Marataba Safari Lodge a spectacular escape…

Marataba Safari Lodge a spectacular escape...

As you know we love escaping from the city. Not that we don’t love Jozi, but we know that rest and restoration is important, plus there are so many beautiful places to visit, that are a mere few hours drive, so even going for two days is not an epic trek.

Marataba Safari Lodge – Marataba Reserve is one of the most spectacularly beautiful places that we have ever seen, picture rich red mountain rock that 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 now, 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, 5 m 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.

Discover one of our fave travel destinations of all time…

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.

So what can you expect?

Walking trails…and loads of them! The variety of terrain and vegetation makes for a unique walking experience every time you leave the camp.

Healthy living and great food. Guests are treated to an interactive culinary experience with Marataba’s chef who specializes in fresh, organic and delicious meals – many of which are prepared over an open fire.

Malaria free! Yippy!

An all-year-round safari destination.

The best bird-watching period is from October to April. Winter trails leave from the camp later in the morning and earlier in the afternoon to make the most of the winter sun. Summer trails take place early morning and late afternoon so as to escape the heat of a typical African day in the bush.

A 23 000 hectare private concession at the foothills of the Waterberg Mountains.

A mere 3.5 hours drive from Johannesburg. The Marataba Trails Lodge is located within the Marakele National Park.

Morning and evening game drives in open safari vehicles, Miss Mara water safaris on the Matlabas River, bush walks, bird watching, bush breakfasts and dinners, boma dinners and children’s activities.

Kids activities such as family safari drives, bush orientation, bug CSI, dung tracking, track pack with Plaster of Paris, star gazing, games night and much more.

T: 014 779 0018

Find out more about Marataba here…

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