The only Big Five game reserve within Gauteng province!

Safari Experiences at Mongena Private Game Reserve

Hoping to catch thrills on breathtaking safari experiences close to Johannesburg? Prefer the calm and quiet of a good bird-watching session? How about a traditional South African barbeque (braai) surrounded by lush greenery on the bank of a teeming river? There is truly something fun for everyone at Mongena!
Day visitors are welcome to partake in our experiences!

Departure times may vary due to season and weather; please check upon booking! 

Guided Safari Drives

Looking for those authentic early-morning or sunset safari experiences? You’ll be in the safe hands of our qualified field guides in our vehicles. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and camera! One drink per person from a standard cooler box and a snack will be served during the drinks stop.

Guided Bush Walks

Experience the wilderness as our ancestors did. Join us for exciting on-foot bush adventures for groups of 4 – 8 people. Dust off your hiking boots, we’ve got a walk for you! Concerned about safety? All guided bush walks offered by Mongena Private Game Reserve are led by experienced, qualified trail guides. This is one of our safari experiences not to be missed!

Boat Cruises

Watch the sky turn to a romantic purple-blue whilst listening to the African Fish Eagles cry at sunset, on our relaxing afternoon boat cruises on our exclusive 30-hectare dam. One drink per person from a standard cooler box and a snack will be served on board. Additional drinks are available on a cash basis.   This activity replaces one of the guided game drive activities on the full board accommodation package and is subject to availability at point of booking.

Bird Watching

The wetlands around the dam offer superb bird watching. With over 300 bird species being recorded throughout the Reserve, you are guaranteed to find your lifer! Specialist birding drives are offered at regular intervals.

Bush Barbeques

Join us under shady, indigenous trees at the unfenced Acacia bush site, on the banks of the Pienaars River, for an unforgettable open-air breakfast or bush barbeque lunch.

Bush Barbeque luncheons are arranged per appointment, pre-paid and need a minimum of 48 hours’ notice and are executed with a minimum of 20 guests and exclude drinks which can be pre-ordered as well and settled upon departure.

Don’t worry, we’ll deal with any uninvited guests that may come to investigate the delicious culinary undertakings! Alternatively, Imvubu Lapa with its boma and thatched roof is the all-weather choice for barbeque dinners, birthday parties and special events.

Bush breakfasts are also available on request, with a smorgasbord of delicious breakfasting options to sink your teeth into with a minimum number of 30 guests.

Bass Fishing

Take your team of rod-wielding fishing enthusiasts on an adventure outing of bass fishing fun! Explore the Mongena Dam as you catch and release some of our bass fish that are sure to challenge even the most seasoned line casters. For resident guests only.

Conservation Experiences

Discover as a group, one of the rarest safari experiences you’ll ever get access to: rhino darting and/or monitoring of threatened or protected species (TOPS). Stay at Mongena Private Game Reserve during certain times of the year and join us as we take part in important African rhino and other threatened species conservation projects in conjunction with the Dinokeng Game Reserve Management.

Romantic Getaways

Spoil your special person at Mongena Private Game Reserve with a candle-lit dinner followed by a romantic turndown in your chalet or tent for that unforgettable anniversary, birthday or special event or surprise your partner with an engagement in the bush! Never to be forgotten! icnic lunches at a surcharge can be arranged for in-house guests at Little Mongena tented camp; 48 hour advance notice needed.Let us know when booking your table or accommodation.

Wilderness Trails

Looking for a multiple-day hiking experience in Gauteng? Take on our 3-day game reserve hiking trail and experience the raw African wilderness like few ever do.


Nothing says “glamping” quite like our ten luxury tented suites positioned overlooking the teeming waters of the Mongena Dam. Enjoy air-conditioned tents with ensuite bathrooms, and there’s a communal amenities building beside a sparkling swimming pool.

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