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Lakeside Lodge
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Rossendale, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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“Wonderful experience”
Reviewed 23 January 2014

This was fantastic! The rangers Aniska and Finn were very knowledgeable and went out of their way to make the whole trip magical.There wasn't a day when we weren't amazed at what we saw. The trip down to the ravine was magical and hair raising, especially as on the way back, after tracking elephants, there they were within spitting distance. Stories from the bush were very funny too. One highlight was a picnic in the bush, on chairs and tables with silver service. The staff had dragged it all there! Another was swimming in a water hole, next to a water fall. The lodge staff were great and so was the food, but remember to take all you need as regards sun cream and medication as the shop is small and very limited, often even without change.Stamps are none existent so wait to post the cards on your way back home as post anyway only goes once a week, if that. Woken every morning by hippos in the lake yawning and monkeys on the roof at 5.30. Room 53 has a great view of them. Don't leave your door open or they will ransack your room and watch for them around the pool. A great holiday thanks to brilliant Rangers, staff and travelling companions.

Room Tip: Room 53 has a great view of the lake and the roof doesn't leak during storms.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

Our stay at the Lakeside Lodge was wonderful! The game guide was incredible, we saw more animals on the game drives than at any other game lodge. The game guide was knowledgeable and accommodating and made sure we had a fantastic game viewing experience. The scenery is beautiful and well worth the three hour drive it took to get there from Johannesburg. The room was comfortable but the food was average. The staff however, were incredible, friendly and efficient and they really made our stay worthwhile.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a veranda, overlooking the lake.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

We had a wonderful time. We arrived from Jo'burg at 5 PM and they delayed the last safari long enough for us to get changed and on the truck e Our first trip out we saw SO many different animals rhinos, giraffe, zebra, ostrich, several different kinds of antelope and rhino!

I think we managed to see 4 of the big five at this venue (Unfortunately they don't have water buffalo) and many other animals that even the guides had not seen before (civet cat!) or rarely seen ( aardvark ) and we were able to get very close to the animals in the trucks. some of the best photos from this vacation were taken at this park.

The guides are very well informed and knowledgable about the wildlife and fauna, and the staff very helpful ( we had broken our charger and they had a solution) ; food was okay not great and not bad.


Definitely would recommend for families

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

Room was ok. Could be nicer and cleaner but it was ok. Nice view!
Safari's were absolutely great. Every time we went out, we had a new and stunning experience. Amazing!
The food was ok. Buffet in morning, for lunch and for dinner.
Food was good, nothing more, nothing less.
Staff was friendly but when we arrived a little bit chaotic.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oban, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

I have just returned from a week's holiday with a Saga group at Lakeside Lodge. Frankly, this was the holiday of a lifetime. Brilliant reserve with wonderful ethics and outstanding conservation practices, incredibly good guides, marvellous scenery and nice food. We saw fabulous animals very close and were well educated on bird and plant life as well. Our main Saga and safari guide was Aniska, a wonderful young lady with remarkable knowledge, a great work ethic and a huge sense of fun. She was excellently supported by Harry and Finneas, superb guides and really lovely people. The thatch-roofed accommodation was atmospheric if not totally luxurious and nights were especially interesting as the animals roam around outside the lodges and can be quite noisy! Meals were held in a variety of venues, restaurants, stockaded bomas and picnic sites which kept life interesting. Visits to various conservation sites emphasised how responsibly this organisation looks after and develops its flora and fauna. The Saga group was also a main attraction, a nice friendly and interesting collection of folk and there was a lot of laughter throughout the week. But overall the animals and the guides proved the main attraction and it would be very difficult indeed to find a better safari experience.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oldham
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

We visited Lakeside Lodge earlier this month as part of a Saga group. An unforgettable experience, we saw a great range of wild life made all the more interesting due to the knowledge of the rangers, JP, Ross, and Phineas. The rangers obviously have a real concern for the animal life in the reserve. The accommodation was simple but clean with everything necessary for a holiday of this nature. We had a wonderful view of the lake and the escarpment from our verandah, it was a restful, quiet relief from the noise of life back home.

There was a good variety of food, which was plentiful, although the puddings were usually the same each day. The fact that the lodge itself is not fenced meant that we were visited by a some of the wildlife, usually antelopes, although three elephants paid a visit one night. The drives through the reserve made us feel a part of the African wildlife as we were able to come very close to most animals, notably lions, elephants and rhinos. Two of the many highlights were watching a six month old baby rhino jumping around like a young lamb, and on one evening getting very close to a lion with its kill.

The holiday was very good value for money and the game drives exceeded our expectations. The lodge staff were friendly and helpful and worked hard to make our holiday a memorable experience both at the lodge and at the picnic sites out in the bush. We would definately visit visit Lakeside Lodge again and recommend it to anyone looking for a safari holiday.

The small downside is the long drive from Johannesburg, almost four hours, rather longer than described in the brochure.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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yeovil
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

I went with a Saga group. It is a very long drive from the airport to the lodge. Most of it was done by coach and then a transfer to the game vehicles as the coach could not drive along those bumpy tracks! My room was 53 and I could not complain about any thing about the room. The Rangers were good. Jan, JP and Ross. He was the Saga rep. The drives are quite long about 3 hours each time. The lions are down in the lower plains while the rinos are in the upper plains. One day during a drive to the lower plains some elephants came to our truck and people could touch them! There is a very steep bumpy gorge to go down to the lower plains. Worse coming back up. The lodge itself was OK and all the staff are friendly. Food in the restruant was fair but every day for afters there was a fruit salad made, mostly with apple and also a sponge pudding! Would I go back. I don't think so. Such a long flight then there is the drive to the lodge and the same on the way back.

Room Tip: We were just given rooms, No choice, though I think most rooms have a lake view.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Lakeside Lodge

Property: Lakeside Lodge
Address: Sterkrivier Rd | Upper Escarpment, Entabeni Game Reserve, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Waterberg > Entabeni Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Entabeni Game Reserve
Number of rooms: 24
Also Known As:
Lakeside Hotel Entabeni Game Reserve
Lakeside Lodge South Africa/Entabeni Game Reserve

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