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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
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Overview

An unforgettable, traditionally-themed safari adventure in Limpopo, staying in a luxury tented chalet - full board and game drives included

The Lowdown

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

Wildside Safari Camp
3 Kms from the Haakdoring Turnoff
Limpopo, 0510 South Africa

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 100 Reviews
One week of delight
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked this venue over one year prior to our visit.We certainly weren’t disappointed with the whole experience.Wonderful food.Plentiful drink,both alcoholic and soft,together with all day tea and coffee.The accommodation was good but a little tired,requiring redecoration etc,but was exceptionally clean and well serviced.The game drives and bush walks far exceeded our expectations.Our ranger,Marco,was really knowledgable and had a great sense of humour.All the staff were very friendly and couldn’t do enough for us.One downside was the very intermittent internet availability,however you do have to remember you’re the back of beyond.Would certainly recommend this place.Absolulely fabulous experience.BJW259.

Simply Beautiful!!!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just returned from a safari at the Entabeni Game reserve. We stayed at the Lakeside Lodge within the reserve. The road traveling to the lodge is an adventure in itself, it's steep, steep, and did I mention steep....but a whole lot of fun. The people were so friendly and went out of their way to help. Our safari guide Petras was incredibly knowledgeable of plants, animals and the birds. Petras would stop the safari truck pick a leaf from a plant and tell us about the medicinal benefits. We highly recommend Petras as your guide.

I gave "5" stars but we were not happy about not having air conditioning in our room neither were the other parties in our group. And, you can't open the windows due to mosquitoes and/or the monkees. It was horribly hot at night which made it difficult to sleep.

The food was fresh and very good and you get large portions.

We had an incredible experience and the 50,000 acre reserve is beautiful. We saw Rhino, cheetahs, elephant, lions and the list goes on and on. A must on a bucket list.

Lots of animals
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did a 3 day safari. Raveneside Lodge was ok could do with a bit of tlc. Gather this is the oldest of the lodges. Lots of steps to get to our room. We were given a room with the least amount of steps still 39 steps. Food was great and lots of it. Trevor our guide was knowledgeable and very helpful. We saw 4 of the big 5. The leopard would not come to the party. Lots of animals and the game drives were great. This was a great experience one off my bucket list. Staff were all friendly and helpful.

3 day safari
Reviewed 1 month ago

Great staff and facilities. Well laid out lodge. One criticism here when the fire was burning in the bar the room became unpleasant with smoke. An ongoing problem judging by smoke on underside of thatched roof. The safari experience was outstanding, the guides both knowledgeable and courteous. The food was fabulous not gourmet but well cooked and presented.The cabins overlooking the ravine were comfortable and serviced daily. However the maintenance left a lot to be desired. While happy with "rustic", the wardrobe doors were held closed with a shoelace. The shower, while hot with good pressure, the flexible hose was constantly coming adrift from the head. Big worry though was dangerous state of deck,rotting timbers and lights not working down the steep steps.
Over all though great experience. Think the Legend resort gets all of funding which is a shame as would have given 5, otherwise brilliant few days at Entabeni. Elephant below our room in the ravine belowand monkeys and baboons in the trees highlight

Great area
Reviewed 2 months ago

This was a great area scenery was amazing our lodge was based high I. The mountains we saw rhinos and lions and many more very difficult at times to see animals because off the Bush but a amazing place