Ant’s riding safaris are unique in that there is much more to offer than just riding through the African Bushveld. There are a number of other safari experiences for those who wish to take a break from riding or are travelling with non-riding companions or families. As a rider, you may wish to join your non-riding companions on any of the other activities, alternatively you can ride and they can enjoy one of the following:
Guided walks and walking safaris
For those who prefer walking, our guides will lead you through the bushveld on foot. These walks are informative and interactive, enabling guests to gain knowledge of the flora and fauna resident on the reserve. Learning to recognise tracks is great fun. These walks can be in the form of a gentle stroll, or a more energetic can hike over the plains and down impressive gorges.
Day and night game drives
Our guides will be available to take you out in an open 4×4 Land Cruiser for morning or afternoon game drives or using a spotlight at night to look for elusive nocturnal animals, such as the rare brown hyena, aardvark, bushbaby and porcupine as these are rarely seen. The advantage of a game drive is that you are able to cover more ground across the reserve. Game drives and walks can often be combined to make game viewing and photography more exciting.
Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Riding Safaris will give your children a life-changing experience from the chance to ride with wildlife to a number of other safari experiences. We have a selection of wonderful ponies catering to both the novice and experienced child rider. Beginners will be led by a competent guide and riding lessons are also available. Under 4-year-old children will be led on a pony in and around the lodge area as they are still too young to be taken out on long outrides.
Other activities available to children are as follows: guided bush / bug walks, game drives, archery, fishing, snake handling to name but a few.
Special food and meal times can be arranged, alternatively families can dine together.
While the variety of activities keep all well entertained, they will all learn a great deal about wildlife and gain inspiration to last them a lifetime. Many children learn to ride here and how to appreciate the environment at Ant’s Riding Safaris.
Other Safari Experiences
We are very happy to take you through the Waterberg to see other interesting sites, or, you are welcome to enjoy some of the other activities and pasttimes we have on offer at Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Riding Safaris.
For those wanting a bit of exercise, try out our mountain bikes, the incredibly diverse terrain offers extreme technical cycling as well as gentle meanders. Enjoy cycling alongside herds of game in the more gentle plains and valleys, alternatively for those who are fit, you can cycle in more challenging terrain, (routes vary from 5-20 km).
Should you be an avid runner and would like to keep in shape whilst in the bush, we will happily take you out on a bush run, routes and speed vary according to your fitness and energy levels.
Lounge by the pool or enjoy a massage. We offer half or full body massages, this can be in the comfort of your room or private verandah.
Fishing in summer months we can take you to fish in one of the dams, for bream and bass, which is great fun for children.
Snake & reptile talks
Spend some time interacting and learning about these amazing reptiles and find out what really makes these creatures so fascinating and awe inspiring. Understand their importance in this magical environment we, and they call home. Talks and demonstrations will be conducted by a qualified and experienced handler with an excess of 20 years snake handling experience.
Wine tasting evenings
This has become very popular. As South Africa can be proud of so many fantastic wine estates we would like to share this marvel with our guests and this is just one of the special extras we can add to your tailor-made day.
Library & Curio Shop
We have a selection of books available and a curio shop stocked with original, handmade crafts.
Local Excursions in and around the Waterberg
A local “Big Five” game reserve, where it is possible to see Lions and Elephants
A tour of Bushman paintings and Iron Age Sites as well as stunning river walks and picnics.
On Sundays we go to a historic thatched church where you can meet local people and see the 1914 building designed by Sir Herbert Baker. Children can attend a colourful Sunday school where the Sotho children sing choruses in rousing harmony.
We are happy to take you into the local town where you will find a wide variety of African arts and crafts.
* Please check with the lodge on arrival as some of the above may not be available at the time.
Night Sky Safari
See the night sky as you have never done before. With our advanced telescopes, astronomical video cameras and talented astronomers and communicators (who have decades of experience), let us introduce you to the wonders of the universe – live and in colour. The experience is designed for those with no previous knowledge of astronomy and the aim is to take you on a tour of the wonders of the amazing African night sky. We display a live feed from our telescopes of whichever of the planets are visible. See the moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn or the phases of Venus. Understand the myths and extraordinary science of the planets. Follow the life story of a star from its stunning birth to its dramatic and beautiful death. Then we take you deeper into the universe to see an amazing glimpse of clusters and galaxies so far away that light itself has taken millions of years to reach us from them. Watch the craters and seas of our very own moon, and understand its amazing secrets. Get a personal tour of the constellations of the night sky, and learn their fascinating myths and facts.
Specialised safaris, Celebrations and Weddings
Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill can be booked exclusively to one group of guests, making it an ideal safari destination for multi-generational families or riding groups or for guests wanting a specialised safari or special occasion safari, these could vary from 50th birthday themed parties, photography/birding/yoga weeks. Whatever the occasion might be we will be able to accommodate you.
Sculpting, Art & Photography safaris
Yes believe it or not, but you can learn to sculpt, draw or do a photography course in the middle of the African bush. These are just some of the many artistic expression you can learn to master with us. Other specialised activities include birding safaris.
Weddings and honeymoons
Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Riding safaris, offers you the opportunity of getting married on horseback or to enjoy a riding honeymoon. With its spectacular views, it is the perfect place to escape for a riding safari experience tailored to your personal desires. Romantic private dinners, bush lunches, private sundowners and the opportunity to have your own private horse riding safari guide, makes Ant’s riding Safaris quite unique.
Game Census Safari
For those who are hooked on Africa and riding, there comes a time when you want a totally different horse safari experience. Our annual game census safari is just that!
It’s a time in the bush when wildlife conservation prevails and horse riders have the opportunity to be part of it for an entire week usually held in June. From game counting and darting, to capturing and relocating wildlife on horseback, the activities all have a unique purpose: to keep the private reserve and its animal residents thriving.
Traditionally game censuses are done by helicopter but we capitalise on what we know best and perform the whole operation on horseback. It continues to remain more accurate than a helicopter count and most importantly, causes zero disturbance to the wildlife.
It’s a unique way to experience horseback riding and the bush in a way that whole-heartedly immerses participants into anything but ordinary activities on the private game reserve. Those guests not participating in game census on horseback can join in on the vehicles, however we do not offer “normal or separate” game drives or guided walks during this week especially during the days that we are actively busy with game count or game capture.
Safari with a purpose. Contact us if you’d like to be part of your next riding adventure.