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Lejwe La Metsi Private Reserve

Explore the wilderness at your leisure. 

A private paradise just north of the charming town of Bela Bela; enjoy the peace and tranquility of the open bushveld at Lejwe La Metsi - home to unique game species, a myriad of birdlife and indigenous flora. Do as much or as little as you desire.



Lejwe La Metsi is situated in the Waterberg District in the Limpopo Province. It is easily accessible with a regular sedan car in under 2 hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria via the N1. Spanning across 2500 hectares, it is a malaria-free private reserve dedicated to rewilding and the conservation of unique plains game species. Tucked away in a lush valley, the lodge is warm and inviting - the perfect getaway for uninterrupted quality time with your loved ones.


The climate in the Waterberg District of Limpopo is pleasantly mild - characterised by cold, dry winters and long, warm summers. Bela Bela has an average of 286 sunny days every year, adding to the popularity of the holiday destination. There is little rainfall throughout the year-. In a year, the rainfall is 636 mm | 25.0 inch. And the average annual temperature is 23.2 °C | 73.8 °F.

Bela Bela

The reserve is located near the charming town of Bela Bela (once called Warmbaths) – named for the geothermal hot springs around which it was built. ‘Bela Bela’ comes from Northern-Sotho for ‘boiling, boiling’ – describing the world famous springs first discovered in the 1800’s by pioneering Europeans.

Known for its small town feel, visitors to Bela Bela can explore the numerous restaurants, coffee shops and small stores in the area. The town is one of the most popular health and family-holiday destinations in South Africa, with numerous Big 5 reserves, golf courses and adventurous activities to try against the backdrop of the scenic Waterberg countryside.


Our Wildlife

With conservation and sustainability at its heart, we are on a journey to rewild the private reserve to the pristine wilderness area it once was. The reserve is spearheading a breeding program of rare species in the hopes of rebuilding dwindling populations across Southern Africa.

Unique species which can be seen include Zambezi Sable, East African Buffalo, Golden Wildebeest and Black Impala. Because of human contact, habitat loss, poaching and disease, species like those mentioned above have become critically endangered. A safari at Lejwe La Metsi not only offers the opportunity to view these rare and endangered animals, but also participate in the conservation and breeding of these species to ensure they thrive in Africa for generations to come.