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Ant's Nest, South Africa


A wide variety of game frequents the waterhole in front of the bush home bringing game viewing to your door step. There is a stylish warmth to the colonial house using classic furniture fashioned from local fabrics, timber and stone.

Ant’s Nest not only enjoys lovely views down the valley but is also surrounded by open plains where horses, rhino and other game frequently graze in extremely close proximity, don’t be surprised to have a rhino grazing 10 meters from your pool lounger. The team at Ant’s Nest are exceptionally hospitable and will go above and beyond to exceed your expectations to ensure your stay is a memorable and life changing experience.

Where is Ant’s Nest located?

The reserve is situated on an escarpment looking out over the Waterberg Plateau in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, 3 hours north of OR Tambo International Airport (formally known as Johannesburg International Airport) 3.5 hours east of Madikwe and 5 hours west of the Kruger National Park.

What sort of accommodation is available?

The Main Lodges’ six classic en-suite bedrooms accommodate a maximum of twelve guests. There is a 15 meter swimming pool in the garden, ideal for those needing some exercise or for purely cooling off after an active day and this is great for kids as its heated all year. Extensive lawns with indigenous plants surround the pool and there is a wonderful thatched chill-out spot with vast sofa beds where you can relax during the heat of the day.

Ant’s Nest features different room types from standard to deluxe, rooms can be booked individually, however, should you be looking for a very private stay, Ant’s Nest can be booked exclusively, ideal for multi-generational family bookings, friends traveling together or for specialised interest groups/special occasions.

Are children welcome at Ant’s Nest?

Children of all ages are welcome at Ants & have a variety of activities to keep them entertained during their stay. The lodge has trampolines, board games, toys, books, rackets and balls etc. At Ants they also provide baby sitting and children’s meals can be specially planned.

When is the best time to visit Ant’s Nest?

Ant’s Nest is located in the Waterberg region of the Limpopo province in the northern part of South Africa. This beautiful area is at an altitude of 4,500 feet above sea level and offers a wonderful temperate climate that can be visited all year round.

  • Summer – November to March

The days can get quite warm (up to 28-32 degrees on average) but it is a dry heat. They do get summer rainfall, normally in the form of thunder storms. These rarely affect activities and are usually in the evening, however, the African climate is still always unpredictable.

  • Autumn – April to May

Days can still be warm but the evenings cool down. Average day time temperature 22-28 degrees. Evenings 10-15 degrees.

  • Winter – June to August

Days are warm (temperatures in the mid-twenties) evenings and early mornings very cold with average early morning temperatures 5-12 degrees. It very rarely rains at this time when the bush is golden and dry.

  • Spring – September, October

Days start getting hotter, evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. A very slim chance of rain. On occasion we can get very hot days.

What should I pack and bring with me?

Sunglasses, sun cream, hat, swimming costume, neutral bush coloured clothing: shorts, trousers, shirts, riding helmet, leather chaps and comfortable riding clothes (helmets which are compulsory are available at the lodge) walking shoes or trainers. A warm fleece/jacket is recommended throughout the year. Warmer clothing is recommended for the winter months (see climate above). Binoculars, camera with plenty of spare batteries/charger and memory cards. Personal medications. Light rain jacket (if travelling in the rainy season November to March).

What Activities are Available?

From horse riding and mountain biking to game drives and guided walks, they have a variety of activities at Ants that will appeal to the intimate couple to families alike.

  • Family Safaris

Ant’s has got to be one of the most child friendly safari lodges found in Africa, they will give your children and family a life-changing experience from grandparents right down to babies. Their unique policy is to allow children of all ages to join their parents on all game viewing activities, so you can witness their first encounters with wildlife. At Ant’s – family safaris are a speciality and they have an abundance of exciting and thrilling safari activities to offer kids of all ages, allowing them to leave with an intimate knowledge of the bush.

  • Horse Riding & Riding Safaris

Ant’s Nest offer’s the opportunity for some of the greatest game viewing in the African bush - from horseback. You can canter along open sandy tracks or traverse high ridges with spectacular vistas. The pace can be as fast or relaxed as you would like. Often you can get so close to the game that the experience remains unforgettable.

  • Guided walks & Walking safaris

For those who prefer walking, their guides will lead you through the bushveld on foot. These walks are informative and interactive, enabling you to gain knowledge of African flora and fauna. One can often miss the smaller details of our beautiful environment when on a vehicle or horseback, so guided walks are highly recommended.

  • Day & Night Game Drives

Their guides will be available to take you out in an open 4×4 Land Cruiser either for morning or afternoon game drives or using a spotlight at night to find elusive nocturnal animals, such as the rare brown hyena, aardvark, bush baby and porcupine. The advantage of a game drive is that you are able to cover more ground across the reserve. Game drives and walks can often be combined to make game viewing and photography more exciting.

  • Game Census Safari

For those who are hooked on Africa, there comes a time when you want a totally different safari experience. Their annual game census safari is just that! It’s a time in the bush when wildlife conservation prevails and you have the opportunity to be part of it for an entire week between May and June. From game counting and darting, to capturing and relocating wildlife, the activities all have a unique purpose: to keep the private reserve and its animal residents thriving. Traditionally game censuses are done by helicopter but they capitalise on what they know best and perform the whole operation on horseback. It continues to remain more accurate than a helicopter count and most importantly, causes zero disturbance to the wildlife.

  • Other Safari Experiences
    • Mountain Biking
    • Bush Running
    • Massage
    • Fishing
    • Snake & reptile talks
    • Wine tasting evenings
    • Local Excursions in and around the Waterberg
    • Night Sky Safari
    • Sculpting, Art & Photography safaris

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