Ants Hill

Madikwe & the Waterberg

On a private game reserve in the Waterberg region of South Africa’s north-westerly Limpopo province, Ant’s Hill is three hours’ drive north of Johannesburg. With a dramatic setting on the edge of an escarpment, the main lodge’s rooms, veranda and deck overlook a gorge and a waterhole popular with game.

Guest accommodation is provided in four cottages and a double room above the main lodge. Four-poster beds, sunken baths and waterfall showers provide comforts after a day among the creatures. Ant’s Hill aims to blend into the bush, with a thatch roof and huge doors folding all the way open. Outside, a dramatic natural infinity pool is set into boulders on the cliff-edge, cascading over the lip of the gorge.

Horse riding is a big feature of a stay at Ant’s Hill, with a team of horse managers and guides ready to get even the most inexperienced guest into the saddle. Whether you choose horseback or prefer a guided walk or game drive, the Waterberg area’s outstanding range of flora and fauna is reliably rewarding.

Ant’s prides itself on its family friendliness, with a unique policy of allowing children of all ages to join the adults on game-viewing activities, whether on foot or horseback. In addition to two two-bedroom cottages, Ant’s Hill also provides a trampoline, sand pit, and a good range of toys and books.

Ants Hill Information


Waterberg Plateau, Limpopo Province, 3-hours drive north of Johannesburg International Airport, 3.5-hours drive east of Madikwe and 5-hours drive west of the Kruger National Park.


2 Honeymoon cottages, 1 family cottage, 1 two-bedroom cottage, 1 twin/double bedroom situated above the main lodge.


Horse-riding, game drives, guided walks, mountain biking, massage.


Welcome and extremely well catered for. Safari experiences, guided bug walks, heated swimming pool, toys and games, pony rides.

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Why we recommend Ants Hill

"An ideal family option, Ant’s Hill is located in the malaria-free Waterberg Reserve, with beautiful views overlooking the distant mountain ranges. With a plethora of diverse activities to choose from, most notably horseback-riding, you can choose just how adventure-packed or relaxation-filled your holiday."

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