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“Absolutely Incredible - we're going back next year!!!”
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Wildside Camp
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Kolind, Denmark
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“Absolutely Incredible - we're going back next year!!!”
Reviewed January 9, 2007

If you are looking for an amazing adventure holiday - this is it!

Entabeni is a 12,000 hectare private game reserve with several different accomdation spots - we stayed at the Wildside Camp, which is located on the plains for 5 days, arriving on Christmas Day - and it was one of the best we've ever had!

The camp was small and delightful - accomodation is in a "tent", which actually is a wooden structure with tent walls. Comfortable bed, nice bathroom (but not much hot water - shower together!). Room was clean (if a bit buggy - to be expected as your in the bush!), and temp stayed comfortable with the ceiling fan running. You need to be escorted back to your tent at night by a ranger as the animals do stroll thru the camp - our first night there was a small herd of impala blocking our path... and we were told that they were less benign locals that occasionally stroll thru (read Lions...). There is a small pool in camp, a nice open air lounge & bar area, an open air "boma" - a fenced in area with a big open fire pit, cosy in the evenings - and a communal dining room. Also a teeny gift shop at reception and a children's program area I think (we didn't travel with small children, but we met several making rhino dung paper!)

Food was good - basic and hearty, with a fairly good selection. Dining is buffet style, and you sit with those in your guide's vehicle. I'm a picky eater, so I did struggle a couple of meals...

Enough of the general stuff - that's not why one comes to Entabeni; one comes for the safari experience, and oh boy what an experience! There's not enough room to share all of our amazing trip, so I'll just hit the highlights:
1. The guides - all wonderful, incredibly knowledgeable, and a very diverse group. Our guide - Banie -was absolutely the best!
2. The game drives - 2 a day; one at 6 am (which is not as bad as it sounds - we found ourselves up and ready to go every morning!) and the other at 4.30ish. Each lasted 2-3 hours and the time just flew by. Game drives are in what is basically a Land Cruiser pickup - so there's nothing between you and nature.
3. The animals: Lions and Giraffes and Hippos oh my! Saw the lions - very up close and personal - giraffe, zebra, rhinos (perhaps more personal than they would have liked, as they were maiting!), cape buffalo, baboons, hippo, wildebeast, impala, blessbock, kudu, warthogs, hartebeast, etc. Only things we missed were the elephants and leopard (we're going back to look for the elephant). It was truly awe inspiring seeing these animals in the wild...
4. The extras: Do them. Go on the horseback game rides - you'll see the animals in a totally different way, up very close. Take the helicopter tour - you'll never realize how HUGE the park is until you do. I surprised my husband with a helicopter picnic for our anniversary and it was the most magical experience ever! Go swim in the swimming hole...do it all! It's so worth it!

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this place - we cannot wait to bring our 16 year old son back next year...

  • Liked — The safari experience
  • Disliked — had to leave!
  • Tips/Secrets — Do the extras - it's worth every penny. And bring lots of film/space on your card
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 30, 2006

Stayed 4 nights at Wildeside Camp following 3 nights at Ravineside Lodge. The site is located at the bottom of the escarpment and is really rural so you are in the heart of the bush. You are met by your Ranger, helped to your quarters and given a good briefing re - 'rules' about the camp and moving around - all are sensible but we are told guests do not always comply - see below why you should !. The camp is really well laid out and the tents ( some 20 +) are well spaced out with plenty of privacy. The tents themselves are large, mounted on wooden decks about a metre off the ground with good ensuite facilities and lashings of hot water. Waking up and showering under hot water watching the sunrise from the outside shower is a real experience not to be missed. Although not as luxurious as other camps these tents are well equipped with telephone, heated beds, fans and limited storage. Hairdriers, tea, coffee, chocolate and kettle are all provided. This time of year is winter and the night temperature drops like a stone ( 0~ to - 5C) and the tents are cold, ( but not your bed as the heated blankets are very good) ,when you wake early for your game drive, so take warm clothing with you - but this is true safari conditions, not too harsh and what we were looking for. They are also a little chilly before bedtime but the beds were always already heated as part of the nightly 'turn down' service. If you really like to be truly pampered this is not the place for you !. The facilities are very good with a large dining room, bar and boma with enough room for all. The food was of a very good standard with good service. Prices of wine and alcohol are very reasonable with a good selection.There is a well maintained swimming pool with loungers but not heated - great in summer -invigorating in winter !!. The game drives are excellent and although we 'lost' our Ranger thru' illness on day 2 the replacement Ranger was very professional and did all he could to make our game drives enjoyable. We were really lucky during our stay - on occasions lion come into the camp at night and roams! ( just to let everyone know they are in charge and are the true landlords!!) -on our first night at 11pm they paid the camp a visit - I cannot describe the experience of lion walking past your tent by a few feet, roaring and huffing with only canvas between you and them- a truly amazing event and one we would not have missed. You are quite safe inside the tent and if you keep quiet without light you will see them thru' your canvas window. They returned again at 2am just to make sure we had got the message!. The next morning the Ranger came to the tent to give us our early morning call and ringed the lion footpads in the sand outside the tents and on the footpaths - we saw just how close they had been!. For us ,4 days was enough, as we were lucky to see so much game but this is a personal view. Overall this is a very well run, clean and unique site with a great deal going for it, giving the guests a true experience of tent life and game viewing - well worth the visit and good value.

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Property: Wildside Camp
Address: Sterkrivier Rd | Lower Escarpment, Entabeni Game Reserve, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Waterberg > Entabeni Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Entabeni Game Reserve
Hotel Class:4 star — Wildside Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled against the majestic cliffs of the Waterberg Mountain lies Wildside Safari Camp where you can experience the wild side of the bush. Stay close to nature in tented chalets on wooden decks. Traditional South African hospitality and superior cuisine await you in the informal dining and bar area extending to the boma. Here, in the warm atmosphere around the campfire, you will experience an African night at its best. ... more   less 
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