The 22,000 hectare malaria-free Entabeni Private Game Reserve reserve is situated in the beautiful Waterberg mountain range, less than a 3 hour drive from Johannesburg.
The reserve boasts 5 eco-systems, and is divided into 2 plateaus. The upper escarpment offers majestic craggy rock formations and wide-open grass plains, which is separated from the lower plateau by 600 metre high cliffs.
Guests can enjoy guided game drives and bush walks with qualified rangers to view Africa's wildlife in open safari game viewing vehicles. Other experiences include scenic helicopter flights, horse riding, hot air balloon flights, quad biking, and sunset lake cruises.
There is also a Wellness and Beauty Centre at the lodge, where guests can indulge in sophisticated pampering, plus a swimming pool.
Lakeside Lodge is situated on the banks of Lake Entabeni and offers 24 luxurious, elegantly furnished en-suite bedrooms. View Entabeni's famed hippos from the comfort of your own private deck with the ever-changing colours of the Entabeni Mountain reflecting in the lake.
The luxurious interiors of this lodge are conducive to serene and peaceful evenings after an exhilarating bush experience.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Entabeni Conservation Levy (pp per stay)
1 January 2019 to 31 October 2019
GBP £ 5 US$ 6 ZAR 80 EUR 5
pp per stay
All meals; the Conservation Levy; and morning/afternoon game drives are included. Other activities are an additional cost.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under 6 years of age are not allowed on normal game drives, but can participate in the Little Legends Children Programme whilst their parents are out on their drives (additional cost). Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve.
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve.
Situated in a malaria-free area, Lakeside Lodge is the ideal environment for families, and offers the Little Legends child programme - a range of fun and educational activities, especially suited to children.
Specific activities offered here are a mini ranger course - including tracking and spoor reading, tree and bird identification, animal dung identification, water purifying and star gazing.
Children are also taken for picnics and swims in the natural pools and in the evenings, a special table is set where the rangers join their smaller guests for dinner and story telling.
Other activities like visits to the Wildlife Centre and the Pedi Cultural Village are available on request. ::
All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Lakeside Lodge can be included in you own dream holiday.
Safari and Beach Classic
Entabeni Safari Conservancy
Protea OR Tambo
Destination: South Africa and Mozambique.
This trip is a brilliant balance of affordable bush and beach. First, you’ll spend 3 days on safari in South Africa’s stunning Waterberg region, where you’ll take exciting game drives at dawn and dusk and stay at a beautiful lodge overlooking a lake. Then, after a quick overnight stop in Johannesburg, you’ll set course for Mozamique's mainland coastline.
This is a 10 night itinerary including Entabeni Safari Conservancy, Johannesburg and Vilanculos.
*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.
Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.
Guest Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 based on 22 ratings
We very much enjoyed our stay at Lakeside Lodge. Our accommodation was delightful and the location was truly stunning! The game drives were awesome, very informative and we saw so much! Our ranger was great fun, very helpful and well informed, and she went out of her way to make sure we saw everything we wanted to see - well, almost! The elusive leopard wasn't spotted!
We had the most wonderful holiday, thank you!
We really want to thank you for your assistance in finding us great places
to stay. Entabeni was great - really friendly staff, very comfy beds, lots
of lovely food and a really warm and relaxed atmosphere. Going to bed with
the sound of the hippo grunting below our balcony and waking up to see
impala outside our room was really memorable. The rangers knowledge and
passion for their work and South Africa's wildlife really came through - the
game drives were always fun and informative and we were very lucky to see a huge range of animals - lions, cheetah, elephants, rhino and many more.
I really enjoyed the lodge and experience. It is extremely picturesque with OK wildlife sightings, and not too far from Jo'burg to make it a really enjoyable weekend break.
As for Travel Butlers I found your service and response time first rate and would not hesitate to use you again should I require assistance. Many thanks
We had an absolutely brilliant holiday in South Africa and the highlight of our holiday was our stay in Entabeni. Our ranger (Joe) was brilliant and my sister in law has been on quite a few safaris but this was the most picturesque and the best ranger she has ever gone on safari with. We learnt so much and saw so much and went swimming in the rock pools and had picnics on the rocks. He was just so lovely and really made our stay so special.
All the staff were very friendly and food was really lovely and the lodges were perfect. We couldnt fault it in any way and would definately recommend it, we just wished we'd stayed there longer.
We can't thank you enough for recommending Entebeni to us.
Lakeside Lodge Location
Directions For Drivers
Important Notice:It is recommended that guests follow these directions instead of relying on a GPS as game fencing restricts access to certain roads in rural areas.
From Johannesburg: Take the N1 North Highway from Pretoria to Polokwane (Pietersburg). Keep on the N1 through the Carousel and Kranskop Tollgates. Travel a further 32 km on the N1. Take the Mookgopong (Naboomspruit) R101A offramp/exit (Route 289).
Drive 8 km to Mookgopong. Turn left at the 2nd set of traffic lights in the town centre (R520) into Nelson Mandela Road. Continue on the R520 for 11 km until you reach a T-junction. Turn left and continue for 500m and turn right at the Marken sign. Keep on the tar road for 24 km. The road becomes a gravel road.
Continue on this road for another 21.5 km. You'll see an Entabeni sign on the righthand side. Turn right and drive 3.3 km on a dirt road until you reach the security entrance gate.
From Phalaborwa: Take the R71 (Phalaborwa-Giyani) towards Gravelotte, Tzaneen towards Polokwane. Keep on the R71 and continue onto Wolkberg Drive where you will take a sharp right to merge onto R36/R71. Turn left onto the R71 to Polokwane and at the roundabout take the 2nd exit and stay on the R71 (Grobler St). Continue further and turn left to merg onto the N1/R71. At the T-junction turn left to stay on the N1/R71. Continue to follow the N1 to Mookgopong.
Take exit 300 for R101 towards Mookgophong. Turn left Turn left onto R101 (following signs for Mookgophong).
Drive into Mookgophong and turn right into Nelson Mandela Road. Continue on the R520 for 11 km until you reach a T-junction. Turn left and continue for 500m and turn right at the Marken sign. Keep on the tar road for 24km. The road becomes a gravel road.
Continue on this road for another 21.5km. You will see an Entabeni sign on the right-hand side. Turn right and drive 3.3 km on a dirt road until you reach the security entrance gate.
Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
Should you require any assistance en-route, please contact Entabeni Safari Conservancy on +27 (0) 14 743 6000 or +27 (0) 15 453 9000.
General Information For Guests
All rooms have a telephone, ceiling fan, wall heater, hair dryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities, and a mini bar (stocked on request and for own account).
The rooms are linked by thatched walkways to the reception, restaurant and boma.
The lodge boasts a fully licensed bar, swimming pool, curio shop and lower level deck where peaceful afternoons and bird watching can be enjoyed. Lakeside Lodge also houses the Beauty Spa for Entabeni Safari Conservancy.
There is Wi-Fi available.
Meals are mainly buffet style. Meals are served in the Lakeside Restaurant, Lakeside Boma, the garden, the Springbok Bar, or on the Lower Deck - all with a view of Lake Entabeni and Entabeni Mountain. Outside venues are also available for that 'Meal in the Bush' experience (weather permitting).
Additional activities available at Lakeside Lodge aside from morning and afternoon game drives include bush walks, horse riding, mountain biking, hot air balloon flights, quad biking, golf, visits to the wildlife centre, scenic helicopter flights and cultural tours. These can be prebooked in advance or upon arrival - costs on request. We strongly advise prebooking the hot air balloon flights in advance.
Credit cards are accepted.
Babysitting services can be arranged on request.
There is a laundry service (additional cost).
Bush Walks / Walking Safaris
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided bush walks in the reserve. The final decision on whether a guest can join a guided bush walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.
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