Sondela Nature Reserve

Renowned for its warm hospitality and magnificent bushveld setting, Sondela offers both a farm and game experience making it ideal for the whole family.

Accommodation is in chalets which are strategically scattered within the game reserve to offer optimum enjoyment of the surrounding nature with its wide variety of game and bird species. Horse riding lessons available on request. The resort is located a short drive from Bela-Bela. Piccinini’s Bistro and Ladies’ Bar provides additional convenience for a night out, or get meals delivered to your chalet. The resort boasts its own 4×4 off-road trail (own vehicle required) as well as a 4×4 training course (booking essential).

Catering: Breakfast, light lunches and takeaways can be enjoyed at Piccininis/Maroela. Meals can be booked to be delivered to your chalet, details available at restaurant. Activities: Bushveld picnics, game drives, action cricket, trail cycling, horse riding (prices available on request), bird watching and a 4×4 off road course (own 4×4 required). Sondela trading store is open for basic necessities and gifts. Kiddies club gives moms a break during school holidays and weekends. Piccininis ladies bar has a pool table and DSTV for big sporting events. Extra facilities include clay pigeon shooting, target shooting, game drives, mini golf, horse riding, hiking, jogging trails, park, farmyard and game viewing. Bicycles can be hired hourly or daily. The jacuzzi is at Maroela Lapa and not in the units themselves.

Please adhere to maximum occupancy (including children/babies) per unit as listed on your confirmation letter. A per person per day fine will be levied on arrival with no extra linen, cutlery or crockery provided, as well as an additonal fine for over occupancy.

Resorts are required to check proof of Identity upon check in.

A non refundable conservation levy is payable on arrival

A fee is charged for cleaning service on Sundays.

No motorcycles, quad bikes or scooters are allowed at the resort.

The resident wildlife are dangerous, please treat them with respect.

Late checkouts will be fined per hour.

Amenity packs are provided in chalet at a charge.

No cooler boxes are allowed at the farmyard swimming pool area.

Camping cots are available from the resort at a fee.

Please bring own swimming towels, bicycles, golf clubs and balls.

** Please note: Sleeper couches are only suitable for small children under the age of 12 **

Forever Warmbaths

Klein Kariba

Mokopa Reptile Park

Aircon. /fan (Fan & Heater)

Braai facility (Barbeque)

Catering ( )

Cleaning Services (Charge for Sunday)

DVD Player (For hire)


M-net/2nd chan (Piccininis/Maroela)



Pets (Not allowed)

Safe Deposit Box

Satelite TV (Selected channels)


Telephone (Public)

Television (Channel 1,2,3)

Towels (Bath only)

Babysitting (Evenings only)

Game Farm

Handicap Facilities (Units 222 & 229)

Horse riding

Key, Breakage (R100)


SPA/Jacuzzi (Jacuzzi)

Swimming pool (3 (1 heated))

Telephone (Public)

Tennis Court

Casino (50km – Carousel)

Fishing (10km – Bela Bela)

Golf (10km – Bela Bela)

Gym/Health (10km – Bela Bela)

Live Entertainment (50km – Carousel)

Medical Fac. (10km – Bela Bela)

Nearest Supermarket (10km – Bela Bela)

Nearest Town (10km – Bela Bela)

Restaurants (Take away & tea gard)

Sail/Boating (16km – Bela Bela)

Squash (10km – Bela Bela)

Water skiing (10km – Bela Bela)

From O.R. Tambo International Airport:
The resort is 156km from O. R. Tambo International Airport. Travel towards Johannesburg on the R24 highway and go towards Pretoria on the N12 and the N1 where the highway splits. Continue along the highway, take the N1 Polokwane highway and continue through two toll gates (Zambesi and Carousel). Turn off at Exit 238 (Make sure you take the 2nd Bela Bela turn off, exit 238!!) – Warmbaths (Bela Bela)/Settlers off ramp and turn right towards Settlers road. Sondela is 1.5km further on the left hand side.

Check-In Time: 

Check In: 15:00
Check Out: 10:00

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