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Marataba Safari Lodge

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Rooiberg Road, Marakele National Park, Thabazimbi 380, South Africa
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Thabazimbi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A truly fantastic place. Amazing service. Absolutely hospitable staff. Stunning location with mountains in the background. The really great part was the variety of wildlife and activities. They have recently launched the Marataba Trails Lodge. This 8 guest capacity lodge offers safari walks along the numerous trails around. My game drives were special witnessing 4 lions hunt a herd of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were picked up at the airport and driven to Marataba Safari Lodge. Upon arrival, were greeted enthusiastically and it never left that level of attitude. All the staff were fantastic and the meals were as well. We began our safari every morning at 6:15a with Jono, our guide. He was very experienced and the leader of all guides. He... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent an all too short stay here for a "boys only" safari. Loved the accommodation. Lots of room. The luxury tents are the way I like them: tented room but a solid, spacious bathroom. I'm not much for showering in a canvas bag. Food was great and beautifully presented. Safari guides were super friendly, knowledgeable and laid back. Be sure... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Marataba from Western Australia for four nights in April with my adult daughter and it was everything the reviews said. The scenery was magnificent, the tented accomodation extremely comfortable and the staff professional. Every night they dressed the lodge for the evening meal differently as you ate your meals surrounded by stars and the sounds of the night. For... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My sister and I spent 3 nights at Marataba in April. From the moment we drove up to the lodge we were welcomed with open arms. Natasha,the manager was a delight. She couldn't do enough for us. Our tent was spacious and decorated beautifully. Adrian,our safari guide, was spectacular. We learned so much from him and he enhanced our appreciation... More 

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is really important to understand that this is a lodge that is open to families of all ages. That is fine but be warned that if you aren't a family, the peace and tranquility that is usually found in the property and on game drives can be a bit disappointing. However, for some it will obviously be a plus.... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow, what an amazing experience. My wife and I recently spent four nights at Marataba Safari Lodge and this was a truly special experience for us. The location is absolutely spectacular with picturesque mountains in the back ground and the big five literally on your doorstep. On one morning we had an amazing viewing of elephants right in front of... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I did stay for three nights (over the Easter weekend) at Marataba Trails Lodge, the sister camp from the Safari Lodge -- recently opened, this is probably why it does not have its own page on Trip Advisor Lodge. I would thoroughly recommend to anybody who is interested in walking through the bush, and who is looking for a bit... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We spent 4 nights at this lovely safari lodge. The view is superb, the "tents" are actually permanent structures with all the facilities you could wish for. Our game ranger Gerhard was superb - knowledgeable and friendly. We saw 3 of the Big 5 - rhino, elephant and lion - together with lots of other game. However, as this is... More 

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Andy P, General Manager of Operations at Marataba Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Murray L Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Marataba. Admittedly I found it tough reading your review due to the honest nature of your comments, however at Marataba we realise the importance of recieving such constructive feedback from our guests. I will personally be working through all of your comments with the management team... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

From the arriving at the airstrip till the departure at the same airstrip our expirience was overwhelmed. The members of the lodge are all very kindly and so helpfull. DK the cook knows excact our dietry needs and Gerhard our ranger was very very professional and very, very enthousiast, thank You Gerhard! The room was in a excellent condition and... More 

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