Ant’s Nest is where it all began. Lying in a natural amphitheatre, the original homestead, with its wide veranda has a classic, relaxed, African atmosphere. A wide variety of game frequents the waterhole in front of the bush home bringing game viewing to your door step. Tessa, who grew up in Kenya, brought a stylish warmth to the colonial house using classic furniture fashioned from local fabrics, timber and stone.
Ant’s Nest not only enjoys lovely views down the valley but is also surrounded by open plains where horses, rhino and other game frequently graze in extremely close proximity. Don’t be surprised to have rhinos or horses grazing 10 meters from your pool lounger. Our team at Ant’s Nest are exceptionally hospitable and will go above and beyond to exceed your expectations to ensure your stay is a memorable and a life-changing horse safari experience.
The Main lodge’s six classic en-suite bedrooms accommodate a maximum of twelve guests. There is a 15 meter heated swimming pool in the garden, ideal for those needing some exercise or for cooling off after an active day of riding in the bush. Extensive lawns with indigenous plants surround the pool and there is a wonderful thatched chill-out spot with vast sofa beds where you can relax during the heat of the day or enjoy a massage to ease those weary riding muscles.
Like Ant’s Hill, Ant’s Nest features different room types from standard to deluxe. Rooms can be booked individually. However, should you be looking for a very private stay, Ant’s Nest can be booked exclusively, which is ideal for multi-generational family bookings, horse riding friends travelling together or for specialised interest groups / special occasions. Scroll down to view our different rooms and take your pick to suit your needs and budget.
A deluxe family suite – Upstairs in the main house is a very spacious luxury suite, perfect for families or riding friends travelling together. The master bedroom features a king-size four-poster bed with incredible views overlooking the gardens and bush beyond. This leads through to an exceptionally large bathroom and dressing area with bath and shower. Located beside this is an en-suite twin (which can be converted to a double). There is a spacious sitting room with comfortable sofas and a fireplace, alongside a dining area and full bar with tea and coffee making facilities. This opens up on to a very comfortable private veranda with shady seating area.
A deluxe Suite – This is without a doubt our largest double room (but can be converted to a twin room) and private veranda that we have. With its expansive views across the valley, this room has a king-size four poster bed as well as a large four-poster day-bed and still lots more room for an extra bed. The en-suite bathroom has a bath and separate shower. The veranda overlooking the bush is perfect for relaxing in the heat of the day and is ideal for private dinners. There is also a mini-bar with tea and coffee making facilities
Superior Standard room – This is a charming double room but can be converted to a twin, built in the traditionally African circular form with high thatched roof, set to the side of the main house. The outside veranda offers a private seating area with chill-out day-bed, leading into the bedroom with rustic four-poster bed. The room also contains a four-poster day-bed, making it suitable for twin occupancy. Leading off the bedroom is an en-suite bathroom with bath, shower and an outside shower. There is also a mini-bar with tea and coffee making facilities.
Standard Rooms – these are two comfortable bedrooms located downstairs in the original homestead, ideal for single horse riding travellers. The double room has a four-poster bed and en-suite bathroom, with doors opening up onto a private veranda area with outside seating. Located just next door is a twin room (which can be converted to a double), also with en-suite bathroom and doors opening out to the veranda. These rooms can be booked individually or booked by a family or group as the rooms are adjacent to one another. These rooms are connected by a passage to a cosy sitting room with an open fireplace, perfect for relaxing on those chilly evenings, and an indoor dining and bar area.