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Discover Ant's Nest

Ant's Nest is one of two properties on a private game reserve in the magnificent malaria-free Waterberg region of South Africa, just three hours' drive from Johannesburg Airport. One of the best child-friendly lodges in Africa, Ant's Nest offers a true 'home-from-home' experience.

Ant's Nest has six classic bedrooms in the original colonial homestead overlooking a waterhole and surrounded by the Waterberg's dramatic scenery. There are different room types from standard to deluxe family rooms. Rooms can be booked individually, or Ant's Nest can be booked exclusively, ideal for large families or special occasions. Expect delicious al-fresco dining and a vast variety of safari activities including horse riding, mountain biking, fishing, guided walks, game drives and children's activities.

The lodge's knowledgeable guides will accompany you on game-viewing experiences; tailoring the day around your needs with no fixed times. The atmosphere here is relaxed and friendly. The property is surrounded by open plains where horses, rhino and other game frequently graze within sight of your sun lounger.

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  • The chance to join in on some of the management activities of the reserve
  • Guides who tailor your day around your needs with no fixed times
  • A relaxed and friendly atmosphere
  • Unique activities like horseback riding, mountain biking and rhino tracking
  • One of the most child-friendly safari lodges in Africa

At a glance

  • 6 Rooms & Suites
  • All Ages
  • Open All Year
  • Family Rooms
  • All Inclusive
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We handpick partners who share our commitment to protecting their environment, conserving wildlife and benefitting local communities.

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"You can be creative on safari too. Why not learn to sculpt, draw or do a photography course in the middle of the African bush."

Indulge your passions


Adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most.

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Sample Itineraries


From majestic wildlife to out of this world natural wonders, cultural melting pots and enchanting beaches, every bespoke Mahlatini journey is thrilling. Unsure where to visit? Whether it’s a bucket-list adventure, a milestone celebration or simply a much-needed escape, experience the joy with this inspiring selection of favorites.

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At Mahlatini, we like to make things easy for you. Browse our website for inspiration or pick up the phone. Whether you’re full of ideas or unsure of where to start, we’re here to help. Serial safari-goer or first-time visitor, we’re ready to create your ultimate tailormade itinerary.

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