Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill are located in the Waterberg region of the Limpopo province and only 3 hours north of Johannesburg International Airport. This beautiful area is malaria free and at an altitude of 4500 feet above sea level offers a wonderful climate and can be visited all year round.At both Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill there are two dedicated and hardworking teams who endeavor to give each guest a memorable African riding experience. They are all enthusiastic, handpicked for their love of wildlife, horses and hospitality.
Due to the diverse vegetation both Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill carry an incredible range of different game species. There are: rhino, sable antelope, buffalo, nyala, gemsbok (oryx), kudu, giraffe, livingstone eland, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, zebra, impala, bushbuck, duiker, steenbuck, mountain reedbuck, waterbuck, warthog, blesbuck, baboons, bushpig, klipspringer, leopard, jackal, brown hyena, caracal, civet, genet to name but a few. There are approximately 300 recorded bird species in the area to add to the exquisite variety of all forms of wildlife that the reserves support.The horses live out and graze amongst the game on a daily basis, the thoroughbreds being stabled at night.
This has allowed the game to become habituated to the horses thus giving one a unique opportunity of really getting in and amongst the various species whilst riding. The sumptuous home cooking and dining takes place in a variety of places and outside whenever possible. The day normally starts off with a light breakfast although a cooked breakfast is available on request. A light lunch is served around midday, followed by high-tea prior to your afternoon game viewing. A scrumptious three course dinner or bbq rounds off the day. Ant’s Hill is located on a private game reserve, and is a relatively new game lodge with 6 bedrooms which includes a family cottage and a heated swimming pool.
There is a string of approx 90 horses (between the two properties), which are fit, responsive and reliable and also totally adapted to the African environment. The horses range from thoroughbreds, tough African Boerperd, and exciting crossbreeds. They take great care in matching the rider’s ability and confidence to their preference in type and responsiveness of their mount. Rides vary in pace and duration according to our guests desires and ability. They pride themselves in the unique flexibility, each day is tailored to suit the guests that are staying and they are able to offer up to 3 different activities in any one morning or afternoon. Guests who are purely interested in riding may spend up to 6 hours a day in the saddle during morning and afternoon rides, either guided scenic game drives or scenic riding, whilst those not as enthusiastic can enjoy a mixture of riding as well as other activities such as guided walks, mountain biking or game drives. (Which are all included in the price).
The saddles are Maclelan saddles, designed for the comfort of both horse and rider alike; there are also a few English saddles available should guests prefer an English saddle. It is recommended that all guests bring a riding hat although they stock a selection of sizes at the lodge. Enjoy the wonderful accommodation along with great food, including local wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks. Watch the sun go down with a beer and plan your next days adventures. Ants NestAnt’s Nest is where it all began. Situated in the private game reserve and lying in a natural amphitheatre, is the original homestead, with its wide verandas, has a classic African atmosphere.The luxurious en-suite rooms accommodate a maximum of only twelve guests in six bedrooms. There is a 15-metre heated swimming pool in the garden, ideal for those needing some exercise or great for kids. A wide variety of game frequents the waterhole in front of the house where horses and dogs mingle with the native wildlife. The ethos is to create a bush home experience where one can become part of a working reserve and learn about the bush by experiencing being part of it from horseback. The riding options are virtually the same as at Ants Hill, where guests can be in the saddle for up to 6 hours a day. Wake up times, meals; activities etc are all dictated by the guests to tailor the stay. Other activities can be a shopping trip to the local town for a variety of African local arts and crafts.Guests are always welcome to join in on any management activities on the reserves such as game capture and relocation, treating injured animals, burning firebreaks, doing game census on horseback etc, this is a truly amazing experience that family, couples and singles will love. You can even get married on top of the mountain where everything is taken care of, all you need to do is tell us what you want, and we’ll do our best to make your dream come true! (please ask for details).