Ant's Nest

Waterberg, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

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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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Description

Ant’s Nest, the sister lodge to Ant’s Hill, is the original homestead in the beautiful Waterberg Mountains, run by Ant and Tessa Baber, who have been offering relaxed and exciting riding safaris in this spectacular area for many years.

The Nest is encircled by a curving amphitheater and enjoys beautiful views onto a waterhole in front, where a variety of game comes down to drink. The bush home is relaxed and unassuming, stylish and decorated in muted African colors. The furniture is all covered with local fabrics and the house exudes a an atmosphere of warmth and comfort. There are six luxurious en-suite bedrooms at the house and a wonderful refreshing swimming pool in the garden, which is heated all year round. The garden is a very special place to explore and boasts a “chill-out spot” – a wonderful thatched area with huge sofa beds where guests can relax during the heat of the day.

The actual house consists of a main house where the upper floor features a stunning honeymoon suite comprising a main bedroom, a separate twin bedroom, a large sitting, dining and living room and a verandah. Downstairs is another double bedroom and a twin bedroom and also a library, dining room and encircling verandah. A little further from the house are two further bedrooms.

The focus here is on exploring the area either on horseback or on foot – the surrounding area is beautiful and the horses at Ant’s Nest are responsive and perfectly suited to the terrain.

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Experiences

  • Activities at Ant's

    Ant’s has got to be one of the most child friendly safari lodges found in Africa, the friendly staff will give your children and family a life-changing experience from grandparents right down to babies.

  • South African Birding

    The Waterberg is home to an incredible diversity of bird species. Besides residents, migratory species move through during the rains and the escarpment cliffs are home to the world's largest breeding colony of the critically endangered Cape Vulture.

  • Visit the local children's home

    Visit The Fold, a non-profit charitable organization set up to provide a home and teaching for young children in need.

Vacation Ideas

  • Family Fun in South Africa

    The Waterberg, Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Cape Town & Hermanus

    from $3000 pp 12 nights

    • Ant’s Nest presents a flawless safari experience, with family fun and activities in mind.
    • We’ve chosen Mashatu Private Game Reserve on the border of Botswana, so you can really get off grid and immerse yourself in the wilderness.
    • Cape Town offers a myriad of activities for all of your families’ interests. At the end of each day, spend your evenings relishing on delicious cuisine in Kloof Street.

Location & directions

Waterberg, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

Ant's Nest is set in a natural rocky amphitheater in a private game reserve within the Waterberg Region of South Africa's Limpopo Province. 3.5 hours East of Madikwe and 5 hours West of the Kruger National Park.

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