The word Safari means long journey in Swahili. Out in Africa Encounters goes back to the original meaning of the word, and takes you off the beaten track and close to nature on an African safari which is true to the meaning of the word.
Here is some information to help you plan your horseback safari and choose the right type of ride for your holiday.
A significant distance is covered on a daily basis, through Entabeni Reserve, where guests can explore different habitats and encounter a wide array of animals along the way from horseback.
Here is some information to help you plan your trip and choose the right type of ride for your unforgettable holiday.
We offer two rides a month with a fixed departure date. The Big 5 Luxury adventure ride is an eight day package with a fixed program combining nights at different lodges and fly camp as you travel a route through the 22,000Ha Entabeni Reserve.
We also encourage private rides which can be tailor made, according to riding level and personal preference. There are possibilities of different lodge stays, fly camping and also riding on an area with non dangerous animals.
On all our rides the aim is to convey a feeling of traveling back in time, disconnecting form everyday life and taking time to absorb the peace and tranquility of an African safari.
On our eight day packages you will travel a route on horseback, combining different types of accommodation along the way. Ravineside Lodge which is on the upper escarpment and located under the shadow of Entabeni Mountain, is a thatched wooden lodge, built on stilts off the cliff edge offering spectacular views of unspoilt ravines and wooded hillsides.
Wildside Tented camp is on the lower escarpment,and offers true African bush experience where the essence of the unspoilt wilderness of the Waterberg is combined with comfortable en-suite accommodation, creating an authentic atmosphere. There are a total of 20 tented chalets, equipped with a tea/coffee station, minibar (stocked on request), ceiling fan and hairdryer.
Our Fly Camp is set up at a beautiful location in the bush, with natural rock pools which allow for lazing in the sun or swimming when water levels are high. Our canvas tents sleep two people and are designed to be set up and broken down in 24 hours. You will enjoy nature to the fullest, with a glistering fire in the evenings, white linnen and duvets, and lantern lit pathways.
If you would like to design your own safari, we can accommodate a minimum of two people and maximum of eight, on our private rides. This is ideal for people who can not travel on the set dates, or would like to base the ride at one or two lodges, or travel for a shorter number of days. Lodge based riding is ideal for the whole family, where you can return to the comfort of your lodge at the end of the day, to enjoy some of the many activities on offer, spa treatments or just relaxing at the pool during the mid day hours. Please contact us with your ideas and we will help you put together your dream holiday.
We are based at Entabeni Reserve “The Place of the Mountain” which is situated in the World Heritage “Waterberg Biosphere” of the Waterberg region. Approximately a two and a half hour drive north of Johannesburg, where you will start you African safari on horseback. This 22 000ha malaria-free reserve boasts five eco-systems. The upper escarpment offers majestic craggy rock formations and wide-open grass plains. This is separated from the lower plateau by 600m high cliffs. The lower escarpment is approximately three degrees warmer and comprises sandveld vegetation and a series of wetlands.
We can arrange private shuttle transfers from and to Johannesburg airports.