Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hills riding safaris are situated on our own private game reserve which covers 12500 acres of pristine Waterberg bushveld. The reserve is made up of 12 different ecological zones from open grassy plains to thick savannah bushveld.
The diverse topography of the reserve also enables us to naturally sustain over 40 species of game including giraffe, white rhino, sable antelope, roan antelope, buffalo, nyala, gemsbok (Oryx), kudu, Livingstone eland, blue wildebeest (gnu), red hartebeest, zebra, impala, bushbuck, duiker, steenbuck, mountain reedbuck, waterbuck, warthog, blesbuck, baboons, bushpig, klipspringer, leopard, jackal, brown hyena, caracal, civet and genet . For those horse riders who are passionate about birds, there are well over 300 species of resident and migrant birds.
Our horses live out and graze amongst the game on a daily basis, this has allowed the game to become habituated to the horses thus giving one a unique opportunity of getting really close to the various species whilst on your riding safari.
Guests are always welcome to join in on any management activities which are taking place on the reserves such as game capture and relocation, treating injured animals, all of which is done on horseback. An annual game census and capture is done in June and is predominantly done on horseback.
Sable and Roan antelope are today two of the most conservation dependant species in South Africa and rarely seen in any National park, and you will have the opportunity of spotting these rare antelope at Ants.
The Waterberg Area
For those who wish to take a break from horse riding, there is much to see in the surrounding area. The Waterberg is an exceptional and internationally recognised natural heritage site and is a unique wilderness area of South Africa yet to be fully discovered. The first English and Boer Voortrekkers travelled up from the Cape in their wagons in the 1850’s. Its beauty lies in its superb vistas, mountain gorges, crystal clear streams and rolling bushveld hills. The Waterberg’s charismatic beauty and biodiversity which covers 14500 sq km has been recognised worldwide in being awarded the status of a World Biosphere reserve by UNESCO and is the only savannah biosphere in the world.
Its size is equivalent to 80% of the Kruger National park and approximately 70% has already been designated a conservation area and home to the Big 5 and more. Sable and Roan antelope (rarely seen anywhere else today) are an iconic species of the area and a must see! Both of these can be found at Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill. The Waterberg is immensely rich in cultural, archaeological and biological diversity and has a fascinating history. It has been inhabited for at least 2000 years with the earliest people being the San Bushmen. There are numerous archaeological sites and bushman paintings showing evidence of these hunter gatherers. Many of these can be visited from Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Riding Safaris in the form of day excursions.
The Waterberg is also home to the incredibly beautiful Marakele National Park which today hosts one of the world’s largest breeding colonies of the endangered Cape Vulture. These magnificent birds nest on the cliffs of the Santech towers which is the highest point in the Waterberg and boasts some of the best vistas imaginable.