Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   13 May 2023

Ruth who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. An unforgettable experience | My current physical limitations mean that I need frequent changes of pace and this wasn't always possible because of the nature of the terrain and/or the group I was with. This is in no way a reflection on the guides or organisation: they did their very best to accommodate my needs and the way in which everyone from complete beginners to experienced riders was catered for was truly remarkable.

The Riding

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The Accommodation

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Both the food and accommodation were absolutely first class and beyond our expectations. The only slight niggle was the lack of a hand-hold in the bath/shower at Ant's Hill (Eagles Nest) which caused difficulties for my husband.

Before Your Holiday

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Very minor corrections to the general information:
- we were woken with tea or coffee at Ant's Nest rather than Ant's Hill (accommodation is too far spread to make that practical but there are tea/coffee making facilities in the room and a mini-bar)
- there is no longer an infinity pool at Ant's Hill (but there is, of course, a pool and some of the accommodation have private pools).
[Becky from In The Saddle replies: Thank you so much for your feedback. We are really pleased you enjoyed your trip and thank you for the helpful updates :-)]

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The 'sundowners' - each day in a different location with drinks (G&T, beer, cider, soft drinks) and nibbles - were a lovely surprise. In winter, the rhinos are fed at sundown and we were able to take part in that and get very close to them.
We enjoyed a Big 5 safari (which also included a 'sundowner' and finished in the dark) for which we paid R2200.
The provision for non-riders was outstanding: my husband chose to go on a varied, individually guided cycle ride almost every day; I swapped my afternoon ride for a game drive or bush walk most days. Fantastic! I learnt so much.