In the Press & Guest Comments

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Ants Collection, In the Press

the telegraph
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Wedding Inspirtions Magazine
The Chronicle of the Horse
Travel Inside
August 2012
October 2012
April 2013

Guest Comments


Rated # 1 out of 32 lodgings in the Waterberg


The staff went out of their way to ensure each day was tailor made to suit us. The horses were exceptional with fabulous temperaments to suit all our abilities from beginner upwards. There was an abundance of wildlife at Ant’s Hill, we saw and learnt so much every day. Our daughter celebrated her 14th birthday at the lodge, the birthday song performed by the ladies will be fondly remembered and of course we will never forget the most amazing chocolate birthday cake! We will treasure our wonderful experience and memories forever. We miss you all and look forward to visiting again.

– Raj H


My husband and I spent 4 fabulous days here.The experience of riding among giraffes, wart hogs and wildebeests beats anything I’ve ever done in the States! The horses were excellent and they went out of their way to match horse and rider, changing if you weren’t satisfied. The accommodations were lovely and relaxing, the surroundings stunning, and the food was out of this world. We had gourmet, beautifully presented food at every meal. The entire staff was friendly and helpful and all went out of their way to be sure you were satisfied with everything.

– Jill L


We had such fun at Ants Nest for 5 days we were non stop horse riding, biking, walking, and Rhino feeding. A truly special place and all Of the staff were wonderful and willing to share their knowledge and understanding. We could not have been catered for better all the staff had a ‘any things possible’ and they could organise the impossible with exceptional quality. A truly special place – one with memories.

– Casper S

"Things you most enjoyed":

"Alles! Ganz vorne an die Menschen, die jeden Tag absolut individuell für uns gestaltet haben und uns jeden Wunsch von den Augen abgelesen haben. Top Safaris, mit engagierten Rangern, die mit Leidenschaft und Spaß all ihr Wissen weitergaben. Lunch in der Wildnis, Dinner am Lagerfeuer oder am mit Fackeln beleuchtetem Pool, und natürlich nicht zu vergessen der tägliche "Sundowner" - alles war großzügig, köstlich und immer wieder überraschend anders. Ja, und die Unterkunft, was sollen wir sagen - unglaublich schön! Vielen Dank für eine unvergessliche Zeit!"

"Things you think we can improve on":

"Sorry, da können wir nicht helfen...! Alles war perfekt bis ins Detail":

− Corinna Wohlfeil

"We had the most amazing weekend at Ants Nest and couldn’t stop talking about it all the way home, we will definitely be back some time soon. All the staff were so kind to us and we never once had the impression that we were asking too much. We shared so many wonderful experiences that we will treasure in our minds forever, thanks to everyone involved in allowing us to come and partake in such a special weekend in such a special place"

− Macfarlane Family

"My friends all think I'm nuts; going to the same place over and over again. What I try to explain to them is that every experience at Ant's Hill is unique. Some things are consistent; the wonderful food, the fantastic lodging, and the unbelievably wonderful staff. The staff is one reason I keep going back. The manager of the lodge up at Ant's Hill; Penny is graciousness personified, and if you ask for something, she will move mountains and Jack Russell terriers to get it done for you. The guides are knowledgeable; and fun. If you are a beginner rider, they will make sure you have a safe fun experience. I've seen them work with people who had never sat a horse before and by the end of a couple of rides those people were raving about how great it was to ride horses. Of course the extremely tolerant and patient Boerpaard horses they have are just wonderful for beginners. I'm an experienced rider; and the guides and I have had some lovely long gallops, uh canters, yeah Ant, they were canters. And yes "Ant" is a person, a very lively gentleman with a great sense of fun. The property is well maintained, and there are plenty of game animals to see. Ask to go out on a night drive; it's a gamble, sometime you only see a bush baby or two, or you might see an aardvark; or even catch a porcupine stealing from the houses where the guides and other staff live. Note: do not leave shoes out, all porcupines in the area have a bizarre urge to steal shoes and dog dishes. The food is wonderful, and there is a great deal of it. Not a place to try and diet. The butter cookies they put in your room are addictive, especially with the coffee they bring to your room every morning. I am not a parent, and I am not fond of being around young kids: But at Ant's Hill it's never been a bother. The place is very kid friendly, as well as adult tolerant. The staff makes sure everyone is having a great time. At Ant's they are forefront in the fight to save the African White Rhino from extinction, and when you get up close to those animals, I guarantee you will be awed. I can not say enough good things about Ant's. "

− Bobby Laurens

"A truly spectacular experience. As novice riders we did not know what to expect but the attention to detail, professionalism and patience of everybody was incredible we now feel like true riders. We also had a wonderful an unexpected experience “socially’ every breakfast, lunch and dinner was an event that we savoured both for the food and company. Ant and Tessa have created a wonderful environment we look forward to our return as we sadly leave."


"Thanks a lot for the wonderful week. It was one of the best weeks of my life. See you next year."

− Krystle Byman

"This was an experience I will never forget. And if im lucky one day ill come back. The staff was amazing and there was not a moment when I wanted to go home. Ill remember these people forever. Thank you from the bottom of my heart"

− Jacob Kroeger

"An amazing holiday we cant think of a better way to have celebrated Mike`s 50th birthday and Joyanne 6th birthday. Thank you for welcoming us with such warm hospitality. The staff are wonderful the scenery and the wildlife are breath taking and the food is delicious. Memories that will last a lifetime. We wish we could stay longer and hope to come back some day. Thank you for creating this paradise and for your efforts to conserve the precious animals and ecology."

− Jenkins Family

"We cant rave enough about our amazing week getting granny aged 88 on a horse. Was the highlight we cant wait to come back."

− Ross family

"WE had a amazing weekend. It was our first time here and it felt just like I was visiting my best friends . Hospitality was superb from the minute we arrived and we are very sad to have to say goodbye. We will be back. Thank you all."

− Mandy Jones

"The whole experience was fabulous. Riding so close to the animals was brilliant as was the hospitality and staff (who are incredibly knowledgeable) its just heaven we will be back."

− Ballantine family

"This is the best family experience ever. To explore and enjoy South Africa on the back of a horse was magical. Thanks for your warm hospitality. You will always be in our heart."

− Els Verhoest

"Nunca nos imaginamos como seria estar en Safari con siete nin~os menores de ocho an~os pero Ant's Nest supero todas nuestras expectativas. Los nin~os no han podido haber estado mas cerca a los animales y gozar tanto un Safari de familia. La comida y la casa son fenomenales! El servicio excelente. Mil gracias!"

− Ana Maria Urrutia

"What a fantastic way to finish our tour of South Africa, we kept the best ‘til last! A truly magical place, the staff were fantastic, the food incredible and the riding a brilliant experience and one the children and we will never forget. I look forward to coming back and renewing my horse riding! Thanks for a wonderful few days… we will be back!"

− Austin Family

"Our stay here was unbelievably fantastic. Definitely the best possible conclusion to our honeymoon. Thank you so much for the care and romantic meals. Hope to be back!"

− Vanessa and Justin Sachtleben

"Thanks for a magical holiday, perfect hosts, perfect horses, only drawback was going home!"

− Jo Hancox

"My gracious friends- Thank you for the vacation of a lifetime. All the people, animals, you have a spot in paradise, love you all."

− Saskia and Stephen Keyes

"Thank you so much for sharing your magical kingdom with us and working so hard to make the magic."

− Gilly Roche Byron

"Go to Lapalala! Stunning! Then we came here. As ever, exceptional adventures, food, hospitality, company- everything! Good to see familiar faces as the staff more around. Everything about Ants is life-enchanting. Off to the Hill now, (4th Visit!)"

− Hamish, Rebecca and Gus McLellan