Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   12 September 2022

Charlotte who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. A beautiful life experience | I was matched well with the horses, however sometimes it was difficult for me to be placed constantly at the back as the result of a number of other strong personalities who complained a lot. Their riding ability was much poorer so I had to spend a lot of time focused on their erratic riding to keep my experience enjoyable. After 6 consecutive rides I asked to be placed in a different group however as it was change over day the following day was much more enjoyable. I particularly loved the safari and guided elements but unfortunately i couldn't always hear or engage due to the other strong personalities taking precedence. However because I was often at the back I was near the rear guide Texshaw who was always very happy to give me my own tour and I was very thankful for that! The riding itself was wonderful and to ride through the safari animals was incredible

The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
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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?
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The Accommodation

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How would you rate the standard of the food?
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Amazing....absolutely amazing! The housekeeping could not have been kinder or more considerate. The food was exquisite and the hosts were always friendly and accommodating! The rooms were kept beautifully clean at both the Nest and the Hill and the morning wake ups were a wonderful way to start the day. The food was just incredible - there was so much I was never hungry abut eager to try everything!!!

Before Your Holiday

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Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
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How could we improve the quality of pre-holiday information that we send?

The itinerary's and packs were brilliant and very reassuring for my first trip into Africa. I perhaps packed too much 'just in case' items however that's not a bad thing! The only thing I might have packed in addition was some nicer clothes for the lodge afternoons and dinners.

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

Nothing - my rep Rebecca was always so kind and helpful!
[Becky from In The Saddle replies: Thank you very much for your lovely feedback, I'm so pleased you had a wonderful holiday.]

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An absolutely wonderful life experience - Ant's Nest and Ant's Hill was just perfect! The hosts and staff were incredible and the guides knowledge second to none. I felt welcomed and at home as soon as I arrived and I was very sad to leave the Nest in particular