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Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Great family bush experience!”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

We were a family of 6 ranging from 1 to 70 years old and all of us had a great time. Safari trips can sometimes be tiring as you have to follow the set agenda and get on that game drive at 5 am but at Ant's Hill each of us could choose what we would like to do at the time we wanted. The best part was that our 1 year old was also able to experience the bush as we did. He went on a game drive with us, rode a pony, and was fascinated by the rhinos at Ant's house! He even got special meals prepared for him and joined us at the bush lunch after being looked after by the baby sitters while the parents went out riding. I was able to improve my riding as well which was an added bonus and my husband, a novice, was able to learn how to ride. The staff and food were all excellent. Next time I would like to try the Ant's Nest with the family.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Antslodges, Public Relations Manager at Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest, responded to this review, May 25, 2013
Thank you for your review and we are so glad to hear that you had a good time with your family
We do hope that we will be able to welcome you to either one of our bush homes again in the near future
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Aussies will love this place so more of us should visit. I spent some time with the owner Ant and his offsider Freddy Kruger (fair dinkum) and they are both great blokes. Ant is interested in Animals, Rugby and Wine so is real easy to get along with.I was lucky enough to go out on horseback tracking Rhino and spent one day at Ant's neighbours trying to bring home a large Kudu. Overall my riding improved out of sight. The food , service , all the staff and the overall experience at this place is fantastic.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Antslodges, Public Relations Manager at Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Hi there, thank you so much for your review. So glad you managed to meet Ant and also Fred and enjoy alot of the things we South Africans are very passionate about, our wildlife, our wine and off course our rugby. We hope to see you back at Ant's very soon
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Sedro Woolley, Washington
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

Three nights at Ant's Hill were not enough! I went primarily for the ability to do riding safaris, but also went on a walking safari and game drives. All were excellent. Great horses that enjoy a good canter, knowledgeable guides, relaxed atmosphere, and wonderful food. Something for everyone!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Antslodges, Public Relations Manager at Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Thank you so much for your review, We appreciate all the feedback we can get and we are delighted to see that you have tried all the different activities on offer. Hope to see you back with us
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

My husband and I have returned from our second visit to Ants Hill (5 nights) and intend to return. It is an amazing place with luxurious, comfortable lodges, spectacular views and a relaxed, friendly atmoshere where you feel welcome as soon as you arrive. The riding is a highlight and horses are responsive and well matched to riders experience/ability and it is wonderful to be able to get so close to the animals in their natural environment.
The meals are delicious and taken in a variety of places, often in the company of the guides who are so knowledgable and interesting.
Thank you to all the staff who made this such a memorable experience.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Antslodges, Public Relations Manager at Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
hi there
thank you so much for your lovely review. so happy to hear that you have yet again had a lovely visit and enjoyed everything we offer. hope to see you back with us very soon
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

We've just come back from a trip to South Africa with our two little girls (2 and 5). We ended our trip with three nights at Ant's Nest and it really was the highlight of an amazing holiday. The staff are incredible - very friendly, knowledgeable and delightful with our daughters. We couldn't quite believe that they got all four of us non-riders on horseback every morning but are definitely converted and would love to go back. I will certainly be recommending it to all my friends.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Antslodges, Public Relations Manager at Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Thank you very much for the wonderful review. We are so glad that you managed to try the horse riding and we are sure it wont be the last time. Hope to see you back with us
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

I've recently returned from a fantastic stay at Ants Hill (4 nights) and Ants Nest (2 nights) and can thoroughly recommend them both. They are quite different - Hill is on the side of a hill with fabulous views, luxurious accommodation and more privacy. Nest is more family oriented, being the original bush farmhouse, it has a large lawned area with pool and several different eating spots, If you want peace and quiet in your downtime, I would suggest choosing Hill over Nest.
The riding was wonderful, they take care to get the right horse for you and then ensure that you are on the right ride (experienced, family, novice etc). There is nothing better than cantering along and coming across a herd of buffalo or giraffe! If you are experienced, you can expect lots of lovely long canters and willing, sure footed horses. The guides are all friendly and helpful.
Food was tasty and good, full cooked breakfast for those who wanted it. One of the many highlights is cantering along to your sundowner spot in the bush and then enjoying a cool G&T and snacks - heaven!
I don't often return to the same places on holiday, but I feel that this may be one of the few!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Antslodges, Public Relations Manager at Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
We are glad to hear that you had such a good time and also that you were able to experience both bush homes. As you say they are indeed both very different
We hope to see you back with us sooner rather than later
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

My family and i stayed at ants nest last summer and it was the best holiday ever and we have travelled. Ant and Tess, you could not meet a nicer couple. Thank you for making it so special. GO you will not be disapointed. THANK YOU xxxx

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest
Address: Gunfontein, Vaalwater 0530, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Waterberg > Vaalwater
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Vaalwater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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