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Lejwe La Metsi  -  We invite you and your loved ones to explore the malaria-free reserve, only 90 minutes away from Johannesburg. Accommodating just 36 guests at any one time, guests are guaranteed exclusivity and absolute privacy during their stay. There are 6 opulent villas to choose from, 5 fully-catered and one luxury self-catering villa. Each is discreetly tucked away into the hillside, surrounded by lush, landscaped gardens and trickling waterfalls offering the most serene setting.

From romantic retreats and family-friendly holidays to executive getaways and milestone celebrations, Lejwe La Metsi has something to offer everyone.

Relax & Rejuvenate

2500 hectares of pristine wilderness provides the perfect setting to unwind and relax. Explore our serene, lush gardens and magnificent waterfalls surrounding the lodge at your leisure.

Wildlife & Game Drives

Game drives with our expert guides are on offer daily. The reserve has more than 50 different mammals including leopard, brown hyena, giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest, hippopotamus, eland, kudu, zebra and more, as well as over 300 bird species.


Dining at Lejwe La Metsi is tailored to your preferences. Bespoke meals can be enjoyed in the comfort of your private villa, in the gardens on sunny days, in the elegant dining room, or in the atmospheric natural boma.

Breeding Preservation Programme

Join us on our conservation journey spearheaded by our breeding program of rare game species including: East-African Buffalo, Black Impala, Zambezi Sable and Golden Wildebeest in the hopes of rebuilding dwindling populations across Southern Africa.

3 Bedroom all en-suite Accommodation

With just 6 opulent villas guests are guaranteed utmost exclusivity and privacy. Each luxury residence has 3 en-suite bedrooms, a lounge, outdoor seating and private dining areas. Our self-catering villa is complete with a large kitchen for guests looking to cater for themselves.

Area Info:

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.


Located just a few kilometres from Bela Bela, Lejwe La Metsi is the perfect base from which to explore some of the most exciting attractions the region has to offer. Transport can be arranged for any of the below activities:
-  Mystic Monkeys
-  Elephant Interactions
-  Ziplining
-  Big Five Game Drives
-  Big Cat Interactions
-  Golf


Conservation Game Drives
Lejwe La Metsi’s malaria-free wilderness is home to a remarkable diversity of flora and fauna. Guests can look forward to flexible and informative drives where you can see up to 50 different mammal species, including leopard, hyena, jackal, hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra and many more, as well as learn about the marvels of the African bush. Guests will also be given the opportunity to enjoy an upfront and completely unique sighting of our rare species of East African Buffalo, Zambezi Sable, Golden Wildebeest and Black Impala. Our expert and informative guides will share our story of conservation, including providing an understanding of what makes these animals unique and what needs to be done on a daily basis to ensure their welfare and preservation.

Walking Safaris

For an immersive experience of Africa, embark on foot with our expert guiding team exploring the sights, sounds and smells of the bush, often invisible when on a game drive. Marvel at flowering plants or the bright colours of a lilac breasted roller in a tree and feel your senses heighten as you experience the world around you in a prehistoric way.


As the sun sinks below the horizon, turn your gaze to the stars for a spectacular sky safari. Due to the reserve’s remote location, there is virtually no light pollution, meaning that the skies are some of the best in Africa for astronomy. Enjoy breathtaking stargazing and the view from the Southern Hemisphere all from the comfort of your suite at Lejwe La Metsi.


Sip on a refreshing sundowner at the end of a relaxing day at the viewpoint overlooking a waterhole below. Sundowners can be arranged with or without a game drive beforehand and offer a wonderful opportunity to slow down and drink in the vibrant colours of the African sky before the sun sinks below the horizon.

Royal African Spa

Unwind and feel rejuvenated with an indulgent treatment in the capable hands of our qualified spa therapists at our Royal African Spa. Treatments, ranging from facials and massages to aromatherapy, can be enjoyed in the privacy and comfort of your private villa. Our healing and re-energizing therapies are the perfect accompaniment to a few days spent in the tranquility of the bush.


Dining at Lejwe La Metsi is an experience completely tailored to your tastes and preferences. Meals can be enjoyed in a variety of magical locations including al fresco in the garden, picnic-style in view of the waterfall, in the spacious dining room or in the open-air dining area of the villas. For a special occasion, guests can look forward to an atmospheric dinner at Lejwe Amphitheater.

Families and children

Being family owned and run - Lejwe La Metsi understands the needs of families and takes deep pride in hosting families and children of all ages. Our villa’s have been specifically designed with families in mind, and are therefore completely child friendly. Our team of highly qualified and friendly guides are passionate about educating the next generation about conservation and showing them the wonders of the African bush. In addition, our team is driven to keep the young ones entertained through the day so that you can enjoy some time to relax and rejuvenate during your family getaway at Lejwe La Metsi.

Clothing and Accessories:

Things to bring along
Comfortable walking shoes
-  Sun hats
-  Sunglasses
-  Sunscreen/block
-  Cameras and binoculars
-  Summer season: lightweight clothing, bathing suits, warmer clothing for game drives
-  Winter season: light clothing for the daytime, warm insulated jackets for game drives and evenings.

Health and Climate:

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.

Rooms and Units Available:

Bush Villa

The villa has 3 opulent en-suite bedrooms, a spacious lounge and bar, an outdoor seating area and a private dining space. There is a fully equipped, large kitchen, as well as a private pool, making this the ideal group of family getaway.

Sleeps 6 Adults

Garden Villa

This Villa has 3 bedrooms. Bedroom 1 has a King bed, bedroom 2 has 2 double beds and bedroom 3 has a king bed.

Sleeps 6 Adults

Island Villa

This Villa has 3 bedrooms. Bedroom 1 has a King bed, bedroom 2 has 2 double beds and bedroom 3 has a king bed.

Sleeps 6 Adults

Mountain Villa

This Villa has 3 bedrooms. Bedroom 1 has a King bed, bedroom 2 has 2 double beds and bedroom 3 has a king bed.

Sleeps 6 Adults

Pool Villa

This Villa has 3 bedrooms. Bedroom 1 has a King bed, bedroom 2 has 2 double beds and bedroom 3 has a king bed.

Sleeps 6 Adults

Waterfall Villa

This Villa has 3 bedrooms. Bedroom 1 has a King bed, bedroom 2 has 2 double beds and bedroom 3 has a king bed.

Sleeps 6 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Honeymoon Couples
Airport Shuttle Service
Babysitting Service
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Special Meals on Request
Conference facilities
Team Building
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Cots available
Fireplace on the Premises
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - covered)
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool
No Pets Allowed

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations must be made in writing and subject to the following conditions:
-  Cancellations up to 30 days prior to the arrival date = 25% of the total price of the reservation.
-  Cancellations up to 14 days prior to the arrival date = 50% of the total price of the reservation.
-  Cancellations up to 07 days prior to the arrival date = 90% of the total price of the reservation.

Terms and Conditions

  • Lejwe La Metsi reserves the right of Admission.
  • Guests cannot bring personal alcohol and beverages – This does not apply to the self-catering villa.
  • Guests enter the Game Reserve at their own risk and are required to sign an indemnity form.
  • Guests are not to arrive after 10pm.
  • Lejwe la Metsi is a Privately owned Game Reserve with free roaming wild animals, and some might pose a threat to
  • humans if disturbed, threatened, or handled incorrectly.
  • Lejwe la Metsi cannot be held responsible for any negligence from any of our guests, visitors, or staff.
  • Check-in is any time from 14h00 – early arrival will result in an additional charge per person.
  • Check-out is at 10h00 – late departure will result in an additional charge per person.
  • Bill backs are strictly prohibited, all extras or outstanding monies owed to Lejwe La Metsi will be paid before departure.


Directions from Johannesburg to Lejwe La Metsi
Take the N1 North towards Polokwane and follow the signage.
You will reach first toll gate – Pass through carry on straight.
Pass Hammanskraal.
Go through second toll gate – carry on straight.
Pass the Carousel.
Bela-Bela approximately 55km from this point  
Pass Rust de Winter/Pienaarsrivier.
Pass R576 Settlers/Codrington off ramp.
 Exit at the next off ramp Settlers/Bela-Bela (turn off 238, R516).
Take the off ramp and turn left towards the town of Bela-Bela.
At main four-way intersection turn right
At first traffic light turn right at Engen Petrol Station into Potgieter Street/R101 Modimolle.
Continue for approximately 2kms and you will see a brown sign on your left indicating Lejwe La Metsi is coming up on your left.
Continue straight until you reach a sign that reads Bosveld Diesel Depot on your left. (Large orange wall sign)
Immediately after this sign turn left onto the gravel road at the La Metsi Private Game Farm sign.
Follow the gravel road and travel for approximately 4,5 kms.
Continue until you reach the large gates of Lejwe La Metsi where the security guards will meet you. 


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Children Policy

Children of all ages are welcome:
-  Ages 0 to 2 Stay for free in our catered villas

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  • Accommodation Type: Bed & Breakfast, Private Game Lodge and Self-Catering
  • Malaria Area: No
  • Sleeps: 36
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM