Deep within the mountains of the ancient Waterberg Biosphere, Mackouwkuil Game Lodge & Conference Venue is enveloped by bushveld on one side, and fringed by a dam on the other. Like an oasis in the savannah, lush lawns surround the main lodge, stretching right to the water’s edge, while the guest rooms and luxury tents lie hidden among the wild thicket. This stunning setting makes Mackouwkuil Game Lodge & Conference Venue a unique malaria-free bush getaway, far removed from the demands of urban life, yet only three hours’ drive from Johannesburg.
The main lodge is the nucleus of Mackouwkuil, where guests come together to interact, dine, brainstorm or simply enjoy the views and the comfortable facilities furnished in contemporary African décor, highlighted by the use of natural materials and local art.
A piano in the inviting lounge creates a convivial ambience, as does the fireplace in the large family-style dining room for the cooler winter evenings.
Also located at the main lodge are two purpose-built conference rooms, seating 35 and 70 delegates respectively, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for executive meetings, presentations and product launches.
Should clients wish to film a speaker in front of an audience, the 70-seater lecture room can easily be transformed into a black box studio. A professional film company is available on request to capture and post-produce content at highly competitive rates.
Adjacent to the main lodge, a permanent marquee alongside the dam can hold up to 120 day delegates. Despite its remote bush location, the lodge has fast Wi-Fi access throughout the property, including the rooms, delivered by a fibre optic network. The lodge also has a back-up generator.
Expansive lawns surround the main lodge, with a large, resort-style swimming pool taking centre stage, while a walkway extends across the dam to an island-like lapa, totally surrounded by water. This magical spot can be used for special occasions or an intimate fire-side dinner as the sun sets on the water.
It is also the perfect place to come and watch Mackouwkuil’s resident pod of hippo and the myriad birds and wildlife that gather on the banks.
Luxury accommodation comprising 25 guest rooms, four luxury tents and two mountain guest houses is tucked away amid the bushveld behind the main lodge.
The elegant African décor theme continues to the lodgings and all room types, including the tents, have air-conditioning and modern en-suite bathrooms.
The “Out of Africa” style tents are pure luxury with private decks overlooking the dam, some even with their own jacuzzi or private splash pool. The two mountain guest houses, suitable for small groups, are fully equipped and have two bedrooms each, a private lounge and a kitchenette.
Beyond the lodge, numerous species of game roam through the reserve, and you may spot golden wildebeest, kudu, buffalo, giraffe, impala, eland, waterbuck, bush buck and sable on your game drive through the Waterberg savannah.
Occasionally, a leopard and her cub are sighted drinking from the 7 km ravine flowing from the top to the bottom of this stunning property.
Visitors can also get closer to nature and walk or mountain bike through the bush within the enclosed lodge camp among the safer species of animals at Mackouwkuil, or enjoy the on-site or off-site activities that are available.