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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 $3,465 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 $1,282 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 494 reviews

(4.96/5)

  • Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.

    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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