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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.
A note from Antares Bush Camp & Safaris
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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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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Private bathrooms
Walk-in shower
Electric kettle
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Non-smoking 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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Therealtanan wrote a review Nov 2020
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What an incredible privilege to be able to stay here. The hide is built in a way to give you an eye level view with the ground. To be so close to wildlife and to be able to hear the amazing sounds of both the animals and the environment is truly something which creates great memories. Thank you Antares for our beautiful stay.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Jake wrote a review Nov 2020
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Antares is a refreshingly affordable self-catering, big 5 bush camp. If you enjoy photography you will love spending hours in the state of the art photographic hide putting you at eye level with wildlife coming to drink In the waterhole a few meters from you. The camp is simply laid out and very comfortable perfect for families (2 comfortably in 2 wings) or a single group. Although there are other bish camps and houses in the area around Antares there are great tracts of pristine bush where you head to on drives along the Olifants River and surrounds. A wonderful spot.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Response from Ian Owtram, Owner at Antares Bush Camp & Safaris
Responded 09 Nov 2020
Thank you jake. Hope we can ensure that all your guests have a pleasant stay with us
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Karl van der Westhuizen wrote a review Nov 2020
1 contribution
I was kindly invited by Ian to visit the newly revamped camp and it was a real treat. I could only stay one night as it was the only time I had, but I will be back. We had Lions and Elephants on the evening drive, with a lovely sundowner at the river. We opted to spend the following morning in the luxurious Umgede hide in the hope of getting one of those magic photos from below eye level, but my time ran out before the gentle giants arrived for a drink. Can’t wait to get back there again. Thanks again to Ian for the lovely stay.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Response from Ian Owtram, Owner at Antares Bush Camp & Safaris
Responded 09 Nov 2020
Good to have had you even if it was just one night this time
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Quintin Page wrote a review Nov 2020
1 contribution
Wow, what an amazing experience. Ian our host is one of the best, so much knowledge and experience. The Lodge is amazing and the Hide is out of this world. Our Kids really enjoyed it and Ian was so informative with them. The swimming pool is just what you need on a hot summer day. The sightings were incredible especially the elephants up close and personal at the hide, the leopard sighting was just unbelievable, the leopard tortoise and boomslang was a bonus just to mention a few. I definitely recommend this for any Occasion. Thanx Ian
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Date of stay: November 2020
Response from Ian Owtram, Owner at Antares Bush Camp & Safaris
Responded 08 Nov 2020
Thanks so much quintin. We look forward to seeing you guys again on a cooler weekend next year. Thanks for sending the photos too of the boomslang and baby tortoise
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HarrietNim wrote a review Sep 2020
Bristol41 contributions27 helpful votes
We spent a wonderful day and night at Antares Bush Camp with a group of friends. Best of all was the Umgedi underground hide. Whether you're a photographer or not, this is a very special experience, sitting at eye level at the waterhole, enjoying the peace and quiet and bird song, never knowing what might appear next from stage left or right! And best of all, the waterhole and hide are right next to the lodge - so you can keep an eye on what's going on whilst you enjoy your meals on the deck. Remarkably you can also spend the night in the hide if you wish, as it is so close to the lodge! Antares Bush Camp is a magical place to share with a group of friends or family - and as it is self catering it is really great value. A beautifully appointed lodge in the heart of Balule
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Date of stay: September 2020
Response from Ian Owtram, Owner at Antares Bush Camp & Safaris
Responded 04 Sep 2020
Thanks Mike and Harriet. It really was good spending time with you. Look forward to your next visit
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