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Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest

Gunfontein, Vaalwater 0530 South Africa
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Ant's Nest & Ant's Hill are two private bush homes situated in the malaria-free Waterberg region of South Africa. Approximately 3 hours north of Johannesburg. These two bush homes are on a privately owned reserve and can offer guests game viewing activities which include game drives, game walks and fantastic horse riding. They can cater for all levels of riders and also accept kids of all ages. This is a wonderful destination for couples, honeymooners, families or just good friends travelling together.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
Horseback riding
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Outdoor pool
Heated pool
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Breakfast available
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Private balcony
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Gunfontein, Vaalwater 0530 South Africa
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Ed D wrote a review Jul 2020
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I am late in writing this review, as we visited Ant's Nest as a family a year ago. However, the anniversary has reminded me what a wonderful experience it was and has made me want to plan a return! Nothing was too much trouble, and it was amazing to have such a bespoke, memorable and sociable experience. A magical escape from real life, and something I know my family will treasure.
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Date of stay: August 2019
Amy O wrote a review Apr 2020
New York City, New York39 contributions19 helpful votes
We had the privilege to stay at Ant's Nest in January and it was such an amazing and special experience. We traveled with our 3 year old son and I cant say enough words to describe how kind, accommodating, flexible and spectacular the entire staff was to our family. We loved how each day they offered a different and unique experience. There was just enough structure but flexibility to accommodate to each person's needs and preferences. We especially loved Ant, management, and his staff who were so kind to us and the experiences was so one of a kind. We loved riding the horses, seeing the animals, and meeting all the interesting and different people who work and traveled to this reserve. I think if you are traveling as a family, this place is extra special. Lots to do and see, especially for a child. My son still talks about all the activities and the animal friends he met especially his horse Tulley and dog friends, Rolphy and Tess. We cannot wait to come back to this special place and a huge thanks to the amazing staff and owner!!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Jessica wrote a review Mar 2020
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I had an incredible holiday at Ants Nest and could not recommend a trip here highly enough. The reserve and lodge are totally stunning. I stayed for 7 nights as a solo traveller and could not have been made to feel more welcome and at home from the moment I arrived. The lodge has a wonderful relaxed feeling while maintaining incredible attention to detail. The horses are impeccably well trained and cared for by the very dedicated staff. I’m not sure I’ve ever ridden such well behaved, responsive horses! From the long canters amongst the wild animals to swimming with the horses, I enjoyed every moment of the varied riding. The team are really keen to ensure you enjoy the experience and are correctly paired and will happily let you try different horses or stick with a favourite. My faves were a speedy little pony and a foot perfect warm blood but they have a huge variety of Arabs, thoroughbreds, Friesians and everything in between. Non riders are also very well catered for with a wide range of other activities. I loved the balance between the exhilarating riding (approx 3 hours in the morning and another 2 in the late afternoon) and luxurious relaxing by the pool during the heat of the day. The guides, resort personnel and all other staff really made the trip. All so friendly, knowledgeable about the animals and local environment and not to mention amusing, having us all in stitches on a couple of the rides. All meals were exceptional, and I loved the touch of a freshly brewed coffee bought to my room each morning. 5 stars for this gem of a place which I will definitely visit again. My only regret is that I didn’t stay longer!!
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Date of stay: March 2020
Vanessa wrote a review Mar 2020
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We have just come back from our stay at Ant's Nest and it was the most amazing place! The location is simply stunning and we felt at home within the first couple of hours. All guides, hosts and other staff are amazing at what they do and very friendly. We spent most of our days riding in the morning and the evenings on some great horses, enjoying long canters and the encounters with the animals. It is amazing how close we could get and the guides were very knowledgeable, always offering a lot of interesting facts about the animals and environment. After a long day it was fantastic sitting together at dinner, always in a slightly different area. All the food was absolutely wonderful! Even if you are not a rider Ant's Nest still offers a lot of other options so definitely not just a destination for horse lovers. Again, we cannot recommend it highly enough. We stayed in the Weaver Suite which was beautiful. Will definitely be going back!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Planetprowler wrote a review Mar 2020
Los Angeles8 contributions
My fiancee and I visited Ant's Hill in October and had the time of our lives! I'm an inexperienced rider but they were patient and helpful in getting me up to speed so I could have an amazing time on this horseback safari. Sarah rides often and was thrilled that you could try different horses each day or find your favorite and stick with them for the entire trip. The rhino sighting was unforgettable as we watched a baby rhino sprinting alongside her mom. The service and hospitality is outstanding and my favorite example was the dinner they set up for us on our private patio and arranging excursions when we weren't riding. Can't recommend them highly enough!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest
What are some of the property amenities at Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.