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Ant's Nest is Ant and Tessa Barber’s unique bush home, situated on a private game reserve in the Waterberg, between Johannesburg and the Limpopo River.

The mantra here is flexibility. Sleeping a maximum of 12, the lodge is usually booked on an exclusive basis allowing a stay tailor-made to your needs. There are no set wake-up times or strict itineraries and it is this adaptability that seems to keep everyone entertained, from the youngest to the oldest, or the fittest to those more in need of a rest.

Ant's Nest consists of a main house where the upper floor features a stunning master suite with an adjoining twin bedroom, a large sitting, dining, living room and a lovely veranda overlooking the reserve. Downstairs there is a double and a twin bedroom, a comfortable library, dining room and another verandah. There are two additional privately appointed bedrooms away from the main house each with a double and single bed and their own large veranda. The whole place has been stylishly decorated with eclectic furniture and fabrics that give it a lovely colonial African atmosphere.

Nestled in the landscaped gardens, the large heated pool blends naturally into the surroundings and the wonderful thatched chill-out spot furnished with large sofa beds is the perfect place to unwind in the African sun.

Ant's Nest has a big focus in horseback safaris. No riding experience is required - many guests learn to ride here - and there are ponies for children. Alternatively, guided walks and game drives are offered (including night drives). The Waterberg lies on the inter-continental convergence zone which means there are probably as many different species of trees on Ant's land as in the whole of Western Europe. Along with warthog, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and white rhino there's the chance of seeing a wider variety of antelope than elsewhere, including sable, nyala, oryx and Livingstone eland.

Other activities at Ant's include mountain biking, spotting big cats such as lions and cheetahs at a nearby reserve, or you can just relax by the pool and enjoy a massage. Special activities are laid on for children and teenagers, helping them learn to appreciate the environment. Last, but by no means least, the food is fantastic and guests dine outside whenever possible under shady trees or the stars. Morning game activities often finish with a bush lunch, whilst at night visitors can sit around open fires under the stars. Excellent South African estate wines are served. Ants Nest is a real 'home from home' experience and has always proved hugely popular with so many of our guests. We recommend anything from 4 nights up to 10 days here, with many guests simply flying out to Ants Nest for a weeks holiday.

Why We Love It
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Your host, Ant Barber, has spent his whole life in the Waterberg, and is a descendant of one of the earliest pioneers in the area.

Eleanor, Original Traveller

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