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AAnt's Nest and Ant’s Hill is where you get up close and personal with the wild things of Limpopo's Waterberg Wilderness. Stay in a luxurious cottage and head out on safari at dawn and dusk. Ant's Nest is famous for its wonderful horseback safaris and great game viewing.
Ant's Nest and Ant’s Hill is a luxury game lodge in Limpopo's Waterberg Wilderness region that is famed for its wild and wonderful horseback safaris. Set in a game reserve with open plains and rugged mountain slopes, at Ant's Nest you're likely to see zebra, wildebeest, eland and, perhaps, rhino.
Depending on your group, you can either opt for a fun-filled family horseback safari, an action-packed group safari or a romantic honeymoon safari. Ant's Nest is happy to tailor your horse-riding safari to suit you. You can decide when you want to get up and for how long you want to ride.
You'll definitely enjoy the food here. Ant's Nest and Ant’s Hill offers long lazy brunches in the shade of ancient trees, starlit dinners and lunches out in the middle of the bush.
Accommodation is a mix of rooms, suites, cottages and bush homes for larger groups. All boast incredible views, luxurious facilities like outdoor baths and a swimming pool overlooking the gorge.
Ant Baber and his wife Tess run both the lodges and have many colourful tales to share.
Horseback safaris are not the only way to enjoy Ant's Nest. The lodge also offers guided day and night safaris in an open 4x4. You can also take a guided game walk and learn more about the fauna and flora of the area.
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Who to contact
Ant's Nest and Ant’s Hill
Tel: +27 (0)87 820 7233
Cell: +27 (0)83 287 2885
How to get here
From Johannesburg/Pretoria take the N1 north. After the Kranskop toll gate turn left towards Nylstroom/Modimolle on the R33. Continue for 70km to Vaalwater. Go through Vaalwater and turn right on the R33 towards Ellisras/Lephalale. Follow this road for 11km and take the right-hand turn down the gravel road to Dorset. Follow this for 10km and on the left you will see a sign for Ant’s Nest.
Where to stay
Choose from one of the luxurious rooms, rondavels, cottages or houses at Ant's Nest and Ant’s Hill.
What will it cost?
Rates are inclusive of food, beverages, accommodation, game drives and horse riding and start from around R5500 per adult per night.
Things to do
Visit the nearby village of Vaalwater, which is the main meet-and-greet spot in the area. Go for a coffee or a light lunch, do some curio shopping or check out the local pubs.
Tours to do
Ant's Nest can arrange a guided tour of local San paintings and Iron Age villages in the area. On Sundays you can go to a historic thatched church where you will meet locals and see a 1914 building designed by Sir Herbert Baker.
The Black Mamba is a wonderful shop in Vaalwater boasting an impressive range of arts and crafts from all over Africa.