Accommodation in Magudu at Makongo Hills Game Lodge in KwaZulu Natal
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  • Property TypeGame Lodge
  • Guests15
  • Rooms/Units5
  • Minimum Stay2 Nights

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Makongo Hills is a highly recommended KwaZulu Natal game lodge providing a wildlife experience for discerning tourists visiting Zululand.

About Makongo Hills

Across the great Mkuze River, deep in the lines of a historic Zulu battle, stretches six thousand hectares of untouched African wilderness, Ven-Africa Private Game Reserve. Here you’ll find a malaria-free, secluded, biodiversity hotspot, Makongo Hills, offering accommodation and activities suited to the whole family.

At a Glance

  • All meals included
  • Guided game drives included
  • Malaria-free area
  • Safari / bush walks by arrangement
  • Conservation fee applicable
  • Game drives by arrangement
  • Kids' programme

Accommodation

Makongo Hills has accommodation in The Homestead and The Bush Camp. The Homestead sleeps eleven comfortably in the house and four guests in the en-suite rondavels. It has a communal lounge area, fire-pit in the Boma, as well as deckside pool.

The Bushcamp sleeps four guests in two comfortable tents on raised wooden platforms, the camp is also equipped with a shared cooking and eating space and an outdoor bathroom and shower. Additional tents can be set up on request and you can expect to share your camp with the resident nyala. Although self-catered, meals can be arranged at an additional fee.

Please see the individual room descriptions with photographs below, to assist you with your choice.

Homestead Facilities

• Communal Lounge
• Fire Pit
• Deckside Pool

Bush Camp Facilities

• Shared Cooking Area
• Outdoor bathroom
• Patio with Chairs
• Braai Facilities

Breakfast and Dining

All meals are included in the Homestead rates and served daily. The bushcamp is self catering but meals are available on request and at an additional cost. Homestyle meals are meticulously prepared by Alice, Makongo Hill’s warm-hearted hospitality manager and cook.

Children at Makongo Hills

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).

Activities

One game drive per stay is included in the rates. 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.

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.

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.

Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom (shared)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Kitchen (fully equipped)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room

Internet

  • Free Wi-Fi

Transfers

  • Airport transfers

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Browsers Family Suite

This suite has a Queen-sized bed in the Giraffe room and three single beds in the Nyala room, with a shared bathroom. This suite is perfect for families. There are tea / coffee making facilities in the rooms as well as linen, towels and water.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Patio / verandah / balcony  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 5 guests (max 5 adults)
Children: from 0-10 years are allowed; over 10 years treated as adults

Sundowners Room

This room has a Queen-size bed and private deck, with a bathroom just around the corner. You will wake up to great views of the iconic Amaqongo Hills. There are tea / coffee making facilities in the rooms as well as linen, towels and water.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Patio / verandah / balcony  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-10 years are allowed; over 10 years treated as adults

Warthogs Retreat Rondavel

Here you have your own space while being close to the house. There is a Queen-size bed with en-suite bathroom. There are tea / coffee making facilities in the rooms as well as linen, towels and water.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Patio / verandah / balcony  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-10 years are allowed; over 10 years treated as adults

Eagles Nest Rondavel

This rondavel is at the bottom of the garden, where you will be perfectly private. There is a Queen-size bed with en-suite bathroom. There are tea / coffee making facilities in the rooms as well as linen, towels and water.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Patio / verandah / balcony  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-10 years are allowed; over 10 years treated as adults

The Bushcamp

Sleeping four guests in two comfortable tents on raised wooden platforms, the camp is also equipped with a shared cooking and eating space and an outdoor bathroom and shower. The tents have two single beds and a wooden deck. Additional tents can be set up on request and you can expect to share your camp with the resident nyala. Although self-catered, meals can be arranged at an additional fee.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Patio / verandah / balcony  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 4 guests (max 4 adults)
Children: from 0-10 years are allowed; over 10 years treated as adults

HOMESTEAD RATES INCLUDE:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Teas and coffees
One guided game drive per booking
Laundry service
Wi-Fi

HOMESTEAD RATES EXCLUDE:
Softdrinks and alcohol
Any additional snacks
Airport transfers
Staff gratuities
Travel insurance
Conservation Levy

THE BUSHCAMP RATES INCLUDE:
Tented camp with all bedding and linen
One guided game drive per day

THE BUSHCAMP RATES EXCLUDE:
Airport transfers
Staff gratuities
Travel insurance
Conservation Levy

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Guest Reviews

5 Reviews from SA-Venues.com travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

Ven Africa is simply fantastic. With significant variation in topography, the reserve incorporates three different biomes. There is open montane grasslands at higher altitudes, teeming with wildebeest, zebra, and giraffe. As one drops from the plateau, you encounter savanna thornveld, hiding elusive kudu, nyala and waterbuck. Descending further into the shaded gorges, you have riverine forests and a paradise of running water, enormous trees, and abundant birdlife. For history buffs, the Maqongqo Hills are located on the property, site of a battle that changed the Zulu monarchy and ultimately the history of South Africa. The accommodation is extremely comfortable and not meant to be five-star luxury – but is more authentic and better for it. I cannot say too much about the hospitability we were treated to; Grant and Megan were amazing hosts and their staff efficient and friendly. What makes Ven different is that it is an evolving project with great ideas and ambitions. Surrounded by Big 5 reserves, I relished the opportunity to walk freely and do some superb mountain biking (as in an absolute hidden gem!), especially those who relish a bit of technical riding. I often think visitors forget how much of the bush experience one foregoes when you are limited to a game vehicle.

September 2020

Brandon Z. (Johannesburg)

Verified reviewexcellent

My husband and I spent two nights at Makongo Hills three weeks ago... We really enjoyed it. Megan went out of her way to make our time most enjoyable. Alice cooked delicious meals and Kholiwe served us with her shy smile. Megan catered for my special dietary needs. We loved the game drive Megan took us on and she treated us to an amazing sunset drive. Megan's optimism and enthusiasm to everything that is happening on the reserve and future plans is infectious. We are looking forward to our next visit.

September 2020

Rina W. (Nelspruit)

Need to Know

Response timeMakongo Hills typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome.

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 14h00
Check-out by 10h00

Payment methods accepted by the propertyMastercard, Visa, American Express, EFT or secure online payment via SA-Venues.com

Listed on SA-Venues.com since July 2020

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