Adventure of a Lifetime at Ant’s Lodges

A few months ago, enthusiastic rider Lauren and her mum Julie set off on the adventure of a lifetime to Ant’s Lodges in South Africa.

In this blog, Lauren tells us a bit more about her visit:

“We had decided that South Africa was the country we were most keen to visit and were looking for something relaxing and flexible, with a touch of luxury. We have both been riding for about 13 years and have our own horse, so we were keen to know our equestrian needs would be catered for. In The Saddle suggested a lodge-based stay at Ant’s Lodges and it fit the bill perfectly. The positive reviews on the In The Saddle website really aided our decision.

We stayed in Eagle’s Nest at Ant’s Hill. The views were breath-taking from our room upstairs in the main lodge. We were made to feel so welcome and included from the moment we arrived.


On horseback as the sun begins to dip towards the horizon

We really enjoyed spending time with the friendly staff, who had so many interesting stories to tell. It made us feel like we were among friends.

The chefs were so accommodating and you hardly went a few hours without food being on offer! A delicious breakfast set you up for the day, and after a few hours in the saddle we were ready for lunch. Following a relaxing few hours, afternoon tea gave us renewed energy for the afternoon’s activities. Sundowners and then dinner finished off the day!


Lauren during one of the exciting rides from Ant’s Hill

One evening during our stay we travelled the short journey from Ant’s Hill to Ant’s Nest (the second lodge on the same reserve) to see the white rhino. It was magical to see these rare animals at such close range and we even got to touch them.


Meeting the magical white rhino up close – baby ‘Scorcher’ to the left

In terms of other game we saw whilst riding, the giraffes were fabulous and they really towered above the horses!


Riders, with the ‘towering’ giraffe

The horses were great – responsive and forward going. My favourite was the lovely Masai and my Mum’s was Madikwe.


Lauren, with one of the much-loved horses at Ant’s Hill

The riding was wonderful and the highlight of the trip for me. No two days were the same and we never rode the same route twice. The icing on the cake was getting the chance to swim in the dam with the horses – something I have always wanted to do.


Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime – swimming in the dam with the horses

We would love to go back one day and I can see why so many In The Saddle guests rave about Ant’s Lodges.”

Many thanks Lauren, for sharing your experiences with us. We hope you enjoy your next In The Saddle adventure in the Azores next year!

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