Entabeni Safari Conservancy, is situated in the World Heritage Waterberg Biosphere of the Waterberg region. Less than a three-hour drive north of Johannesburg, this 22 000 ha malaria-free reserve boasts five eco-systems.
The upper escarpment offers majestic craggy rock formations and wide open grass plains. This is separated from the lower plateau by 600 metre high cliffs. The lower escarpment is about three degrees warmer and comprises sandy wetlands.
Entabeni offers far more than the usual game sightings of the Big Five. Experience scenic helicopter flights, stargazing in the observatory, sunset lake cruises and a variety of game viewing activities.
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The upper escarpment is predominantly grassland dominated by the most beautiful crags, while a drive down between the cliffs, where a gurgling stream beckons, takes you to the warmer sandy wetlands of the lower escarpment.
Entabeni Safari Conservancy offers far more than the usual game sightings of the Big Five. Experience scenic helicopter flights, stargazing in the observatory, sunset lake cruises and a variety of game viewing activities.
Accommodation in Entabeni Safari Conservancy
Entabeni Hanglip Mountain Lodge
This alluring five-star lodge evokes the romantic Africa of yesteryear. All luxury suites, furnished in African Baroque style, have private sun decks with breathtaking views across the wetlands and vast open plains. Enchanting gardens provide a paradise of foliage and tranquility.
Entabeni Lakeside Lodge
Set on the banks of the 1,7 km lake, the thatch and stone Lakeside Lodge provides a memorable blend of luxury in the wilderness.
Entabeni Wildside Safari Camp
A true African bush experience awaits you at Wildside Safari Camp, where the essence of the unspoilt wilderness of the Waterberg is combined with comfortable en-suite tents, creating a wild Africa atmosphere.
The open lounge/bar area with the romantic roaring fire in the boma creates the perfect end to a relaxed day in the bush.
Accommodation at Wildside Safari Camp in 20 unique en-suite tented chalets including 4 family tented chalets.
Children are welcome however, children under six years of age will not be permitted on game drives. Where possible, depending on the number of children in-house and the availability of additional vehicles, special game drives for children can be arranged. Although these drives cannot be guaranteed, they usually take place after breakfast.
Children under 12 years of age are not allowed to participate in the game walks offered at Entabeni Safari Conservancy.
Cognisance must be taken of the fact that Lodges situated on Entabeni Safari Conservancy are unfenced and extra precautions need to be taken to ensure the safety of children.
Entabeni Safari & Activities:
Game drives or walking safaris, undertaken by highly trained rangers, offer the privilege of up-close Big Five game viewing.
Diversity on the reserve is astounding, with more than 55 large mammal species, 300 flowers, 50 grasses, 140 trees, 380 birds and innumerable insects, reptiles and amphibians.
Our bush camps are situated in the midst of the reserve so visits by lions and other beasts are an expected and accepted part of every day. This reserve is one of those places where you do not need to search for animals, as plains game is plentiful, with at least 15 different antelope species.
Lions are seen almost daily, and are such successful hunters that they can afford to leave some morsels for the Verrauxs Eagles, which have cleverly filled the scavenging niche on the reserve.
Rhinoceros are common on the reserve, and share the grass of the open savanna with the nocturnally feeding hippopotamus.
The Leopards in the Waterberg Mountains are known to be some of the largest on the continent, and these beautiful but secretive animals are seen quite regularly on the reserve. Small antelope such as the nimble Klipspringer sometimes fall prey to them. Brown Hyaena and Black Backed Jackal are the main members of the clean up crew, with the Hyaenas detecting prey by scent from distances of up to 14 km away.
Open 4x4 vehicles ensure close encounters with the Big Five and numerous wildlife species. Qualified and knowledgeable game rangers will take visitors on an educational journey of breathtaking scenery, diverse vegetation and prolific bird- and wildlife.
Armed & experienced rangers accompany guests on the bush walk. This bush experience is educational & offers close encounters with members of the Big Five, and is therefore both rewarding & exhilarating for the more adventurous guests.
Horseback Game Viewing:
We offer one and two hour rides as an additional game viewing activity. Guests with little or no previous riding experience are able to participate in this activity.
Horseback Adventure Safaris:
We specialise in 2 day safaris tracking some of the Big Five whilst following game and elephant trails. Breakfast and Lunch are served at the lodges or at various bush venues. Riding resumes again in the afternoon, returning to the lodges in time for dinner.
We ride through rugged wilderness areas, only accessible by foot or on horseback, for 2 to 5 hours per day, encountering dangerous game. This activity is therefore more suitable for intermediate to advanced riders who are able to trot, canter and gallop with confidence. Novice riders are accommodated on request.
Children under the age of 8 will not be taken out on a normal ride and children 15 years or younger have to be accompanied on the ride by a parent/guardian.
We now offer you the opportunity to view the magnificent panoramas of our ancient land and observe the flora and fauna from the slowly drifting vantage of your hot air balloon.
The Balloon flight will last about forty five minutes, starting in the reserve to fly over the game, but may land outside the reserve, depending on the flight direction and meteorological conditions. Traditionally, champagne will be served either in flight or on landing
A minimum of 4 guests is required to justify a Flight Departure we suggest that you endeavour to program flights Mondays to Fridays as Saturday and Sunday flights are often very heavily booked.
Take the N1 North Highway to Mookgopong (Naboomspruit). From here 2 different routes lead to the Lodges:
To proceed to Kingfisher, Ravineside, Eagle’s Nest or Lakeside Lodges:
Turn left at the traffic light in town centre (R520).
Continue on the R520 for 11 km until you reach a T-junction. Turn left and continue for 500 m and turn right at the Marken sign.
Keep on the tar road for 23,8 km. The road becomes a gravel road. Continue on this road for another 21,5 km.
Youll see an Entabeni Game Reserve sign on the righthand side. Turn right and drive 3,3 km on a dirt road until you reach the security entrance gate.
To proceed to Wildside Camp:
Pass through the town on the R101 (29 km) till you reach the Doorndraai/Sterkrivier turnoff (Entabeni sign).
Turn left and continue for 22 km till you reach the Haakdoorn turnoff.
Turn left and continue for a further 8 km on a gravel road till you reach the big Entabeni Wildside Camp sign on your righthand side and the security entrance gate.