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Why we like it
- This refurbished main colonial house is situated in a natural amphitheater
- The six luxurious en-suite bedrooms accommodate a maximum of twelve guests
- Enjoy fabulous horse riding safaris, guided bush walks or game drives
- The malaria-free reserve boasts an abundance of game, including white rhino, magnificent sable antelope and a vast variety of other game
- The lodge welcomes children of all ages
Surrounding the pool a thatched chill-out spot with vast sofa beds is perfect for relaxing with a cold drink during the heat of the day.
Joanne Swinton's detailed knowledge of South Africa has been invaluable and her enthusiasm to respond to our needs is greatly appreciated.
- FJ, Perthshire
The original homestead with its wide verandas has a classic African atmosphere. Nestled in landscaped gardens, the expansive swimming pool blends naturally into the surroundings. Ant's Nest is perfect for small groups, honeymoon couples or families with children of all ages. Sumptuous cuisine, served in a variety of secluded and alternative places, bush breakfasts, lunches under the shade of a sheltering tree and dinner under the stars are all part of the daily routine.
Best time to be there
October to May is the best time to visit the Cape. Game viewing is better during the drier months of April to September. The wildflower season is generally from mid August to mid September. The whale watching season runs from June to November.
11 hours 30 minutes/10 hours 30 minutes non-stop
GMT +2 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate if arriving or in transit for more than 12 hours from an endemic area.
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