ntares is a small rustic bush camp which is offered as an exclusive facility for small groups or families. Boasting five en-suite bedrooms but only catering for a maximum of eight guests at any one time ensures that you and your friends can enjoy this piece of paradise on your own.
As you walk through the entrance with the giant Baobab framed in the background, take note of the tracks from the lions that walked through after we laid the fresh concrete. You will emerge onto a deck that leads you into the spacious lounge and dining area of the camp and a view through the open doors down to the waterhole. Either side of the deck is a bushveld garden with a variety of aloes and other indigenous plants that promise to attract plenty of birds and butterflies throughout the year.
The dining room, reception and spacious lounge boast portraits of Ian’s family, as well as various pieces of antique furniture. The open rafters create an impression of vast space and are designed to keep the space cool in summer.
The dining area looks across the bushveld towards Grietjie Berg and is easily serviced from the adjoining kitchen area. A stone cladded fireplace adds a beautiful ambience especially during the cooler winter evenings although our winters are generally fairly mild.
Moving through into the lounge area, the guests are greeted by impressive Leadwood trees incorporated into the design and furniture, along with recycled pallet furniture. Comfortable sofas, a well-stocked library and a display unit of interesting artefacts from the bush make this an informative area within the lodge.
Our policy is to try and up-cycle as much as we can while at the same time ensuring a degree of sophistication. The Leadwood trees were recovered from our own property, making use of trees that had been cut down several years ago.
Two decks lead off the lounge with stunning views down to the waterhole. Guests can enjoy the plunge pool on hot summer days, and the nearby braai (barbecue) area provides an authentic African experience.
Inside the main building guests can make use of the large kitchen equipped with a large electric oven and 5-ring gas hob. Alternatively, Antares offers you the opportunity to request a chef who will come on site and prepare all your meals for you, allowing you to relax and enjoy the bush to its fullest. You will still be responsible for providing all the food and beverage requirements for your party. (The chef is an optional extra for which there will be an additional fee.) Please note that as we are not a licensed facility, all guests will need to supply their own beverages.
Each of the five bedrooms boast an en-suite bathroom with outside shower allowing you to enjoy those starry nights after a magical game drive where you may have been lucky enough to see an elusive leopard. One of the bedrooms is set up as a family room, a queen bed for Mum and Dad and at the other end an adjoining room with a bunk bed, ensuring that even families with younger children can enjoy our hospitality.