Situated on 6,000 ha in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal
VAR Safaris operates on a 6000 ha tranquil and unspoiled private landscape, situated between Pongola and Louwsburg in the heart of Zululand. We are proud to be home to a number of species of wildlife including leopard, nyala, zebra, impala, bushbuck, grey and red duiker, the elusive kudu, warthog, bush pig, baboons, monkeys as well as a variety of birds.
Our eco-friendly lodge offers an authentic and comfortable feel and ensures relaxing evenings and a good night's sleep. From the homestead you can enjoy 180-degree uninterrupted views of the Zululand bush. Our attentive service and home-cooked meals allow you to relax and unwind. Evenings are usually spent in the lapa enjoying a cold drink around the campfire and sharing stories of the day’s adventures. Children of all ages are welcome
There is a R100.00 conservation levy payable per person, which goes toward funding our anti-poaching unit.
Hunters will be accommodated in the homestead: a comfortable 10 sleeper house which sleeps 6 people in three bedrooms (2 doubles & one twin). There are two rondavels which can sleep a maximum of four people in two double beds. Minimum 2 persons and 2 nights per booking.
R825.00 per adult per night.
R550.00 per child (under 10 years) per night.
Full house (groups of 6+) R5800.00 per night.
- Food & Accommodation
- Hot Beverages
- Nature/birding walks
- One game drive per day
- Laundry Service
- Tracking and skinning staff
- Cost of taxidermy
- Soft Drinks & Alcohol
- Airport Transfers
- Staff gratuities
- Travel Insurance
- Game Drives (3 hours) Night / Day @ R250.00 per a person
- Bush breakfast @ R200 per a person
- Sundowners with a view @ R250 per a trip
- Clay Pigeon Shooting @ R600.00 per a box of 150 clay
The NextHunt team visited VAR Safaris outside of Pongola for a Macnab hunting weekend on 23-25 August 2019. We were received warmly by Grant, the farm manager, Alice the house manager and cook, and Mto, the head guide.
The lodge is an old yet comfortable farmhouse which has been tastefully renovated. The rooms and bathrooms are spacious and neat. The beds and linen are of good quality. Two of the rooms in the house have their own porches, where you can read a book or relax in the sun.
The lapa, pool and sundeck is just a few paces from the house and provides a beautiful panoramic view of the farm.
The entire lodge is powered by solar and gas.
Alice and her team always prepared the most delicious meals for us (catering is included in the price) and even made us some unbelievable burgers (with pink sauce!) to take with on our day outing to Lake Jozini, about 100km away, where we went tiger fishing.
Being a cattle farm until 2018, the farm hasn't experienced hunting in decades, which explains the tameness of all the animals - even the rabbits were relaxed. There is no shortage of animals with plenty of impala, kudu, blesbuck and blue wildebeest grazing placidly all over the farm. All evidence of a cattle farm has successfully been removed.
The farm is 500km from Gauteng and takes 6 hours to reach via the N17.
VAR Safaris has been a nice farm to discover. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, which is why we enjoyed our stay so much. No expectations, no pretense. VAR Safaris is now a NextHunt recommended farm.
Pierre du Preez, August 2019
We arrived at the Kwazulu Private Game reserve gate just before dark. We had an awesome drive through the reserve & saw some of the wildlife the neighbouring big 5 farm had to show.
Being our first time with VAR Safaris we did not know what to expect, the drive to the farm from the main gate is about a 15km gravel road (I would recommend going in a Bakkie).
Our reception by Grant and the support staff was great!! We Arrived just after dark and was received with warm welcomes all round.
Our accommodation was the old farm house, this was great - the rooms & Ablution facilities were spotless & Clean with enough fresh linen & blankets in the rooms for those cold nights.
We had a couple of cold ones around the boma - talked about the history of the farm - then sat down for supper.
The food was great!! We ate like Kings the whole weekend.
Our hunt was awesome, the staff was knowledgeable & did not stop until we got our two nice big Impala Ram’s.
This was a memorable experience for us and definitely worth the trip.
Thanks to Grant, Susan & All the staff for making it a great experience.
Jaco Pretorius, September 2019Facilities include 4x4 Trail, Backup power generator, Bird watching, Caping, Catering included, Cell phone reception, Clay pigeon shooting, Cleaners available, Concession to hunt year round, Cooling facilities, En-suite bathrooms, Family friendly, Free WiFi, Game drives, Hiking, Hunting vehicle, Ice available, Internet access / WiFi, Laundry service, Licenced outfitter, Meat processing, Own vehicle may be used for hunting, Photographic Safaris, Picnics, Pro-Conservation, Rifle safes, Salt room, Shooting range 200m+, Slaughter facilities, Solar electricity, Swimming pool, Third party liability insurance in force, VAT registered, Walking trails, We understand American, We understand English, We understand Ndebele and We understand Zulu
2 - 10 guests can be accommodated.
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