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Ant's Nest

Ant's Nest

Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill are privately owned lodges on adjoining game reserves in the malaria-free Waterberg region of South Africa’s Limpopo Province.

The Waterberg is unique in that it lies on an intercontinental divergence zone, and consequently the region has a wider variety of flora and fauna than elsewhere in Africa. The reserve sustains more than forty game species and well over 300 resident and migrant bird species. In the last ten years, a viable breeding herd of Sable antelope has been established here, no mean achievement given that sable is an almost entirely conservation dependent species.

Ant’s Nest is in the style of an old colonial house. It has six luxurious en-suite bedrooms accommodating up to twelve guests. A honeymoon suite with adjoining twin room is on the upper floor, and includes a large sitting room, dining room, living room, and veranda.

The décor is warm and stylish, mainly due to the fact that local fabrics, timber, and stone have been used very successfully. There are generous areas for relaxing, including the well-established gardens, swimming pool, and expansive, manicured lawns. Downstairs are a double and a twin bedroom, as well as the library, dining room, and a veranda. Away from the house are two private bedrooms, each with a double and single bed, their own large veranda, and comfortable furniture. All the rooms are en-suite.

Horseback riding is one of the main activities at Ant’s Nest. The “Arab-Boerperd” horses are well-trained, making excursions safe for both children and adults. And this is a great way to see animals up close.

In addition to safaris on horseback, guided game walks have become popular in recent years. These also are an excellent way to really get into the bush and encounter its insects, birds, and animals. And then, of course, there are game drives in 4x4 vehicles. Traversing greater distances allows you to catch up with and (hopefully!) see more game.

One special highlight of a stay at Ant’s Nest is the opportunity to join the staff on game capture and relocation activities, treating injured animals, burning firebreaks, taking wildlife census on horseback, and more!

As there are so few guests at the lodge at any one time, there are no fixed itineraries, and the daily timetable is arranged with guests. The lodge is set up to give kids the experience of a lifetime. Children of all ages join their parents on all game-viewing activities. There are also specialized kids walks (endearingly named "bug" and "spoor").

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