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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 days ago NEW

My wife and I came here for our honeymoon, and could not possibly be happier with our experience - I highly recommend it. I was not sure what to expect when we arrived in South Africa, but from the time we were warmly welcomed at the airport to the time we left the lodge, we were treated with the utmost... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Trails Lodge review is part of the Marataba Safari Lodge review, hence this review . There are two camps - one is the 13 year old Marataba tented Safari lodge and the brand new 2 month stunning eco Trails Lodge, a 30 min jeep drive away from each other at Marakele Park. Getting there is only 3.5 hours from... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On every count, the 4 days we spent at Marataba exceeded every expectation is a setting that is simply amazing - to have access to a game park that size and not come across anybody else all day, made this very special, whether this was on the game drives or walking in the bush with very experienced guides. The abundance... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a great three nights at Marataba. Prior to visting Marataba, we were down in Sabi Sands (Lion Sands River Lodge). Marataba was such an amazing place where the landscape was just stunning. It was very different than Sabi Sands/Krueger. We learned so much at this lodge because it has a lot more general game (birds, smaller animals, etc.).... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We would give this 10 stars if we could! Everything is just incredible. "Tents are so luxurious & views of the watering hole & the mountains from the private balcony are just stunning. Food was fantastic with dinner in a different place every night - on the lawn looking out over watering hole, BBQ in the front. One night we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited here for 3 nights as part of a vacation package. I only wish we had one more night! It's a tent/building but the bed was very comfortable. They provide you with mosquito spray for when you're sleeping at night which helps a ton. The views at night with the stars in the sky are an unforgettable experience. The service... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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 May 11, 2015

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 May 9, 2015

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 May 8, 2015

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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