Situated in South Africa’s mountainous Limpopo province, approximately 3 hours from Johannesburg, the wild and wonderful Waterberg awaits. Despite its relative proximity to the city, the Waterberg wilderness will make you feel like you’re in a wild world of your own.

Here are three reasons why we believe that the Waterberg is one of the best places for a safari in South Africa:

Secluded and Scenic

Spanning over 150,000 hectares, the Waterberg is one of the lesser-visited corners of South Africa and is often overlooked in favour of the more popular wilderness areas, such as Kruger. However, this only adds to its appeal as it offers an uncrowded safari experience. It also offers a strikingly beautiful landscape that starts at the famous Seven Sisters mountain range that stand guard at the entrance to the Waterberg plateau, and stretches across wide-open grasslands and towering natural formations.

Seven Sisters mountain range © Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes

Diverse Flora and Fauna

The Waterberg is immensely rich in biological diversity as it is situated on an intercontinental divergence zone and encompasses 12 different ecological zones. The result of this is that the Waterberg is home to a wider variety of flora and fauna that anywhere else in Africa. This comprises about 129 mammal species (including the Big Five), over 2000 plant species, more than 380 bird species, more than 130 butterfly species, and over 140 tree species. It has also been recognised by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve and the only savannah biosphere in the world.


Rhinos in the Waterberg © Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes/Andrew Yates Photography

Rich and Fascinating History

The Waterberg is one of the most significant archaeological and paleontological sites in South Africa. Its history runs deep as the area is estimated to be 1.8 – 2.2 billion years old, roughly half the age of the earth. Ancient humanoid fossils, dating back 3 million years, have been discovered in the region and there are also numerous sites with thousand-year-old bushman paintings showing evidence of the presence of the San. In the 19th century, hardy pioneer families and mining prospectors began to settle and call the area ‘home’.


Waterberg bushman paintings © Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes


Owner and founder of Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes, Ant Baber is a descendant of one of the first English families to settle in The Waterberg in 1886 and is more familiar with the Waterberg than most. Enamored with the Waterberg and all its wonders, Ant decided to start his own lodge in the area in the mid 1990’s. Now, almost 30 years later, Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes is one of the premier safari lodges to stay in while in the Waterberg.


Aerial view of the main lodge area at Ant’s Hill Bush Home © Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes

The two beautiful ‘bush homes’ are located on their own private game reserve and provide not only luxury accommodation options and world-class service, but also a variety of activities suitable for the whole family. From horseback safaris, to guided game drives, bush walks, and mountain biking – guests can pick and choose how they’d like to experience the Waterberg.


Horse riding with buffalo © Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes/Andrew Yates Photography

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