The nearest town is Bela-Bela, well known for its hot mineral springs, game lodges, private game reserves,
holiday accommodation, health and beauty spas and selection of self catering and camping resorts, bush lodges and guest houses.
Over the years Sondela Nature Reserve has grown to become one of South Africa’s premier privately held nature reserves.
Ambitious management have resulted in a game reserve and family resort today that is known for its great hospitality,
quality accommodation and friendly service – a sought after family holiday destination.
Game viewing in open vehicles affords guests the opportunity of viewing fauna and flora,
whilst traversing the undulating hills, following river courses and open savannah plains.
The Sondela Country House is the jewel in the crown for the already versatile accommodation profile that
this pristine Bushveld game reserve has to offer, both in its aesthetics and in its impact.
The result is a truly unique fully serviced boutique hotel that offers the seclusion of the African bush,
yet with the small luxuries that make for a relaxing and invigorating game experience. Each of the exclusive
luxury rooms are en suite, some with both indoor and outdoor showers and baths. Each room at the 5 star Sondela
Country House has its own private verandah affording guests the opportunity to watch nature goes its way while
basking in the privacy of their secluded suites. The cuisine served at Sondela Country House, is a superb fusion of African flavours.
The chef offers a menu to surpass the expectations of even the most discerning diner.
The Sondela Academy is a venture of Sondela Nature Reserve and endorsed by the Food and Beverage Institute.
Students live on the premises in a secure environment, classes and practical training take place at Sondela Academy.
Students receive hands-on training both in the lecture room and operation in all of the departments on the Reserve.
Students are therefore exposed to the demands and rewards the tourism industry has to offer 24 hours a day.
The minimum requirement for all applications is a valid Senior Certificate. Sondela Academy offers a variety of
hospitality courses, i.e. professional chef, food and beverage management, nature conservation, tour guiding, front
office management - all accredited by City & Guilds International. Application Form for 2011.
Sondela Wildlife Centre, a registered rehabilitation centre which cares for sick, injured or orphaned wild animals.
Visitor’s personal interaction with the little animals provide countless, unforgettable magic moments.
The Sondela Wildlife Centre aims to improve the welfare of wild animals and create awareness of the challenges faced by wildlife.
The Wildlife centre has a International wildlife volunteer program where the volunteers interact with wild animals and has the
opportunity to go on horse safaris, game-drives, game capturing, animal husbandry and farm yard activities.
Come experience peace and tranquility in the heart of the Bushveld.
Sondela Nature Reserve… it’s a way of living!