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The Ant's Hill Safari Lodge nestles on a private game reserve in the malaria-free Waterberg in South Africa. This Game Reserve is situated on a slope looking out over the Waterberg Plateau in the Limpopo Province, 3 hours north of OR Tambo International Airport. The safari lodge is a 3.5 hours drive east of the Madikwe Game Reserve and a 5 hours drive west of the Kruger National Park.
This unique Bush Lodge provides excellent and adventurous wildlife viewing experiences, which can be enjoyed on safari drives, guided bush walks, mountain bike or horseback. The lodge possesses 60 horses and offers a superb wildlife viewing experience from horseback catering for both experienced riders and novice riders as well as children.
This Lodge offers the opportunity for some of the most exceptional wildlife viewing in the African bush - from horseback. Guests are invited to canter along open sandy tracks or traverse high ridges with spectacular vistas. The pace can be as fast or relaxed as the riders would like. Often the rider gets so close to the game that the experience remains unforgettable.
The horses are fit, reliable and responsive, providing a choice for both the professional rider and the absolute beginner. Each ride is led by two qualified guides, and the emphasis is on safety at all times. The enthusiastic rider may wish to ride twice daily and turn their stay into a luxury riding safari. Families or couples, where some ride and others don't, can enjoy separate activities. As we always have two guides on each ride novices can go out with their more competent partners without slowing the ride. Essential lessons for non-riders are available at both reserves; many guests learn to ride and gain confidence here.
Guided Bush Walks
For guests who prefer walking, the guides lead them through the bushveld on foot. These walks are informative and interactive, enabling visitors to gain knowledge of the unique African flora and fauna. One can often miss the smaller details of the beautiful environment when on a vehicle or horseback, so guided walks are highly recommended. While these can be in the form of a gentle stroll, the more energetic can hike over the plains and up impressive gorges. While identifying insects and birds and learning about the medicinal uses of various plants, visitors also learn how to track game. Specialised bug hunts are available for children at both bush homes.
The guides drive open 4x4 Land Cruiser on their morning or afternoon safari drives. At night, a spotlight is used to find elusive nocturnal animals, such as the rare brown hyena, aardvark bushbaby and porcupine. The advantage of a safari drive is that you can cover more ground across the reserves. Safari drives and walks can often be combined to make wildlife viewing and photography more exciting.
The guides sometimes spot nocturnal species such as leopard, caracal, aardvark, brown hyena, porcupine, bush pig, bat-eared fox, striped polecat, honey badger, serval cat, African civet, genets, wildcat and klipspringer.
The Safari Lodge provides children with a life-changing experience. The Lodge's policy is to allow children of all ages to join their parents on all wildlife viewing activities. The lodge provides a selection of ponies catering to both the novice and experienced youth rider. A qualified guide will lead beginners, and riding lessons are also available.
The lodge has created specialised kids walks, although driving in an open 4 X 4 on safari drives is always accessible. Both lodges provide various facilities which are ideal for children, such as the heated swimming pool, a trampoline, sand pits, badminton and volleyball net with a selection of toys and books. Children are welcome to join their parents for dinner. Alternatively, own suppers or meal times can be arranged.
This Lodge is also ideal for families with children of all ages offering a range of activities to keep all well entertained; guests will learn a lot about wildlife, gaining inspiration to last a lifetime.
The Lodge takes great pride in their sumptuous home cooking, dining in a variety of places and outside whenever possible. Often morning game activities are ended with a bush lunch while at night one sits around open fires under the stars. The chefs can cater for all dietary requirements, and excellent South African estate wines are served.
The day at the lodge usually begins with a light breakfast of cereals, fruits, yoghurt and toast although a cooked breakfast is available on request. A light lunch, with a variety of salads and other delicious dishes, is usually served at midday, followed by high tea before your afternoon wildlife viewing. A scrumptious three-course dinner or barbeque rounds off the day.
The Waterberg, South Africa
As the malaria-free Waterberg region of South Africa is on an intercontinental divergence zone, a wider variety of flora and fauna can be found here than elsewhere in Africa. There are well over 300 species of resident and migrant birds in the reserves. Guests are always welcome to join in on any management activities such as; game capture and relocation, treating injured animals, burning firebreaks, game census on horseback, etc.
Sable antelope are today one of the most endangered species in South Africa and rarely seen in any National Park. The reserve had started with a small core herd in 1998 and today have a thriving, well established and viable breeding herd. The reserve also has a breeding conservation project at the lodge producing disease-free Cape Buffalo.
The Lodge is in the Waterberg region of the Limpopo province in the northern part of South Africa. This beautiful area is malaria-free and at an altitude of 4,500 feet above sea level offers a wonderfully temperate climate and 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. This area of South Africa receives summer rainfall, usually in the form of thunderstorms. These rarely affect activities and are generally in the evening. However, the African climate is still always unpredictable.
Autumn (April to May) - days can still be warm but the nights cool down. Average daytime temperature 22-28 degrees. Evenings 10-15 degrees. Winter (June to August) - days are warm (temperatures in the mid-twenties) nights and early mornings are average with temperatures of 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.
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- Bar Fridges in Room
- Ensuite / Private bathroom
- Heater in Room
- In-room safe
- Internet Access
- Mini bar
- Standing Fan
- Tea and coffee making facilities
Wining & Dining at Ants Hill Game Lodge
Morning game drives are often ended with breakfast that can be either light cereals and fruit or a cooked breakfast upon request. Chefs cater for all dietary requirements, and no challenge is too small. The delicious dishes on offer can be paired with some of South Africa's finest wines. A light lunch is served at round about midday, and that is followed by high tea in the mid-afternoon, before afternoon game viewing. Dinner is a tasty three-course dinner or barbeque.
Guests may use the open sandy tracks or traverse high ridges with spectacular vistas. The pace can be as fast or relaxed as the riders would like. Often the guide and the guests can get so close to the game that the experience remains unforgettable. The lodge has fit, reliable and responsive horses, providing a choice for both the professional rider and the absolute beginner.
The herd of over 60 horses is made up of big thoroughbreds and Arab-boerperd crosses and includes some fabulous children’s ponies.
- Each ride is led by two competent guides, and the emphasis is on safety at all times.
- The enthusiastic rider may wish to ride twice daily and turn their stay into a luxury riding safari.
- Families or couples, where some ride and others don’t, can enjoy separate activities.
For those who prefer walking, the guides will lead them through the bushveld on foot. These walks are informative and interactive, enabling guests to gain knowledge of African flora and fauna. One can often miss the smaller details of the beautiful environment when on a vehicle or horseback, so guided walks are highly recommended.
While these can be in the form of a gentle stroll, the more energetic can hike over the plains and up impressive gorges. By identifying insects and birds and learning about the medicinal uses of various plants, guests can also learn how to track game. Specialised bug hunts are available for children at both bush homes.
The guides are available to take guests in an open 4x4 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 bushbaby and porcupine.
The advantage of a game drive is that you are able to cover more ground across the game reserve in the Waterberg.
Game drives and walks can often be combined to make game viewing and photography more exciting.
Other Activities nearby
- Mountain biking
- Clay pigeon shooting
- Library and shop
- A local ‘Big Five’ game reserve
- A tour of Bushman paintings and Iron Age villages
- The Lodge is happy to take guests shopping in the local town where one will find a wide variety of African arts and crafts.
Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill provide children with a life-changing experience. The Lodges individual policy is to allow children of all ages to join their parents on all game viewing activities so that you can witness their first encounters with wildlife.
- Day-use facilities for early arrivals and late departures
- Open Air Boma
- Private guest library/ lounge
- Swimming Pool
Check in and Check Out Times
- Check in: 14:00
- Check out: 10:00
- Airport transfers
- Housekeeping service
- Kid's entertainment
- Laundry services
- Massage treatments
- Safari drives
- Tours & Transfers on Request
- Wake-up call
Ant's Nest and Ant's Hill invite children of all ages on all game viewing activities while ponies are available for children of all riding levels. Specialised kids walks are also available. Both lodges have various facilities for children including a trampoline, sand pits, badminton and volleyball net and a selection of toys and books.
Ants Hill and Ants Nest are members of the Waterberg Nature Conservancy. The lodges promote conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources. The properties strive to make a difference through controlled burning of Alien plant species, game population control, bush encroachment, road maintenance and soil erosion control.
The hotel also supports a Sable breeding project, a leopard conservation project, birds in reserves project aimed to improve conservation efforts and knowledge of birdlife, a disease free, buffalo breeding project, a waste disposal and recycling programme, a biological fly control project and a wetlands conservation project.
Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill have chosen ACO as a local charity, and the hotel donates cash, meat, blankets and even school fees to the impoverished families in the area.
- # Rooms:
Ant's Hil caters for a maximum of 16 guests and can be booked non-exclusively or exclusively. The standard room named Eagles Nest is situated above the main lodge and features a private veranda overlooking the spectacular gorge. Other features of the room include a minibar and en-suite bathroom with shower and bath.
- # Rooms:
Features include a large king size bed, inside and outside showers, sunken bath, fireplace, mini bar and spacious outside veranda.
Consist of one double en-suite bedroom with shower and bath, one loft and one twin bedroom which share a bathroom with shower and bath. The large lounge area with fireplace and mini bar opens up onto a veranda.
- # Rooms:
This large king size room has inside and outside showers, a sunken bath, fireplace, mini bar, large outside veranda and a private plunge pool.
Worlds view Room
This cottage consists of one upstairs king size bedroom with bath and shower and an open-air bath on the open veranda. A covered terrace, downstairs lounge area and a large private pool are also on offer. A twin bedroom is also on offer and features indoor and outdoor showers.
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Directions to Ants Hill from Johannesburg
1. From OR Tambo International Airport takes R21 to Pretoria
2. After about 15-20 minutes you will see an off-ramp road that says Pretoria East/Pietersburg (now called Polokwane) N1, take this off ramp and continue the N1 north
3. Once on the N1, you will go past the outskirts of Pretoria and continue for at least 60-80 minutes
4. At the third toll station (this is known as the Kranskop Tollgate) ensure you are in the very left lane as you will coming off the highway here. Turn left towards Nylstroom or Modimolle on the R33
5. After about 10 km pass straight through Nylstroom or Modimolle and continue for 60kms to Vaalwater
6. Go through Vaalwater. On reaching the Total Garage and Kwikspar, turn right on the R33 towards Ellisras or Lephalale
7. Once on the R33 towards Ellisras or Lephalale travel for approximately 18-19 km until you see a sign hanging on two tree trunks marked Ants Hil
8. Turn right onto a gravel road. Go straight on the gravel road until you see a thatched entrance, which is marked Ants Hill. Open the gate and follow the signs to the lodge which is about 3-4 km
On site parking facilities are provided for guests.
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