Antares | Backpackers Accommodation
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Backpackers Accommodation

Antares offers an alternative style of backpackers accommodation for those nature loving tourists
who would prefer to get away from the city lights and traffic
.

The accommodation is set within the Grietjie Nature Reserve where wild animals are free to roam as they please. Elephants and lions abound on the reserve and are frequent visitors to the small waterhole.

The centre has 4 rooms which can accommodate a maximum of 12 guests at any time. There are 2 rooms with 4 beds in each and 2 rooms with 2 beds. There are 3 bathrooms which are shared, each with a shower, basin and toilet.

Inside the main building is a fully electrified kitchen, with all the basic equipment required for home cooking. There are amply supplies of crockery and cutlery and 2 fridge/freezers, a stove and a microwave. The kitchen is open plan and leads on to an indoor dining area that can seat 10 guests comfortably. Around the corner is a lounge area with several comfortable lounge suites, a tv and video player as well as a small library of magazines and books.

Outdoors is another dining area which allows you to enjoy your meal while watching the diverse array of animals coming down to relinquish their thirst. A small plunge pool is available for those hot summer days and an enjoyable sundowner makes for the perfect end to a glorious day. There is also a small open fireplace for those cooler winter evenings and a separate braai area perfect for cooking those sizzling steaks that South Africa is famous for. Why would you opt for a town location when you can enjoy your cold beer in the company of a herd of elephants, or listen to the roar of the lions as you sit around your open fire waiting for that delicious steak?

There is a single strand electric fence surrounding the buildings which keep the elephants away, but other wildlife is free to come and go, so guests are advised to be aware of their surroundings at all times.

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Elephants at the waterhole
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For those guests that have their own transport we have covered parking for up to 6 vehicles. If you are one of the few tourists relying on public transport then transfers can be arranged from Phalaborwa or Hoedspruit. You just need to let us know your travel plans so we can make the arrangements to collect you and your luggage on time.

Once you have settled in you have a choice of breathing in the fresh African air and just relaxing with the animals coming to you, or you can arrange to go on a guided experience, either in an open game viewer or on foot. The reserve is home to all of the Big 5 and so guests are unfortunately not allowed to go unaccompanied on the reserve for their own safety as well as for the privacy of the other landowners.

Our rates are very competitive and when you factor in the surroundings as well, you will be hard pressed to find a more affordable location to experience your African Safari. The basic rates are R250/night/person. If you would like a twin room on your own there is a single supplement of R100 on top of the basic rate. A group booking for a family or friends can secure a 4-bed room for R900/night. Guided activities are extra and available on request. To make a book or to enquire about availability please submit the booking form below.