Horseback riding in Waterberg, South Africa

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Waterberg Safari Lodge

Accommodations for Waterberg Safari Lodge

This is a stationary ride, so all nights will be at the same location.

Both lodges were uniquely designed by the owner to blend into the natural environment around them, yet create spacious and luxurious living areas with the splash of bright African colors and fabrics, and the warmth of the local rock, timber, and thatch materials. The property offers heated swimming pools to lounge in between safaris, a delicious blend of local and international gourmet cuisine, and al fresco dining after a long day in the saddle! Also included in your stay is laundry, WIFI, English and European adapters. All rooms are equipped with the necessary amenities such as safes, fans, hair dryers and mini bars.

Ant’s Hill
Ant's Hill is the newest property built on a cliff offering breathtaking views across the Waterberg, and consists of two privately appointed "honeymoon" cottages, one family cottage with a master bedroom and 2 twin rooms, and a special twin/single lodge room with a spectacular view over looking the gorge as well as a luxurious two bedroom cottage with its own plunge pool. The impressive and welcoming thatched lodge is exotically furnished, and is both sophisticated and comfortable. The draped four-poster beds in the rooms of the cottages and lodge are seven foot wide and each en-suite bathroom is spectacular, offering guests sunken baths and waterfall showers. Ant’s Hill caters for a maximum of 16 guests at a time and is usually booked on a non exclusive basis with multiple parties at a time; however, if you wish to book the lodge on an exclusive basis, this can be done! There is a communal dining room, a sitting area with a fireplace for evening socializing, and a charming wet bar to keep the drinks flowing if you wish!

Ant’s Nest
Ant’s Nest lodge property is where it all began. Lying in a natural amphitheater of the original Baber homestead, it has beautiful wide verandahs, and a classic African atmosphere. The luxurious en-suite lodge rooms accommodate a maximum of 12 guests (6 bedrooms). Tessa, who grew up in Kenya, brought their colonial home a new stylish warmth when she redesigned the property, using classic furniture fashioned from local fabrics, timber and stone. There is a 15 meter pool in the garden, ideal for cooling off after a day of riding; it is heated all year round. Extensive lawns (which the rhino herd often comes to graze on in the morning!) and beds of indigenous plants surround the pool and home and there is a wonderful thatched chill out spot with vast sofa beds to relax on during the heat of the day. It is ideal for larger groups travelling together or a multi generational group to take it up exclusively.

Room Options
The package prices are based on the 'Standard' category in Ants Nest and the 'Standard Superior' category in Ants Hill. Other room categories have a surcharge.
The Cottages are for families or parties of 4-6 and have a separate rate structure. Please inquire for rates.

Standard rooms

The Davidson (Ant's Nest)

These are two comfortable bedrooms located downstairs in the original homestead. The double room has a four poster bed and en-suite bathroom, with doors opening up onto a private verandah area with outside seating. Located just next door is a twin room (which can be converted to a double), also with en-suite bathroom and doors opening out to the verandah. These rooms can be booked individually or booked by a family as the rooms are adjacent to one another. These rooms are connected by a passage to a cozy sitting room with an open fireplace, perfect for relaxing on those chilly evenings, and an indoor dining and bar area.

Standard Superior rooms

Rondavel (Ant's Nest)

This is a charming double room, built in the traditionally African circular form with high thatched roof, set to the side of the main house. The outside verandah offers a private seating area with chill out day bed, leading into the bedroom with rustic four poster bed, perfect for couples wanting to enjoy a romantic escape. The room also contains a four poster day bed, suitable for a child sharing with parents. Leading off the bedroom is an en-suite bathroom with bath, shower and an outside shower. There is also a mini bar with tea and coffee making facilities

Eagles Nest (Ant's Hill)

Located above the main lodge, this delightfully appointed room has some of the best views the lodge has to offer, and it can be booked as either a twin or double room. It has an en-suite bathroom and spacious outside balcony with carved day bed the perfect place to chill out in the heat of the day. There is a mini bar with tea and coffee making facilities.  For those with older children, this room is ideal in conjunction with Lookout.

Deluxe rooms

Sable Suite (Ant's Nest)
Upstairs in the main house is a very spacious luxury suite, perfect for families. The master bedroom features a king-size four poster bed with incredible views overlooking the gardens and bush beyond. This leads through to an exceptionally large bathroom and dressing area with bath and shower. Located beside this is an en-suite twin (which can be converted to a double), ideal for two children travelling with their parents. An additional ¾ four poster bed is located just outside this bedroom, for a third child. There is a spacious sitting room with comfortable sofas and a fireplace, alongside a dining area and full bar with tea and coffee making facilities. This opens up on to a very comfortable private verandah with shady seating area.

Weaver Suite (Ant's Nest)
This is without a doubt our largest double room and private verandah that we have, with its expansive views across the valley, this room has a king-size four poster bed as well as a large four poster day bed and still lots more room for an extra bed should you have kids sharing. The en-suite bathroom has a bath and separate shower. The verandah overlooking the bush is perfect for relaxing in the heat of the day and is ideal for private dinners.  A perfect suite for honeymooners or families traveling with small kids.  There is also a mini bar with tea and coffee making facilities.

Lookout (Ant's Hill)

Contains a king-size four poster bed, as well as day bed that can be used to accommodate a child sharing with their parents. The bedroom features a fireplace to keep you cozy on winter evenings and opens out onto a deck with carved daybed, overlooking the valley and a water hole where animals often come to drink. The open plan en-suite bathroom features a bath with a view, a waterfall shower and an outdoor shower overlooking the valley for that ‘in the bush’ feeling. The room has a mini bar with tea and coffee making facilities on the veranda.

Superior Deluxe rooms

Hideaway (Ant's Hill)

The King-size four poster bed has stunning views across the valley with French doors opening up onto the outside deck and verandah.. The verandah features a carved day bed for relaxing in the shade, wooden steps take you down to a private garden and plunge pool. For those winter evenings there is a cozy seating area inside with an open fire. The open plan en-suite bathroom features a sunken bath and French doors which open onto the deck to bring the outside indoors. There is a waterfall shower inside and an outside shower overlooking the valley. The room has a mini bar with tea and coffee making facilities.


Family Cottage (Ant's Hill - for up to 6 pax)

Ideal for families of up to six people, this is a home away from home. The spacious en-suite master bedroom features a king-size four poster bed and open plan bathroom including a bath with a view and waterfall shower. The second bedroom, a twin with two four poster beds can be converted into a double giving you a king-size bed, should there be two couples travelling together. This room shares a bathroom with the loft bedroom, nestled under the thatched roof, which is perfect for children. This cottage has a large sitting room, with open fire place and dining area, opening onto a decked balcony with views over the valley. There is a mini bar with tea and coffee making facilities in the lounge area. Family cottage is based on a rate for the whole cottage up to 5 people, extra beds are available at an additional cost.

Superior Cottage

World's View (Ant's Hill- for up to 5 pax)

It is perfect for families of up to five people or two couples travelling together. The en-suite double bedroom upstairs with bath and shower opens up on to a private balcony with an outside bath overlooking the stunning valley below, where giraffe, zebra, kudu and eland can often be seen wandering. The spacious bedroom downstairs opens on to the private pool, can be either a twin, double or triple and has an en-suite bathroom featuring a bath with a view, a shower and an outside waterfall shower. There is a covered veranda with comfortable day beds outside for relaxing during the heat of the day, leading to the pool area with sunbeds. On chilly winter evenings one can cozy up next to the open fire in the sitting room with a glass of wine from the mini-bar. Tea and coffee facilities are also available. World’s view is based on a cottage rate up to 4 people, extra beds are available at an additional cost.

Room Occupancy
Single supplement is mandatory if we are unable to find another rider to share.

All meals are included. Lunch is included either on arrival OR departure.

We take great pride in our scrumptious home cooking, dining outside whenever possible under the shady trees. We often end morning game activities with a bush lunch, whilst at night we sit around open fires under the stars. Some of the best food you will eat at lodges in South Africa: simply delicious!

Lunch is usually served from noon to 2pm.

Excellent South African house wines and beer are served with lunch and dinner.
Cellar wines, premium spirits, liquors and champagne are available at an additional cost.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater for all dietary requirements and have a vegetarian menu available.


This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

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Waterberg Safari Lodge
Tour Code: IT-SASR03
5 days / 4 nights ~$1,380.00
Dates : Available all Year

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Exceptional
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
C 2021 01/10 - 03/19 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Nest (... 2 /6 Reserve
D 2021 01/10 - 03/19 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Hill (... 2 /6 Reserve
A 2021 03/20 - 04/30 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Nest (... 2 /6 Reserve
B 2021 03/20 - 04/30 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Hill (... 2 /6 Reserve
C 2021 05/01 - 06/30 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Nest (... 2 /6 Reserve
D 2021 05/01 - 06/30 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Hill (... 2 /6 Reserve
A 2021 07/01 - 08/31 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Nest (... 2 /6 Reserve
B 2021 07/01 - 08/31 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Hill (... 2 /6 Reserve
C 2021 09/01 - 09/30 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Nest (... 2 /6 Reserve
D 2021 09/01 - 09/30 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Hill (... 2 /6 Reserve
A 2021 10/01 - 11/03 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Nest (... 2 /6 Reserve
B 2021 10/01 - 11/03 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Hill (... 2 /6 Reserve
C 2021 11/04 - 01/09 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Nest (... 2 /6 Reserve
D 2021 11/04 - 01/09 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Hill (... 2 /6 Reserve
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Tack: McClellan saddles and English saddles
Horses: Boerperd Thouroughbreds Anglo Boerpe...
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Airport: O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
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