 520 9172, +27 (083) 374 5254, loebies@mtnloaded.co.za

Website: www.loebies.com

Address: Loebies Guestfarm, Klein Elandsfontein, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

#7 Head to Geluksfontein Goat Cheese Farm

Geluksfontein Goat Cheese Farm is a breath of fresh air that allows guests to enjoy guided tours, cheese demonstrations – and of course, saying hi to the lovely resident goats!

You can also grab a meal at the restaurant, Goatina Pub & Grill, where you can tuck into delicious breakfasts and lunches. (There is also wine and a selection of different beverages available.)

The farm also offers basic accommodation for those who wish to linger longer- but there is no doubt that the guided tours, goats and cheese demonstrations are the biggest drawcard here!

Contact: +27 (083) 704 4229, info@goatmilk.co.za

Website: www.geluksfontein.co.za

Address: Geluksfontein Goat Cheese Farm, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

#8 Check Out Ingilozi Park 

For those seeking an even more exotic experience, look no further than Ingilozi Park. Here, visitors can meet a variety of African animals, many of which are pretty rare and exotic..

Choose between two-hour guided drives or game viewing from the hides and enjoy seeing many different animals, including white and copper springboks, exotic antelope, white blesbok and many more.

Or enjoy a hearty bush BBQ… This feast is sure to delight and satisfy young and old alike! There is even a special kiddies’ menu, ensuring that all ages are catered for.

For activity rates and additional information, please contact Ingilozi Park directly – or visit their website.

Contact: +27 (060) 554 5950, info@ingilozipark.co.za

Website: ingilozipark.co.za

Address: Ingilozi Park, R516 Rooiberg/Thabazimbi Road, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

Ingilozi Park via Facebook
Ingilozi Park via Facebook

#9 Head to Zebula Golf Estate and Spa

At Zebula Golf Estate and Spa, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities, including Zebula treasure hunts, visiting the snake and reptile park, enjoying nature safaris, tennis and squash courts, swimming, game viewing while you golf and much more.

There is also an excellent spa, the Spa at Zebula, perfect for some pampering; as well as accommodation and some great restaurant cuisine too.

Visit this incredible golf estate for a host of fun experiences in Africa’s premier bush, golf and spa destination.

Contact: +27 (014) 734 7700, reservations@zebula.co.za

Website: zebula.co.za

Address: Zebula Golf Estate and Spa, Farm No 534, KQ, D1000, Mabula District, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

#10 Stop by Thaba Kwena Crocodile Farm

At Thaba Kwena Crocodile Farm, guests can enjoy an experience “not to be missed” – with everything from fully guided day tours, a curio shop and kiosk/café cuisine on offer at this croc farm.

Thaba Kwena, a long-standing local attraction, is now one of the biggest crocodile farms in South Africa, making it an unmissable place to visit when near either Bela-Bela or Modimolle.

Join them for a fun day out and learn more about these fearsome, yet fascinating predators.

Contact: +27 (073) 466 7113, wicus@tkwena.co.za

Website: thabakwena.co.za

Address: Thaba Kwena Crocodile Farm, Buisfontein 24, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

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