Entabeni Private Game Reserve
Lying in the heart of the Waterberg UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the privately owned Entabeni Game Reserve promises an exciting wilderness experience for discerning travellers.
Here you can take a scenic helicopter flip, gaze at the stars in the observatory, go on guided horse trails, visit the local Pedi village, enjoy sunset lake cruises and a variety of wildlife viewing activities.
Known as ‘The Place of the Mountain’, this malaria-free safari conservancy has an astonishing five ecosystems. Knowledgeable and friendly guides take visitors on fascinating excursions identifying a diverse array of interesting birds and animals – so much more than the usual Big Five sightings!
Explore the grasslands and stunning craggy escarpment, drive down between the cliffs past bubbling streams and down to the balmy sand wetlands – you definitely won’t get bored.
And at less than a three-hour drive from Johannesburg, the reserve’s proximity and lack of the nasty anopheles mosquito makes it an alluring destination.
Things to do near
Entabeni Private Game Reserve
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
Naboomspruit (2.3 km from Entabeni Private Game Reserve)
Legend Golf and Safari Resort promises an exceptional golf and safari experience featuring a high vantage point upon which visitors may tee off!
This golf and safari resort offers a 19-hole course amidst wildlife, malaria-free bushveld surroundings, and stunning panoramic views particularly of the Hangklip Mountain.
Eighteen of the world’s top golfers were selected to add their design expertise to the signature course, contributing to the allure and spirit of golf in Limpopo.
Situated in the Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province of South Africa, Legend Golf sets new standards for golfing and wildlife viewing.
The championship golf course includes a golf academy with driving range, recreational facilities, wellness centre, sports complex and conference centre.
Naboomspruit (7 km from Entabeni Private Game Reserve)
Palala Rhino Sanctuary offers you an experience of a life time to interact with rhinos on foot, or in game viewing vehicles.
Our rangers and guides will make it a memorable experience with their wealth of knowledge about the bush. Bookings essential.
Mookgopong (Naboomspruit) (19 km from Entabeni Private Game Reserve)
Popular for weekend getaways, Doorndraai Nature Reserve’s offers decent fishing, birding, hiking, game drives, boating and picnicking.
The Doorndraai Dam is part of this 7 000-hectare nature reserve situated on the Sterk River and in the foothills of the Waterberg. The dam is a popular largemouth bass angling site with a camping site, chalets and a conference centre.
It’s also home to a wide variety of wildlife and 300 species of birds. Twenty-three species of raptor have been recorded in the reserve.
Look out for Osprey, resident African Fish Eagle, Martial Eagle, Verreauxs' Eagle and Tawny Eagle. Many waders, herons, ducks and Common Whimbrel can be seen on the open shoreline.
Naboomspruit (35.3 km from Entabeni Private Game Reserve)
Naboomspruit Golf Club offers golfers a 9-hole course to test their skills. Visitors are welcome.
Galleries and Museums
Vaalwater (39.5 km from Entabeni Private Game Reserve)
The Church of St John the Baptist at 24 Rivers was designed by Sir Herbert Baker, most famously known as the architect for the Union Buildings in Pretoria and many other beautiful structures. The stone and thatch church was completed in 1902 and is still in use today.
This living testament to the pioneering early settlers is a spiritual sanctuary to their descendants as well as new townsfolk. Visitors are welcome to visit the church throughout the week and to attend Sunday services at 09:30.
Mookgopong (Naboomspruit) (40.8 km from Entabeni Private Game Reserve)
A winning combination of golf and the unsurpassed beauty of the Waterberg landscape make playing on Euphoria Golf Course a unique golfing experience.
The soothing surroundings in no way diminish the challenging aspects of the Annika Sorenstam-signature 18-hole championship course.
Designed to preserve the indigenous fauna and flora, the estate also features wide golf corridors to ensure privacy to golfers and residents alike.
Clubhouse facilities are in keeping with the overall world-class experience, offering the elegant Sundowner Deck Restaurant and terrace, perfect for enjoying the stunning views. A nifty cableway links the club house to the mountain estate and restaurant.
Galleries and Museums
Mokopane (Potgietersrus) (43.3 km from Entabeni Private Game Reserve)
Definitely worth a stop, the Arend Dieperink Museum houses a valuable cultural and historical collection of Sotho and Voortrekker artefacts.
Inhabiting an elegant old stone school building, the museum tells the story of the region from early humankind at Makapan’s Cave, the Anglo Boer War and recent times.
Vintage farm implements, tractors and wagons are showcased outdoors. Inside are a few of the incredible archaeological finds discovered at Makapan’s Cave including the three-million-year-old human predecessor, Australothipicus africanus.
Do try the mampoer, a locally brewed ‘moonshine’ along with freshly baked bread – available on request.
Tours to Makapan’s Cave depart from the museum by prior arrangement +27 (0)15 491 9735.
Four By Four Trails
Naboomspruit (46.3 km from Entabeni Private Game Reserve)
Serendipity 4x4 Eco Trail is found just off the R101 between Naboomspruit and Modimolle. There are three trails to choose from. The three-hour family-orientated trail offers challenges such as river crossings and rocky up- and down hills. The one-hour trail tests one’s vehicle and the half-hour trail has many obstacles for the adrenaline junky.
The trails are graded 2 to 3 and mostly only 4x4 vehicles are admitted – please enquire. These are self-drive trails and can be attempted all year round. High clearance is required.
Serendipity also offers hiking, quad biking, two-wheeler and mountain biking trails.
Modimolle (Nylstroom) (48.3 km from Entabeni Private Game Reserve)
For the birds!
Twitchers take note – get ready for a birding bonanza when the Nyl River floods the Limpopo wetlands. The birding watching is awesome, particularly in the Nysvley Nature Reserve.
Now an internationally renowned RAMSAR site, the 4,000-hectare Nylsvley Conservancy is part of South Africa's largest flood-plain that stretches 70 km from Modimolle to Mokopane.
The reserve is home to 72 mammal species, including rare Roan Antelope. High rainfall years bring a mind-boggling 80 000 migratory water birds to the floodplains, with up to 420 recorded species.
Nysvley Nature Reserve is a haven for 37 Red-Data species, hence its significance as a RAMSAR site. You can easily spot as many as 365 species in the reserve itself which has five bird hides. The prolific bird life and plant species makes it a great attraction for bird-lovers, researchers and tourists at any time of year.
And it’s not all about birding, it’s a great place for a weekend getaway or day outing. There are a few dirt roads for game-viewing, extensive walking, hiking, and mountain biking trails as well as campsites and picnic spots.
+27 (0)14 743 1074
Vaalwater (54.8 km from Entabeni Private Game Reserve)
A three and a half hour drive from Johannesburg will get you to the wonders of Lapalala Wilderness. This immense malaria-free privately-owned nature reserve lies in the mountains of the Waterberg.
Here you are assured of a supreme bush experience and the chance of spotting black and white rhino, buffalo, zebra, blue wildebeest, sable, roan, tsessebe, impala, eland, kudu, giraffe, warthog, hippo and crocodiles. Cats to spot are leopard, Serval and genet.
Now incorporated into the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, the stunning landscape is characterised by sparkling rivers winding through craggy gorges and undulating bushy hills.
Brainchild of renowned conservationist Clive Walker with the assistance of Dale Parker, this sanctuary is home to rare endangered animals. This dynamic team is credited with reintroducing the critically endangered black rhino to the Limpopo.
Four By Four Trails
Vaalwater (56.9 km from Entabeni Private Game Reserve)
This 4 x 4 (or 4 x 2) trail features escape routes with rocky and mountainous terrain to navigate. During winter the trail can get very muddy. This is a trail that you will definitely not fall asleep behind the wheel.
Rated 3 to 5.
Vaalwater (57.8 km from Entabeni Private Game Reserve)
If you’re in Vaalwater looking for unusual handmade products made by locals look no further than Kamotsogo Craft Art.
Although the artwork is contemporary, inspiration is drawn heavily from numerous African aesthetics and cultures.
This wonderful empowerment initiative of the Clive Walker Foundation continues contributing to the meaningful improvement of lives and families within the local community.
Originally established in 2006, this social investment plan nurtures employment opportunities and empowers women through the production, marketing and sales of their unique merchandise.
Vaalwater (58.1 km from Entabeni Private Game Reserve)
Horizon Horseback Safaris offers riders two guided experiences on some of the most spectacular wildlife farms in the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. The emphasis is on quality wildlife viewing on well trained and cared for horses with Horizon guides. Horses are chosen to suit each guest’s ability from the large ranch herd.
Vaalwater (58.4 km from Entabeni Private Game Reserve)
Almost the size of the Kruger National Park, the UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere Reserve has it all.
Close encounters with amazing wildlife, vast open spaces, rich biodiversity and the romance of the bushveld contribute to an unforgettable African wilderness experience.
This magical part of South Africa offers discoveries as diverse as its visitors – fascinating people and places are all within easy reach.
Stretching from Marakele National Park in the south west to Wonderkop Nature Reserve in the north east of Limpopo, the reserve houses an immense treasure of archaeological, cultural, and biological diversity.
The small town of Vaalwater serves as the gateway to this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve characterized by undulating hills and endless views.
Explore it on foot, horseback or in your vehicle – you won’t forget it!
Modimolle (Nylstroom) (60.5 km from Entabeni Private Game Reserve)
18 hole championship golf course, 6825m, Par 72.
Fairways narrow as you enter onto the green - make sure you
bring along your putting game!