In The Saddle’s Festive Round-Up: Christmas in South Africa

Posted on December 23, 2021

Christmas in South Africa

If you’ve always wondered what it might be like to spend Christmas on horseback in snowy Iceland, or sunny South Africa, then you might enjoy our next few blog posts. In the run-up to Christmas, we’ll be sharing how ride operators around the world usually spend the festive season.

Next up in South Africa is Ant’s Lodges in the Waterberg area.

Christmas morning

Christmas day starts like any other day at Ant’s Lodges with some tasty breakfast.  Mimosas are also on offer and then guests can choose which morning activity they would like to do for example riding, a bush walk or a vehicle game drive.

Guests are also welcome to join Ant Baber, the owner, when he goes to a church service at our local church in the bush.

Christmas feast

Once back at the lodge, all the staff join guests for a feast in the garden between 1pm and 2pm.

No one goes hungry on Christmas Day.  The tables are groaning with salads, vegetables, turkey, gammon, prawns and much more.  All washed down by a glass of bubbles and their traditional Pimms cocktail. After all this food, guests are free to spend the afternoon swimming and relaxing around the pool with music and drinks.

Having a blast in the pool

Favourite tradition at Ant’s Lodges

Santa’s little helper

Ant’s Lodges favourite tradition involves a little helper from the stables.  This helper brings gifts to the lodge and then hands them out to guests.

Do I spy presents in that saddlebag?

Christmas evening

In the evening, there’s plenty of time to relax as there are no afternoon activities or sundowners. After all the feasting earlier, dinner is a bit lighter with platters being sent to each room.  These are normally a selection of finger snacks. Guests are free to enjoy some downtime with their friends and families after a busy day of eating and being merry.

Many thanks to Taryn from Ant’s Lodges for sharing this great insight into Christmas in South Africa

If you are interested in riding in South Africa, then please do email us on or call +44 1299 272 997 for more information.



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