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South Africa - Ant's Lodges
South Africa - Ant's Lodges
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South Africa - Ant's Lodges

Ant and Tessa Baber have perfected the art of the luxurious and very personal safari. Activities can be tailored to suit each person in the group, making this an ideal holiday for riders and non riders alike.

Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill are two beautiful lodges each set in their own private game reserve owned and run by the Babers, whose family have lived in the Waterberg since 1865. Both lodges offer you the chance of a fabulous riding safari and for those families or groups that consist of non riders, there are a range of other activities on offer.

Each lodge has a number of excellent well-schooled horses from Thoroughbreds and Arabs to Boerperd crosses. All riding abilities can be catered for with horses for experienced riders as well as steady ponies for children. Even those who have booked as non-riders may be encouraged to ride at least once during their stay since one of the best ways to get close to game is on horseback. You will be amazed at how close you can be to the animals. For those who prefer to walk, the guides will take you on guided bush walks. Vehicle game drives and cycling safaris are also available.

Each reserve has an incredible variety of game from rhino, buffalo, nyala, waterbuck, giraffe, eland, sable, oryx, wildebeest, red hartebeest, kudu, impala, zebra, blesbuck, warthog, bushpig and brown hyena as well as all the smaller animals such as African wild cat, mongoose and more than 250 species of birds. There are no elephant or lion so all levels of riders can be safely taken out on horseback. The guides can also take you to other places of interest in the Waterberg such as to see bushman paintings, archaeological sites or a vehicle game drive to a nearby Big 5 game reserve. For those who are a little saddle sore or in need of real relaxation, you can enjoy a massage. All these extra activities are at an additional cost.

At both lodges, great pride is taken in the delicious cuisine on offer. Enjoy bush breakfasts, starlit dinners around open fires or impromptu lunches beneath a shady tree. Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill not only offer a fabulous game viewing experience and a wide variety of activities, they are superb places to just relax and watch the sun go down for those needing a well-deserved break.

ANT’S NEST is a beautifully refurbished old colonial homestead surrounded by large lawned gardens. There are six rooms: Weaver Suite, Sable Suite (two bedrooms each with private bathroom), Rondavel, Davidson (two en suite rooms in the main lodge). There are two large sitting rooms and dining areas as well as spacious verandahs with scenic views. The 15m heated pool is great for those in need of exercise or for the children to play in.

ANT’S HILL is built on a ridge overlooking a gorge offering magical views of plains and distant hills. There are four spacious cottages (two with two bedrooms) and each with private verandahs and also a large en suite room above the main lodge. Set in boulders on the edge of the cliff a plunge pool cascades over the lip of the gorge, enticing you to relax there for hours. For more details of the rooms see the Accommodation descriptions.

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South African Riding Specialist  Rebecca Clarke

Rebecca says:
Beautiful accommodation and fun riding make for an ideal holiday for all ages and abilities. The well-mannered and responsive horses are a delight to ride. 

My top tip:

Combine a few days at both Nest and Hill to enjoy the best of the riding and game viewing available.

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