Marataba Safari Lodge is situated on a private concession, in the malaria-free Marakele National Park. Set at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains, this impressive lodge begins with a dramatic, stone-stacked reception.
Here, a wooden walkway opens out onto panoramic views of the mountains.
Beautifully designed, this unobtrusive lodge incorporates burnt-red stones and pale woods, decorated with African pieces of art and antiques. The open-plan design means that communal areas are relaxed and spacious.
Accommodation consists of 15 luxury tented suites, which are carefully incorporated into the surrounding bush. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives, walking safaris and bird watching.
CANVAS AND STONE
The 15 tented suites are an interesting, airy design, constructed from canvas, timber and stone. They are set on elevated, rounded platforms. Oversized stone bath tubs are a feature of the bohemian-style bathrooms.
All suites are air-conditioned, include ceiling fans and open out to a private deck, overlooking the meandering river. Above the savannah landscape, the spectacular mountains rise up – a beautiful backdrop to the already wonderful views of the reserve.
IMPRESSIVE BLUFFS AND BIG FIVE GAME
The beautiful Marataba Reserve features impressive red-rock bluffs above lush savannah grasslands, whilst clear rivers cut their way through deep valleys. Yellowwood and cedar trees dot the landscape, which is rich with big game.
Elephants, rhinos, leopards, lions and buffaloes can all be found here. The birdlife is also spectacular. Home to the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures, the reserve is said to hold between 600 and 800 breeding pairs.
Activities at Marataba Safari Lodge include:
- Morning and evening game drives
- Bush walks
- Bird watching
- Astronomy (night-sky safaris)
- Bush dining
- Children’s activities
- Sundowner boat trips (need to be pre-booked)
The lodge also welcomes children of all ages and will tailor a family booking to suit. The malaria-free nature of a safari at Marataba makes it an attractive option for many families. Rest assured the children's activities will not impact on those travelling without children.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Set away from the safari rat race, Marataba offers easy access, diverse activities, sumptuous and original accommodation and a unique safari. Easily accessible from Johannesburg, it perfectly complements a range of other South African destinations, as well as beach escapes like Madagascar and Mauritius.