RIDING AT ANT’S HILL AND ANT’S NEST

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Excellent riding, luxury accommodation, spectacular sundowners and great game viewing.

The Ant’s Collection is made up of two family run lodges offering a unique and memorable bushveld riding holiday – with unique flexibility, excellent riding, free roaming horses luxury accommodation, breath-taking views and exceptional game viewing.

This brilliant riding opportunity, situated in the malaria-free Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province, caters for riders of all abilities. It is ideal for those looking to combine riding with relaxation or those wishing to holiday alongside non-riders.

At Ant’s Hill and Ant’s Nest – the two luxury ‘bush homes’ – each day is tailored to suit you. The lodges are home to over 90 well-schooled horses, offering the chance for great riding experiences. The horses lead a fabulous life, roaming freely through the reserve, only coming in to eat. There is something wonderful about arriving at your sundowner spot, untacking your horse and then simply letting them go free to wander back to the stables. Riding on the reserve, you will enjoy close encounters with an incredible variety of game from rhino, buffalo, waterbuck, giraffe, eland, sable, oryx, wildebeest, red hartebeest, kudu, impala, zebra, blesbuck, warthog, bush pig and brown hyena as well as all the smaller animals such as African wild cat, mongoose and more than 250 species of birds.

Morning rides can vary in length but will normally be around 2.5/3 hours long before returning to the lodge for a delicious lunch. Afternoons will often be shorter and more relaxed, followed by breath-taking sundowners out in the bush. Longer rides, or rides across to one of the other bush homes can be organised; taking a picnic for a delicious lunch out in the bush or stopping off to enjoy the lovely cuisine at the other lodge. Riders of the same abilities are always put together, a group bigger than 6 will have 2 guides. There is ample opportunity for some fast and adrenaline filled riding. There is no set schedule or itinerary and activities are extremely flexible and can be altered as you wish.

The expert guides can accompany you to other areas in the Waterberg such as to see bushman paintings, archaeological sites or on a vehicle game drive to a nearby Big 5 game reserve. If you wish to take a break from the saddle there are plenty of other activities on offer such as enjoying a massage, bush walks, game drives, bush breakfasts, starlit dinners around open fires or impromptu lunches beneath a shady tree. A stay at the Ant’s Collection is a wonderful experience; with fabulous game viewing, varied and fun riding and a superb place to relax, it promises an unforgettable riding holiday.

QUICK FACTS
Waterberg, South Africa
OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg)
Open All Year
From 2 to 10 nights
Group Size: Max. 8
Beginner and Above
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Excellent riding alongside a variety of game and through a vast, pristine private reserve
  • Elegant accommodation with al-fresco dining and stunning views
  • The chance to include many other activities in your itinerary such as; bush walks, mountain biking, massages, bush meals, game drives and excursions further afield
  • A tailor-made riding experience, created specifically for you, and with the chance of experiencing both lodges
THE DESTINATION

The Waterberg is an exceptional and internationally recognised natural heritage site and is a unique wilderness area of South Africa yet to be fully discovered. Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill are nestled into the folds of the stunning Waterberg bushveld on a 12500 acre private reserve.  This diverse environment naturally sustains 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. The area is also excellent for birding with over 250 species of resident and migrant birds.

DATES & RATES

Open all year round. Please enquire for exact dates and availability.

2019 Rates:

Low Season: 9 Jan – 9 Feb, 1 May – 2 June, 1 Nov – 14 Dec
Ant’s Nest
Davidson Suite Double: £307pppn / Rondavel: £337pppn / Sable Suite 1&2, Weaver Suite: £370pppn

Ant’s Hill
Eagle Nest: £337pppn / Lookout: £370pppn / Hideaway: £431pppn / Family Cottage (5 Adults): £1625pppn / Worldsview Cottage (4 Adults): £1750pppn

High Season: 15 Dec – 8 Jan, 10 Feb – 30 April, 3 June – 31 October
Ant’s Nest
Davidson Suite Double: £362pppn / Rondavel: £392pppn / Sable Suite 1&2, Weaver Suite: £447ppp

Ant’s Hill
Eagle Nest: £392pppn / Lookout: £447pppn / Hideaway: £474pppn / Family Cottage (5 Adults): £1860pppn / Worldsview Cottage (4 Adults): £1940pppn

7 Nights Special

Low Season: 9 Jan – 9 Feb, 1 May – 9 July, 1 Nov – 14 Dec
Davidson Suite Double (AN): £ 264pppn / Rondavel & Eagle Nest (AH): £ 296pppn / Sable Suite 1&2, Weaver Suite (AS) & Lookout(AH): £ 320ppp / Sable 2 (AN): £ 264 / Hideaway: £ 364

High Season: 10 Feb – 19 March, 1 Sep – 31 Oct
Davidson Suite Double (AN): £ 302pppn / Rondavel & Eagle Nest (AH): £ 339pppn / Sable Suite 1&2, Weaver Suite (AS) & Lookout(AH): £ 389ppp / Sable 2 (AN): £ 333 / Hideaway: £ 433

Includes

  • All Meals
  • All local drinks (soft drinks, spirits, beers and house wines)
  • Horse riding
  • Game drives and night drives
  • Game walks and walking safaris
  • Mountain biking
  • Rhino tracking
  • Fishing
  • Bug walks
  • Snake & reptile handling
  • Bush lunches and sundowners
  • Guest to guide ratio 4:1
  • Unique flexibility

Excludes

  • Massages
  • Night sky safaris
  • Wine tasting
  • Visit to local children’s home
  • Big 5 game drive
  • Helicopter scenic flights
  • Riding lessons (done as a separate activity)
  • Day trip to visit bushman paintings
  • Cellar wines, Premium spirits, liquors and Champagne
  • Shop/Curio purchases
  • Gratuities
  • Conservation fees ($16 per adult per night and $10 per child per night)
  • Any extra activities off the property not listed
YOUR ITINERARY

There is no fixed itinerary for holidays at Ant’s Hill and Ant’s Nest. We would recommend spending at least 4 nights here, giving you the chance to explore the area and experience staying at both bush lodges.

You will have the option of a morning and afternoon activity. This can be riding, walking cycling, game driving or many of the other activities available.  The morning rides tend to be longer and the afternoon rides shorter but they are extremely flexible in tailoring everything to your needs and wants. E.g. if you wanted a longer all-day ride then this can also be organised.

THE ACCOMMODATION
ANT’S NEST

Davidson Suite (Standard Room): The Davidson Suite is on the ground level of the main lodge – just along the corridor from the large open fireplace to snuggle up next to before bed. The suite has two en suite bedrooms, both opening onto the lush garden. One bedroom has a four poster double bed and the other can be a twin or a double.

Rondavel (Standard Plus Room): This charming double room is built in the traditionally African circular form with high thatched roof and is set to the side of the main house. The bedroom boasts a rustic four poster bed and is perfect for couples wanting to enjoy a romantic escape as the outside verandah offers a private seating area.

Sable Suites (Deluxe Family Room): Upstairs in the main house is a very spacious luxury suite, perfect for families. The master en-suite bedroom features a king-size four poster bed with incredible views overlooking the gardens and bush beyond. A second en-suite twin room is ideal for kids. There is a roomy sitting room with comfortable sofas and a fireplace, alongside a dining area opening up to a very comfortable private verandah with shady seating area.

Weaver Suite (Deluxe Room): The Weaver Suite is the largest room at Ant’s Nest; it boasts sweeping views across the valley from its own private veranda. Even with the luxurious king-size bed, and the large four poster day bed, there is still plenty of room for an extra bed should you have kids sharing. The en-suite bathroom has a bath and separate shower. The verandah overlooking the bush is perfect for relaxing in the heat of the day and is ideal for private dinners.

ANT’S HILL

Eagle’s Nest (Standard Plus Room): This stunning bedroom is located above the main lodge and can be made up either with two twin beds or one double bed and is complete with an en-suite bathroom. The spacious outside balcony has a deliciously comfortable daybed, with stunning views over the valley from its elevated position.

Lookout (Deluxe Room): This stunning cottage is ideal for honeymooners with a king-size four poster bed, as well as day bed that can be used to accommodate a child sharing. The bedroom features a fireplace to keep you cosy on winter evenings and opens out onto a deck with carved daybed, overlooking the valley and a water hole. The open plan en-suite bathroom features a bath with a view, a waterfall shower and an outdoor shower overlooking the valley for that ‘in the bush’ feeling.

Hideaway (Superior Deluxe Room): Hideaway is a secluded luxury cottage which has a luxurious king size four poster bed, idyllic for couples looking to a romantic escape or an extra bed can be provided to create fabulous accommodation for a child sharing with their parents or for two friends. The spacious bedroom opens onto the outside deck, complete with daybeds for relaxing and a private sunbathing area and a private (unheated) plunge pool for cooling off in the heat of the day.

There is a cozy seating area inside with an open fire. The en-suite bathroom is open plan with a sunken bath and French doors which open onto the deck to bring the outside indoors. Indulge and enjoy the two shower options – a waterfall shower inside and an outside shower overlooking the valley. This room also has a mini bar with tea and coffee making facilities.

Worlds View Cottage: This is the ultimate bush retreat. A beautiful, private and luxurious cottage with a double bedroom upstairs which opens up on to a private balcony with an outside bath overlooking the stunning valley below, where giraffe, zebra, kudu and eland can often be seen wandering. The bedroom downstairs is extremely spacious and can be made into a twin, a double or a triple room and is complete with en-suite bathroom, a bath and an outside waterfall shower. On those crisp winter nights there is an open fire in the sitting room, calling out for a glass of red wine from the mini-bar. During the heat of the day chill out on the shady veranda which offers respite from the sun, or alternatively, relax on a sunbed by the private (unheated) plunge pool.

Family Cottage: The Family Cottage is ideal for families of up to six people and creates the atmosphere of a home away from home. The large en-suite master bedroom features a king-size four poster bed and open plan bathroom including a bath with a view and waterfall shower. The second bedroom, a twin with two four poster beds can be converted into a double giving you a king-size bed, should there be two couples travelling together. This room shares a bathroom with the loft bedroom, nestled under the thatched roof, which is perfect for children. This cottage has a large sitting room, with open fire place and dining area, opening onto a decked balcony with views over the valley. There is a mini bar with tea and coffee making facilities in the lounge area. Family cottage is based on a rate for the whole cottage up to 5 people; extra beds are available at an additional cost.

QUICK FACTS
Waterberg, South Africa
OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg)
Open All Year
From 2 to 10 nights
Group Size: Max. 8
Beginner and Above
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from £ 264 pppn sharing

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SUITABLE RIDING LEVELS
Beginner
Novice
Intermediate
Intermediate Plus
Advanced
WHAT RIDING LEVEL AM I?
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Excellent riding alongside a variety of game and through a vast, pristine private reserve
  • Elegant accommodation with al-fresco dining and breath-taking bushveld views
  • The chance to include many other activities in your itinerary such as; bush walks, mountain biking, massages, bush meals, game drives and excursions further afield
  • A tailor-made riding experience, created specifically for you, and with the chance of experiencing both lodges
DATES & RATES

Open all year round. Please enquire for exact dates and availability.

2019 Rates:

Low Season: 9 Jan – 9 Feb, 1 May – 2 June, 1 Nov – 14 Dec
Ant’s Nest
Davidson Suite Double: £335pppn / Rondavel: £377pppn / Sable Suite 1&2, Weaver Suite: £410pppn

Ant’s Hill
Eagle Nest: £377pppn / Lookout: £410pppn / Hideaway: £471pppn / Family Cottage (5 Adults): £1715pppn / Worldsview Cottage (4 Adults): £1870pppn

High Season: 15 Dec – 8 Jan, 10 Feb – 30 April, 3 June – 31 October
Ant’s Nest
Davidson Suite Double: £392pppn / Rondavel: £430pppn / Sable Suite 1&2, Weaver Suite: £497ppp

Ant’s Hill
Eagle Nest: £430pppn / Lookout: £497pppn / Hideaway: £510pppn / Family Cottage (5 Adults): £1940pppn / Worldsview Cottage (4 Adults): £2080pppn

7 Nights Special

Low Season: 9 Jan – 9 Feb, 1 May – 9 July, 1 Nov – 14 Dec
Davidson Suite Double (AN): £ 294pppn / Rondavel & Eagle Nest (AH): £ 336pppn / Sable Suite 1&2, Weaver Suite (AS) & Lookout(AH): £ 360ppp / Sable 2 (AN): £ 300 / Hideaway: £ 380

High Season: 10 Feb – 19 March, 1 Sep – 31 Oct
Davidson Suite Double (AN): £ 332pppn / Rondavel & Eagle Nest (AH): £ 379pppn / Sable Suite 1&2, Weaver Suite (AS) & Lookout(AH): £ 420ppp / Sable 2 (AN): £ 370 / Hideaway: £ 460

Includes

  • All Meals
  • All local drinks (soft drinks, spirits, beers and house wines)
  • Horse riding
  • Game drives and night drives
  • Game walks and walking safaris
  • Mountain biking
  • Rhino tracking
  • Fishing
  • Bug walks
  • Snake & reptile handling
  • Bush lunches and sundowners
  • Guest to guide ratio 4:1
  • Unique flexibility

Excludes

  • Massages
  • Night sky safaris
  • Wine tasting
  • Visit to local children’s home
  • Big 5 game drive
  • Helicopter scenic flights
  • Riding lessons (done as a separate activity)
  • Day trip to visit bushman paintings
  • Cellar wines, Premium spirits, liquors and Champagne
  • Shop/Curio purchases
  • Gratuities
  • Conservation fees ($16 per adult per night and $10 per child per night)
  • Any extra activities off the property not listed
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

It was a great, amazing, cool, top experience to ride the Tuliblock in Botswana. 8 day's on a back of a horse and view a lot of game. The guides and staff were great. So I will come back!

Nicole PlasTuli Safari, Botswana
READ MORE REVIEWS

How we care for our horses

Our horseback adventures are hand-picked for their quality and care of their horses. Here’s how the horses at The Ant’s Collection are kept in tip-top shape for your safaris. Our horses are on top of the hierarchy and receive very special care:
  • Our horses live out year round in a herd, allowing them to live naturally alongside all the other animals on the reserve including the Rhino and Buffalo.  
  • They are bought in twice a day to be feed, checked, groomed and temperatures taken by our devoted guides. Our thoroughbreds and older horses get extra special care in the winter and are kept in at night, rugged, and given extra food.
  • The horses all get a physio and dentist visit at least once a year. The farrier comes every 6 weeks to shoe, and check the horse which are barefoot (we try to keep as many horses as possible barefoot).
  • Our saddles are specially designed for trails which mean they are comfortable for the horse, distributing the riders weight evenly, preventing any back issues. Our tack is checked and cleaned regularly to ensure it is kept to the best possible standards.
  • A careful record is kept of how much work each horse does to ensure they have rest days and are not overworked. We have a dedicated onsite horse trainer who is continually keeping our horses in tip top shape.

Please let us know if you have any more questions around this.

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