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Self-catering Accommodation
Antares offers a warm, authentic and relaxing bush experience in
an exclusive and welcoming rustic setting, to nature enthusiasts and
photographic groups who are looking for a great Kruger alternative with unique
opportunities for sight-seeing and game-viewing at affordable rates.

Antares 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.

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For those guests that have their own transport we have parking for up to 3 vehicles. If you are one of the few tourists relying on public transport then transfers can be arranged from Eastgate airport in Hoedspruit or you could catch the Ashtons shuttle from Johannesburg which will drop you at the entrance gate to the reserve, www.ashtonstours.com. 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 relaxing in the clear African air 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.

 

To make a booking or to inquire about availability please submit the booking form below.

Accommodation Rates

Please note that the rates quoted are based on the exclusive use of the camp. Whether your party is just two of you or you make use of all eight beds, the price of R16 000/night is the same.

 

At only R16 000/night this is an affordable getaway that includes unrestricted access to Umgede Hide and an opportunity to enjoy a game drive across 7000Ha of bushveld looking for those special sightings. Additional guided activities and other safari excursions can be booked in advance or on arrival.

 

Should you wish to make use of a chef during your stay we can arrange this for an additional R2500/night. It will still be your responsibility to bring along all your food and beverage requirements. We require at least a week’s notice that you need to book a chef as we outsource this. Our pool of chefs all have outstanding references and will be able to produce almost anything you ask.

 

Minimum stay is 2 night.

Deposit required equivalent of 1st nights stay.

Cancellation fees:

If booking is cancelled more than 7 days before arrival date, full deposit less 10% handling fee will be refunded. If booking is cancelled within 7 days of date of arrival full deposit is non-refundable.

Credit card facilities available. We also accept payment in cash or by EFT.