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Ant’s Nest is one of the best places in Africa for a family safari, purpose built for families with children ranging from the very young through to teenage years. It is located in the malaria free Waterberg Game Reserve north of Johannesburg (three hours by road or 45 minutes by private plane) and is surrounded by stunningly beautiful country with hills, forests, areas of open savannah and rivers.
Ant’s Nest is hosted by Ant and Tessa Baber who built the lodge and who create a wonderful sense of friendly hospitality combined with vast experience of conducting safaris for people of all ages in this pristine wilderness environment. Ant’s Nest can take up to twelve guests, most being accommodated in the main two storey thatched house which has several guest bedrooms, each with en-suite facilities, a large living room and comfortable lounge on the first floor, while outside is a lawned area and a heated fifteen metre swimming pool. The house is comfortably furnished with hand carved furniture, plenty of big cushions and comfy chairs and log fires for cooler wintery evenings. By taking the entire place, every requirement of a family can be catered for including the timing and variety of safari activities, menus and excursions further afield.
Ant and Tessa guide a very wide range of safari activities and of course the open safari vehicles are best for seeing the largest numbers of animals on game drives. Even more fascinating are the walks enabling you to put Africa “under the microscope” identifying tracks and learning to identify animals from their dung, understanding the medicinal use of plants, watching a column of army ants raid a six foot termite mound and learning a huge amount about the bush as you go.
Ant’s Nest also has a number of well-schooled horses and you are encouraged to spend a few hours on horseback which is a wonderful way to enjoy your surroundings, even for novices. Moving up a level, guests at Ant’s Nest can also enjoy an elephant back safari and a chance to touch these magnificent animals and watch them feeding, hear them communicate and admire their social interaction.
One of the reasons that this place is particularly suitable for young children is that the Waterberg area does not have big cats or wild elephant. However most guests like to see these creatures so as part of your time at Ant’s Nest, you will have the opportunity to be taken around forty five minutes to the neighbouring Kaingo Reserve for part or all of the day (at additional cost). At Kaingo the terrain is different and supports a wider variety of animals including lion and leopard, elephant, herds of buffalo and a good variety of wildlife.
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