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Ant's Bush Camp

Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

Ant's Bush Camp is nestled in the heart of South Africa's 100,000 acre, non-malarial, Lapalala Wilderness game reserve. The small bush camp accommodates only 6 guests and provides an incredibly authentic safari experience.

Ant's Bush Camp closed indefinitely in 2015. Please speak to our Africa specialists for alternatives in South Africa and beyond.

At a Glance

  • Located in the heart of one of the wildest and most beautiful regions of South Africa

  • Small and exclusive, perfect for families or couples looking for their own private safari experience

  • Great guiding and an interesting range of activities

  • Works superbly partnered with one of the Ant bush homes: Ant's Hill or Ant's Nest

  • Incredible views from the camp across the Waterberg landscape

Adventure, Couples, Eco/ethical tourism, Wildlife

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Ant's Bush Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Madikwe and the northwest


The Lapalala Wilderness game reserve is one of the wildest and most rugged areas of South Africa. Set in the Limpopo Province's dramatic Waterberg region, the reserve is characterized by thick bushveld, bisected by rivers and canyons and towered over by cliffs and mountains of red, iron laden, rock.

The views throughout this region are spectacular, none more so than from the Bush Camp, situated high on a ridge. The setting is strategic, providing an excellent starting point from which to set out and explore the area, best experienced on foot.

At the core of Ant's Bush Camp lies its atmosphere of exclusivity and authenticity. This runs throughout the camp with, for example, lighting only provided by paraffin lanterns. While this creates a wonderful atmosphere, the modern day luxuries are on tap: hot showers, delicious meals and knowledgeable and experienced guides.

The reserve is home to a great variety of game. All plains game and other common species are represented, in addition to this, Lapalala is home to the highly endangered black rhino and wild dog, as well as white rhino, healthy populations of leopard, buffalo and more.

Ant's Bush Camp lends itself superbly to families or small groups wishing to exclusively take the 3 tents. It also works equally well for honeymoon couples as frequently couples are the only occupants here.

The Bush Camp is also great when booked in combination with one of Ant's bush homes: Ant's Nest and Ant's Hill, located only an hour's drive away.


The tented camp has recently undergone a revamp. Just 3 traditional style, walk-in, safari tents can accommodate a maximum of 6 guests.

Double Safari Tent

The tents enjoy en suite facilities and dramatic views over the bushveld from their wooden decks.


Walking with experienced and knowledgeable guides is the best way to experience this wild area, these walks can be as long or short as guests would like and are combinable with other activities. On offer at Ant's Bush Camp are day and night game drives, which can result in stunning sightings, fishing from mid September to mid April with regular catches of yellow fish and bass. There are a number of good swimming spots and small rapids to cool off in during the summer months.

Flexibility with arrangements is one of the strengths of Ant's Bush Camp, there are numerous spots throughout the area to pause for a bush lunch or a dramatic sundowner, it's really up to you.

Lapalala is also able to boast unspoiled bushman paintings, dating back thousands of years. These can be found dotted along the cliffs, or in shallow caves that have provided shelter for centuries. On the same theme, iron age sites are found throughout the area. Combined, these bushman and archaeological sites provide a glimpse into the fascinating history of the Waterberg.

Location & Directions

Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

Ant's Bush Camp reserve is situated on an escarpment looking out over the Waterberg Plateau in the Limpopo Province.

When to go

This corner of South Africa has a wonderful temperate climate which can be visited all year round. The best game viewing is from May to the end September.

Summer (November to March) days can get quite warm (up to 28-32 degrees on average) but it is a dry heat. Summer rainfall, normally in the form of thunder storms are usually in the evening, however, the African climate is still always unpredictable. Fall (April to May) days can still be warm but the evenings cool down. Average day time temperature 22-28 degrees. Evenings 10-15 degrees. Winter (June to August) days are warm (temperatures in the mid-twenties) evenings and early mornings very cold with average early morning temperatures 5-12 degrees. It very rarely rains at this time when the bush is golden and dry.

Spring (September, October) days start getting hotter, evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. A very slim chance of rain.

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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Ant's Bush Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Madikwe and the northwest

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