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The Ant Collection

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Malaria free Waterberg safari
- Superb for families
- Horse Riding and Bush Walks
- Beautiful landscapes

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Overview

Set in the Waterberg Region of the Limpopo Province which is only a 2 ½ hour journey from Johannesburg, this stunning private reserve is an excellent choice for families, couples and keen horse riders and it has the added bonus that it is in a malaria-free area of South Africa.. It is owned by Ant and Tessa Barber who took the multi-generational old family ranch and converted it into the unique and special property it is today.

There are two properties on site; Ants Hill and Ants Nest both of which offer gorgeous accommodations unique design and decor. Both lodges are individually run with their own main lounge, dining areas and central pool area. Both lodges benefit from absolutely fantastic customer service, with staff who can't do enough to look after you.

Ants Hill can accommodate 16 guests in total and is perched on the top of a hill, so has absolutely stunning views of the surrounding area. The main lodge area has a heated swimming pool, outside and inside dining area and lounge where colder evening will be spent around a roaring fire. Accommodation is in small cottages dotted around the lodge. For families there are a couple of two bedroom cottages with private verandahs, which are beautifully presented. These cottages are set away from the others, so you don't need to worry about children making too much noise. For couples, there is the very special honeymoon suite, which has a bath with an unbeatable view, a suite with private plunge pool and then some standard room options.

Ant’s Nest accommodates 12 guests and is at its best when rented as a whole. Set in gardens around a homestead, there is a large pool and trampoline. This property may not have the views of Ants Hill, but it has a homey feel, with beautifully appointed accommodation.

There are no predators on the reserve, but there are 40 species of animals including giraffe, rhino, buffalo many species of antelope in addition, of course, to the many birds and insects. And this is actually a positive. When you’re in Big Five territory, it is easy to ignore the smaller things, but actually they are just as fascinating. There is a herd of almost 90 horses for all levels of rides from beginner to professional; they are kind and patient with all. The diverse terrain offers sandy tracks and high ridges, and you can ride twice a day. A selection of tack and equipment available, weight limit is 120 kilograms. For non -riders, there are game drives, walks and simple relaxation available.

Whether you are travelling together as a family, or you are a couple looking for seclusion, this is a wonderful hideaway where your every need will be catered for.

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Suggested Itineraries for The Ant Collection

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Two week family holiday including some of the best family friendly lodges in South Africa & Malaria free safari in Madikwe

Tailor-made Luxury 12 days

Families from $3,159 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,235 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
    Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
    Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
    The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
    I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
    Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!

    MissingJennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019

  • We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.

    Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.

    Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.

    Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!

    One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.

    Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!

    MissingBrandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019

  • Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.

    We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.

    We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).

    We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)

    MissingJeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019

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