Marataba is a malaria-free 23,000 hectare private concession at the foothills of the Waterberg Mountains and forms part of the Marakele National Park in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The Marakele National Park is a haven for an impressive variety of wildlife, thanks to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and wetter eastern regions of South Africa.
Contrasting majestic mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys characterise this spectacular park. All 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 (more than 800 breeding pairs) have settled here. The Marataba rangers have an intricate knowledge of the bush and its wildlife and a passion for conservation. Learn about the behaviour and habitats of the animals, the history and origins of the land, its people and cultures.
The opportunity to walk in the African bushveld is reminiscent of the intrepid explorers who navigated wild Africa in years gone by. Guests can follow in the footsteps of these brave explorers and, along with a qualified guide, head out on designated routes through the Park. Learn about the medicinal uses of the local flora, view animals at eye level and experience the rhythm and energy of the bush.
The 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.
There is also the Thabametsi Treehouse which offers complete privacy yet is close enough for efficient service. Its 6m-long Martini Step deck is the perfect place to enjoy the infinite views over the Marakele’s verdant expanse. Thabametsi is solar powered and built on 2 levels with a bedroom, full shower room facilities, and dining and lounge areas.
Featured Special Offer saf-04255
Stay for 4 nights for the price of 3 at Marataba Safari Lodge in the The Waterberg.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Marakele NP Guest Contribution (pppn)
1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019
GBP £ 7 US$ 9 ZAR 120 EUR 8
per person per night
In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Marakele NP Gate/Entrance Fee (pp per stay)
1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019
GBP £ 16 US$ 20 ZAR 280 EUR 18
pp per stay
All meals; tea/coffee; drinks and selected snacks (all soft drinks and selection of beers, spirits and house wines); 2 game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger; game drive refreshments and snacks; the Marakele NP gate/entrance fee; and the Marakele Guest Conservation Contribution are included.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Unfortunately no game drives are allowed for children under the age of 2 years and children between the ages of 2 and 5 are only allowed on the late morning family safari drive. The family safari drive for children aged 2 to 5 departs at 1100 in winter and 1000 in summer, and lasts approximately 2 hours.
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.
Unfortunately no game drives are allowed for children under the age of 2 years and children between the ages of 2 and 5 are only allowed on the late morning family safari drive. The family safari drive for children aged 2 to 5 departs at 1100 in winter and 1000 in summer, and lasts approximately 2 hours.
All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Marataba Safari Lodge can be included in you own dream holiday.
Safari and Island Getaway
Marataba Safari Lodge
D'oreale Grande Hotel
Ibo Island Lodge
Destination: South Africa and Mozambique.
Escape from your daily stress on this 10 night trip. For your safari, stay at a lodge which is a simple extension of the natural environment beyond its walls. Then head to a remote Mozambican island lost in time. And to help with the stress levels, at certain times of the year you can enjoy complimentary nights at both properties!
This is a 10 night itinerary including The Waterberg, Johannesburg and Quirimbas Archipelago.
*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.
Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.
Marataba Safari Lodge Location
Directions For Drivers
Please DO NOT follow your GPS to Marataba. Many of the prescribed roads are not navigable in a normal vehicle. Following GPS co-ordinates can result in getting lost in the middle of the bush, or unnecessary delays.
From Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport: Depart OR Tambo following the airport exit signs (R21 and R24). Approximately 200m thereafter, the road forks. Take the right fork towards R21 N Pretoria/R24 Johannesburg. The road immediately turns sharply to the right. Get into the left lane and follow the signs to R21 N Pretoria as you exit the airport.
After exiting the airport, get into the left lane and follow the R21 N Kempton Park/Pretoria signs. After 300m, take the left off-ramp, following the R21N Kempton Park/Pretoria signs. Once on the R21N drive for 36.3 km.
You will see signs indicating exit 134 (N1 Noord, Pretoria/Polokwane/Johannesburg). Take the 134 exit. Immediately thereafter, the road forks. Take the right fork towards N1 North-Polokwane. Continue on the NI North-Polokwane passing through 2 toll gates (cash required).
Take off-ramp to Bela-Bela / Warmbaths (R516). Once in Bela-Bela, turn right at the first set of traffic lights into Marx Street (Waterfront Shopping Centre ahead of you). Continue across one intersection with traffic lights (Engen and Total petrol stations on either side) until you reach a T-junction. The Elephant Spring Hotels is ahead of you. Turn left into Sutter Road (Thabazimbi signpost ahead). At the T-junction, turn right into Ritchie Road. From here on, follow the signs to Thabazimbi (R516).
In Thabazimbi, turn left at third stop street towards Lephalale/Sentrum (at the Total petrol station) onto the R510. Travel for 32 km, and turn right to Lephalale (stay on the R510). Drive 11 km and turn right at the Marataba Safari Lodge sign post. Travel 8 km along the gravel road. The Marataba gate is on your left hand side.
Once inside the gate, follow the signs to the lodge through the reserve. Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
Please Note: The gate opens at 07:00 and closes at 18:00. Please advise your consultant at Travel Butlers if you will be arriving outside of these times so that the necessary arrangements can be made.
General Information For Guests
All rooms have air conditioning, a hair dryer, a telephone and an in-room safe. The approximate distanceandnbsp; between each room is 20 meters.
Free Wi-Fi is available in the main guest areas.
There is a swimming pool.
Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted.
A laundry service is available (additional cost).
Your rate includes a Guest Conservation Contribution, which goes towards protecting the animals and their environment.
Please be advised that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), terrestrial UAVs, as well as aerial UAVs (or drones) is prohibited for the following reasons:-
1. The lodge is committed to ensuring that all guests and wildlife are not disturbed, where practically possible, by artificial mechanisms of any kind; 2. Security concerns around rhino poaching; 3. The use of recreational drones is prohibited in terms of Section101 of SA Civil Aviation Regulations 2015.
This policy includes their own staff as well as professional photographers.
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