Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   29 September 2023

Rosemary who has been on 41 In The Saddle rides. Relaxing and fun riding among wildlife | My third visit to Ants so knew what to expect, including one ride with Ant himself which is full-on!
Unfortunately my 'favourite' horse Xai-Xai was in quarantine after his annual AHS vaccination which was disappointing and I didn't quite fall in love again, though the other horses I rode were all good.
These must be among the happiest horses ever - as once you finish the ride and stop for your sundowner or brunch the tack comes off and the horses make their own way home, so the rhinos, buffalos and other wildlife are very used to them and vice versa. They turn up at the stables for supper or breakfast where they compete with the local warthogs for their food!!!!!

The Riding

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4 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

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How would you rate the standard of the food?
5 star rating

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I had one of the newer rooms - somewhat smaller than others I've been in but perfectly adequate. Food was excellent.

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?
5 star rating

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Again I knew what to expect so had all the information I required.

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Do you have any other feedback for us?

Staying at Ant's Nest is a joy as the wildlife wanders into the garden or relaxes just outside the wall. A rhino might pop into the arrival area and the mongooses, baboons etc are having lots of fun too. You could spend hours just watching the weaver birds industriously building their wonderful hanging nests over the swimming pool. And if you don't feel like riding one morning or afternoon you can go on a game drive, mountain biking, or try archery, so lots of things to do.