Ant’s Nest is hosted by Ant and Tessa Baber with their competent and friendly team. Lying in a natural amphitheatre the original homestead, with its wide verandahs, has a classic African atmosphere. The luxurious en-suite rooms accommodate a maximum of only twelve guests. Tessa, who grew up in Kenya, brought the colonial home a stylish warmth using classic furniture fashioned from local fabrics, timber and stone. There is a 15 meter pool in the garden, ideal for those needing some exercise or great for kids, it is heated all year round. Extensive lawns and beds of indigenous plants surround the pool and home and there is a wonderful thatched chill out spot with vast sofa beds to relax on during the heat of the day. A wide variety of game frequents the waterhole in front of the house where horses and dogs abound. Ant’s Nest is booked predominantly on an exclusive basis i.e. to one group of guests at a time, although out of high season you can also book just one room.
Ant’s Hill is hosted by wonderful staff that creates an open and friendly atmosphere. Built by Ant and Tessa on the edge of a cliff, this bush home offers breathtaking views across the Waterberg. With spacious rooms and vast folding doors the thatched lodge blends into the bush while the exotic furniture and brightly coloured African fabrics make it both sophisticated and comfortable. The draped four-poster beds are seven foot wide and each bathroom is spectacular, offering guests sunken baths and waterfall showers. Set in boulders on the edge of the cliff the swimming pool cascades over the lip of the gorge (also heated), inducing you to relax there for hours. Ant’s Hill caters for a maximum of 12 guests and is booked on a non exclusive basis; however, should you wish to book the lodge on an exclusive basis this can be done.
Rooms are equipped with all needed amenities and we offer a specialized horse riding safari experience. we also offer game drives, game walks and mountain biking
Nearby attractions and activities:
We are very happy to take you through the Waterberg to see other interesting sites including:
- Whilst not traveling around you can lounge by the pool or enjoy a massage. We have a selection of books available and a curio shops stocked with original, handmade crafts.
- Bushman paintings and Iron Age villages.
- The rhino and cultural museum, visiting orphaned rhino.
- A Farm Tour, where Ant’s father, Charles Baber will give you the historical background to the area, taking you on a tour of his cattle stud and farm. There is a tennis court and pool below the beautiful gardens at Charles’ house.
- Elephant Safaris: This activity allows you the opportunity to interact and ride with the amazing African Elephants. It is an educational and enjoyable experience. This is followed by a ride through the bush on Elephant back together with an experienced Elephant handler.
The bush homes are situated approx 250km from Johannesburg and 20km from Vaalwater.
An Extra 5% is added to the total if Master or Visa Cards Payments are made.
Payment conditions: Bookings made by tour operators or travel agents will only be considered confirmed if the operator responsible is holding a minimum of 20% as a deposit. Direct clients bookings will only be confirmed by us once we have received a 20% deposit.
Full payment is required 30days prior to arrival for bookings made by agents and 60 days prior to arrival by direct bookings.
Cancellation policy: All cancellations must be made in writing and the 20% deposit will be forfeited.
Cancellation 90 days prior to arrival: 50% of total invoice cost will be due.
Cancellation 30 days prior to arrival: 100% of total invoice cost will be due.
Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill are both very special bush homes situated on adjoining private game reserves in the magnificent malaria free Waterberg (3 hours north west of Johannesburg and a couple of hours south of the Limpopo River) Our aim is to provide a uniquely flexible safari experience offering guests a wide choice of activities keeping everyone entertained from the youngest to the oldest, the fittest to those most in need of a rest (our guide to guest ratio is 1 to 3) Specializing in a home from home experience, both lodges can be booked on an exclusive basis or not.
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Anthony Baber has spent his whole life in the Waterberg and is a descendant of one of the earliest pioneers in the area. A passionate conservationist, Ant and his professional guides provide a total bush experience by sharing their knowledge of the wilds. Tessa, with her influence from Kenya, has brought to the...
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