Entabeni: Where golf and wildlife mix
Entabeni Game Reserve is located in the Waterberg Biosphere. The biosphere was the first region in Limpopo, South Africa to be named as such by UNESCO. Located less than a three hour drive away from the sprawling metropolis of Johannesburg, Entabeni is a veritable Garden of Eden. Approximately 22,000 hectares in size the area is malaria-free despite the large volume of water in the area.
Five different ecosystems make up the reserve allowing a rich experience in terms of game and bird viewing and there are a large variety of species to be viewed which the knowledgeable and friendly game rangers will help to identify. There is also a possibility of viewing the Big 5 as all the species can be found in the park.
Game drives with knowledgeable rangers in open 4x4s ensure easy viewing. There is also the option of a bushwalk for the truly adventurous. If you love horses you may take a short game ride or a longer safari seeing Africa from horseback as the first Europeans did. For the romantically-inclined or those with a head for heights, a balloon safari is also available.
The upper escarpment of the reserve is primarily dominated by grassland surrounded by picturesque crags, and taking a gentle drive between jagged cliffs to the warmer sandy wetlands of the lower escarpment offers a wonderful experience. The sandstone formations in the area retained sufficient water to make it a suitable environment for prehistoric man. This is evidenced by the rock paintings in the area which you can also visit.
Accommodation varies from the five-star Entabeni Hanglip Mountain Lodge which is furnished in African Baroque style with each suite having a private sun deck, to the Entabeni Eagle’s Nest where the suites are housed on stilts and offer a birds-eye view and of course the Entabeni Wildside Safari Camp which is luxurious tent accommodation.
Many people come to Entabeni to stay at the famed Legend Golf & Safari resort. Here you can play golf and have the unique experience of sharing the course with several species of plains game. What’s more, you can have a shot at winning a million dollars on the 19th hole – accessible by helicopter.