Sondela nature reserve & Spa - bela bela

Bela-Bela, and in particular Sondela, is a well suited host city and venue for the event for the following reasons:

  • Warm temperatures still characterise the area while the winter chill sets in elsewhere in Gauteng
  • Bela-Bela is only a 90km from Pretoria on the N1 North highway, which makes it an easy commute for riders from the biggest MTB catchment area in the country
  • Sondela is right next to the freeway and is signed from the off-ramp.
  • There are no other stage races in the country over this time of the year, making the Waterberg Encounter a valuable “keep fit” option through winter.

The Waterberg Encounter affords our passionate participants an unequaled on and off road experience. The host city, Bela Bela is within easy travel distance, along the N1 North highway, from the main metropolitan areas of Gauteng.

It’s a MTB Encounter where riders are treated as VIP’s and where they will have access to wonderful hospitality. Spouses can also book all meals with their riding counterparts, which creates a very unique and family orientated environment at meals and presentations.

Elements Private Golf Estate

There are many non residential, second home golf estates in South Africa and very few can match Elements Private Golf Reserve. A stunning, unique golf estate on 495 hectares of property located only one and a half hours drive north of Pretoria in the magnificent Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province. The setting for Elements Private Golf Reserve is one of the biggest factors that count in its favor.

The surrounding bushveld terrain varies between natural hillsides and open plains, with mountain views and perennial streams. The golf course meanders through a fertile valley of indigenous vegetation and artful landscaping.

The Clubhouse is located on a rise overlooking the golf course from which 11 holes can be seen and offers an unsurpassed view of the course and surrounding landscape. The reception, administrative offices, kids play ground, bar, restaurant and main kitchen areas is located on the upper level.  The lower floor houses the locker rooms, half way house, golf shop, spa, conference room and covered patio. A small portion of the restaurant has been cordoned off to create a kids play area.  This has become a popular addition to keep the kids occupied while mom and dad are enjoying drinks in the bar or a meal in the restaurant.  It has play tables, ball games and even a full size pool table for the older kids and young adults.

In addition to golf and excellent practice facilities, the estate offers mountain bike trails, tennis courts, hiking, game viewing, bird watching, swimming, a spa, conferencing, and a comprehensive food and beverage offering in the clubhouse. Limpopo golf at its finest.

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