This is a really super place - lovely horses, luxurious accommodation, amazing game and the warmest of welcomes.
We felt like personal friends in a relaxed, luxurious home that is sympathetic to it's environment. We do like to be properly comfortable, especially if we're going to be taking a lot of exercise and we weren't disappointed: Our room (we went for a deluxe) was splendid, large, cool and tastefully furnished in a traditional colonial style.
A lot of thought had gone into making sure it was convenient: there were adaptors, books (reference and fiction), a properly stocked drinks tray, a very comfortable bed and even fly spray.
There was also a really good en suite (large thick towels) with toiletries provided for the huge deep bath essential for those tired legs! We had an enormous veranda with sofas and lovely views.
Thankfully there are no TVs, radios etc so, although you can get a mobile signal, you can really escape and the massage ladies shouldn't be missed.
The staff are super and couldn't do enough to ensure we had a good time - we went riding twice a day and lazed about in between. They set up our meals in lots of different places (I won't spoil it by telling you where) and we truly relaxed. We loved having the owner's dogs roaming about freely too.
The food and drink was excellent. A lovely lady called Jerrita cooks who is tremendously talented and inventive. Your laundry gets done too, which is a real plus.
The horses and game:
My husband had barely ridden but we wanted to go out together and this wasn't a problem. The guides were terrific and towards the end we were doing a lot of canters, some down winding tracks etc.
The horses are well cared for, relaxed and very responsive to the individual rider. I like a forward going horse but well mannered and was very pleased.
We saw a lot of wonderful game and being on horseback made it much easier to get close. They have rhinos, giraffes, zebra and numerous different types of antelopes.
We also took a liking to the perky little warthogs especially the piglets. There were hares, lots of beautifully coloured birds and also a tortoise and various lizards. We loved it and our guides clearly love the game too.
We were sorry to leave and very much hope to return with a large family group as it was a very happy holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ant's Nest & Ant's Hill are two private bush homes situated in the malaria-free Waterberg region of South Africa. Approximately 3 hours north of Johannesburg. These two bush homes are on a privately owned reserve and can offer guests game viewing activities which include game drives, game walks and fantastic horse riding. They can cater for all levels of riders and also accept kids of all ages. This is a wonderful destination for couples, honeymooners, families or just good friends travelling together. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ant`s Hill & Ant`s Nest Hotel Vaalwater
- Ant`s Hill And Ant`s Nest
- Ant's Hill & Ant's Nest South Africa/Vaalwater, Waterberg