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- The diverse topography of the reserve also enables us to naturally sustain over 40 species of game including giraffe, white rhino, sable antelope, Roan antelope, buffalo, nyala, gemsbok (Oryx), kudu, Livingstone eland, blue wildebeest (gnu), red hartebeest, zebra, impala, bushbuck, duiker, steenbuck, mountain reedbuck, waterbuck, warthog, blesbuck, baboons, bushpig, klipspringer, leopard, jackal, brown hyena, caracal, civet and genet to name but a few.
- Small group sizes and plenty of guides offering great flexibility
- Numerous activities available on-site to suit non-riders as well as riders : game drives, walking safaris, fishing, swimming. Off-site activities can also be arranged locally at extra cost.
- Ideal for families during school holidays with activities aimed to introduce the secrets of the bush to children. Ponies are available for children to ride and a babysitter is also possible for very young children.
- Also ideal for singles or friends travelling together, particularly outside of the busy school holiday period
- Perfect for honeymoon couples with two private honeymoon cottages available
Day 1 1 : EUROPE - JOHANNESBURGInternational flight overnight to Johannesburg (not included).
We recommend aiming to arrive in Johannesburg in the morning of Day 2, but transfers are private and can be arranged at any time. Alternatively you can arrive a day earlier in Johannesburg and spend a night in the city.
Day 2 2 : JOHANNESBURG - WATERBERG - 2 hours ridingANTS NESTArrive at Johannesburg airport, where you will be met and transferred to the lodge in the middle of the Waterberg plateau (c. 3h drive). You should arrive in time for lunch and a short siesta before your first afternoon ride, where you get the chance to meet the horses and your guides.
You will either be at Ants Hill or Ants Nest, although it is possible to combine the two lodges, spending a couple of nights at each.
Day 3 3 : WATERBERG - 4-6 hours ridingANTS NESTThe daily itinerary is flexible dependent on what you would like to do. There are 3 different activities on offer each morning and afternoon. If you are purely interested in riding then you may spend up to 6 hours a day in the saddle split between morning and afternoon rides; whilst those not as enthusiastic can enjoy a mixture of riding as well as other activities such as guided walks, mountain biking or game drives. The choice is yours!
Day 4 4 : WATERBERG - 4-6 hours ridingANTS NESTIt's completely up to you - you can choose to ride for up to 6 hours (split between morning and afternoon rides) or to join alternative activities such as a guided walk or game drives. Or you could simply relax by the pool!
Day 5 5 : WATERBERG - 4-6 hours ridingANTS NESTIt's completely up to you - you can choose to ride for up to 6 hours (split between morning and afternoon rides) or to join alternative activities such as a guided walk or game drives. Or you could simply relax by the pool!
If you have chosen to split your stay between the two lodges then you could move today, spending your morning activity at one lodge and your afternoon activity at the other.
Day 6 6 : WATERBERG - 4-6 hours ridingANTS NESTIt's completely up to you - you can choose to ride for up to 6 hours (split between morning and afternoon rides) or to join alternative activities such as a guided walk or game drives. You may wish to go off-site to a neighbouring Big Five reserve in search of the game that are not present at Ants Lodges, such as elephant and lion - these trips are booked and paid for locally.
Day 7 7 : WATERBERG - 4-6 hours ridingANTS NESTIt's completely up to you - you can choose to ride for up to 6 hours (split between morning and afternoon rides) or to join alternative activities such as a guided walk or game drives. Or you could simply relax by the pool!
Day 8 8 : WATERBERG - 4-6 hours ridingANTS NESTIt's completely up to you - you can choose to ride for up to 6 hours (split between morning and afternoon rides) or to join alternative activities such as a guided walk or game drives. Or you could simply relax by the pool!
Day 9 9 : WATERBERG - JOHANNESBURGThere should be time for a final ride this morning before brunch, then you are transferred to Johannesburg airport in time for your flight back to the UK. We recommend booking an overnight flight if possible.
Day 10 10 : EUROPEArrival back home during the early morning.
Dates & prices
- Flights or transportation to your destination (international/domestic) are not included, but can be booked on request - please contact us for rates.
- The prices displayed above correspond to a 7 night stay sharing a basic standard twin room (Davidson Room). There are numerous different room categories so please enquire for an accurate quote reflecting the room availability over your preferred dates. If you decide to stay for shorter durations, please note the nightly rate may be slightly more expensive depending on your chosen dates.- You can arrive and depart on any day and stay for as long as you like. The above dates are for guidance only, so please contact us with your preferred dates.
- Transfer from and to Johannesburg International Airport are not included in the price and will be invoiced separately. This is currently priced at £222/€260/$315 each way per car (up to 3 people) and £247/€285/$350 each way between 4 and 7 guests sharing the same transfer, but please note these prices are subject to change and will be confirmed with your quotation. All pick-ups before 08:00 and all drop-off’s after 16:30 will be subject to a £60/€70/$75 surcharge.
- Most of the rooms charge a single supplement, although sometimes this can be waived during low season - please enquire. Supplement for a 7 night stay in standard twin room (single use) is £1190/€1400 in 2021.
Low season: 10 January - 19 March, 1 May - 30 June (outside of game census dates), 1 September - 30 September, 4 November - 14 December.
High season: 20 March - 30 April, week of the 28th of May (game census), 1 July - 31 August, 1 October - 3 November, 15 December - 9 January.
The full description of the rooms can be found in the "Did you know?" tab on this page. Prices for the rooms are calculated per person/per night based on a double room (in up to 2 different lodges, of the same standard) and include conservation fees. Long stays will benefit from a preferential rate. Whether you wish to stay for 7 days, or shorter, or longer, we recommend contacting us first so we can put together a personalised quotation
Ant's Nest Lodge
"Davidson" Standard room
Low Season: £300 - High Season: £345
Single supplement : £170 high season only
"Rondavel" Superior Standard room
Low Season: £340 - High season: £390
Single supplement : £195 high season only
"Sable suite" and "Weaver suite" Superior rooms
Low Season: £370 - High Season: £445
Single supplement : £185 low and season - £225 high season
Ant's Hill Lodge
Eagle Nest Superior Standard room
Low Season: £340 - High Season: £390
Single supplement : £195 high season only
"Lookout" Superior room
Low Season: £370 - High Season: £445
Single supplement : £185 low season, £225 high season
"Hideway" Deluxe Superior room with private pool
Low Season: £430 - High Season: £485
Single supplement : £215 low season - £240 high season
"Family Cottage" (rate the for whole cottage per night, valid up to 5 Adults)
Low season: £1515 - High season: £1810
"Worldsview" (rate for the whole cottage per night, valid up to 4 Adults)
Low season: £1720 - High Season: £1940
- There are child discounts available if children are sharing rooms with their parents - please enquire for more details.
- There are a number of off-site activities available in the area which are payable locally.
- Vehicle safari in neighboring Big Five reserve: R640
- Fishing (depending on the season)
- Handicraft shopping in neighbouring village
- Massage : c. R500 (one hour) R300 (1/2 hour)
- Private guide (one activity in the morning and one in the afternoon ) : c. R2000
Please note that those activities which are off-site will also incur additional transfer costs.
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.
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The horses range from big, strong, forward going thoroughbreds, tough African Boerperds and exciting crossbreeds. There is a horse to suit everyone, from beginners to competent riders.
McLellan trail saddles are used along with English bridles. Hard hats are compulsory.
Minimum riding ability
Minimum riding ability
A hard hat is compulsory and we recommend you take your own to ensure the best fit.
There is a weight limit of 120 Kgs (19 stone or ~ 265 lbs)
Tacking ability and participation
Trip conditions and Requested experience
A bottlehandler is provided on the saddles.
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.
- Ant’s Nest is nestled in a natural amphitheatre. This is the original homestead, with a wide variety of game frequenting the waterhole in front of the lodge, where horses and dogs abound. There are wide verandahs, a heated swimming pool in the garden and plenty of areas for relaxing.
- Ant's Hill is built on the edge of a cliff, offering breathtaking views across the Waterberg. The draped four-poster beds are seven foot wide and each bathroom is spectacular. Set in boulders on the edge of the cliff, the heated swimming pool cascades over the lip of the gorge, inducing you to relax there for hours.
The rooms at each lodge are unique and priced individually. There are twin/double rooms situated above the main lodge with a private veranda overlooking the spectacular gorge; a spectacular two bedroom cottage with vast living and veranda areas as well as a plunge pool; privately appointed honeymoon cottages, one which has a private plunge pool. Please ask for information on which rooms are available for your desired period.
WiFi is available in the communal areas and in the rooms.
Most drinks are included, including alcohol, except for premium wines, champagnes etc. You can help yourself to soft drinks, water, juice etc throughout the day. Tap water is safe to drink but the staff can buy bottled water for you if you prefer.
There are three meals a day - breakfast, a light lunch, and a three course dinner in the evening. Guests usually eat together around one communal table but honeymoon couples can request private dining one night if they wish.
From January to March, the weather is usually drier and the days are very hot. Your morning rides finish earlier in order to avoid this heat. At this time of year, mosquitoes and other insects are also more present and numerous in comparison to the winter months.
In April, the vegetation starts to change, the green bush becomes brown and sparse throughout this period of autumn. The temperatures will drop during the night, however during the day it will still be hot with the possibility of storms in the afternoon.
In May and June, the winter months, the temperature lowers significantly at night and early in the morning. The vegetation becomes browner still and the tress lose their leaves. Due to the sparseness of the vegetation, visibility through the bush is improved.
From July to September, the weather is extremely dry with very cold nights. The temperature is also quite cool during your morning and end-of-afternoon excursions.
From October to November, the spring is at its peak dryness with hot winds and sparse vegetation. The first rains arrive at the end of October.
Guide and local team
- Hard hats are mandatory when riding and we recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. They can be provided by the lodge if necessary.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and thorns
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold, particularly during the winter months (May - September)
- Waterproof jacket - particularly during the summer months (October - April) when there can be rain or thunderstorms
- Casual clothes for the evening
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Shorts for lazy lunchtimes
- Casual clothes for the evening
Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps to protect against thorns. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Sandals, flip-flops or trainers for moving around the lodge and camp
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding
Other useful items
- Swimsuit - for the pool or swimming your horse in the dam
- Binoculars for viewing game
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Torch for finding your way back to your room at night
- Sunscreen and lip balm - must be high factor
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Wherever possible you should wear neutral colours, such as beige, brown or natural bush colours for riding as bright colours, such as red, yellow or white can startle the wildlife and they will see you long before you've seen them
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- In your hand luggage carry any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes is highly recommended - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
Visa & Health
Passports must have at least two blank facing pages for entry stamps - visitors have been refused entry by airport immigration officials for flouting this regulation.
Yellow fever certificates are required if your journey starts from or passes through a country with yellow fever (such as Zambia/Victoria Falls).Visas for South Africa are not required by UK, Australian, USA, Canadian and other EU nationals for stays of up to 90 days except:
• Nationals of Cyprus, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, who may stay visa-free for up to 30 days.
• Nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Lativa, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia, who do require a visa.
Other passport holders are advised to contact the embassy/high commission for visa requirements.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE: TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN
South Africa has relaxed its requirements for travelling with children under the age of 18. Visa exempt children (including UK Nationals visiting for tourism purposes) entering South Africa accompanied by an adult are required to present only a valid passport on arrival, regardless of whether the child is travelling with both parents, one parent, or an adult who is not a biological parent (for more information, please see the Immigration Act in conjunction with the advisory from the South African Department of Home Affairs). This includes children travelling as part of school groups.
Contact South African Immigration for what is required for other circumstances.
Addresses of consulates
- South African High Commission
South Africa House
WC2N 5DP London
Tél. : +44 (0) 20 7451 7299
Fax : +44 (0) 20 7839 5670
- Paris | Ambassade d’Afrique du sud
59, Quai d’Orsay
75343 Paris Cedex 07
Tél. : 01.53.59.23.23
- Ambassade de France en Afrique du Sud
250, Melk street
Tél. : +27 (0) 12 425 1600
Fax : +27 12 425 1609
There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to South Africa, however, you need a yellow fever vaccination if you have travelled to a country where that disease is widely prevalent, such as Zambia/Victoria Falls. So although Yellow Fever is not a problem in South Africa, you will need to carry a certificate of vaccination if you are arriving from an infected country.
Like with most countries, it's advisable to have general injections regarding diseases like Hepatitis A and typhoid. Most travellers are already vaccinated against DTP (Diptheria, Tetanus, Polio) and Hepatitis A, especially if you travelled already to countries outside the western world. If you are staying longer than 3 months or have a particular risk you might consider a rabies vaccination. Vaccination against Tuberculosis as well as Hepatitis B are also sometimes recommended for stays longer than 3 months.
Malaria, although not prevalent in most of the country, is a serious disease which must not be underestimated. If you are travelling in the eastern quarter of the country (towards Kruger National Park), take anti-malarial medication such as Malarone, especially when travelling during the warmer and wetter summer season (October to April/May). Also wear long-sleeved shirts and use insect repelling containing DEET.
Very occasionally there are reports of African Tick Bite Fever in guests returning from South Africa. Cover up when riding/walking through the bush and check yourself for ticks. If you experience flu-like symptoms on return to the UK it is worth mentioning to your doctor that you have visited a rural part of Africa. The disease is easily treated with antibiotics.
Budget and money
Notes come in R10, R20, R50, R100, and R200 denominations. Coins of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents exist, as well as R1, R2 and R5.
Telephone and jetlag
South Africa's country code is 27. Telephone numbers in South Africa are 10 digits, including the local area code. There are also some prefixes like 0800 (toll free), 0860 (charged as local call) and 0861 (flat-rate calls).
Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies and coverage extends to most of the country except the very remote areas. GPRS for data coverage is also widespread. Airport kiosks can sell you a phone or local SIM card if you show some ID.
Internet cafes are common in towns throughout the country and wireless is available at airports and in up-market hotels. Most hotels charge for connectivity and it can be cheaper to find the nearest internet café.
Did you know?
Did you know?
Ant's Nest & Ant's Hill are 2 beautiful bush homes located on a private game reserve, nestled in the folds of the magnificent malaria free Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province.
Sable Suite, a deluxe family suite, upstairs in the main house is a very spacious luxury suite, perfect for families.
Rondavel, which is a charming standart double room, built in the traditionally African circular form.
The Davidson, are two comfortable bedrooms located downstairs in the original homestead.
Weaver Suite, a deluxe suite with a large double room and private verandah, with its expansive views across the valley.
Ant's Hill, built on the edge of a cliff, this bush home offers spacious rooms and vast folding doors :
World's View, a superior deluxe cottage.
Hide Away, a luxury cottage perfect for honeymooners or couples looking for a romantic getaway.
Family Cottage, a deluxe cottage ideal for families of up to six people.
Look Out, a stunning deluxe cottage ideal for honeymooners.
Eagles Nest, standard room with some of the best views of the lodge.
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