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This private game reserve is the perfect game lodge near Pretoria with just a 1-hour drive from Pretoria Central and 2 hours from Johannesburg. The variety of bushveld accommodation as well as our award-winning spa, educational wildlife centre and numerous activities truly sets Sondela apart among Bela-Bela resorts. Our competitive Bela-Bela accommodation prices and shareholder options make an affordable getaway for nature lovers.
Sondela Nature Reserve doesn’t just provide some of the best Bela-Bela accommodation, it also provides visitors with a chance to truly get back in touch with nature, learn about some of the most beautiful animals South Africa has to offer and experience nature conservation in action. Our staff is passionate about all our guests, human and animal alike and we provide a safe haven for both. Our private game reserve is family orientated and we encourage guests to fully embrace the freedom to explore Mother Nature for themselves. Experience the most spectacular sunrise en sunsets you will ever see as you walk or cycle around on the 70km of dirt roads on the nature reserve.
Sondela Nature Reserve ranks as one of the best Bela-Bela resorts with its array of bushveld accommodation options. Choose to truly unplug in the remote Tambuki campsite or glamp it up in the Moselesele Tented Camp. The 4-star chalets provide the perfect Bela-Bela accommodation for those looking for self-catering accommodation outside Pretoria or enjoy the ultimate experience with our 4-star, up-market butler serviced Country House.
Renowned as a family resort Sondela Nature Reserve & Spa’s year-round facilities and activities are varied and include Piccinini’s Bistro and Pub, Farmyard, Coffee Shoppe, General Dealer, Iketla Wellness & Spa, Hot & Cold Swimming Pools, Boma & Firepit, ATM, Recreation Programme, Poolside Games, 4×4 Course, Quid Biking, Bird Watching, Game Drives, Putt-Putt, Tennis, Volleyball, Hiking Trails and Mountain Bike Trails. Also, be sure to visit the Wildlife Centre where you’ll meet injured and orphaned animals cared for in our rehabilitation centre.
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Our family includes the animals on the reserve and in the wildlife centre where we rescue and rehabilitate, care for animals in distress, and hand-rear orphaned wild animals before releasing them back into the wild to live the way nature intended. We take great pride in our extraordinary Rare Game experiences – enjoy a game drive and possibly spot our Sable herds, Golden Wildebeest, Black Impalas, or King Red Hartebeest. The continued education of our youth to ensure the future well-being of South Africa’s natural beauty and wildlife is also a top priority, That’s why our Junior Rangers Program (for kids from the ages of 3 to 18) has a special place in our hearts. It is also why we started Sondela Academy more than a decade ago and it is the best place to educate and train tomorrow’s wildlife and resort experts.
It is not just the young to whom nature calls, however. Retire in the peace and quiet of our over 50 Lifestyle Estate. Nature is the best medicine and it’s been proven that being outdoors in the fresh air improves happiness and overall well-being. Be among the first to enjoy one of the most tranquil retirement estates Gauteng has to offer.
Retire in the peace and comfort of a bushveld retirement village. What can be better than having nature on your doorstep and some of the most exquisite wildlife South Africa has on display all around you. This exclusive over 50 lifestyle estate in the Sondela Nature Reserve provides you with the best of what Bela-Bela retirement villages can present you with. From Sondela’s retirement village Pretoria is just 1 hour away so it’s easy for family, friends, and grandkids to visit.
The estate is very secure and set to be a delightful Bela-Bela retirement village with its architectural designed homes. While we have already drawn up house plans, you are welcome to use our architects to make your dream home a reality and create the best retirement village Pretoria, Bela-Bela, or any other city has on the map.
Retiring on a resort comes with a whole host of perks and don’t think for a moment that this over 50 lifestyle estate won’t have a host of activities. Feel free to just kick back and relax in the harmony nature provides day in and day out, or join in the activities available on the nature reserve. Make use of the 70 km of walking and biking trails to get the blood pumping. Go on a game drive and see some of our Rare Game, like the Golden Wildebeest or the Black Impala.
Join our guests at the resort’s central entertainment area, which is within walking distance, to play some bowls, do some water aerobics or Pilates, and attend a cooking class. There will always be something to do and new people to meet and you will have full use of all of Sondela’s facilities including the pools, restaurants and Farmyard at no additional cost. The award-winning Iketla Wellness Spa, boasting a Kneipp Pool and Steam Room, is also at your disposal and pensioners get a 30% discount (Ts and Cs apply). You can also have the luxury of going on a private, self-drive game drive or book for one at Reception
If you’re not quite at retirement age just yet but you know that the Sondela Lifestyle Estate is the place for you, you don’t need to fret as a property here can still be yours. Any residents of this bushveld retirement estate must meet the age requirements, but you can buy your unit now, finish building your perfect retirement property, and lease it out on a long-term rental agreement. You don’t have to occupy the property for years to come. It will be ready and waiting for you, however, when you want to settle down in one of the best Bela-Bela resorts you can find.
The Sondela Nature Reserve & Spa conferencing and special function destination can cater for up to 160 delegates. The combination of luxury accommodation, exquisite cuisine, hands-on hospitality, modern equipment and varied activities makes it a great opportunity to work and play.