A major bushfire flared up at Entabeni Safari Conservancy, in the Waterberg Region of the Limpopo Province. The fire raged on until the following day, spreading quickly and causing some serious damage at Wildside Safari Camp, one of Entabeni’s five lodges. The fire fighting teams finally managed to get the fire under control, but only after a section of Wildside and about 2 500 ha of the 22 000 ha conservancy burnt down. None of the guests or staff members were injured in the fire. Furthermore no antelope or other big animals were injured in the bushfire and none of Entabeni’s other lodges were affected.
Wildside Safari Camp lost their reception, lounge and bar-area, as well as 9 of the 20 thatched canvas rooms in the blaze. Fortunately Wildside Camp’s restaurant, office, curio shop and 11 rooms were saved. The guests staying at Wildside during the period of the fire were timeously evacuated and upgraded to Hanglip Mountain Lodge and Legend Golf & Safari Resort for the remainder of their stay.
“We are grateful for the relentless efforts that our fire fighting teams put in to get the bushfire under control and that they finally stopped the fire, with help from the surrounding farm communities and the Mokopane fire brigade. Our managers made sure that our guests were never in danger and that nobody got hurt in the process. We have insurance for all our properties, therefore the rebuilding of Wildside Safari Camp will start almost immediately. The rebuild will co-inside with the current R4 million renovation project to upgrade all of Entabeni’s lodges, a project which is still in process but has almost been completed,” says Mart Cilliers, the Managing Director of Legend Hospitality Group.
Wildside Safari Camp will be closed for the rest of October and will re-open towards the end of November. Guests booked over this period at Wildside will be upgraded to one of the other Entabeni lodges. In all other aspects at the safari conservancy it will be business as usual.