Ant’s Hill is owned and run by Ant and Tessa Baber. The Baber family, one of the earliest pioneers in the area, settled here in 1886. They carry with them a love for Africa’s wide-open spaces, for adventure and a passion for its wildlife.
The two beautiful bush homes, Ant’s Hill & Ant’s Nest, are located on their own private game conservancy, nestled in the folds of the magnificent malaria free Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province, a mere three hours’ drive from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport . The classic and spacious bush homes are owner-designed and built using local stone and thatch.
We welcome all ages and cater for individuals, couples, riders, families or groups of friends travelling together. Ant’s specializes in a home from home experience, delicious al-fresco dining, ultimate flexibility and a vast variety of activities which include viewing game from horseback, game drives, game walks and mountain biking.
With our string of over 90 horses we are able to cater to all levels of riding ability. Each day is tailored to suit your needs, there are no fixed times, so wake up when you want and begin your activity of choice when it suits you.
Ant’s Hill is 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.
Each cottage is uniquely designed and the individual bathrooms are spectacular, offering guests sunken baths and waterfall showers. Set in boulders on the edge of the cliff, the heated swimming pool offers fabulous views across the reserve, enticing you to relax there for hours.
Ant’s Hill can cater for 16 guests and can be booked non-exclusively or exclusively for single groups. The main lodge boasts a spacious living area and dining room, both with fireplaces. A large veranda and deck overhang the gorge so are ideal for early morning breakfasts and evening sundowners. To top it all Ant’s Hill overlooks a waterhole frequented by a variety of game.
Ant’s Hill has a variety of cottages ranging from standard to superior deluxe, they are scenically appointed and each cottage has been creatively designed to suit all types of travellers from Families to honeymooners and their varying budgets, scroll down for more details on each cottage and take your pick.
Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill are situated on their own private game reserve which covers 12500 acres of pristine Waterberg bushveld. The reserve is made out of 12 different ecological zones from open grassy plains to thick montane bush to savannah bushveld.
Since the Waterberg lies on an intercontinental divergence zone we have a wider variety of flora and fauna than elsewhere in Africa. 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. For those of you who are passionate about birds, there are well over 300 species of resident and migrant birds. Guests are always welcome to join in on any management activities on the reserves such as game capture and relocation, treating injured animals, burning firebreaks, game census on horseback etc.
What makes us different?
We have an exceptional variety of family friendly activities available on offer these include:
- Game drives
- Guided walks / walking safaris
- Led pony rides for beginners or under 4
- Bug and spoorwalks / learn to become a ranger
- Horse riding lessons
- Horse riding safaris / full day rides
- Snake and reptile talks / handling
- Swimming with the horses
- Mountain biking
- Rhino tracking
- Big 5 game drives
- Night sky safaris
- Camp outs
- Visit to our local children’s home
The objective of Ant collection is to create sustainable tourism by means of conserving the environment around us, enriching the lives of our guests and staff alike as well as uplifting the community and providing as much skills and development to the locals as possible.
High Season Dates: 15 Dec - 8 Jan 10 Feb - 30 April 4-11 June (GAME CENSUS) 10 July -31 OctHigh Season Rates:
Please download and refer to the Ants Hill 2016 Rates documentNormal Rates:
Please download and refer to the Ants Hill 2016 Rates documentRates Document: ANTS-HILL-Rack-rates-2016.docx
Special 7 night stay rate; applicable at both lodges
The following dates are excluded for the special long stay rate: 15 Dec - 8 Jan, 20 March - 30 April, Game Census dates (4-12 June) 10 Jul-31 Aug
All bedrooms are en-suite and equipped with necessary amenities including a mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities as well as English and European adapters, safes &, hairdryers.
Set in boulders on the edge of the cliff, the heated swimming pool overlooking the gorge, inducing you to relax there for hours. A quaint curio shop set aside from the main lodge Wifi available at both lodges and the best cellular network is MTN
We have various family units available for families however all deluxe rooms are also large enough for children to share with their parents.
We also have cots available for infants. We have special kids menus available for kids and parents to choose from, alternatively they can also enjoy dinners together as a family. There are high chairs available at both bush homes.
Special activities can be arranged for the kids whilst their parents are out on other activities such as bug walks, game drives or walks and both bush homes have heated pools, sand pits, trampolines and toys to keep them entertained.
Children of any age can join their parents on activities.
Under 4 year old's will only be able to go out on a pony/lead rein in the vicinity of the lodge and not on longer outrides
Special interest and specialised safaris:
Guests can book a specialised safari/occasion, these could vary from 50th birthday themed parties, sculpture/photography/birding/yoga weeks. Whatever the occasion might be, we will be able to accommodate you
Private guide: Should guests wish to be guaranteed of a private safari we recommend a private guide (preferably booked prior to their arrival) The cost of the private guide is per day and regardless of the number of guests The rate is based on one activity in the morning and one in the afternoon.
The cost is R1800 per day. This is a NETT rate.
Wedding package: Every aspect of this special occasion will be taken care of by us. From a very small intimate affair on the mountain top or a more elaborate party where both bush homes can be booked.
Please contact us for our wedding package
Bookings made by tour operators or travel agents will only be considered confirmed if the operator responsible is holding a minimum of 20% non-refundable deposit. Should clients cancel once booking is confirmed, this 20% must be paid to us.
Full payment is required 30 days prior to arrival
Cancellation policy: We do not like it to charge guests for not staying with us. We will therefore never charge 100% cancellation fees!
Unfortunately cancellation costs to the lodge are as much a reality as taking out travel insurance will be to our visitors.
When it happens that you have to cancel your booking we would therefore like to advise you of the following policies that are in place:
If you are holding a confirmed booking and you then inform us that you will not travel.
• 60 days or more before arrival we will charge 25% of RACK rate
• between 30 and 60 days before arrival we will charge 50% of RACK rate
• We accept that cancellations done 30 days or less before arrival are due to unfortunate and unavoidable circumstances for our clients.
So for late cancellations:
• The cancellation charge remains 50% of RACK rate and if the guest decides to rebook at any time during the subsequent 12 months (for bookings made in the same season as the original booking) we will only charge 50% of RACK for the new booking!!.
Riding policy: Guests do not need to be able to ride to go out on our riding safaris. Our herd of over 90 horses allows us to cater for all levels of riders.
Our rides operate to a maximum of 6 riders and 2 guides to ensure guests' safety and for a more controlled ride. Riders of different abilities will not be put on the same ride unless they are part of the same family and wish to do so. Riding hats are compulsory for all riders. Our weight limit is 120kg.
For more detailed information on our rides, tack etc please contact us.
Guests will be asked to sign an indemnity on arrival.
Each bush home can cater to a minimum of 2 riding groups at one time
PLEASE NOTE THAT NO GUEST WILL BE ALLOWED ON AN ACTIVITY WITHOUT MEDICAL INSURANCE