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Marataba Safari Lodge

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Rooiberg Road, Marakele National Park, Thabazimbi 380, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to stay! Excellent guides made the game drives and trail walks completely absorbing. Luxury tented suite was extremely comfortable. Food was fantastic, the staff very attentive and caring.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everyone in the Marataba Safari Lodge goes out of their way to make this the most wonderful experience. Gerhard is a human encyclopedia, very patient, and is totally dedicated to make each game drive the best possible adventure. Manager Gavie and guide Adrian accompanied us on a walking tour, by special request, thanks to their flexibility and improvisation talent we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Our second family safari to Africa this time commenced with four nights at Marataba, another four nights at Madikwe - both in South Africa - followed by three nights at Camp Kalahari in Botswana. The whole trip was absolutely amazing and Marataba especially is a place that we will definitely return too one day. An easy 3 1/2 hour drive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A week in january was my second stay at Marataba and i cannot wait to go back. The lodge and tents are very luxurious, they have really paid attention to detail when it comes to decor, amenities and atmosphere. Personally I find service very important and part of what makes Marataba so special is the amazing staff, they are very... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The most beautiful setting, full of wildlife, outstanding rangers, wonderful hospitality at the Lodge and great outside showers - couldn't have been better. We want to come back to this Garden of Eden!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

this is a really great location. The lodge is not far from Johannesburg and the drive is pleasant. The lodge is excellent. Rustic and mordern are mixed in well. The rooms are really nice and well designed. Our guide Wikus was the best I have met in a long time. He was very knowledgeable about the park. He knew how... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This stunning lodge only has 15 rooms, with the most amazing backdrop of mountains, vast skies and and endless green space. The staff are very friendly and hospitable. We were on a family trip with 3 children they loved every minute of it. Our guide Gerhard made our safari experience unforgettable. Would highly recommend you do a Boat Safari while... More 

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Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

As a group of four friends we rented lodges 1 and 2 and stayed for 2 nights in Marataba. The lodge, the staff (including the rangers), and the morning and afternoon safaris are all so wonderful that (very uncommon for me!) I find it impossible to give a description that will do it right. Above all, the views from the... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The Waterberge mountains that surround Marakele Naitional Park are exceptional, it is a lovely (vert big) park wit very limited public access, which sets it apart from other national parks, it feels like a private resort. The public areas are well-designed and contemporary. The tented rooms (on a wooden base, air-conditioned, not tents) are lovely and private. Average toiletries, no... More 

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

Dear Gerhard13071964 Firstly, thank you for returning to experience Marataba again and it is fantastic that overall you had a wonderful time. I will be sure and pass your favourable comments onto Michelle! In regards to your comments around the meals I would like to get a little more detailed feedback from you. I will send you an e-mail directly... More 

Lexington, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We visited Marataba Safari Lodge in the beginning of October 2014. We arrived after dark and were picked up by our ranger (Gawie - he was the best!) at the gate, and got a mini little game drive going to the lodge. We were all so excited to see impalas and hearing a lion roaring in the distance. After arriving... More 

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Gawie G, General Manager at Marataba Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Charles and Kari, It was an absloute pleasure hosting you for the 3 nights you visited us. Compliments to the season! Yes, I have to agree, game viewing is insane here at Marataba, especially now during the birthing season. Thank you for your honest feedback which is highly valued. I will pass on your gratitude to Godfrey. All the... More 

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