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Where to see the Big Five?

Seeing the Big five is part of many people’s bucket lists! Seeing the Big five is what many travellers hope to achieve on their safari vacations – so it is vital to know where you can see the Big five when planning your next African Safari.

The Kruger Safari area is one of the best places to see the Big five due to the abundance of animals and the perfect landscape.

What are the Big Five?

Often thought to be a list of the most feared animals,  the Big five are the most difficult animals to hunt by foot as coined by big-game hunters. This term is now used widely by tour operators and safari guides as well, as these animals are often more challenging to find.

The five animals in the Big 5 group are:

The hardest of the 5 to see is often the Rhino and the Leopard but does depend on the area. Your guide will be able to advise you on the best time to see them and where to look. These trained professionals often know the animal’s movements and can help you track them down.

Entabeni Hospitality

With the Kruger area being the best place to go in South Africa to see the Big five and with so many different lodges to choose from whilst in the Kruger – the question is – which lodge should you choose?

Entabeni Hospitality is a great option to see the Big five while doing it in comfort and style. With their top-class facilities, golf course and beautiful reserve – you cannot choose a better place to relax and recharge.

Now is a better time than ever to see the Big five on your bucket list trip to South Africa. With low prices and cheap flights, it is time to take advantage of these specials.

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Festive Season Special

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Festive Season Special.

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Entabeni Hospitality

this festive season and book a stay at our Wildside tented camps.

R3000 per couple per night, in one of our Wildside Tents
The inclusions are as follows:
 Non-Alcoholic welcome drink on arrival
 2 Meals per day, Breakfast and Dinner
1 Game drive per day starting with the afternoon game drive on the day of arrival at 15h30
Kindly note that there is an R90 per person once off conservation fee applicable over and above the quoted rates above.
Minimum 2 nights stay
Full, non-refundable prepayment required
Please note that all drinks consumed at mealtimes are charged and payable at the lodge at the end of your stay.
Offer valid (16 December 2020 – 01 January 2021)
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Exploring Entabeni Game Reserve

Less than a three-hour drive north of Johannesburg and Pretoria, the scenic 22 000 ha ​malaria-free​, Big five Entabeni Game Reserve is waiting for you to discover.

If you are looking for the perfect weekend safari getaway destination in the African bush, spent with family and friends – Entabeni Game Reserve should be top of your list.

Why not extend your African safari experience and include aKruger safar​i in your Entabeni safari experience – getting the best of both worlds.

More about Entabeni Game Reserve

Entabeni Game Reserve is a private game reserve located within the Limpopo Province of South Africa in the game-rich Welgevonden area. The reserve offers a Big five safari experience and is situated in a malaria-free​ area.

The reserve offers visitors a variety of landscapes, each of which is home to a variety of wildlife – experience ravines wide open plains, dense bushveld and forested hills all in one day spent at the reserve.

Getting to Entabeni

As mentioned, Entabeni Game Reserve is a mere three-hour drive from Johannesburg – quick and easy for a mid-week break or weekend getaway.

This renowned safari destination can also be reached by air – a quick 35-minute flight from Johannesburg Airport. Guests can quickly arrive on a morning flight and be at the game reserve by lunchtime or early afternoon – enjoying your first-afternoon game drive.

Where can you stay?

You have the option of choosing from a few lodges – ranging from budget to luxurious accommodation – the choice is yours!

I would recommend the below two lodges – which are worth mentioning.

Wildside Safari Camp

An authentic African safari experience awaits you at Wildside Safari Camp – offering comfortable family-friendly accommodation.

The area features magnificent waterfalls and crystal-clear mountain pools and is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna.

The lodge offers guests comfortable accommodation in tented chalets including four tented family chalets – making for an ideal family safari getaway.

With exceptional views of the watering hole – stay close to nature and enjoy traditional South African hospitality at its best.

Total number of rooms – 20

What will you experience at Wildside Safari Camp?

Enjoy guided game drives, and bush walks with qualified rangers or explore the area on horseback or quad bikes.

Game drives offer guests the chance to encounter lion, rhino and elephant. The ever-elusive leopard can also be seen – if you are lucky.

Dining in the restaurant is an informal affair, where everyone becomes friends. The Boma is used for special evening meals around the o9pen fire, while the pool area is ideal for light lunches.

Children of any age are welcome at the lodge.

Hanglip Mountain Lodge

This lodge has a beautiful setting with views stretching over the lake and plains to the drastic Hanglip Mountains. The lodge evokes the romantic Africa of yesteryear and offers Big five game viewing in the Waterberg region.

The ten luxury en-suite thatched suites each have their own lounge areas with a romantic fireplace as well as private sun decks – the ideal setting for a romantic getaway.

This secluded lodge is refreshingly alluring with its unique blend of luxury and true African wilderness.

Total number of rooms – 10

What will you experience at Hanglip Mountain Lodge?

Activities at Entabeni Hanglip Mountain Lodge include twice-daily game drives in open game 4×4 vehicles, guided nature walks, horse riding, moonlit boma dinners, picnic lunches and bush sundowners. Additional activities at Entabeni Hanglip Mountain Lodge include helicopter flips and hot air ballooning in the early morning light which is an extraordinary activity. A visit to the Pedi cultural village can also be arranged at Entabeni Hanglip Mountain Lodge.

The lodge offers fine dining in the restaurant as well as in the garden or the boma. Various outside venues are available for a traditional braai, picnic or for that special meal in nature.

Children of any age are welcome at the lodge.

Please note

Children under the age of 6 are not allowed on game drives for safety reasons. Depending on the number of children staying at the lodge – special game drives for children can be arranged. Children under the age of 12 are not allowed to participate in bush walks.

Look no further on where you would like to spend your next weekend getaway. Entabeni Game Reserve should be top of your list – pack the car, roll down the windows and enjoy a road-trip with the kids and extended to family to the malaria-free Entabeni Game Reserve – where you will enjoy the true African bush.

The perfect African Safari

When we think of a relaxing vacation, we think of getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city. When we think of a social distancing vacation, we think of getting away from busy places like cities. So where should you go?


Well, there is one place that promotes social distancing and will help you relax. That place is a safari! And an African safari is like no other! With magnificent wildlife and luxury accommodation, you could not ask for more! 


But what if I get sick?

With COVID19 still around, your fears are not unheard. But with lodges like Entabeni taking every precaution to make sure you are safe. This includes room sanitation, staff and guest screening, temperature monitoring, gloves being used, sanitation stations set up all around the property, masks being worn at all times, and social distancing observed. 


Apart from that, South Africa has some top quality private hospitals that are equipped to treat you should that happen. Although, with the strict requirements for travelers to enter the country and the low infection rate around South Africa, there is a meager chance. 


Where should I go on my African Safari?

With so many places to choose from, it can often seem overwhelming. The Limpopo area is known for its wildlife as it hosts part of the famous Kruger National Park. But if you want something different, why not try Entabeni reserve. 


The reserve is only 2 hours from Pretoria and has breathtaking views of the mountains. The 22 000 hectare reserve has the Big 5 as well as a resort, luxury lodges and even a golf course! 


What experiences can I have?

Experiences are what build memories! 


So you want to make sure that you include some unique experiences on your trip! And Entabeni is not short of experiences! Here are a few:



An African Safari is a great way to explore and stay safe! And with Entabeni in South Africa, you can have all of that! Book your trip now while the prices are still low!

Wildside Special

Wildside Camp

  • R 1400.00pppn excluding the conservancy fee.

The rate includes the following:

  • A welcoming Drink.
  • Accommodation.
  • One Game Drive.
  • Two Meals (Breakfast and Dinner).

Hanglip Mountain Lodge

  • R 1550.00pppn excluding the conservancy fee.

The rate includes the following:

  • A welcoming Drink.
  • Accommodation.
  • One Game Drive.
  • Two Meals (Breakfast and Dinner).


Please note that the bookings taken to Hanglip Mountain Lodge will have their meals at Wildside Camp please notify your clients beforehand.

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