The Ant Collection offers two unique bush home experiences – Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill located on a 5000-hectare private game conservancy in the malaria-free Waterberg in South Africa. A mere 3-hour drive north of Johannesburg Both bush homes offer fantastic game viewing experiences, which can be done either in the form of a game drive, guided bush walk, mountain biking but they also have well over 90 horses and offer a superb game viewing experience from horseback catering for both the experience and complete beginner riders and smaller ponies for children. Here you will experience a home from home feeling and with their unsurpassed flexibility guests can do what they want and when they want. There is no specific wake-up time and each day is tailored to suit guests.More Info Video
The tree is still standing, under which Anthony Baber, a 12-year-old teenager, once pursued the dream of returning the cattle grazed farmland to a game reserve. His passion for the wildlife drove him to establish Ant' Nest. A private game reserve in which all the species of game that once had roamed the land were reintroduced and flourish now today. Ably assisted by his wife Tessa who is Kenyan born, the reserve grew, and two lodges were built Ants Nest and Ants Hill. Being a great outdoorsman, his passion for the wilderness has enabled him to follow his dreams of becoming a photographic and horseback safari guide, game reserve and lodge owner and manager, artist and photographer. His greatest delight is sharing his love of the African bush and its wildlife with his guests.
The reserve is ones of diverse topography and vegetation ranging from wide-open plains to beautiful mountainous areas, enabling us to naturally sustain the widest variety of game possible. It boasts over 40 species of game including Sable Antelope, Nyala, Oryx, Eland, Giraffe, (disease free) Buffalo, White Rhino and well over 300 species of resident and migrant birds.
They are members of the Waterberg Nature Conservancy which is made up of numerous private game reserves covering an area of 150 000ha. This all falls within the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. The Biosphere Reserve promotes conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources within its boundaries.
The property is managed by utilizing the following management tools where necessary:
Alien plant control
Game population control
Other projects include: Sable breeding project, Leopard conservation, Birds in Reserves project, Disease free buffalo breeding, greywater wetlands, and the community projects where they support a local children's home and soup kitchen.
Ant’s Nest lies in a natural amphitheatre and was the original homestead, with its wide verandas it has a classic, relaxed, African atmosphere. A wide variety of game frequents the waterhole in front of the bush home where horses and dogs abound. Tessa, who grew up in Kenya, brought a stylish warmth to the colonial house using classic furniture fashioned from local fabrics, timber and stone. There is a 15-metre swimming pool in the garden, ideal for those needing some exercise or for purely cooling off after an active day. This is great for kids as it’s heated all year. Extensive lawns with indigenous plants surround the pool and there is a wonderful thatched chill-out spot with vast sofa beds where you can relax during the heat of the day. Ant’s Nest consists of the main house, which has two double rooms downstairs (Davidson rooms) and two double rooms upstairs (Sable suite), all with private lounge areas. There are also two double suites, with private bathrooms and verandas across the lawns (Weaver and Rondavel)
Ant's Nest can accommodate a maximum of 12 guests
Ant’s Hill is hosted by a wonderful team who create an open and friendly atmosphere. Built on the edge of a cliff, this bush home offers breath-taking views across the Waterberg. 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. The draped four-poster beds are seven foot wide and each bathroom is spectacular, offering guests sunken baths and waterfall showers. 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. Ant’s Hill caters for a maximum of 16 guests with two honeymoon cottages, two family cottages and one standard double room.
At Ant's you will find a variety of special interest activities:
At Ant's you are able to participate in a number of activities and you can experience more of an active safari:
In addition to the above activities you can also do day and night game drives.
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