A visit to Bela-Bela provides a unique and invigorating family holiday in the heart of the unspoilt Waterberg. Long before the mineral waters at Bela-Bela were used therapeutically, they were discovered by the Tswana in the 1800s and named Bela- Bela, meaning ‘the water that boils on its own’. A popular health and holiday resort today, the town owes its origin to these hot mineral springs that bubble out of the earth at about 22 000 litres per hour with a temperature of around 53ºC. The water is rich in sodium chloride, calcium carbonate and other salts that are believed to have healing properties. The pleasantly mild climate during the winter months and an average of 286 sunny days every year, add to the popularity of the destination. The town is only just over an hour’s drive from Gauteng and lies on the Springbok Flats on the highway to the North. Bela-Bela serves a thriving agricultural region and has some well-stocked game reserves and resorts in the area. Most of the resorts offer excellent conference, sport, accommodation, recreation and restaurant facilities. Some of the reserves boast the Big Five and countless other savannah species against a backdrop of scenic Waterberg countryside.