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Kleine Bela Family Resort, Bela Bela, Limpopo


The one thing that struck me immediately on my arrival at Kleine Bela, was the sheer size of some of the trees – particularly the huge Wurgvy (Ficus craterostoma) which is said to be one of the largest and oldest trees of its kind in Limpopo. Koos and Anna Marie, the owners of this great resort, told me that political parties used to gather in the shade of this giant tree to hold their meetings.

Kleine Bela has 44 stands in the main camping area and six permanent stands for long-stay campers and caravans. Each stand has access to electricity and water and there is a large communal braai and fire pit that is available to all. There is also a rustic bush camp with camping stands and this area is being developed to include additional bush stands. The main camp area has lush green grass bordering two swimming pools, an outdoor entertainment area, and a kiddie’s playground and tree house – which is equally lovely for adults to enjoy sundowners in.

The gardens at Kleine Bela are beautifully maintained and the main garden area is perfect for weddings and functions. This family resort also has a few private chalets that are available for those who don’t have a caravan or who don’t feel like roughing it while camping. The numerous shared (though individual) ablutions at Kleine Bela are neatly tiled affairs with hot showers, ample towel racks, clothing hooks and seating, all spotlessly clean with complimentary hand soap.

The two well-behaved dogs at Kleine Bela called Bela (the most chilled boerboel I’ve ever met) and Mila, a Jack Russell, will saunter over when you light a braai fire hoping for a tidbit. They’ll wait it out if they have to. There is a small shop where patrons can purchase necessities and there is an outdoor undercover bar to enjoy a frosty ale on those warm summer nights. They have also installed an outside Jacuzzi for the benefit of holidaymakers. Take the kids for a stroll around the animal park or bring along your bicycle and pedal your way around this beautiful resort.

If exercise is not on your agenda, take a picnic and sit under the huge Ficus tree, as politicians did many decades ago, and watch the Bloukop agama lizard go about his business doing press-ups to proclaim the tree as his turf. And, what’s more, there’s no need to talk politics. Rather, lie on your picnic blanket in the shade and let your mind wander as the sparkling diamonds of sunlight shimmer through the leaves of the great, green, gentle giant above.

Take a nap – you deserve it.


Number of stands: 44
Electricity: Yes
Water: Yes
Ablutions: Communal
Braai: Yes
Laundry facilities: Yes
Shop onsite: Yes
Pets allowed: Yes, by arrangement
Tariffs: from website or via email


It is a very well-maintained private campsite with great amenities and scenic views. Expect lush green grassed stands, crystal clear swimming pools and lots of shade from the large trees that populate this gem of a resort.

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