Ant's Nest & Ant's Hill :: private game reserve Limpopo Province South Africa

Limpopo private game reserve

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Fact File

Location: 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.

Getting here:
We can arrange private road transfers or air charters between destinations but let us know if you would rather hire your own car. See directions at bottom of page, for any other directions not listed please contact us.

Visa Requirements:
Visas vary depending on your nationality, so please check with the lodge or your travel agent to confirm visa requirements for your travels.

If entering South Africa, please note that you will need 2 blank facing pages in your passport and your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months.

Airstrip co-ordinates:
Surface =grass, co-ords = S 241208 E 280558,
Elevation = 3780 ft, Length = 1000 m, Direction = 03/21

Recommended stay:
4-7 nights (this could be at one of or a combination of both lodges.)

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What’s included:
Accommodation on a full board basis, all beverages, laundry and all game viewing activities including riding, walking, game drives and mountain biking.

Not included:
Massages, clay pigeon and target shooting, additional activities off the property, curio shop purchases and gratuities.

We are able to cater for all dietary requirements, but would require you to advise us in advance if you have allergies or special needs. We are happy to prepare special children meals.

Ant’s Nest consists of the main house, which has two double suites downstairs and two double suites upstairs, all with private lounge areas. There are also two double suites, with private bathrooms and verandas across the lawns.
Ant’s Hill consists of two privately situated honeymoon suites away from the main lodge with stunning views, a family cottage that has two main bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and an extra loft room, perfect for kids, as well as a private sitting room and veranda. Another luxurious twin/double bedroom with a private veranda is located above the main lodge.
Recently opened is also our Worlds view cottage, this spacious cottage consist of one double and one twin en suite bedrooms both which has access to the outside veranda and pool area. There are also large covered and uncovered veranda areas with outdoor bath and showers .

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What to bring: Sunglasses, sun cream, hat, swimming costume, neutral bush coloured clothing: shorts, trousers, shirts, riding helmets and leather chaps with comfortable old riding clothes (helmets are also 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 below). Binoculars, camera with plenty of spare batteries or charger and memory cards. Personal medications. Light rain jacket (if travelling in the rainy season).

Luggage: Please make sure to lock all of your bags when travelling and to 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.
Should you book a private charter flight please be aware that the luggage restrictions are normally between 12-20kg and should be packed in soft bags.

Country Specific Information: Official Language: English, Afrikaans and a variety of local African languages.

Climate: 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.

Summer (November to March) - 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.
Autumn (April to May) - days can still be warm but the evenings cool down. Average day time temperature 22-28 degrees. Evenings 10-15 degrees.
Winter (June to August) - 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.

Spring (September, October) - 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.

Medical: The whole area is malaria-free and since we have excellent local doctors with one of the countries’ 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. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT ANYONE VISITING US HAS FULL TRAVEL AND MEDICAL INSURANCE.

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. Guests will be required to sign an indemnity before going out on any of the activities.

Money: We accept all major currencies (USD, GBP, and Euro). If using U$D, please make sure to bring new notes as most countries do not accept old notes (with smaller heads). We accept credit cards, but only Visa and MasterCard, and please note that there is an additional 5% charge should you wish to pay with your card.

Electricity: 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.

Water: The water is safe to drink at both lodges, but if you would prefer bottled water the staff will be happy to accommodate your wishes. Please make sure to inform the lodge staff of any dietary requirements or allergies prior to travel.

Gratuities: Tipping is not required at any of the lodges, but if you feel the service was deserving of a tip we do have a guide line in the room information for you.

Game List: We usually find: white rhino, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, warthog, blue wildebeest, sable antelope, nyala, waterbuck, impala, red hartebeest, blesbok, kudu, the rare Livingstone eland, oryx, mountain reedbuck, bushbuck and nyala, steenbok, mongoose, springhare, chacma baboon, vervet monkey, duiker, black backed jackal, scrub hare, lesser bush baby, tree squirrel, rock hyraxes. We sometimes spot nocturnal species such as: leopard, carcal, aardvark, brown hyena, porcupine, bush pig, bat eared fox, stripped polecat, honey badger, serval cat, African civet, genets, wild cat and klipspringer. Please contact us for an up to date bird list.

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Directions to Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill from Johannesburg
• From OR Tambo International Airport (formally known as Johannesburg International Airport), take R21 to Pretoria. After about 15-20 minutes you will see an off-ramp road that says Pretoria East/Pietersburg (now called Polokwane) N1, take this off ramp and continue on the N1 north.
• From Johannesburg/Pretoria take the NI north. Once on the N1 you will go past the outskirts of Pretoria and continue for at least 60-80 minutes. At the third toll station (this is known as the Kranskop Tollgate) ensure you are in the very left lane as you will coming 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.

For Ant’s Nest: (for Ant's Hill see below Ant's Nest directions)
• Co-ordinates: S 24º06'16.73"   E 28º06'59.95"
• 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.
• 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. ***

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For Ant’s Hill:
• Co-ordinates: S 24º5'36.43"   E 28º3'13.36"
• 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. 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

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