Horseback Safaris – The Ultimate Family Holiday

A horseback safari in South Africa may seem like a crazy idea for a family holiday to some – but really, it’s perfect. Just hear us out…

Planning a great family holiday can be quite a tricky experience. It’s all about finding that balance between providing the kids with enough activities to keep them entertained, while also allowing the parents that much needed R&R time.

When done right, everyone walks away with shared memories that will last a lifetime. It’s not something that can be overvalued. However, finding that idyllic family holiday experience can be a challenge. Many lodges claim to be ‘family-friendly’ but that often just refers to the accommodation rather than the experiences that they provide.

Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes, in the scenic Waterberg region of northern South Africa, is one of the few places that has perfected the family safari experience. Specialising in horseback safaris that are suitable for all ages and riding abilities, these two gorgeous lodges guarantee a brilliant holiday for the whole family.

Here are 5 reasons why a horseback safari at Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes is the ultimate family holiday destination:

  1. You don’t need to be a horse rider to enjoy this experience

Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill bush Homes is situated within a private reserve within the Waterberg region. This reserve has large wildlife such as rhino, buffalo, zebra, and a wide variety of antelope, however, it does not have the more dangerous animals such as elephant and lion. This means that it is safe for beginners and youngsters to ride within the reserve.


They have a large variety of fit, reliable and responsive horses and ponies, providing a choice for both the professional rider and the absolute beginner. Each ride is tailored to your riding ability and led by two professional guides, and the emphasis is always on safety. They also provide basic lessons for non-riders.


2. It’s an exciting way to explore the bush

Even if you have been on a safari holiday together before, seeing wildlife of horseback is a totally different and exhilarating way to experience the beautiful South African wilderness. The horses and wildlife live together and thus are unphased by each other’s presence. This allows you to enjoy a much more immersive experience and get up-close and personal with the animals without disturbing them. You can also explore remote areas of the bush that would be inaccessible to a vehicle.


In many ways, being on horseback in the wilderness is a restoring and cleansing activity that takes us away from our busy lives and technological distractions and allows us to slow down and connect with nature on a deeper level. It lets us appreciate the smaller things, like the smells and sounds of the bush, that we usually wouldn’t notice.

  1. There are lots of other fun activities on offer

In addition to the horse riding, Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes also offers a wide selection of other fun activities to take part in. These include mountain bike riding, guided walks, day and night game drives, fishing, snake and reptile talks, and bush running.


Alternatively, if relaxation is what you’re looking for, you can enjoy a private massage in your room, or simply just relax next to the pool with a good book and a cocktail in hand. Each day is planned around your personal preferences, and children are guaranteed to never be bored.


  1. Choose between several different accommodation options

Depending on your family’s different needs and preferences, there are several different accommodation options available to choose from.  From large bush homes with private pools and expansive views to smaller, more secluded options, there is something for everyone. The communal areas also offer a variety of cosy spots to enjoy.


  1. Fantastic food for the whole family

One of the biggest perks of a holiday is not having to cook or clean. Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes are fully catered, and the professional chefs can cater for all dietary requirements (from Celiac’s to vegans) as well as simple children’s menus if needed. Parents can look forward to gourmet meals paired with delicious South African wines, all while knowing that any fussy eaters in the family will be well cared for.


With the food, accommodation and activities all taken care of, it’s hard to think of anything else that you could require from a family holiday! All you need to do is arrive and enjoy the experience. Find out more about Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes by visiting their website: