As another year draws to a close, we take a moment to reflect upon the changes and developments that have happened here at the Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes.
Roan antelope had occurred naturally in the Waterberg until the emergence of cattle farms in the area. As cattle farming began to take off, the roan antelope were either shot or moved out due to the competition for grazing. That is why the team at Ant’s Nest is so excited to be able to welcome roan antelope back to the Waterberg area!
2015 Game Census
In July this year, we held our annual game census ride where we spend several days tracking and counting all the animals in the reserve. During the census we captured and relocated a sable antelope bull. This was done in order to reintroduce the roan antelope to the reserve – a dream that has become a reality at Ant’s! Here are a few pics of the newbies.
Ant’s Nest lodge new developments.
The downstairs bar area has been renovated to create a better and more efficient space and now has double doors leading onto the veranda.
The Davidson suite has also had a face lift and the Rondavel has a whole new bathroom complete with outside shower. We are also very excited to have added six new ‘forward going’ thoroughbreds to our 85 strong herd of horses. Our in house ‘horse-whisperer’, Leroux, is spending time getting them accustomed to the rugged terrain and being up close to the big game.
Onward to 2016
It’s been a busy year here at Ant’s and we’re sure 2016 will be much the same! We’ve already got two major rides scheduled: the annual game census safari (of course) and we will also be hosting the Waterberg Trust Challenge Ride next year in an effort to raise funds for rhino conservation and community projects. Find out more about this ride here.