Bela Bela, Limpopo also boasts the development of Internationally Acclaimed Signature Golf Courses by Gary Player & Ernie Els. If golf is not on the agenda other tourism activities include Hot Air Ballooning, gliding, hiking and the ever present Big Five, or "Big 5" as it is often called, at many of the game reserves.
When the Tswana tribes first moved into the region in about the 1800s, they discovered hot springs in the area.
The Voortrekker Carl Van Heerden established the first farm in what is now Bela-Bela and called it Het Bad.
In 1873, President Burger's Transvaal government bought the land and established a resort called Hartingsburg after the prominent Dutch biologist Pieter Harting.
The British occupied the town during the Anglo Boer War, and renamed the post office Warm Baths in 1903, and proclaimed the boundaries of Warmbaths to be the entire farm of Het Bad.
In 1920 Warmbaths was proclaimed a township (in the legal, not racial sense) and the township was designed by architect John Abraham Moffat in that year.
In 1950, it became a magisterial district.
In 1932 Warmbaths became a village town and got a town council in 1960.
Buiskop a well known and historical summit is situated approximately four miles North of Warmbaths and was used as a halfway house where fresh horses were provided for the mail coach that travelled between Pretoria and Pietersburg.
Sandstone from this mountain was used for some of the building of the Union Buildins in Pretoria.
This mountain was named after Coenraad De Buys who was forced to flee north from the Cape Colony at the beginning of the 19th Century with his two sons Machiel and Gabriel and a number of native bodyguards.
Apparently they angered a number of local tribesmen in the area and were driven to the mountain and encircled.
The tribesmen tried to get them to surrender by thirst but eight days later Coenraad de Buys was seen winging a skin of water over the top of the mountain, shouting that he had higher powers on his side that enabled him to get water on the dry mountain top.
Terrified by this state of affairs the superstitious tribesmen abandoned the siege on Buiskop.