The Ant Collection
Conservationists Ant and Tessa Baber have created a little piece of paradise in what is already a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
The private 12,500 acre reserve carefully balances the conservation needs of the species it supports with the small number of lucky visitors who come to enjoy this stunning wilderness.
The original Ant’s Nest homestead and more recently conceived Ant’s Hill lodge accommodate no more than 28 guests at any one time. Rooms range from cosy stone and thatch rondavels to expansive family suites. The smaller Ant’s Nest can also be booked in exclusivity, perfect for a multi-generational stay.
We struggle to think of anywhere in South Africa that offers so much to so many. The reserve has no lions or elephants but still packs a punch in the safari department with white rhino, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and an enviable range of antelope, including the endangered sable and roan. The relative lack of more ‘challenging’ species means that heading out on foot and on horseback are often the preferred ways to experience the reserve’s 12 different ecological zones.
The reserve is a paradise for keen riders with around 90 horses who spend much of their time hanging out with the local wildlife. This familiarity affords riders of all competencies intimate encounters with the resident game, typically much closer than from a game drive vehicle. Younger children won’t miss out with led pony rides around the grounds of the lodges.
When you’re not in the saddle, enjoy guided bush walks, mountain biking, fishing, archery or even head out for a run through the reserve with one of the guides. A night time game drive to witness some of the reserve’s nocturnal protagonists and night sky safari are the perfect way to round off an action packed day.
Coral Tree luxury rating
Number of rooms
11 rooms and family suites split between two cosy lodges.
All ages welcome
Why we love it
"Great value, family fun offering an unparalleled range of activities."
Tess, Coral Tree founder
Key Highlights & Amenities
- Your own private reserve in the heart of the stunning Waterberg region
- Just two intimate lodges have access to this private and varied wilderness
- Broad range of activities to engage and exhaust your little explorers
- Wonderful horse riding opportunities to suit riders of all ages and competencies
- Chance to see rare sable and roan antelope
- Actively participate in conservation and game management activities