Our Reserve & The Waterberg Area

Our Reserve

Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill are situated on their own private game reserve which covers 12500 acres of pristine Waterberg bushveld.  The reserve is made out of 12 different ecological zones from open grassy plains to thick montane bush to savannah bushveld.

Since the Waterberg lies on an intercontinental divergence zone we have a wider variety of flora and fauna than elsewhere in Africa. The diverse topography of the reserve also enables us to naturally sustain over 40 species of game including giraffe, white rhino, sable antelope, Roan antelope, buffalo, nyala, gemsbok (Oryx), kudu, Livingstone eland, blue wildebeest (gnu), red hartebeest, zebra, impala, bushbuck, duiker, steenbuck, mountain reedbuck, waterbuck, warthog, blesbuck, baboons, bushpig, klipspringer, leopard, jackal, brown hyena, caracal, civet and genet to name but a few. For those of you who are passionate about birds, there are well over 300 species of resident and migrant birds. Guests are always welcome to join in on any management activities on the reserves such as game capture and relocation, treating injured animals, burning firebreaks, game census on horseback etc.

Sable antelope are today one of the most conservation dependant specie in South Africa and rarely seen in any National park. We started with a small core herd in 2001 and today have a successful, well established and viable breeding herd.

The Waterberg Area

The Waterberg is an exceptional and internationally recognised natural heritage site and is a unique wilderness area of South Africa yet to be fully discovered.  The first English and Boer Voortrekkers traveled up from the Cape in their wagons in the 1850’s.  Its beauty lies in its superb vistas, mountain gorges, crystal clear streams and rolling bushveld hills.  The Waterberg’s charismatic beauty and bio diversity which covers 14500 sq km has been recognised worldwide in being awarded the status of a World Biosphere reserve by UNESCO and the only savannah biosphere in the world.

It’s size is equivalent to 80% of the Kruger National park and approximately 70% has already been designated a conservation area and home to the Big 5 and more, Sable and Roan antelope (rarely seen anywhere else today) are an iconic species of the area and a must see!  Both of which can be found at Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill. The Waterberg is immensely rich in cultural, archaeological and biological diversity and has a fascinating history.  It has been inhabited for at least 2000 years with the earliest people being the San Bushmen.  There are numerous archaeological sites and bushman paintings showing evidence of these hunter gatherers.  Many of which can be visited from Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill in the form of day excursions.

The Waterberg is also home to the incredibly beautiful Marakele National Park which today hosts one of the world’s largest breeding colonies of the endangered Cape Vulture.  These magnificent birds nest on the cliffs of the Santech towers which is the highest point in the Waterberg and boasts some of the best vistas imaginable.