- Surface: Grass
- Elevation: 3780 ft,
- Length: 1000 m
- Direction: 03/21
- Co-ords: S 241208 E 280558
Ants Hill & Ants Nest co-ordinates:
- Ants Hill: S 24°5’36.43″ E 28°3’13.36″
- Ants Nest: S 24°06’16.73″ E 28°06’59.95″
- Check In: 14H00
- Check Out: 11H00
Although we state these times, you are welcome to arrive earlier and in time for lunch, but we can’t guarantee that your room will be ready prior to 14H00. Likewise you can have lunch with us on departure and depart as late as 16H00 but we cannot guarantee being able to offer you a day room.
Lunch is included either on arrival OR departure. For extra lunch we charge R200 per person
We welcome children of all ages at Ants & have a variety of activities to keep them entertained during their stay. Both lodges have trampolines, sandpits, board games, toys, books, rackets and balls etc. At Ants we also provide baby sitting and children’s meals can be specially planned.
Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill are located in the Waterberg region of the Limpopo province in the northern part of South Africa. This beautiful area is malaria-free and at an altitude of 4,500 feet above sea level offers a wonderful temperate climate and can be visited all year round.
Open tabs below for specific seasons.
The days can get quite warm (up to 28-32 degrees on average) but it is a dry heat. We do get summer rainfall, normally in the form of thunder storms. These rarely affect activities and are usually in the evening, however, the African climate is still always unpredictable.
Days can still be warm but the evenings cool down. Average day time temperature 22-28 degrees. Evenings 10-15 degrees.
Days are warm (temperatures in the mid-twenties) evenings and early mornings very cold with average early morning temperatures 5-12 degrees. It very rarely rains at this time when the bush is golden and dry.
Days start getting hotter, evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. A very slim chance of rain. On occasion we can get very hot days.
Country specific information:
Official Language: English, Afrikaans and a variety of local African languages.
We have large round-pin plugs with AC 220V voltage at all lodges. Plugs vary from country to country, so do travel with a set of adapters to ensure your ability to charge and use your appliances on safari. We do stock English and European adapters.
- Wifi available at both lodges
- Heated swimming pools
- English and European adapters
- Cellular signal (best cellular network is MTN)
- White Rhino
- Blue Wildebeest
- Sable Antelope
- Red Hartebeest
- Livingstone Eland (rare)
- Mountain Reedbuck
- Bushbuck and Nyala
- Chacma Baboon
- Vervet Monkey
- Black Backed Jackal
- Scrub Hare
- Lesser Bush Baby
- Tree Squirrel
- Rock Hyraxes
We sometimes spot nocturnal species such as:
- Brown Hyena
- Bush Pig
- Bat eared Fox
- Stripped Polecat
- Honey Badger
- Serval Cat
- African Civet
- Wild Cat and Klipspringer
* Please contact us for an up-to-date bird list.
We can arrange private road transfers or air charters between any destinations but let us know if you would rather hire your own car. For directions at bottom of page, for any other directions not listed, please contact us.
Tipping is not required at any of the lodges, but if you feel the service was deserving of a tip, we do have a guideline in the room information.
The reserve is situated on an escarpment looking out over the Waterberg Plateau in the Limpopo Province, 3 hours north of OR Tambo International Airport (formally known as Johannesburg International Airport) We are 3.5 hours east of Madikwe and 5 hours west of the Kruger National Park.
Please make sure to lock all of your bags when travelling and obtain travel insurance prior to departure. It is recommended that you travel with a set of clothes and essential items in your carry-on bags in case of luggage being lost.
If you book a private charter flight please be aware that the luggage restrictions are normally between 12-20kg and soft bags should be used.
At Ants we combine fine dining with scrumptious home cooking and are able to cater for all dietary requirements; however we do require you to advise us in advance if you have allergies or special needs. We are also happy to prepare special children meals.
It is essential that anyone visiting us has full travel and medical insurance. The whole area is malaria-free and since we have excellent local doctors with one of the country’s leading paediatricians living nearby, the Waterberg is one of the safest places to visit in Africa.
You will only need to ensure your tetanus injections are up to date. Tick bite fever can be contracted from pepper ticks in the summer months. This is easily treated ~ please consult us for symptoms. Up-to-date tetanus and hepatitis injections are required for some countries, but recommended for all.
Both Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill have a number of staff trained as First Responders, however it is vital to have full travel and medical insurance for emergencies. Some hospitals and air rescue may require up-front payment.
4-7 nights (this could be at one of or a combination of both lodges.)
Size of Ant’s Reserve:
Visas vary depending on your nationality but are not usually required for European and North American guests. However, please check with the lodge or your travel agent to confirm visa requirements.
Passports need to have 2 blank pages and be valid for a minimum of 6 months.
Minors travelling in and out of South Africa:
Please Note: These are only guidelines and we suggest you confirm with the South African Consulate / Embassy, for up to date requirements.Minor immigration document requirements
The water is filtered safe to drink at both lodges, but if you would prefer bottled water the staff will be happy to accommodate your wishes. Please inform the lodge staff of any dietary requirements or allergies prior to travel.
What to Bring:
Sunglasses, sun cream, hat, swimming costume, neutral bush coloured clothing: shorts, trousers, shirts, riding helmet, leather chaps and comfortable riding clothes (helmets which are compulsory are available at the lodge) walking shoes or trainers. We recommend a warm fleece/jacket throughout the year. Warmer clothing is recommended for our winter months (see climate above). Binoculars, camera with plenty of spare batteries/charger and memory cards. Personal medications. Light rain jacket (if travelling in the rainy season November to March).
- All Meals
- All local drinks (soft drinks, spirits, beers and house wines)
- Horse riding
- Game drives and night drives
- Game walks and walking safaris
- Mountain biking
- Rhino tracking
- Camp outs
- Bug walks
- Snake & reptile handling
- Bush lunches and sundowners
- Guest to guide ratio 4:1
- Unique flexibility
- Night sky safaris
- Wine tasting
- Visit to local children’s home
- Big 5 game drive
- Helicopter scenic flights
- Riding lessons (done as a separate activity)
- Day trip to visit bushman paintings
- Cellar wines, premium spirits, liquors and champagne
- Shop/Curio purchases
- Rhino conservation fee R170.00 per adult per night and R120.00 per child per night
- Any extra activities off the property not listed
Please note that we now have several toll gates on route. You will need to have about R150 in cash for the toll fees.
We can arrange private road transfers or air charters between any destinations but let us know if you would rather hire your own car.
Please phone us should you get stuck anywhere:
Ant’s Hill: 083 444 2410 / 087 820 7161
Select one of the below options for the start of your journey.
From Johannesburg/Pretoria take the N1 north. Once on the N1 you will go through the outskirts of Pretoria and you will continue for at least 60-80 minutes.
At the third toll station (this is known as the Kranskop Toll gate) ensure you are in the very left lane as you will be exiting the highway here. Turn left towards Nylstroom / Modimolle on R33.
Drive straight on this road through Nylstroom/ Modimolle and continue for 60kms to Vaalwater.
4. 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.
Take R21 to Pretoria.
After about 15 -20 minutes you will see an off ramp that says Pretoria East / Pietersburg( now called Polokwane) N1, take this off ramp and continue on the N1 north.
Select either Ants Hill or Ants Nest for the remainder of the journey
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.
(DO NOT FOLLOW THE SIGN TO ANT’S NEST, WHICH YOU WILL SEE BEFORE GETTING TO THE ANT’S HILL SIGN) ANT’S NEST & ANT’S HILL HAVE SEPARATE ENTRANCES ONTO THE RESERVE.
Please call either of the numbers provided on the green signboard near the gate keypad. State who you are and we shall open for you. 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.
Once on the R33 follow this road for 11kms – take right hand turn down the road which says to Dorset. This is a gravel road. (There is a sign posted Ant’s Nest)
Follow this for 10.5 kms on the left you will see a sign for Ant’s Nest, there is a thatched entrance.
Open the gate and follow the road for about 3kms down into the valley and to the lodge. There are signs indicating lodge.
Please note that there is a very steep pass down into the valley, but a normal saloon car will make it down fine if you take it slowly in 1st gear.