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Out in Africa Encounters


Out in Africa Encounters

Out in Africa Encounters offer exciting and unique riding safari itineraries.

Experienced riders can immerse themselves in the wilderness of the bush on an adrenaline fuelled mobile Big 5 Adventure combining 3 nights in lodges and 4 nights at fly camp. Alternatively, enjoy the luxury of a Lodge Based Holiday, with twice daily riding and additional activities, perfect for less confident riders and families.

Entabeni Safari Conservancy “The Place of the Mountain”, is situated in the World Heritage “Waterberg Biosphere” of the Waterberg region. Approximately a three-hour drive north of Johannesburg, this 22 000ha malaria-free reserve boasts five eco-systems. The upper escarpment offers majestic craggy rock formations and wide-open grass plains, distinctly separated from the lower plateau by 600m high cliffs comprises sandveld vegetation and a series of wetlands.

Big 5 Luxury Adventure (8days/7nts)

Daily Riding  c. 4 – 5.5hrs. Itinerary subject to change depending on conditions.
Please enquire for dates and prices.

Day 1 – Arrival and Game Drive
Arrive in time for a late lunch
Game Drive departs at c. 16:00
Arrive at sunset, hopefully with your first pictures of some magnificent game.
Dinner served at the lodge at 19:00
Overnight: Wildside

Day 2 – Moving day - Lower Escarpment to upper escarpment with brunch on route
Light breakfast will be served at 07:00 and you will be transferred to the horses at 09:00 to start your ride on the lower escarpment, through big game territory.
Ride for approx. an hour and a half to Waterberry picnic spot. After a short rest and brunch, set off again for upper escarpment. Riders will be required to dismount and lead their horses along some of the steeper sections. If you have a medical condition which will not permit you to walk, we will organize the transit in a vehicle. As you reach the top, you will have some time to refresh yourself in the natural rock pool with spectacular views and crystal clear water. The ride continues onto the plains – an idyllic scene hopefully spotted with game. Reach fly camp at Boukenhout in time for High Tea, before settling into settling into the place you will call home for the next 4 nights. Dinner will be served around the glistering fire, at 19:00.
Overnight: Boukenhout Fly Camp

Day 3 – Valley Ride
An early start today at 06:30. Juice and fruit will be provided in your saddle bag. The ride takes you along flat rock valley, until you reach a waterfall (flowing in summer only) where you will stop for a tea/coffee and a snack. Return to Fly Camp for an opulent brunch at around 09:30 before relaxing in the hammocks or chill out area at fly camp, until. You also have the option to make use of some of the activities during the day. Return to the saddle at 16:00 to ride Cycad valley and Ubumanzi before returning  to camp in time for sundowners and a well-deserved gin and tonic around the fire, followed by dinner under the stars.
Overnight : Fly Camp

Day 4 – Kgamakutla point Sundowner Ride
After a light 07:00 breakfast, set out on your horse, for the morning’s ride. Your guide will point out animals tracks and signs along the way, in hopes of finding some of Africa’s giants.  Arrive back in camp after a two hour ride, for brunch – followed by some time to take a plunge in the river, laze in a shady spot on a picnic blanket or hammock… At 16:00 high tea will be ready, before you mount for your afternoon ride which will take you to a magnificent viewpoint for some elaborate sundowners – just like a scene from Out of Africa. You will arrive back into camp for a typical South African braai listening to the sounds of the bush come to life as you sit by the glistering fire with a wonderful South African wine to set the scene.
Overnight: Fly camp

Day 5 – Plains Ride and Sundowners
Early breakfast before 6:00am departure. Ride West on sandy tracks with some opportunity to pick up speed.  Head east towards Ingwe valley, with a chance of spotting some more elusive animals, in the thicker vegetation. Look out for hippos as you pass a lake. The ride continues onto the wide open grass plains and back to camp for lunch. In the afternoon, the ride will set out for another 2 and a half hours, as the day gets cooler for some spectacular views of the lower escarpment. On return to camp, there will be drinks set out on the rocks in the river, where you can watch the sun set and set the tone before your candle lit dinner at camp. Your bags will be packed for the following days move to the lodge.
Overnight: Fly Camp

Day 6 – Moving day with picnic at yellow wood rock pools
You will have a later start today (weather depending) at about 9:00am. After a light breakfast at fly camp, you will ride to Yellow wood an idyllic spot with a natural plunge pool and deck with another awe-inspiring view where brunch will be served, after your two hour ride. The ride continues as it gets cooler at appx 3:00pm across open grassland, and to Ravineside lodge. You will arrive at your lodge before sunset to settle in. Drinks and a three course dinner at the lodge awaits you.
Overnight: Ravineside Lodge

Day 7 – Outer Rim View rides
An early start after a light breakfast at 06:30, just in time to catch the stunning morning views and crisp air from the outer rim, overlooking the views of the lower plateau. The ride will take you into a different scenery, riding some rocky ledges, and taking a swim in the dam with the horses, as it gets warmer.  You will return to the lodge after a two hour ride for brunch –  You will have some time to relax at the lodge and maybe make use of some well deserved spa time. (at extra charge) You afternoon ride will leave the lodge at 3:30pm appx to ride for another few hours to Hanglip viewpoint with good chances of seeing abundant game on the open areas and Ungululu. You will stop at the viewpoint, for some stunning pictures with your horse, and back to the lodge along Tswene.
On return to the lodge, your bags will be packed for the following days move to the lower escarpment. Dinner will be served at the lodge.
Overnight: Ravineside Lodge

Day 8 – Moving day upper to lower escarpment and departure
Your bags will be packed for the team to take to the meeting spot for departure.
After an early breakfast, set off on your horses, for the descent to the lower escarpment. Once again, riders will be asked to dismount and lead along the steeper sections. Arrive in time for a brunch will be served at the clubhouse, looking onto the golf club. Riders will have the chance to take showers on the resort before your departure to the airport at 13:00.


For a Lodge Based adventure, perfect for families and less experienced riders, choose from one of our three lodges:

Wildside Safari Camp, located on the lower escarpment, where a true African bush experience awaits you. The unspoilt wilderness of the Waterberg is combined with comfortable en-suite accommodation, creating a wild Africa atmosphere. The open lounge/bar area with the romantic roaring fire in the boma creates the perfect end to a relaxed day in the bush. The Camp offers a total of 20 tented chalets: 4 family tents sleeping 2 adults and 2 children, equipped with a tea/coffee station, minibar (stocked on request), ceiling fan and hairdryer.
WS - Tent Interior 2

Lakeside Lodge, is on the upper escarpment, set on the banks of the 1.7km lake. The thatch and stone Lodge provides a memorable blend of the luxury and wilderness with Entabeni Mountain as a back drop.  Double/Twin rooms equipped with tea/coffee station, minibar (stocked on request), ceiling fan and hairdryer. Enjoy sundowners on your own private deck with the ever-changing colours of the Entabeni Mountain reflecting in the Lake.
Total number of rooms: 24

Ravineside, is on the upper escarpment and located under the shadow of Entabeni Mountain. This thatched wooden lodge, built on stilts and hugging the cliff edge, offers spectacular views of unspoilt ravines and wooded hillsides. The Lodge offers double/twin chalets equipped with a tea/coffee station, ceiling fan and hairdryer. A minibar fridge is available in the communal lounge areas (stocked on request). From the open sundecks, guests can indulge in bird and game watching and experience the beauty of the ravine while listening to the rippling sound of water from below in the valley. Total number of rooms: 22

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Name Out in Africa Encounters
Type of Holiday Riding and Accommodation
Price From €2500/8 days mobile. €350/night lodge based
Accommodation Camp out in the bush on mobile safari, without compromising on comfort. Alternatively indulge yourself in the quintessential safari experience, with a stay in one of our luxury lodges, on a Lodge Based Safari Holiday. The Big 5 Luxury Adventure, combines 3 nights in Lodges at the resort, with 4 nights at Fly Camp
Hours Riding Per Day up to 5.5hrs per day depending on itinerary and conditions
Instruction No
Nearest Airport Johannesburg
Open All Year
Other Facilities Additional Spa activities, payable locally
Address No
Riding Facilities No
Riding Style No
Suitable For Children No
Riding Safari Yes
Western Ranch No
Beach Riding No
Tuition No
Centre Based Yes
Trail Ride Yes
Website http://www.outinafricaencounters.net


Customer Reviews

Ha sido una de las experiencias más bonitas que he tenido en mi vida, Review by YL
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Ha sido una de las experiencias más bonitas que he tenido en mi vida, el sitio es espectacular, el servicio inmejorable y poder sentir la naturaleza africana a caballo ha sido algo que jamás olvidaré, en cuanto pueda, vuelvo a hacer un Safari con Out in Africa Encounters.. Muchas gracias por todo a Cecile y a su increíble equipo! (Posted on 17/03/2017)
It has been one of the most beautiful experiences I've had in my life Review by YL
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It has been one of the most beautiful experiences I've had in my life, the place is spectacular, efficient service and feel the African nature to horse has been something that I will never forget, as soon as I can, I'm going to do a safari with out in Africa encounters.. Thank you for everything Cecile and her incredible team! (Posted on 17/03/2017)
Chaque minute de ce safari fut juste extraordinaire. Review by CMD
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Des chevaux adorables. Nous avons rencontré beaucoup d'animaux. L’equipe aux petits soins, des surprises tous les jours! Je reviendrai pendant l’été. (Posted on 17/03/2017)
Every minute of this safari was just amazing. Review by CMD
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Horses adorable. We met a lot of animals. The team to the small care, surprises every day! I'll be back during the summer. (Posted on 17/03/2017)
I had the most wonderful time at Entabeni with Cecile and her horses. Review by JA
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Beautiful Big Five game reserve, great horses - reliable and forward - fabulous food (also for vegs) and a perfect guide who knew everything about the animals and the surroundings. Have seen hippo's, rhino, elli's, cheetahs, girafs and a lot of zebra, wildebeest and warthog from the horseback - even a wildebeest giving birth. Also: picknicks in the bush, superb accomodation, even the sun was shining EVERY day smile-emoticon:-). I'd definitely recommend this place!! (Posted on 17/03/2017)
What a trip! Review by ACR
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I enjoyed every minute of the horseback safari at beautiful Entabeni reserve with you. Lovely horses that were great climbers and wasn't afraid of anything.
Lot of good food served at the beautiful camp or at luxurious lodges.
Excellent guiding and guestcaring.
And of course the respectfull meeting with all the wild animals. Loved the rhinobaby, the giraffe and the exciting meeting with elephants. (Posted on 17/03/2017)
My Big 5 Safari was a trip of a lifetime Review by JG
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Group sizes are small, so the level of personalized attention is beyond compare. The guides are experienced and knowledgeable. They're passionate about this land and will make every effort to show you the best it has to offer - from learning what animal tracks you're looking at to working hard to find your favorite animal to see!

The horses are fit, well trained, and reliable in all situations. They're also independent so you'll have a unique ride each time, not just follow the horse in front of you. The number and variety of animals on the Reserve are abundant. We saw several different animals on each ride. Bring a good camera!

I particularly enjoyed staying in the bush at fly camp. It's a comfortable and clean, and it brings you closer to nature and your companions - especially around the warm camp fire each night!

I can't say enough about this trip and how well the operation is run. I highly recommend this trip to get a first hand, up-close safari experience. I can't wait to get back! (Posted on 17/03/2017)

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