It gives me great pleasure to wish you all a fantastic Christmas and New Year. The year of 2015 has flashed by in a blur and yet so much has happened, but most of all, thank you for the opportunity to share the events of the past year and for your part that you have played in keeping the reserve, the lodges and the game thriving!
Despite the negative effects of the Ebola epidemic, which definitely affected the first three months of the year, we are grateful to every person that came to spend time with us in the past year.
We have always believed that our staff are the greatest asset as they give soul and character to a place and it is very sad to say goodbye to Chase and Jess who have been part of Ants for the last four years. They have moved to Machaba Lodge in Botswana to broaden their experiences in other lodges. We will miss them, but we welcome Christo and Wilma, with their two-year-old son, who have a wealth of experience having been at Tuningi lodge, in Madikwe. They are already like long lost friends, taking the reins at Ant’s Hill and doing an incredible job!
Our stable managers, with Diana at Ant’s Nest and the addition of Poppet at Ant’s Hill the horses are looking their finest, with their continuous training over the last year from Le Roux, the horses really are on top form! Our four new Arabs which were backed at the start of the year are already proving a big hit with our guests along with our five new thoroughbreds!
The game on the reserve has flourished. The introduction of the new Roan antelope has been a great success, with only 1500 in South Africa it really is a special sight to see them grazing happily among the other game, they are now also getting accustomed to the horses.
We are pleased to be organising the annual Waterberg Trust Charity Ride in March 2016, with 50% of the funds raised going to Save the Waterberg Rhino to help fund increased security to help protect the Waterberg’s magnificent Rhino’s, and 50% going to the Waterberg community development initiatives. This incredible six-day charity ride, starting at Ant’s Nest and takes you through four beautiful reserves including the stunning Lapalala Wilderness, a 45,000 hectare wilderness area as well Kwalata and Jembisa. We still have limited space left, for more information click on the Link http://ride-the-wings-of-morning.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/the-waterberg-trust-challenge-ride-2016.html
If you would like to receive the current Waterberg Rhino e-brochure and keep up to date with their news please mail Lychelle on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sadly, in 2014, a total of 1215 Rhinos were poached in South Africa and we are now hitting over the 1500 mark already this year, it is still a huge problem!
Due to increased security for our Rhino’s at Ant’s we are pleased to report zero poaching incidents in the last 3 years and long may it continue. Ant’s Hill and Ant’s Nest would like to thank all those who have helped make this happen and been involved in fundraising to help the ongoing struggle against Rhino poaching.
As most of you already know South Africa is an amazing place to visit, with the Rand at its lowest it ever has been, now, is a great time to take advantage of the exchange rate to come and visit us at Ant’s. January, February and March are perfect times to come and see the bush at its best!
We have just completed our promotional marketing video, it will shortly be available on our Webpage & Facebook page. Lookout for it!
Thank you once again for your support and the Ant’s collection team wishes you and your family the happiest Christmas and New Year
Ant and Tess