Bela Bela (literally 'boil boil') is a famous holiday resort in the Waterberg area of the Limpopo Province. Previously known as Warmbaths, this town is famous for the hot mineral springs in the area that is a rumoured to have special healing properties. The springs may be the main attraction, but the area itself has many other attractions and distractions for visitors.
According to records and legend, the springs were originally discovered in about 1800 by the Tswana people. They gave the original name to the area, Bela Bela, due to the water that always seemed to be boiling of its own accord. The hot mineral springs of Bela Bela pour out about 22 000 litres of water per hour that is usually at a temperature of about 53o Celsius.
|The resort at Bela Bela offers many activities
For a long period after the initial discovery of the springs, the area was famous for the healing properties of the waters. The water from the spring is known to have a high concentration of sodium chloride, calcium carbonate and many other salts thought to be very effective for a variety of ailments. In 1873, the then Transvaal government bought the land to build a resort called Warmbad (Warmbaths).
Today the resort at Bela Bela has grown immensely. The springs are still the main attraction of the area and a number of beauty facilities and spas have been opened in the area. The main resort attracts large numbers of visitors throughout the year thanks to the mild climate and nearly year-round sunny days. The resort has a variety of facilities including sport grounds, conference centres, restaurants and camp grounds. There are also frequent festival and special events throughout the year.
Situated in the Waterberg of the Limpopo Province, Bela Bela is also in one of the richest wildlife areas in the country. Around the town there are quite a few private game reserves like Entabeni, Kwalata, Mabalingwe, Mabula and many others. These reserves offer visitors a range of accommodation from luxury to self-catering bush camps. Many of the reserves are home to the Big Five along with many other iconic African animals.
Bela Bela is a great holiday destination. The resort offers a range of activities while the surrounding area has more than enough distractions to keep visitors busy for days. A visit to Limpopo would not be complete without stopping by to see the bubbling springs of Bela Bela.
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