Location: Ant’s Nest is a bush home situated on a private game reserve in the magnificent malaria-free Waterberg region of South Africa’s Northern Province.
Rooms: The 6 guest bedrooms are very spacious and boast their own en suite bathroom facilities, as well as a private verandah.
Facilities: Restaurant, outdoor patio, library, lounge, swimming pool. There is a 15 metres’ long heated pool in the garden, ideal for cooling down in the heat of the day. Extensive lawns and beds of indigenous plants surround the pool and home and there is a wonderful, thatched covered chill-out spot with vast sofa beds to relax on during the day. A wide variety of game frequents the waterhole in front of the house where horses and dogs abound.
Activities: Ant and Tessa’s attention to detail means that every aspect of your stay is personalised and tailored exactly to your needs: game drives, bush walks, cycling, bird watching and horse riding across the bushveld are all possible. Other activities that can be arranged are a tour of the farm, elephant safaris, a visit of a historic thatched church on Sunday, clay pigeon shooting and visits to the cultural museum, Bushman paintings & Iron age villages. The reserve is one of diverse topography sustaining the widest variety of game possible. It boasts over 40 species of game including the rare sable antelope, nyala, oryx, eland, giraffe, buffalo, white rhino and well over 300 species of resident and migrant birds.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Our Opinion: Ant’s Nest, and the neighbouring Ant’s Hill, is hosted by Ant and Tessa Baber with their friendly team. Lying in a natural amphitheatre, the original homestead, with its wide verandas, has a classic African atmosphere: Tessa, who grew up in Kenya, brought the colonial home a stylish warmth using furniture fashioned from local fabrics, timber and stone.The lodge owns almost 90 horses used for horseback safaris for both the professional riders and the absolute beginners.