From birds to wildlife, to kaleidoscopic flora to the miniature world of insect life,Makongo Hills will come alive in front of your eyes.
Our 6000 hectare reserve incorporates a diversity of habitats,including riparian thicket, acacia woodland, sweet and sourveld grasslands, riverine sand forest and rolling savannah.
Ven-Africa Private Game Reserve is home to nyala, impala, bushbuck, red hartebeest, grey and red duiker, the elusive kudu, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, warthog, bush pig, baboons and monkeys.Predators include leopard, spotted hyena, brown hyena and a number of smaller cat species, such as genet, caracal and African wild cat.
Our trees and bush are teeming with birdlife. Some of our most sought after species include; Narina Trogan, Gorgeous Bush Shrike, Eastern Nicator and the Pink-throated Twinspot.The reserve hosts nesting Southern-Bald Ibis and Cape Vultures.
Our guide will naturally inspire you with his knowledge and passion for the bush – from animals tracks, to trees, birds, history and mammals – our guided walks and drives allow you to immerse yourself in the wild.
Experience the diverse fauna and flora in our custom-made 4×4 game viewer. You can choose from an early morning adventure ending with tea/coffee and rusks; an afternoon drive with a sundowner at one of our amazing viewpoints; or a night drive, experiencing the nocturnal species and magnificent Zululand skies.
An avian-rich destination, Makongo Hills is home to a myriad of some of the country’s most beloved bird species. The reserve’s range of diverse habitats; from rolling grassland, riverine sand forest, acacia woodland and extensive riverine cliff faces, makes it an absolute birder’s paradise. Enjoy connecting with the flurry of colour and natural beauty with one of our guided birding walks.
Named after the famous Zulu-Zulu battle, which took place on the AmaQongo hillocks in front of the lodge, this trail takes you right into the pulse of a fascinating three day battle that witnessed over one thousand impis slane. A guts and glory fight for the Zulu Kingdom; this immersive historical experience traverses some of the most picturesque parts of the reserve.
True freedom. Walks can range from short strolls to strenuous hikes tailored to the group’s preferences and fitness levels.
Experienced mountain bike riders and runners, with a degree of bush knowledge, are invited to enjoy unguided biking and running trails to explore our network of routes from jeep to single track. Views, fast-paced downhills and a one-on-one experience of nature, makes this an undeniably exhilarating experience. The reserve is home to leopard and hyena so you will be riding wild. Bring your own bike, a pioneering spirit and a good sense of adventure.
As a family established reserve, we welcome guests of all ages and have ensured that our activities can be tailored to suit all members of your family. Specific children’s activities include baking with the lodge cooks, guided nature trails, tracking animals, learning bush survival techniques and flower-pressing (in summer).
At Makongo Hills you’ll make family memories that will last a lifetime, connecting you wherever you are.
Our secluded location means there are no city lights to detract from the night sky. Our Celestron telescope means you can get closer to Africa’s heavenly constellations and shooting stars.
The surrounding Pongola area is host to a diverse range of tourism attractions, which, if time permits, will enrich your stay at Makongo Hills.
A 13 000 hectare dam creates the perfect tiger fishing experience.
Best fishing season is September – April.
Follow the trail of Black Rhino led by a professional guide.
Guests must be 16 years or older.
Horseback with a guide through unspoilt wilderness. Groups are limited to six riders and only children over 10 are permitted. Weight limit is 90kgs.
See the Big 5 up close and personal in an arranged game drive with one of our neighbouring reserves.