About Ant's Nest
Ant's Nest is a homely safari lodge tucked away in a natural amphitheater on a private game reserve in the magical Waterberg region. Once the original homestead, the lodge offers a classic African ambiance with its spacious verandah and thatc…show more
Accommodation options at Ant's Nest
Weaver SuiteMin 1 guest - max 2 guests1 Lodge Suites
This is without doubt our largest double room (which can be converted into a twin room). With its private verandah and expansive views out over the bush, this r…
from R 7620 / per-person-per-night-sharing
R7620 High Season RateenquireIndoor ShowerBathMini BarWiFiTea & Coffee Station
Davidson RoomsMin 1 guest - max 3 guests1 Rooms
Two comfortable bedrooms located downstairs in the original homestead, which are ideal for couples, solo travellers or small family group. The double room has a…
from R 4640 / per-person-per-night-sharing
R5500 High Season RateenquireSwimming PoolEn-suite bathroomWiFiFireplacePrivate Balcony
Sable Suite 1 & 2Min 1 guest - max 4 guests1 Lodge Suites
Situated upstairs in the main house, this is a very spacious luxury suite, perfect for families or riding friends travelling together. The master bedroom featur…
from R 25540 / per-accommodation-per-night
R25540 High Season RateenquireIndoor ShowerBathSwimming PoolWiFiTea & Coffee StationFireplaceSHOW ALL AMENITIES
RondavelMin 1 guest - max 2 guests1 Rooms
As its name suggests this charming double room (that can be converted into a twin) is built in the traditional African circular form with a high thatched roof, …
from R 6470 / per-person-per-night-sharing
R6470 High Season RateenquireIndoor ShowerBathMini BarWiFiTea & Coffee StationOutdoor Shower
- All meals
- Select beverages
- Horse riding
- Game drives and night drives
- Walking safaris
- Mountain biking (not suitable for kids 12 and younger due to terrain)
- Rhino tracking
- Bush lunches and sundowners
- Fishing (seasonal)
- Air rifles and archery
Activities at Ant's Nest
Kids Safarimore info
Horseback Safarimore info
Walking Safarimore info
Game Drivesmore info
How to get there
O.R. Tambo International Airport
Farm Gunfontein 71kr, Vaalwater, 0530
Check in at Ant's Nest
14:00 on day of arrival
Check out at Ant's Nest
11:00 on day of departure
Frequently asked questions
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/ per person per night sharing
R7620 High Season Rate
Brilliant honeymoon week
We were made to feel at home from the moment we arrived - the staff were great in both Ants Nest and Ants Hill and the accommodation is stunning. Wonderful, well looked after horses and we rode every day. Each ride was different and always great fun, and lots of other activities on offer too. Lots of diverse wildlife which we were able to get really close to - very special experience. Would very much love to go back!!
Dream fulfilled and more!
Have dreamt of going to this place for 20 yrs, finally had the time and the money. It was amazing, exceeded any expectation I had and then some. Beautiful area, amazing lodge, staff & guides, not to mention great horses and riding experience and experiencing the animals on horseback - speechless!
Best Experience Ever!
Amazing trip! Best experience ever. The lodge is fabulous, clean, well furnished. The team is so nice, caring, friendly etc... The safari riding horses is a amazing experience as it allows to be very close to the animals. They know how to adapt to each guest, I am a beginner and I was very comfortable. The pictures and description is really below the truth , I can only recommend to try to spend the best time of your life!
Ant's Nest impact highlights
Ant Africa Safaris aims to establish sustainable tourism by preserving the surrounding environment, enhancing the well-being of both our guests and staff, contributing to the local community's upliftment, and prioritizing local skills and development opportunities whenever feasible.
We are fortunate to have the exceptional Waterberg Academy right in our vicinity, offering a top-tier academic environment spanning from pre-prep to matric. This independent school actively maintains a scholarship and bursary fund to provide access to education for as many local children as possible.
Tourism plays a pivotal role in employment within the Waterberg region. The majority of our Ant's Nest staff are recruited from the local community, and many have been valued members of the Ant's family for several years. Whenever possible, we offer training and development opportunities in various areas such as guiding, housekeeping, kitchen operations, and maintenance. This initiative aims to enhance employment prospects for our staff and their families, either within the Ant's organization or within the local community.
Environmental education constitutes a vital component in safeguarding the region and its wildlife. We actively encourage local schoolchildren, many of whom have never had the opportunity to encounter a rhinoceros, to visit our reserve and witness conservation efforts in action.
The Waterberg has received recognition as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, granting it special recognition as a distinctive landscape and ecosystem. The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve is dedicated to maintaining a harmonious balance between conservation efforts, educational initiatives, and sustainable human development.