South Africa : Waterberg
This is a stunning area in the north-eastern area of South Africa, it is Malaria free, perfect for self driving and has excellent game viewing opportunities whether it be in Madikwe National Park or from a private reserve. You can look at game on foot, from a vehicle or from horseback.
The Ant's Collection, preserved as a private game reserve, is in a unique part of South Africa's Waterberg Mountains. Nestled in a secluded valley, it is home to a huge diversity of game, bird life and flora. Here, Anthony and Tessa Baber will share with you their bush homes and their love for the wild. With a huge number of highly trained horses it is a must for riders but there are activities for everyone from guided walks, rhino tracking, game safaris, horseback rides, game drives and evening drives. The reserve has no lion or elephant however you can go on game drives in a nearby reserve should you wish to see them. You can either stay in Ant's Hill which can be book exclusively for groups up to 16 with spectacular views over the valley, or at the main lodge Ants Hill in private cottages dotted in the gardens, perfect for families, groups and honeymooners. Enjoy private romantic private meals at your own cottage or join Anthony for dinner as part of a larger group where you can share the stories from the day over some delicious home cooked meals.
Jembisa is an exceptional five-star private bush home set in a private reserve. The house is rented out exclusively to one group at a time and is ideal for groups of friends, families with children or special occasions such as weddings. Built of stone and thatch and decorated in smart Afro-colonial style, the house has six bedrooms, five bathrooms and lots of space for all the family including a library and a games room. A large wooden deck overlooks the river with all its wildlife, and there is a floodlit tennis court and large saltwater swimming pool for down time between safaris. The lodge has two resident chefs and a team of staff who have been with the family for years, giving it a very personal feel.
The entire set up is extremely family-friendly, to the extent that special food and mealtimes can be arranged for children, babysitting is free and there are plenty of activities to entertain little people whilst their parents are out on safari. The reserve is an unspoilt wilderness of rivers, cliffs, woodland and open savannah, and you can go out on day and night drives and guided walks. Spoor and tracking expeditions, ‘frogging’ and bush survival lessons are specially geared to children. Visits to Bushmen paintings, nearby Iron Age sites and nearby big five reserves are easily arranged, as is horse riding and fishing. For a change of scene and something a bit special, you can dine in the bush or sleep out under the stars.
The Observatory Bush Villa is a private home in the stunning Lebobo Private Reserve in the Waterberg Mountains. Available to rent exclusively the four bedroom house has its own private staff and is a playground for adults, from game drives and fishing to helicopter picnic trips, quad biking, kayaking, riding, swimming, star gazing in your own observatory, camping in a tree house next to hippos, cross country polaris driving and even skydiving!. As an alternative you can stay in Lebobo Lodge, just 5 minutes down the road with 8 classic individual en-suite chalets sleeping up to 18 guests with a heated swimming pool, sauna and fire pit and access to all the same activities as the Observatory. Meals are prepared by the talented resident chef using fresh local produce in an assortment of unique spots in the property from picnics in the bush to Braais around the pool or romantic starlit private dinners in a secluded spot. The atmosphere is relaxed and spontaneous. At a moment's notice you can take part in one of the variety of activities or simply enjoy drinks in the Jacuzzi or heated infinity pool watching the sun go down, everything here is tailored to your needs and desire. The reserve is perfect for families or groups looking for an unforgettable adventure.