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Antares Bush Camp & Safaris

39 Grietjie, Phalaborwa 1390 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 20/08/13 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20/08/13 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#7 of 40 Speciality lodging in Phalaborwa
Antares Bush Camp is a recently refurbished self-catering camp with a maximum of 8 beds in 5 en-suite bedrooms. Each room has an indoor and outside shower. The main entertainment area comprises a large spacious kitchen, and with a dining area that can comfortably seat 10 guests allowing for the hosts to be included at meal times should the guests wish. The open plan arrangement leading into the lounge area with exposed rafters offers you the sense of a very large and spacious building. Leading off the lounge are two decks, one of which is set up for outside dining and the other as a relaxation deck by the small swimming pool both overlook the waterhole where many animals come down for a drink. An underground hide at the waterhole allows guests an opportunity to spend many hours sitting at ground level and enjoying the experience of a herd of elephant just meters from the end of your camera or even a flock of small birds enjoying a drink and a bath. The camp is offered as an elusive unit so you will only be sharing the facilities with your own party which makes it even more appealing in today's troubled times when Covid-19 is at the top of everyone's concerns. Our camp has been sanitised and we have protocols in place to ensure the guests can have complete peace of mind during the stay with us.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool / beach towels
Walking tours
BBQ facilities
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor pool
Plunge pool
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
First aid kit
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Air conditioning
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
Walk-in shower
Electric kettle
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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39 Grietjie, Phalaborwa 1390 South Africa
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Phalaborwa Airport25 kmSee all flights
Hoedspruit Airport31 kmSee all flights
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VilliersSteyn wrote a review Aug 2020
Hoedspruit, South Africa51 contributions3 helpful votes
I was lucky enough to be one of the very first visitors to Antares Bush Camp when it opened in August 2020. The camp is surprisingly luxurious and extremely comfortable, and it's the perfect place for a group of friends that want to self-cater in the Greater Kruger. Umgede underground hide is located walking distance from camp and I spent most of our four days at Antares in it! It's extremely comfortable with a day bed, fridge and kettle as well as super comfy chairs... And the eye-level view is magnificent for photography! We saw giraffes, impalas, koedoes, baboons, elephants AND lions! In fact, I was able to photograph one of the lions below the Milky Way one night... If you love wildlife photography and you're looking for something new and interesting, this is the place for
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Date of stay: August 2020
Response from Ian Owtram, Owner at Antares Bush Camp & Safaris
Responded 01 Sep 2020
Thanks so much Villiers. It was such an honour to be able to spend time with you and to appreciate your photographic skills and good company
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Katie Nicolle wrote a review Aug 2020
Tzaneen, South Africa4 contributions
I can highly recommend Antares Bush Camp for families and friends looking for a bush getaway with an exceptional Hide experience perfect for photographers. Antares has set the standard for underground hide design. It's large and cosy at the same time, beautifully finished and furnished with power sockets to charge your equipment, a fridge and kettle for that amazing first cup of coffee first thing in the morning waiting for the wildlife to arrive in perfect golden morning light. If you really want to and are determined to get specific night time photography opportunities you can spend all day and night in this hide comfortably (trust me!) The lodge is beautifully built and has all the amenities you could need, a plunge pool for those hot days and a boma area overlooking the
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Date of stay: August 2020
Response from Ian Owtram, Owner at Antares Bush Camp & Safaris
Responded 01 Sep 2020
Thank so much Katie, really appreciate your kind words
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faunadoc wrote a review Nov 2018
Puget Sound, WA66 contributions62 helpful votes
We did not spend the night in the hostel but we went on an amazing game drive with Ian and about a dozen people in two open Land Rovers. Within 15 minutes of leaving the lodge we were parked in the middle of a one lane dirt road, engine off, while a breeding herd of elephant moms and young babies flowed around us calmly feeding. OK, that was pretty amazing listening to them rumble back and forth to each other from a few feet away. But then we drove to where lions had been spotted earlier and there they were! Two brothers were snoozing a few feet off the road. As we sat and watched them they yawned, marked their territory both with urine and tree scratching, and calmly sauntered off without being the least bit disturbed by our presence. Later on we saw more elephants with
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Quandi V wrote a review Nov 2018
Phalaborwa, South Africa2 contributions1 helpful vote
A lovely getaway into the bush. Experience amazing wildlife and bird watching. We had a wonderful time relaxing next to or in the pool. We will most definitely be back. Thank you Ian for an unforgettable stay.
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Date of stay: January 2018
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vdmerwejapie wrote a review Nov 2018
2 contributions2 helpful votes
Antares provides the real nature lover with a wonderful African bush experience very close to nature.The facilities are basic , but more than sufficient to make sure that your stay will be remembered forever. Ian and Mell together with their staff , with their helpfulness, ensure that your stay is enjoyed .Antares is recommended without any doubt.
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Date of stay: June 2018
1 Helpful vote
Response from ianowtram2016, Owner at Antares Bush Camp & Safaris
Responded 14 Nov 2018
Hi Japie Many thanks for this. We look forward to welcoming you once again next year. Regards Ian and Mel
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