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Ant's Hill

Private Game Reserves & Safari Lodges / Weekend Breaks Johannesburg - 1 Room, 4 Cottages
All Ages Welcome
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The atmosphere here is wonderfully relaxed and friendly. I could choose what I wanted to do and when, so I chose a leisurely horse ride along the ridge with views for miles over the Waterberg, and fantastic close-up encounters with giraffe and kudu. And I loved the privacy of my cottage with its cosy fireplace, waterfall shower and plunge pool.

Renee, Consultant. Reader. Adventurer. Surfer

ABOUT Ant's Hill

Ant’s Hill is owned and run by Ant and Tessa Baber, descendants of some of the earliest pioneers in the area who settled here in 1886. This unique bush home is located on a 5000 ha private game reserve, nestled in the folds of the magnificent malaria free Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province. Only three hours drive from Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport, and easy to reach via road transfers or private charters.

Ant’s Hill is hosted by a wonderful team who create a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The lodge caters for a maximum of 16 guests who can expect a unique safari experience with a wide range of activities to keep everyone entertained, no matter their age or fitness levels. Enjoy fabulous game viewing in a variety of ways - guided game walks, game drives and horse riding safaris. With over 90 horses, exciting game viewing on horseback is a specialty, with the chance of spotting white rhino, buffalo, giraffe, plains game and numerous bird species.

The thatched lodge and private, spacious cottages are built on the edge of a cliff and blend seamlessly into the bush. With generous rooms, exotic furniture, bright African colours and breath-taking views across the Waterberg, this lodge is both unique and comfortable. Each room has a draped four-poster bed and spectacular en-suite bathroom with sunken bath and waterfall shower, some with al fresco bath or shower, romantic fireplace and private pool. A heated swimming pool cascades over the lip of the gorge providing the perfect relaxation spot on hot days.

Nearby excursions include a Big 5 game reserve, elephant back safaris, Bushman paintings and Iron Age sites.

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Eagles Nest
Sleeps 2
1 Unit
A standard room – Located above the main lodge, this delightfully appointed room has some of the best views the lodge has to offer, and it can be booked as either a twin or double room. It has an en-suite bathroom and spacious outside balcony with carved day bed, the perfect place to chill out in the heat of the day. There is a mini bar with tea and coffee making facilities. For those with older children, this room is ideal in conjunction with Lookout as another option to family cottage or Worldsview.
Valid: Current Season (2016/04/22 - 2016/12/31) From R 4,600.00 p/p sharing Rates include: All Meals, local beverages and activities
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Lookout Cottage
Sleeps 2
1 Unit
A deluxe cottage – This stunning cottage is ideal for honeymooners with a king-size four poster bed, as well as day bed that can be used to accommodate a child sharing with their parents. The bedroom features a fireplace to keep you cosy on winter evenings and opens out onto a deck with carved daybed, overlooking the valley and a water hole where animals often come to drink. The open plan en-suite bathroom features a bath with a view, a waterfall shower and an outdoor shower overlooking the valley for that ‘in the bush’ feeling.The room has a mini bar with tea and coffee making facilities on the veranda
Valid: Current Season (2016/04/22 - 2016/12/31) From R 4,750.00 p/p sharing Rates include: All Meals, local beverages and activities
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Hideaway Cottage
Sleeps 2
1 Unit
A superior deluxe cottage – secluded and private, this cottage is perfect for honeymooners or couples looking for a romantic getaway, but is large enough to accommodate beds for two children sharing with their parents. The King-size four poster bed has stunning views across the valley with French doors opening up onto the outside deck and verandah. The verandah features a carved day bed for relaxing in the shade, wooden steps take you down to a private garden and plunge pool. For those winter evenings there is a cosy seating area inside with an open fire. The open plan en-suite bathroom features a sunken bath and French doors which open onto the deck to bring the outside indoors. There is a waterfall shower inside and an outside shower overlooking the valley. The room has a mini bar with tea and coffee making facilities.
Valid: Current Season (2016/04/22 - 2016/12/31) From R 5,500.00 p/p sharing Rates include: All Meals, local beverages and activities
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Family Cottage - 3 bedrooms
Sleeps 5
1 Unit
A deluxe cottage – Ideal for families of up to six people, this is a home away from home. The spacious en-suite master bedroom features a king-size four poster bed and open plan bathroom including a bath with a view and waterfall shower. The second bedroom, a twin with two four poster beds can be converted into a double giving you a king-size bed, should there be two couples travelling together. This room shares a bathroom with the loft bedroom, nestled under the thatched roof, which is perfect for children. This cottage has a large sitting room, with open fireplace and dining area, opening onto a decked balcony with views over the valley. There is a mini bar with tea and coffee making facilities in the lounge area. Family cottage is based on a rate for the whole cottage up to 5 people, extra beds are available at an additional cost.
Valid: Current Season (2016/04/22 - 2016/12/31) From R 20,750.00 Rates include: All Meals, local beverages and activities
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Worlds View Cottage - 2 bedrooms
Sleeps 4
1 Unit
A superior deluxe cottage – Built with privacy in mind and perfect for families of up to five people or two couples travelling together. The en-suite double bedroom upstairs with bath and shower opens up on to a private balcony with an outside bath overlooking the stunning valley below, where giraffe, zebra, kudu and eland can often be seen wandering. The spacious bedroom downstairs opens onto the private pool. This can either be a twin, double or triple room and has an en-suite bathroom featuring a bath with a view, a shower and an outside waterfall shower. There is a covered verandah with comfortable day beds outside for relaxing during the heat of the day, leading to the pool area with sunbeds. On chilly winter evenings one can cosy up next to the open fire in the sitting room with a glass of wine from the mini-bar. Tea and coffee facilities are also available. Worlds view is based on a cottage rate up to 5 people, extra beds are available.
Valid: Current Season (2016/04/22 - 2016/12/31) From R 22,500.00 Rates include: All Meals, local beverages and activities
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Check in & check-out times

Check-in: 14:00

Check-out: 11:00

Please note: Rates are a guide and subject to change. Please re-confirm rates when booking or enquiring.



From Johannesburg/Pretoria:

  • Take the N1 north. Once on the N1 go past the outskirts of Pretoria and continue for at least 60-80 minutes.
  • At the third toll station (Kranskop Tollgate) ensure you are in the very left lane as you will come off the highway here. Turn left towards Nylstroom/Modimolle on the R33.
  • Drive straight on this road through Nylstroom/ Modimolle and continue for 60kms to Vaalwater.
  • Once in Vaalwater keep driving straight, there is a Total Garage and Spar on your left, take the road right on the R33 towards Ellisras / Lephalale.
  • Once on the R33 towards Ellisras/Lephalale travel for approximately 18-19 km until you see a sign hanging on two tree trunks marked Ant’s Hill, by a green automated gate on your right hand side. Turn right at this gate.
  • Please call either of the numbers provided on the green signboard near the gate keypad.
  • You can also send a text to the numbers provided.
  • Go straight on the gravel road until you see a thatched entrance, which is marked Ant’s Hill. You may open this gate by sliding the metal bar to the left and opening the right hand side door by ensuring the pin is not in the ground and pushing it open. Do the same for the left hand side gate.
  • Please note, these gates are on weights and you will need to ensure the pin is in the ground to keep them open. Please close this gate behind you.
  • You are now in the reserve, please follow the signs to the lodge which is about 3-4 kms from the entrance.

GPS Co-ordinates:

S 24º5’36.43? | E 28º3’13.36?