Our Family. Your Family.

Our Family. Your Family.

Meet our Makongo Hills family.

Each passionate about creating a unique wildlife connection especially for you.

Tim Machpesh
Tim Machpesh

Managing Director

From accounting to anti-poaching to veld condition assessments, Tim is involved in every aspect of Ven-Africa and is resolute and relentless in his pursuit to make it a world-class experience. He has a passion for people and beautiful places.

Grant Norval
Grant Norval

Reserve Manager

A background in construction, Grant is responsible for the management and development of the reserve. With his loud booming laugh, you are guaranteed to hear him before you see him. Grant loves the bush and his dog Frank.

Alice Shaibu
Alice Shaibu

Hospitality Manager & Cook

Alice’s sincere warmth and care is what makes all our guests feel right at home. Alice hails from Zimbabwe and enjoys the quiet of the bush.

Susan Machpesh
Susan Machpesh

Marketing & Bookings Manager

Susan, wife to Tim, is always on hand to answer all your questions to ensure the logistics are organised for every guest’s stay. A qualified environmentalist, Susie is passionate about the conservation of this wild place.

Maldonado Family Members.

Veronica Maldonado
Veronica Maldonado

Chairperson

Grandaughter of Ven-Africa’s founder, Ivan Dario, and president of the Foundation La Compania Humana, Veronica is based in Miami and travels the world for her work. She remains an avid wildlife and nature lover, visiting the reserve as often as she can. A proud keeper of the family legacy, Veronica is determined to make her generation count in advancing the success story her Great Grandfather started over 100 years ago.

Samuel Maldonado
Samuel Maldonado

Non Executive Director of Ven-Africa

Grandson of Ivan Dario, and brother to Veronica, Sam is based in Germany and takes any chance he can get to spend time back in the reserve. Sam is passionate about continuing the family legacy of conservation and continues to play an integral part in the reserve’s sustainability and success. His hobbies include bee keeping and playing guitar.

Ivan Maldonado
Ivan Maldonado

Non Executive Director of Ven-Africa

Named after his grandfather and founder of Ven-Africa, Ivan is an advocate of nature and wildlife conservation. He attended several of his schooling and university years in South Africa, and has a strong connection with the country, people and culture. Ivan currently lives in Venezuela.

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