Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Game census

5 star rating   9 June 2019

Silvo who has been on 11 In The Saddle rides. An interesting opportunity to experience game on a lovely reserve. The staff were enthusiastic and endeavoured to ensure that everyone had an enjoyable experience | The riding was varied with lots of walking whilst looking for game or waiting whilst animals were located. There were also plenty of fast canters and exhilarating rides through the bush when keeping track of darted animals. There seemed to be horses to suit a wide variety of riders. The saddles were comfortable and the horses loved the action. The mare which I rode knew exactly what was happening and was an important factor contributing to the enjoyment of the week.
[ITS comment: We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the riding.]

The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
5 star rating
How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
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How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
5 star rating

The Accommodation

How would you rate your room(s) for comfort and facilities?
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How would you rate the standard of the food?
5 star rating

Do you have any comments about the accommodation and food?

The accommodation was very comfortable and the food wonderful. The early morning tea and bisquet which was provided along with the wake up call was very welcomed. As the week went on we dispensed with afternoon tea as we were so well fed. The variety of locations where we ate added to the experience. The sandwiches which we were offered during some long mornings in the bush were appreciated. We were offered a range of game at the evening meals. The food was very nicely presented and absolutely delicious. It was impossible not to put on weight during the stay at Ants Hill!

Before Your Holiday

Did you have all of the information you needed to:

Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
4 star rating

How could we improve the quality of pre-holiday information that we send?

Information provided was very comprehensive as usual. Thank you. Pack for a Purpose which Ants Nest and Ants Hill support was something which I was not familiar with previously. It was very good to be able to utilise a few kg of luggage capacity to transport useful items for local projects. Perhaps this could be given a mention in the pre-holiday information where appropriate.

How could we improve the way we handled your booking and payment?

Generally excellent. One small point - it would have been helpful to have a better idea of the time when the driver was likely to be available for pick up at the airport. My flight land at about 7am and I knew that shared pick up would be by 11am. As it happened a driver was available at about 9.30am and the transfer was on good tarmac surface until we reached the entrance to the reserve.
[ITS comment: We had tried to get more information about what time the driver would arrive at the airport but couldn’t get a firm answer. For the future census weeks, we will make sure everyone has a number to message to reconfirm when the driver will meet them.]