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Marataba Safari Lodge

38 guests · 15 bedrooms · 15 baths
Mists rise off the savannah to reveal the mountains and sunsets glow against mud-brick walls to bookend days at this luxe outpost on the Marataba Game Reserve. People have lived here since the Stone Age, but the 15 tent suites, alfresco showers, wildlife-viewing terraces, and local wine selection are decidedly modern comforts. This awe-inspiring landscape is a 90-minute flight from Johannesburg.
Spot the big 5—along with endangered bird species and rare plants—on year-round guided safaris through the reserve’s 23,000 malaria-free hectares. The qualified guides will tell you all about the flora and fauna you’re seeing, and the lodge’s chefs will arrange surprise refreshment stops for coffee at sunrise and hors d’oeuvres at sunset. With only 6 people per safari vehicle and 7 vehicles crossing the reserve at any time, you’ll be able to have close encounters with the wild.
The reserve is on the border of the drier western and wetter eastern regions of South Africa, so you’ll also see a wider variety of game here. Get closer to the landscape on a guided Marataba Trails bush walk and see it from a different angle on a water safari aboard the Miss Mara. 
Kids are welcome on the water safari, on special children’s game drives, and at bug hunts and marshmallow roasts with the children’s program. For families with older kids, a night in a treehouse, offered at extra cost to lodge accommodations, is a chance to spot animals over a picnic and fall asleep under the stars.
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BEDROOM & BATHROOM
Tented Suites
  • Bedroom 1: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Safe, Air conditioning, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture
  • Bedroom 2: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Safe, Air conditioning, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture
  • Bedroom 3: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Safe, Air conditioning, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture
  • Bedroom 4: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Safe, Air conditioning, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture
  • Bedroom 5: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Safe, Air conditioning, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture
  • Bedroom 6: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Safe, Air conditioning, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture
  • Bedroom 7: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Safe, Air conditioning, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture
  • Bedroom 8: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Safe, Air conditioning, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture
  • Bedroom 9: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Safe, Air conditioning, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture
  • Bedroom 10: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Safe, Air conditioning, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture
  • Bedroom 11: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Safe, Air conditioning, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture
Family Tented Suites
  • Bedroom 12: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Twin size bunk bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Safe, Air conditioning, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture
  • Bedroom 13: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Twin size bunk bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Safe, Air conditioning, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture
  • Bedroom 14: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Twin size bunk bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Safe, Air conditioning, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture
  • Bedroom 15: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Twin size bunk bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Safe, Air conditioning, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture
SHARED ACCESS TO AMENITIES AT MAIN LODGE
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Formal dining area with seating for 38
  • Fireplace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Satellite television in guest area
  • Bar in guest area
  • Safe
  • Central air conditioning
OUTDOOR FEATURES
  • Shared pool - unheated
  • Alfresco dining area with seating for 38
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Terrace
  • Alfresco shower
  • Fire pit lounge
  • Boma
  • Helipad
STAFF & SERVICES
Included:
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Daily turn-down service
  • Chef service - all meals included
  • House wines, spirits, beers & soft drinks
  • 2 game drives daily with FGASA-accredited field guide & tracker
  • Game drive refreshments and snacks
  • Miss Mara water safari access
  • Wildlife lectures
  • Local community experiences 
  • Mack & Madi kids’ programme
At Extra Cost (advance notice may be required):
  • Laundry service
  • Spa treatment
  • Premium brand beers, spirits, cellar wines and champagnes
  • Trail hike
  • Stay at the Treehouse
  • Specialist safari
  • Airport transfers
LOCATION
  • Located within Marakele National Park
  • 40 minute drive to Matlabas Airstrip
  • 293 km to O.R Tambo International Airport (JNB)
Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom
Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 2
Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 3
Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 4
Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 5
Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 6
Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 7
Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 8
Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 9
Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 10
Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 11
Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 12
Bunk bed, Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 13
Bunk bed, Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 14
Bunk bed, Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 15
Bunk bed, Ensuite bathroom, King bed

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Helipad
Pool
Alfresco shower
Fire pit
Terrace
Indoor
Bar
Satellite TV
Essentials
Indoor fireplace
Wifi
Air conditioning
Safe
Outdoor seating
Thabazimbi, South Africa
Airport
O.R. Tambo International Airport
231 min(s) drive
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