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Try Something Unique in the Waterberg

Tracey Campbell - September 22, 2009

Ant’s Reserve is located in the magnificent, malaria-free Waterberg region.

ants-hill-19Home to both Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill lodges, both lodges are owned and run by Ant and Tessa Baber. The Baber family have a long history in the area, dating back to 1886, and indeed were one of the earliest pioneers to the region.

In the mid 1990’s, Ant and Tessa renovated their old ranch house, which became Ant’s Nest, and in 2003, they built a second lodge, Ant’s Hill, above a spectacular gorge, offering superb views of the surrounding bushveld.

Their aim is very simple – to provide all guests with a unique safari experience, whatever their age.

guided-walks1Guests staying at either lodge have a wide range of game viewing activities to choose from.

They can opt to go on a game drive in an open Land Rover with an experienced ranger, or they can get to know the African bush in greater detail by participating in a guided game walks (anything from a gentle stroll across the open plains to a full days hike over the rugged hills that dominate the terrain).

However, probably the most exciting game viewing activity is on horseback. The lodges own 60 well-schooled horses in total, which can cater for any riding ability – from the complete novice to the experienced rider.

horse-riding1However you want to tailor your stay at Ant’s Reserve, it is up to you. Your guide will sit down with you when you arrive, and you can together work out a plan for your stay, which may also include a massage, or a trip to a nearby elephant sanctuary for a 90 minute elephant back safari experience through a Big 5 reserve, or even mountain-biking … or just pure relaxation time if you need to regenerate your batteries !

Both lodges can be booked on an exclusive basis, so this is ideal if you are travelling with a large group or family, or you can book just one room if you are a couple or family travelling on your own.

Many people also enjoy combining a stay at Ant’s Reserve with a stay at the Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve, which is also malaria-free, and a short stay at Sun City either at the start or end of your holiday, you can also see our suggestions for a 7 night itinerary including all 3 of these areas by clicking here.

2663Finally, for guests really wanting to get ‘back to nature’, why not consider adding a couple of nights at their 3rd lodge, Ant’s Bush Camp, which is situated in the nearby Lapalala Reserve and only a 40 minutes drive away.

Bush Camp has only 3 safari tents, and no electricity, so a stay here really is very authentic. The camp is also only booked on an exclusive basis, so you can be assured of a truly personal service and intimate experience.

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