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Within a dramatic landscape encompassing vast plains, dense bushveld, winding rivers, deep gorges and majestic mountains, Marataba is an exclusive 23,000 hectare private concession in the heart of Limpopo’s Marakele National Park, a place of sanctuary for Africa’s ‘Big Five’ and a multitude of other animal species, including rare antelope such as roan, sable and mountain reedbuck. This malaria-free wilderness is also home to the world’s largest breeding colony of the endangered Cape Vulture, whilst other birdlife within the park is prolific with more than 400 species having been recorded, a veritable birder’s Eden.

Marataba Safari Lodge is evocative of ancient African remains with stone-masonry characterising the main lodge with huge expanses of glass taking full advantage of the spectacular panoramic scenery. Admire the view while enjoying a cocktail in the Ladies Bar or simply relax in The Wallow with a book from the library, housed within the stone tower with a birds-eye view of the breathtaking surroundings. As temperatures rise in Limpopo, guests can cool off in the crystal clear pool.

The air-conditioned tented suites are an intriguing mix of canvas, timber and stone and exquisitely furnished and decorated. The en-suite stone bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor showers and a bath, as well as his and hers basins and a dressing room and are the epitome of bushveld opulence. The 15 suites each have their own private deck overlooking the sweeping plains and meandering river below.

Exhilarating games drives in open vehicles and fascinating bush walks are wonderful ways to enhance the appetite in anticipation of gourmet cuisine with fresh African flavours served either in the elegantly appointed dining room, outdoors on the dining verandah or under a glorious African sky.

Marataba Walking Trails will open in January 2015 and will be an extension of the natural environment in which it resides. The new lodge will be built ‘of the earth’ around sound ecological methods and principles and will feature 5 luxurious suites with either a king sized bed or twin beds, a private shaded viewing deck, a fireplace and an en-suite bathroom with a rain dance shower (with a view!)

This will appeal to those seeking a “Digital Detox”, wanting to disconnect from normal civilisation! There will be no WiFi or mobile phone signal, with solar power used to power selected items such as cameras to ensure you can capture the important images. The lodge will be completely remote, promising authentic exclusivity where you are at one with nature. The trails will be two or three night departures and will provide the intrepid explorer with an incomparable walking safari, without compromising on important creature comforts.

Key Facts
  • Fifteen Luxury Tented Suites
  • Five Luxury Suites at Maratab Trails Lodge
  • Malaria free game reserve
  • Morning and afternoon game drives and bush walks and bush walks
  • Two or three night walking trails
  • Swimming Pool at Safari Lodge
  • Two bars, dining room, library and viewing deck at Safari Lodge
  • Bar, dining room and deck at Trails Lodge

      Price Guide

      GBP £350.00 per person per night based on a Suite at Safari Lodge on a full board basis (based on Low Season)


      Luxury accommodation, all meals, local beverages, game drives and bush walks, Marataba airstrip transfers

Room Types

  • 15 x Luxury Suites at Safari Lodge
  • 5 Luxury Suites at Trails Lodge

      Children’s Policy

      All welcome (conditions apply).

      Would Suit

      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, and this luxury lodge will appeal to those seeking a high quality safari experience in a unique setting.

      Recommended length of stay

      We would suggest a minimum stay of 3 nights to get the full experience.

Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your holiday or honeymoon to South Africa. Call us on 01778 382764.

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