Wildside Safari Camp
What We Love
- A full-board, authentic camp stay with daily game drives in the wildlife-rich Entabeni reserve The chance to go on two safari game drives per day, led by an expert ranger
- Staying in an authentic tented chalet in Entabeni Private Game Reserve, with all dining included
- Dining in a relaxing al fresco setting, by a roaring fire
What To Know
- Animals roam the ground freely – for this reason, you need to be escorted to and from your hut in the evening
- On game drives you'll catch sight of lions, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, and more
- Just to clarify: there's no WiFi
An unforgettable, traditionally-themed safari adventure in Limpopo, staying in a luxury tented chalet - full board and game drives included
Entabeni Safari Conservancy, rightfully dubbed ‘The Place of the Mountain’, is situated in the World Heritage Waterberg Biosphere. A three-hour drive north of Johannesburg, this 22,000 hectare malaria-free reserve boasts five eco-systems. A gravel road leads up to this Big Five reserve, within which you’ll find five lodges – each comprising a unique blend of luxury and tradition, and perfectly set in different locations across the reserve.
You’ll be staying at the Wildside Safari Camp, which offers 20 ethnically-designed chalets within the Entabeni Safari Conservancy. From your thatched roof chalet, you’ll get to soak up the unspoilt wilderness of this malaria-free reserve. Beyond these, you’ll also find an open lounge and bar area, as well as a boma (enclosure) with roaring open fire, for relaxing and enjoying traditional fare.
The impressive wildlife experience at Entabeni is home to over 55 mammal species, 300 plants species, 380 bird species, as well as a wide variety of insects, reptiles and amphibians, which all co-exist in five spectacular diverse eco-systems. You’ll encounter the supreme wildlife of Africa from open-vehicles, in two safari game drives per day with qualified rangers. When you’ve ticked all the right animals off your must-see list, there are also two golf courses, a beauty spa, guided star-gazing, horse-back safaris, helicopter rides and bush walks available here.
How to Get There
We stayed here for three nights at the beginning of February 2019 and although the Lodge itself was nice and the Game Drives were good, we could not say the same about the food. It all looked very nice and the 'hot' food was sitting on high flames also making it look appealing but looks can be very deceptive, the actual food inside the cooking pans was virtually stone cold at every occasion. It may suit some people but it does not suit me as I like my hot food to be hot! There was very little choice and even when I could revert to just having a salad, sometimes there weren't even any tomatoes to be had. One evening they had put the pudding out and this should have been accompanied with custard. No sign of the custard and we had to ask 5 times before it appeared - when it did eventually appear that was also stone cold.
On our last morning they did a packed breakfast for us as we were facing a 7 hour drive to our next Lodge and it was very poor, not the standard one would expect from such an establishment. There was a distinct 'lack of interest' attitude which really tainted the whole Safari experience.
This place is beautiful guyssss....it's very peaceful and still has a fun factor to it.The food was amazing ,the guides for the activities were very friendly and professional. the game drive and lion tour were the highlight of my trip. The braai menu for all Legends properties is not the best but that's the only negative for me. the property is beautiful and the mountains -breathtaking.
I used to be part of staff member of the Legends and I was so pleased to see how Entabeni management and staff still holds the gold medal in customer service and excellent hospitality. Keep up the good legendary work 😘😘😘
Our family visited this safari new years eve. We were blown away by the beauty of nature and the animals around, but the staff and management were not capable of providing even a basic care for us. My cousin was thrown from the Jeep and the "medic" put a bandage on the head wound, we took her the next day for stitches. The managers did nothing in the way of follow up or care for her or the rest of us.
We also made the mistake of going for a meal, which was cramped seating with no drinks getting food in the dark and finding out the majority was still raw inside.
Management was terribly unorganized and incapable. The staff were simply undertrained and lacked skills.
All this beautiful space was wasted by a staff and facility that was not up to the task of giving us (or you) as guests a experience to match or even come close.
Safaris are the kind of things that get endlessly overhyped - but the experience at Entabeni was outstanding.
The Entabeni grounds are stunning - there is so much to explore, such a lot of ground to cover - it's not an enclosure, it's a real habitat and to be a guest in the animals' home was a real privilege.
We had a 3 day stay and having the same ranger (Noddy) take us round the reserve throughout made all the difference - Noddy knew what we had seen and what we hadn't, what we were keen to see next and what we weren't so bothered about. As a ranger, he lives and breathes the park, answering all of our questions about the animals and stopping when he saw a particular spot of interest or plant with a story behind it.
Noddy is incredibly well versed in every acre of the 22,000 hectares of ground. He has years of expertise in animals and their behaviour, as well as plants and their properties. He gave us an insight into his beliefs and those of his background too. Most importantly, he brought us and the other family on the game drives together as a group and made the experience entertaining and engaging. His many sayings and words of wisdom will stay with us.
As a safari novice and someone who doesn't know a great deal about nature, nothing prepared me for the experience of seeing these creatures in front of my eyes. Being just meters away from the Big 5, Little 5 and other creatures, in a cruiser without windows, was quite extraordinary. We got rhinos, cheetahs, lions, giraffes, zebras and - my personal favourite (it's a long story) - warthogs.
The staff throughout were warm and helpful, looking after my things when I had to dash off at the last minute, driving us to and from our lodges whenever we needed to get there. Watching them sing and dance the new year come in was great too.
Noddy was the star of the show, but we really appreciated all the staff, including Petrus, Samuel, Precious, Frans and many more names I wish I could remember...
There are small niggles with the accommodation, and some real coffee would have been a bonus, but these are unimportant compared to watching a rhino eat grass 10 feet away. Wow.
We'd certainly come back and will be talking about this for years.