Lodges

Marataba Safari Lodge

A stylish exclusive safari lodge within the rugged Marakele National Park

Marataba Safari Lodge

Marataba Lodge offers a super-luxurious safari experience within an exclusive private concession in the Marakele National Park. This vast wilderness area spans a staggering 75,000 hectares of spectacular terrain at the far western range of the Waterberg Mountains in Limpopo Province—an easy four-hour drive from Johannesburg. A private airstrip offers a fly-in option. Renowned for superb game viewing, this malaria-free Big 5 reserve covers some of South Africa’s most dramatic landscapes, with soaring mountain ranges, wide stretches of savanna, dense indigenous forests and permanent waterways.

At the lodge

The hotel

The main lodge is a modern take on traditional safari style, with elaborate stonework and bold use of natural materials blending in to the surrounding natural landscape. Walkways and split-level decks link through to the open-plan lounge, bar and dining area, with an open-air boma for dinners under the stars. A curving infinity pool in the lush gardens offers a quiet spot to relax, with secluded viewing decks and hammocks tucked away under the trees.

The rooms

Each of the fifteen vast tented double or twin suites is set on a raised wooden deck looking out onto the magnificent Waterberg Mountains, and designed for absolute comfort and integration into this sublime natural setting. Luxurious interiors feature smooth wooden floors, clever use of stonework, ethnically-inspired fabrics and subtle modern twists, with a host of welcome amenities including air conditioning and a mini bar. All have indoor and outdoor showers, a walk-in dressing room, and romantic stand-alone bathtub.

On safari

Experiences

Twice-daily game drives are offered, together with guided walks, and boat cruises on the Matlabas River to search for hippo and other riverine wildlife. All of the Big 5 species are found here, and look out for some of the unusual smaller predators like honey badgers and the endearing bat-eared fox. Birdwatching is excellent, with a huge colony of endangered Cape vultures thriving in this protected wilderness, together with an impressive raptor count. Spa treatments are available between activities.

When to go

Waterberg by month

January

Season: Wet

February

Season: Wet

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Dry

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Wet

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

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