A Dramatic, Pristine Wilderness. Great for Families.


Facilities & services

  • Ant's Nest and Hill Lodges
  • Shambala Private Reserve
  • Marakele National Park


  • Day and Night Game Drives
  • Horse Safaris
  • Fishing (Septâ??April)
  • Guided Walks
  • Picnics
  • River Swimming (in summer months)
  • Visits to archaeological sites
  • Take part in Management activities : game capture, treating injured animals, game consensus on horseback, burning firebreaks etc
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting

One of the richest regions for pristine flora and fauna in all of South Africa, the Waterberg (a declared UNESCO Biosphere Reserve) mountain ridge that stretches for over 150 kilometres incorporates quite a few private game reserves as well as the Marakele National Park.

Rugged bushveld plains carved up by deep gorges, dramatic canyons adorned with bushman rock paintings, stunning valleys, copper-coloured ridges and the Palala and Blacklands rivers, are all what makes this reserve so striking.

Yet it’s not only the landscape that captivates but the variety of wildlife too: black and white rhino, wild dog, leopard, buffalo, giraffe, sable, antelope, oryx, blue wildebeest, zebra, waterbuck, baboons, jackal, caracal, civet, genet and over 300 species of bird are but some of the wild residents to see.

The region is malaria-free and Ant’s has the best horse riding safaris in all of South Africa with some superb children programs too.

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