Both Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill offer great game opportunities. You can enjoy the conventional game drives in open Landrovers but what makes it very special is you get closer to the game than on any other safari we know. This can be on bush walks with experienced rangers or enjoy the thrill of game viewing on horse-back. The horses are well schooled and with a large herd of horses there is a choice for everyone from complete beginners to experienced riders.
Ant’s offers an unbeatable family safari and children of all ages are welcome. They can join parents on the game activities or be taken out separately. Special ‘bug’ and ‘spoor’ (footprint) walks can be done with the rangers to learn more about the bush. There are toys and games from volley ball to badminton at the lodge to keep everyone entertained.
Enjoy home cooking, dining outside when possible - bush lunches and open fires in the evening.
Nothing is too much at either of the lodges and you can do as much or little as you like. In addition to the game activities, you can learn to horse-ride, enjoy a massage, be taken shopping or join a tour of the farm, there is always something to do. They will even arrange night safaris for viewing stars and the night game such as bush babies. Also a popular day-trip is an elephant back safari in a neighbouring park. For experienced riders our top tip is to go swimming with the horses in one of the dams. To really get a full experience we recommend at least 3 nights but 4 or 5 is best.
Emphasis is on relaxation and service - friendly staff and a home away from home feel. Any special occasion can be catered for from birthdays, honeymoons and weddings.
Ant's Nest is where it all began and the homestead is set in a natural amphitheatre with wide verandas and a relaxed African atmosphere combined with classic furniture fashioned from local timber and stone. The waterhole is frequented by a variety of game and the horses and dogs (owned by Tessa & Ant) are also always around. There are extensive lawns and a 15 metre heated pool in the garden. Relax in the thatched ‘chill-out’ spot with sofa beds where you can unwind in the heat of the day.
Ant’s Nest consists of a main house where the upper floor features a stunning honeymoon suite with an adjoining twin bedroom, a large sitting, dining, living room and veranda. The downstairs of the main house also has a double and a twin bedroom with comfortable library, dining room and veranda.
There are two additional privately appointed bedrooms away from the main house each with a double and single bed, their own large veranda and comfortable furniture.
There are 6 luxurious en suite bedrooms accommodating a maximum of 12 guests. All bedrooms are en-suite and equipped with necessary amenities.
Ant’s Nest offers a real home from home experience with no set wake up times or strict itineraries, you can do what you want when you want. You are able to do up to three different activities at any given time either in the morning or in the afternoon.
Ant’s Hill is built on the edge of a cliff with sweeping views across the Waterberg. The thatched lodge blends into the bush and with the contrast of exotic furniture and coloured African fabrics, the lodge has a sophisticated, yet comfortable feel about it. The heated pool is set in boulders on the edge of the cliff inviting you to cool off!
The main lodge has a spacious living area and dining room, both with fireplaces. A large veranda and deck overhang the gorge so are ideal for early morning breakfasts and evening sundowners. Positioned to over-look a busy water hole just adds to the wonderful views.
Ant’s Hill caters for a maximum of 16 guests in rooms with draped huge four-poster beds and each bathroom is spectacular, offering sunken baths and waterfall showers.
The rooms at Ant’s Hill consist of two privately appointed honeymoon cottages, one which has a private plunge pool, one family cottage with a master bedroom and 2 twin rooms and, a spectacular two bedroom cottage with vast living and veranda areas as well as a plunge pool and lastly, a twin/double room situated above the main lodge with a private veranda overlooking the spectacular gorge.
We recommend a combination of at least 2 - 3 nights stay here with another 2 nights at Ant’s Bush Camp which will round off your wilderness experience being able to enjoy some time in pristine bush surroundings.
The Waterberg is a malaria free area and easily included in a holiday circuit including transfers or self-drive. We particularly recommend a combination of a big five safari in the Madikwe followed by a visit to Ants. And if you have more time spend a couple of nights in the neighbouring Lapalala bush camp - ask us for more details.
The reserve offers diverse topography and vegetation with an animal species of 40 mammals including white rhino, giraffe, sable (very rare) and a variety of antelope and of course great birdlife.