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Marataba Safari Lodge

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Everyone was very friendly. The chef surprised us every time with wonderful meals! The guide and the tracker were very knowledgeable and we had good laughs. The panoramic views from the chalet were stunning! We loved the walks in the bush and the starry nights by the boma. We enjoyed the manager's smile and kindness. A must-go destination in South...

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Phoenix, Arizona
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are looking for an African experience that includes not only the typical Africa but something much more then Marataba is for you. I learned so much about nature, the animals and myself on this trip. The rangers were kind, courteous and and each of them had precise knowledge about all aspects of the preserve and overall safari experience....

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Littleton, Colorado
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A malaria free 23,000 hec private park with gorgeous mountains ringing the valley with a river. 15 canvas and stone "tents" with indoor and outdoor showers, with a private deck overlooking a watering hole. A pool for cooling off. Morning and evening safari rides. Great food and service. All inclusive, with local beer and house wines at every meal. A...

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Thank Don M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Trip far exceeded our expectations. Inquire about bush walks. Shaun, our field guide, led two extraordinary walks during our stay. Being on the ground close to the animals is a life changing experience!

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london
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tented lodge is totally luxurious. Amazing attention to detail. Personal butler service. Delicious dining. Every game drive there were lots of animals among the most stunning scenery. Unlike most places the big game easily outnumber the safari trucks so you really get to find and spend time alone with the animals. The guides are so knowledgeable, Ryan the guide...

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a fantastic place ,this was the second time we have been and still the same brilliant service, the view from the lodge and the tents (tent ! how can you call a first class room with everything you need a tent) was fantastic overlooking a Vally with a constant flow of wildlife to view and the impressive mountain range as...

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Munich
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a find! We booked this lodge on a whim and were pleasantly surprised. After the rains, we were met at the reserve gate and escorted to the lodge by a 4x4, just to make sure our sedan did not get stuck. The transfer to Trails Camp was hassle free and the guides quickly took our interests into consideration. The...

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Thank Axel v
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We can't say enough good things. We had an unbelievable time from start to finish at this beautiful place with such wonderful people. Could not recommend safari, South Africa, and Marataba highly enough, particularly to honeymooners looking for a romantic and exciting getaway. We wanted to speak to the following areas particularly: Lodge and food - our room was just...

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just got back from a safari at this lodge. It was fabulous and would highly recommend. The location was simply stunning, the lodge itself beautiful and our ranger (Matt) was brilliant, so enthusiastic about his job, environment and the animals - that it just made a perfect trip. For those that would choose a lodge at Kruger, I would say...

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chicago
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a long flight from Chicago to Johannesburg my partner and I finally arrived at Marataba Safari lodge food all day long one better than the other service is flawless from Management team to servers and helpers. You can't ask for better the Safari itself magnificent as we seen the top 5 animals and plenty more and great birds and...

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  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Marataba is a malaria-free 23000 hectare private concession within the Big5 Marakele National Park (Limpopo, South Africa). Just four hours from Johannesburg, this is a sanctuary where busy people can find themselves again by connecting with nature. We were rendered breathless by the dramatic Waterberg mountains, vast plains, rich animal diversity and winding rivers cutting through the landscape of the Marakele National Park. Rich red mountain rock meets lush green plains (where you will find yellowwood and cedar trees, 5m high cycads and tree ferns). 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. Marataba Safari Lodge is a simple extension of the natural environment beyond its walls - rich, bold, organic and patently magnificent. Whether you prefer your own company or that of new-found friends, there are a number of spots from which to soak up the view - hammock, pool lounger or grassy patch. On the menu for your pleasure is a smorgasbord of activities from which to choose. Whether game drive, walking trail, sunset river excursion on Miss Mara, or a private dinner for two, there is never enough time to exhaust the many ways there are to love this place. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Marataba Safari Lodge

Address: Rooiberg Road | Marakele National Park, Thabazimbi 380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Thabazimbi
Price Range: $1,255 - $1,737 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Marataba Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 15
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Also Known As:
Marataba Safari Company Hotel Waterberg
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“If trouble walking ask for a tent close to lodge, some 1/4 mile away. Also if problem climbing into jeep ask to sit in front with driver”
 of 5 bubbles DonM260, 3 Dec 2016 | Read review
“everyone has a view so nothing a I can recomend. ”
 of 5 bubbles ClintonT163, 20 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Choose tent 10 as it had a slight more elevated position, so better view across the bush ”
 of 5 bubbles ClaireElizabeth200, 18 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Room/Tent 11-uninterupted views of the always replenished water hole that attracts animals each day.”
  • River View to Ranges in reserve
 of 5 bubbles E8426WOpeterc, 14 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Amazing rooms and views a hot weather but the shower and bath overlooking the park was perfect”
 of 5 bubbles kevinsV3313GD, 30 Oct 2016 | Read review
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