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All you need to know and getting here

Factfile

Airstrip Coordinates:

S 24 04.871’
E 028 02.310’

Length: 1000m Sand
RWY: 03/21 Land rwy 03, takeoff rwy 21 when possible.
All circuits to be flown to the East of the strip. Please DO NOT fly NW of the strip.

Ants Hill & Ants Nest co-ordinates:

  • Ants Hill: S 24°5’36.43″ E 28°3’13.36″
  • Ants Nest: S 24°06’16.73″ E 28°06’59.95″

Check In-Out:

  • Check In: 14H00
  • Check Out: 11H00

Although we state these times, you are welcome to arrive earlier and in time for lunch, but we can’t guarantee that your room will be ready prior to 14H00. Likewise, you can have lunch with us on departure and depart as late as 16H00 but we cannot guarantee being able to offer you a day room.

Lunch is included either on arrival OR departure. For an extra lunch we charge Rand: 250 per person.

Children:

We welcome children of all ages at Ant’s riding safaris & have a variety of activities to keep them entertained during their stay.

Climate:

Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill are located in the Waterberg region of the Limpopo province in the northern part of South Africa. This beautiful area is malaria-free and at an altitude of 4,500 feet above sea level offers a wonderful temperate climate and can be visited all year round.

Open tabs below for specific seasons.

Summer (November to March)

The days can get quite warm (up to 28-32 degrees on average) but it is a dry heat. We do get summer rainfall, normally in the form of thunder storms. These rarely affect activities and are usually in the evening, however, the African climate is still always unpredictable.

Autumn (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. On occasion, we can get very hot days.

Country specific information:

Official Language: English, Afrikaans and a variety of local African languages.

Electricity:

We have large round-pin plugs with AC 220V voltage at all lodges. Plugs vary from country to country, so do travel with a set of adapters to ensure your ability to charge and use your appliances on your horse safari. We do stock English and European adapters.

Facilities:

  • Wifi available at both lodges
  • Heated swimming pools
  • Laundry (included)
  • English and European adapters
  • Safes
  • Hairdryers
  • Cellular signal (best cellular network is MTN)

Game List:

  • White Rhino
  • Buffalo
  • Zebra
  • Giraffe
  • Warthog
  • Blue Wildebeest
  • Sable Antelope
  • Roan
  • Waterbuck
  • Impala
  • Red Hartebeest
  • Blesbok
  • Kudu
  • Livingstone Eland
  • Oryx
  • Mountain Reedbuck
  • Bushbuck and Nyala
  • Steenbok
  • Mongoose
  • Springhare
  • Chacma Baboon
  • Vervet Monkey
  • Duiker
  • Black Backed Jackal
  • Scrub Hare
  • Lesser Bush Baby
  • Tree Squirrel
  • Rock Hyraxes

We sometimes spot nocturnal species such as:

  • Leopard
  • Caracal
  • Aardvark
  • Brown Hyena
  • Porcupine
  • Bush Pig
  • Bat eared Fox
  • Striped Polecat
  • Honey Badger
  • Serval Cat
  • African Civet
  • Genet
  • Wild Cat and Klipspringer

* Please contact us for an up-to-date bird list.

Getting Here:

We can arrange private road transfers or air charters between any destination and Ant’s riding safaris but do let us know if you are renting your own car so that we can provide up-to-date directions. Please find these at the bottom of the page. For any other directions, not listed please contact us.

Gratuities:

Tipping is not required at any of the lodges, but if you feel the service was deserving of a tip, we do have a guideline in the room information.

Location:

The reserve is situated on an escarpment looking out over the Waterberg Plateau in the Limpopo Province, 3 hours north of OR Tambo International Airport (formally known as Johannesburg International Airport) We are 4 hours east of Madikwe and 6-7 hours west of the Kruger National Park.

Luggage:

Please make sure to lock all of your bags when travelling and obtain travel insurance prior to departure (you will not be able to ride without it). It is recommended that you travel with a set of clothes and essential items in your carry-on bags in case of luggage being lost.

If you book a private charter flight, please be aware that the luggage restrictions are normally between 12-20kg and soft bags should be used.

Meals:

At Ant’s Riding safaris we combine fine dining with scrumptious home cooking and are able to cater for all dietary requirements; however we do require you to advise us in advance if you have allergies or special dietary requirements.

Medical:

It is essential that anyone visiting us has full travel and medical insurance. The whole area is malaria-free and since we have excellent local doctors with one of the country’s leading paediatricians living nearby, the Waterberg is one of the safest places to visit in Africa.

Vaccinations

You will only need to ensure your tetanus injections are up to date. Tick-bite fever can be contracted from pepper ticks in the summer months. This is easily treated ~ please consult us for symptoms. Up-to-date tetanus and hepatitis injections are required for some countries, but recommended for all.

Emergencies

Both Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill riding safaris have a number of staff trained as First Responders, however it is vital to have full travel and medical insurances for emergencies. Most hospitals and air rescue will require upfront payment.

Recommended Stay:

4-7 nights (this could be at one of or a combination of both lodges.)

Size of Ant’s Reserve:

12,500 acres

Visa Requirements:

Visas vary depending on your nationality but are not usually required for European and North American guests. However, please check with the lodge or your travel agent to confirm visa requirements.

Passports need to have 2 blank pages and be valid for a minimum of 6 months.

 Minors travelling in and out of South Africa:

Please Note: These are only guidelines and we suggest you confirm with the South African Consulate / Embassy, for up to date requirements.

Minor immigration document requirements

Water:

The water is filtered and safe to drink at both lodges.

What to Bring:

Sunglasses, sun cream, hat, swimming costume, neutral bush coloured clothing: shorts, trousers, shirts, riding helmet, leather chaps and comfortable riding clothes, bumnah, (helmets are compulsory to wear and are available at the lodges) walking shoes or trainers. We recommend a warm fleece/jacket throughout the year. Warmer clothing is recommended for our winter months (see climate above). Binoculars, camera with plenty of spare batteries/charger and memory cards. Personal medications. Light rain jacket (if travelling in the rainy season November to March).

Stay Includes:

  • All Meals (lunch on either arrival OR departure)
  • All local drinks (soft drinks, spirits, beers and house wines)
  • Horse riding
  • Game drives and night drives
  • Game walks and walking safaris
  • Mountain biking (not suitable for kids 12 and younger due to terrain)
  • Rhino tracking
  • Fishing (seasonal)
  • Bug walks
  • Snake & reptile handling (subject to availability)
  • Bush lunches and sundowners
  • Air rifle/ Archery

Stay Excludes:

  • Massages
  • Night sky safaris
  • Wine tasting
  • Visit to local children’s home
  • Big 5 game drive (subject to availability & please note that this is on another game reserve)
  • Helicopter scenic flights
  • Riding lessons (done as a separate activity)
  • Day trip to visit bushman paintings
  • Cellar wines, premium spirits, liquors and champagne
  • Shop/Curio purchases
  • Gratuities
  • Rhino conservation fee
  • Any extra activities off the property not listed

Directions to Ants Hill / Ants Nest

Ants Hill Co-ordinates:

S 24º5’36.43″   E 28º3’13.36″

Ants Hill Directions (PDF)

Ants Nest Co-ordinates:

S 24º06’16.73″ E 28º06’59.95″

Ants Nest Directions (PDF)

Please note that we now have several toll gates en-route. You will need to have about R150 in cash for the toll fees.

 We can arrange private road transfers or air charters between any destinations but let us know if you would rather hire your own car.

Directions

Select one of the below options for the start of your journey.

From Johannesburg/Pretoria

From Johannesburg/Pretoria take the N1 north. Once on the N1 you will go through the outskirts of Pretoria and you will continue for at least 60-80 minutes.

At the third toll station (this is known as the Kranskop Toll gate) ensure you are in the very left lane as you will be exiting the highway here. Turn left towards Nylstroom / Modimolle on R33.

Drive straight on this road through Nylstroom/ Modimolle and continue for 60kms to Vaalwater.

4. Once in Vaalwater keep driving straight, there is a Total Garage and Spar on your left, take the road right on the R33 towards Ellisras / Lephalale.

From OR Tambo International Airport

Take R21 to Pretoria.

After about 15 -20 minutes you will see an off ramp that says Pretoria East / Pietersburg( now called Polokwane) N1, take this off ramp and continue on the N1 north.

  Select either Ants Hill or Ants Nest for the remainder of the journey

To Ants Hill

Once on the R33 towards Ellisras/Lephalale travel for approximately 18-19 km until you see a sign hanging on two tree trunks marked Ant’s Hill, by a green automated gate on your right hand side. Turn right at this gate.

(DO NOT FOLLOW THE SIGN TO ANT’S NEST, WHICH YOU WILL SEE BEFORE GETTING TO THE ANT’S HILL SIGN) ANT’S NEST & ANT’S HILL HAVE SEPARATE ENTRANCES ONTO THE RESERVE.

Please call either of the numbers provided on the green signboard near the gate keypad. State who you are and we shall open for you. You can also send a text to the numbers provided.

Go straight on the dirt road until you see a thatched entrance, which is marked Ant’s Hill. Please press the button to ring through to the office to open up the gate.

You are now in the reserve, please follow the signs to the lodge which is about 3-4 kms from the entrance.

To Ants Nest

Once on the R33 follow this road for 11kms – take right hand turn down the road which says to Dorset. This is a gravel road. (This is signposted Ant’s Nest)

Follow this for 10.5 kms on the left you will see a sign for Ant’s Nest, where there is a thatched entrance. (Please DO NOT enter through our service gate which is roughly 300m before Ants Nest main gate as this is not signposted to the lodge)

Open the gate and follow the road for about 3kms down into the valley and to the lodge. There are signs indicating lodge.

Please note that there is a very steep pass down into the valley, but a normal saloon car will make it down fine if you take it slowly in 1st gear.