The Honeyguide Ranger camp is located in the “Place in the Mountain” Entabeni reserve which is situated in the glorious 22 000 hectare, malaria free, “World Heritage” Waterberg Bio-sphere reserve.
The camp offers breath-taking wildlife experiences, including the Big 5, rewarding bird watching, stargazing, superb cuisine and service excellence. With the five different ecosystems within one reserve, the big game viewing, rich variety of wildlife and exceptionally beautiful scenery promises an extraordinary safari holiday.
The food is a highlight and it's a communal affair, usually served outdoors at a long table, with log fires and torches to create a really authentic bush feel. Simple homemade dishes, using predominantly local produce, are plentiful and exquisitely presented. N.B. Special arrangements can be made for in-room dining or a private bush dinner.
The day starts with tea or coffee and rusks served in bed - and heralded by Honeyguide's famous dawn drumbeat - before the early morning safari drive. On your return a scrumptious breakfast follows with a choice of cereals, fruit and a traditional cooked breakfast. Lunch is a light 3-course meal, served around 2pm. Dinner comes quite late - after a sunset game drive.. It's another magnificent 3-course affair served either in the boma (fenced-in campfire) accompanied by the fascinating and seductive sounds of the African night or a buffet? in the main dining area on certain nights. Our chefs are well trained and able to cater for meal preferences. There is a well-stocked bar with an excellent wine selection, stored in a temperature-controlled cellar.
Ranger Camp offers guests’ game drives in new open game viewing vehicles in the early morning and late afternoon. Late afternoon and evening drives include sunset drinks, with views of the breath-taking Yellowwood Gorge where the road twists down the escarpment between cliffs, waterfalls and forests. Night safaris are also available on request.
Larger game frequently sighted in the reserve includes elephant, rhino, lion and hippo.In between meals and drives, use your photography skills to watch and capture through your lens the game and birdlife while relaxing by the pool or during a guided walking safari through the deep bush, accompanied by an experienced, armed ranger; it can be hot work, but it's very exciting - seeing the animals from a vehicle just doesn't seem to compare.
Activities on site or nearby include:
• Bird watching from a newly built hide opposite a watering hole
• Hiking and walking safaris
• Plant life/flora and footprint tracking
• Private guided tours
• Safaris in a private conservancy
• Wildlife photography
• Moonlit authentic boma dinners
• Picnic lunches
• Bush Sundowners
• Helicopter Rides
The camp is open to visitors all year. Game viewing is at its best the dry Winter (May-October) as animals congregate around water holes and the lack of foliage and grasses gives you a clearer view. But it does get cold at night and during the morning game drive, so pack accordingly. For bird watching, summer (December-March) is best: the rivers are full, the bushveld is lush, and there is no shortage of materials for food, nesting and hiding. This is prime holiday season in South Africa, but it can get seriously hot. Autumn (April-May) is also good for birding but probably the worst months for bigger game. In spring (November-December) you can spot lots of new-borns.
It’s always better to enjoy family times in a Malaria free zone, and Ranger Camp offers just that. Children of all ages are welcome at Ranger Camp. They can share accommodation with their parents - extra beds are available on request. Children under the age of 12 pay 50% of the adult rate; children under the age of 2 stay free of charge.
Children under the age of 16 are not permitted on the walking safaris for safety reasons, but there are shorter guided tours around the circumference of the camp for them.
Take the N1 North Highway from Pretoria to Polokwane (Pietersburg). Keep on the N1 through the Carousel and Kranskop Tollgates. Travel a further 32km on the N1. Take the Mookgopong (Naboomspruit) R101 off ramp. Drive 8km to Mookgopong (Naboomspruit).
Drive straight through the town of Mookgopong on the R101A (29km) until you reach the Doorndraai/Sterkrivier turnoff. Turn left and continue for 22km until Haakdoring turnoff. Turn left and continue for a further 10km on a gravel road until you reach a circle. Turn left at the circle and travel 6km on a gravel road, turn right at the Ranger Camp sign.