7-day Waterberg Lodge Family Safari

Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill are both very private bush homes. They are on their own private game reserve in the magnificent, malaria-free Waterberg region of the Limpopo province in South Africa. Ant’s aim is to provide our guests with a unique safari experience, offering a wide range of activities to keep everyone entertained, from the youngest to the oldest, the fittest to those most in need of a rest.

Please note we do not have elephant nor lion on the reserve, thus creating a game-viewing environment where walking and horse riding for all ages and abilities are catered for.

Please note longer and shorter stays are available.

The following is the purely a suggested itinerary and may vary according to weather conditions, time of year and movement of the animals, age of any children and general interests of your family.



  • The Waterberg Biosphere
  • Johannesburg
  • South Africa

Tour Summary

Full Day by Day Itinerary


Day 1 : The Waterberg Biosphere

You will be meet at OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport and transferred by road to the lodge (approximately 3.5 hours). You will be shown to your room and then depending on your time of arrival sit down for lunch or afternoon tea. Then set off on your first activity - perhaps a game drive to familiarise yourself with the terrain and reserve lay out. You might come across giraffe and zebra on your drive - or perhaps the shy buffalo.


Day 2 : The Waterberg Biosphere

Wake up early this morning to head out on your first guided walk. Try to find the "Little five" and look for the foot prints of giraffe, rhino and eland. Return to the lodge for lunch then splash around in the pool.

Afternoon tea is served then if the temperatures and light is right then your guides may take you fishing in one of the many dams on the reserve. You may even see the impala and warthogs come to drink while you are there.



Day 3 : The Waterberg Biosphere

This morning you may opt to all have a go at horse riding through the bush. You might come across giraffe in the thorn trees, or wilderbeest on the open plains. Then as you come around the corner a delicious bush breakfast awaits. Unsaddle the horses and let them run home free while you tuck into a hearty brunch.

The afternoon could be a game drive - tracking the huge pre-historic looking rhino. A sight you will never forget.



Day 4 : The Waterberg Biosphere

Today you can decide which activities you would like to do, perhaps another horse ride, game walk or another mountain bike ride. Perhaps an afternoon game drive which extends into the evening then returning to the main lodge for dinner.


Day 5 : The Waterberg Biosphere

Sleep in a bit today after yesterday’s big day out. Then take a game drive to see if you can find the buffalo and the rare and beautiful Sable antelope. You guide will tell you about the breeding project that is run on the reserve to ensure that both species increase.

After lunch back at the lodge and some more fun in the pool, head out later in the afternoon on mountain bikes to test your stamina and skill at negotiating the sandy tracks and avoiding thorn trees.



Day 6 : The Waterberg Biosphere

This morning perhaps you are all ready for another go at horse riding. This time setting off in a different direction to see if you can track the impala or zebra out onto the plains.

The afternoon could be another game drive, stopping for sundowners then continuing on a night game drive, with the spot light in search of the nocturnal animals - bush babies, spring hares and you might even be lucky enough to see a leopard.



Day 7 : Departure

Whichever activity has been your favourite can usually be done again on the last morning (time permitting). Then it's time to pack up and say good bye as you head back to Johannesburg or onto another lodge for your onward travel arrangements.


Game drives
Guided walks
Guided mountain biking
Horse riding
Fully inclusive accommodation
Lunch on arrival or departure
Rhino Conservancy fee


International and regional flights
Return airport transfers from/to Johannesburg airport to the lodge
​​​​​​​Additional lunch
Off site activities