Ants Hill

Waterberg area, Limpopo


Amenities & Facilities

Air conditioning Childcare Bar Game viewing Laundry service Restaurant Rooms Swimming Pool

Built on the edge of a cliff, this bush home offers breath-taking views across the Waterberg.

Ants Hill is hosted by a wonderful team who create an open and friendly atmosphere. With spacious rooms and vast folding doors, the thatched lodge blends into the bush, while exotic furniture and brightly coloured African fabrics make it both sophisticated and comfortable. Each cottage is uniquely designed and the individual bathrooms are spectacular, offering guests sunken baths and waterfall showers. Set in boulders on the edge of the cliff, the heated swimming pool offers fabulous views across reserve, enticing you to relax there for hours. Ants Hill can cater for 16 guests and can be booked non-exclusively or exclusively to one group at a time.

Ants Hill and Ant’s Nest are situated on their own private game reserve which covers 12500 acres of pristine Waterberg bushveld.  The reserve is made out of 12 different ecological zones from open grassy plains to thick montane bush to savannah bushveld.

Wining and Dining

Dinning at Ants is always a memorable experience, our fusion of scrumptious home cooking and fine dining is carefully prepared by our chefs, using the best fresh produce available.  One of Ants highlights is the incredible number of dining rooms we have, you may find lunch laid out in the bush, dinner around a fire in the boma or next to the pool, breakfast on the deck or under a tree in the garden. We pride ourselves in ensuring each meal is in a different location, weather dependent of course.  Guests can eat together in a relaxed atmosphere, alternatively should you be on a romantic getaway or family safari you are welcome to have private dinners.   The chefs can cater for all dietary requirements from Celiacs to vegans as well as simple childrens menus, should you require this. We also serve a selection of excellent South African wines.

Safari Experiences

From horse riding and mountain biking to game drives and guided walks, we have a variety of activities, at Ants, that will appeal to the intimate couple to families alike.

Family Safaris

Ants has got to be one of the most child friendly safari lodges found in Africa,  we will give your children and family a life-changing experience from grandparents right down to babies. Our unique policy is to allow children of all ages to join their parents on all game viewing activities, so you can witness their first encounters with wildlife. At Ants – family safaris are our speciality, we have an abundance of exciting and thrilling safari activities to offer kids of all ages, allowing them to leave with an intimate knowledge of the bush.

Horse Riding and Riding Safaris

Both Ants Nest and Ant’s Hill offer the opportunity for some of the greatest game viewing in the African bush – from horseback. You can canter along open sandy tracks or traverse high ridges with spectacular vistas. The pace can be as fast or relaxed as the riders would like. Often we can get so close to the game that the experience remains unforgettable.

Guided walks and Walking safaris

For those who prefer walking, our guides will lead you through the bushveld on foot. These walks are informative and interactive, enabling you to gain knowledge of African flora and fauna. One can often miss the smaller details of our beautiful environment when on a vehicle or horseback, so guided walks are highly recommended.  These can be in the form of a gentle stroll to, identify insects and birds, track animals through the bush, and learn the medicinal properties of various trees and plants. Alternatively the more energetic traveller can hike over the plains and up impressive gorges. Specialised bug hunts and learning to track game are available for children at both bush homes.
Should you be an avid walker, you may also choose to do a full day walking safari, stopping in a scenic location to enjoy a bush lunch or even a dip in one of our many dams.  In addition to this we offer an incredible river walk through mountains and gorges to view bushman paintings on another private reserve in a very different geographical area of the Waterberg.

Day and Night Game Drives

Our guides will be available to take you out in an open 4×4 Land Cruiser either for morning or afternoon game drives or using a spotlight at night to find elusive nocturnal animals, such as the rare brown hyena, aardvark, bushbaby and porcupine. The advantage of a game drive is that you are able to cover more ground across the reserve. Game drives and walks can often be combined to make game viewing and photography more exciting.

Other Safari Experiences

* Mountain Biking
* Local Excursions in and around the Waterberg
* Bush Running
* Massage
* Fishing
* Night Sky Safari
* Wine tasting evenings
* Library and Curio Shop
* Game Census Safari
* Sculpting, Art and Photography safaris
* Special celebrations and occasions

Child Policy:

* Various family units available for families however all deluxe rooms are also large enough for children to share with their parents.
* Cots are also available for infants.
* There are special kids menus available for kids that parents to choose from, alternatively they can also enjoy dinners together as a family.
* There are high chairs available at both bush homes.
* Special activities can be arranged for the kids whilst their parents are out on other activities such as bug walks, game drives or walks and both bush homes have heated pools, sand pits, trampolines and toys to keep them entertained.
* Children of any age can join their parents on activities.
* Under 4 year old's will only be able to go out on a pony/lead rein in the vicinity of the lodge and not on longer outrides.

Adult Policy:

* Couples travelling on their own have an option to have sundowners or dinners with or without guests travelling with children younger than 12 year of age.

Rates from:

Deluxe room

R 6 413 per person sharing per night
R 9 675 per single guest per night
Valid 10 Feb 2017 to 30 Apr 2017
R 5 310 per person sharing per night
R 8 370 per single guest per night
Valid 01 May 2017 to 02 Jun 2017
R 6 413 per person sharing per night
R 9 675 per single guest per night
Valid 03 Jun 2017 to 31 Oct 2017
R 5 310 per person sharing per night
R 8 370 per single guest per night
Valid 01 Nov 2017 to 14 Dec 2017

Rate Includes:

* Accommodation
* All Meals – including Lunch on arrival OR departure
* All local drinks (soft drinks, spirits, beers and house wines)
* Horse riding
* Game drives and night drives
* Game walks
* Mountain biking(not suiteable for kids 12 and younger due to terrain)
* Laundry
* Bush lunches and sundowners
* Guest to guide ratio 4:1
* Unique flexibility

Rate Exclude:

* Cellar wines, Premium spirits, liquors and Champagne
* Shop/ Curio purchases
* Massages - R500 (one hour) R300 (1/2 hour)
* Gratuities (guideline R150-R250 per person per day)
* Conservation fees (R170 per adult per night and R120 per child per night)
* Any extra activities on and off the property not listed
* All Extras

Terms & Conditions:

* Rates valid for South African residents only
* Rates are subject to change and availability.
* Term & Conditions apply.

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