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Marataba Safari Lodge
in Marakele National Park
Marataba Reserve is one of the most spectacularly beautiful places we have seen, and we were left breathless when we first took it all in. Rich red mountain rock bears down on the verdant plains at its feet, and it is not hard to imagine a time long past when Stone Age settlers sought refuge in the sanctuary of Marakele. The world may be different, but this landscape is as sound and as perfect as it has always and ever been. Contrasting mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys characterize the park. Rare finds of yellowwood and cedar trees, 5m high cycads and tree ferns are some of the plant species you will find. All of the large game species from elephant and rhino to the big cats, as well as an amazing variety of birds (including the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures in the world, with more than 800 breeding pairs) have settled here.
What makes the Marataba experience particularly special is that it is a story about nature, animals and people. It is a story about personal commitment and dedication, about putting natural resources to best use, and about public-private partnership. It started with the commitment of Nelson Mandela, Mavuso Msimang (then CEO of South African National Parks) and Valli Moosa (then Environmental Minister), together with a passionate group of individuals who wanted to make a difference to nature in a sustainable way. This soon became a tradition taken up by the present owner families.
Room Description at :
15 canvas-and-stone Tented Suites are exquisitely furnished and decorated with a contemporary twist. Each Suite has its own private deck overlooking the sweeping plains and meandering river below.
A free-standing stone bath invites you to appreciate the opulence of the suite’s interior, while indoor and outdoor showers take full advantage of the dramatic scenery of the Waterberg Mountains.
In-room amenities include:
Hairdryer, personal in-room safe, bathrobes, slippers, deluxe body products, international adaptors, umbrellas, complimentary sherry in the room, laundry & pressing services.
Inclusions / Exclusions
Luxury accommodation, all meals, teas/coffees, all local beverages for FITs* (including soft drinks, local brand beers, spirits and house wines), two game drives daily, game drive refreshments and snacks, transfers to and from Marataba Airstrip, and specified safari activities.
Laundry, premium brand or imported beers, spirits, cellar wines and champagnes, cigars and cigarettes, transfers not specified, gratuities, telephone, curio shop purchases, spa treatments, Marataba Game Reserve entrance / conservation fee and activities not included.
Large lounge with a fireplace; public swimming pool with pool loungers; hammocks in the trees; complimentary Wi-Fi access in the main lodge area; curio & retail store; well stocked library; ladies bar; conference room and conference facilities.
Best Time To Travel
An all-year-round safari destination where the variation in experience is temperature-related rather than safari-related (there are no migratory species). The best bird-watching period is from October to April.
Located within the Marakele National Park, Marataba is just 4 hours drive from Johannesburg. This malaria-free reserve is a 23000 hectare private concession at the foothills of the Waterberg Mountains.
GPS co-ordinates: 24 º 20 ‘ 49.69 “ S, 27 º 34 ‘ 10.61 “ E
Morning and evening game drives in open safari vehicles, bush walks, bird watching, astronomy (night sky safaris), specialist photographic safaris with Pete Oxford, bush breakfasts and dinners, boma dinners and children’s activities.
Families On Safari
Children of all ages are welcome at Marataba Safari Lodge. There are many activities available for children including: family safari drives, bush orientation, bug CSI, dung tracking, track pack with Plaster of Paris, star gazing, games night and much more. Children between the ages of zero and five years stay free of charge and children aged six to fifteen pay 50% of the per person adult rate. Unfortunately no game drives are allowed for children under the age of two years and children between the ages of two and five are only allowed on the late morning family safari drive. The family safari drive for children aged two to five departs at 11:00 in winter and 10:00 in summer, and lasts approximately two hours.