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Marataba Safari Lodge

5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Rooiberg Road, Marakele National Park, Thabazimbi 380, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
Laurens D Uden, The Netherlands
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Uden, The Netherlands
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Extreme luxury but still in step with nature.... Very enthousiastic and positive PH, (Michelle). Very excited herself on finding Leopard & Lion. Back home the concept of "sundowner" is dearly missed... We'll be back....

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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37 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I don't like using the word "average" in this case, because any safari like this is a wonderful experience. But by average, I mean that Marataba is not the best (or worst) safari experience. I think part of the reason was that the lodge was VERY quiet when we were there (one night there were only 2 of the rooms... More

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262 reviews 262 reviews
62 hotel reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my second safari and my husband's first trip to Africa and his first safari. As others have said in their reviews this place is stunningly beautiful. Expensive yes - but there is nothing this spectacular lodge doesn't provide or do perfectly for you - you will want for absolutely nothing. Yes the game viewing here at Marataba requires... More

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Cape Town, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We went to Marataba for our honeymoon and it was the best Safari Lodge we have ever been to. The service is 5 star and the attention to personal detail out of this world! With a limited number of guests at any time you are guaranteed personal service and to feel like royalty. The luxury tents are stunning with complete... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Marataba is a stunningly beautiful place at the foot of the Waterberg mountains. Our stay was so varied and well thought out. Our guide, Adriaan, knows the region very well and is knowledgeable about the trees, insects, birds and animal behavior. We even learned about reading the night sky to find south! Everyone there went out of their way to... More

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We had an excellent stay at this hidden gem. The rangers pulled all the stops t try and find us the two elderly lions but to no avail. Though we understand they were spotted the very next drive. Shame but thank to Michelle and Wickers for trying. Though we did see a Pangolin and an aardwolf all in same day... More

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Englewood, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Everyone's great reviews makes you think there is no way Marataba could be that good, but it meets and exceeds your expectations. We spent 3 nights and 5 game drives. The place is better in person than the pictures can show. The rooms are so clean and the bed was very comfortable, everyone was talking about the bed the next... More

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Hartbeespoort, South Africa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Seldom do you find a bush lodge that gets it all right, from service, to accommodation, to bush experience to amazing cuisine. We had a wonderful stay and could find no fault! The team made us feel so welcome. Our ranger was knowledgeable and friendly at all times and the chef's offering was consistently excellent. Nothing was too much trouble... More

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San Diego, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

My wife and I spent 3 nights at Marataba Safari Lodge in early June 2014 and enjoyed a five star experience. The setting, accommodations, food, and game drive vehicles are top notch, as the other reviewers have described. In Marataba's case, the staff is what made it such an outstanding experience for us. General managers Gawie & Yolandi Grobler are... More

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Wow! Where do I start? My husband and I just spent 2 nights at this magnificent lodge and I truly cannot find a single fault with any aspect of our stay!! We have been to numerous Game Reserves in the past, and I can honestly say that this area was by far the most picturesque we have been to. The... More

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Address: Rooiberg Road, Marakele National Park, Thabazimbi 380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Thabazimbi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Marataba Safari Lodge 5*
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Marataba Safari Company Hotel Waterberg

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Marataba Safari Lodge is a really special place, located within the Marakele National Park. Just 3 hours drive from Johannesburg, this malaria-free reserve is a 23000 hectare private concession at the foothills of the Waterberg Mountains.Contrasting mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys characterize this spectacular park. Rare finds of yellowwood and cedar trees, 5m high cycads and tree ferns are some of the plant species you will find. All the large game species from elephant and rhino to the big cats, as well as an amazing variety of birds (including the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures in the world, with more than 800 breeding pairs) have settled here. 15 canvas-and-stone Tented Suites are exquisitely furnished and decorated with a contemporary twist.Each Suite has its own private deck overlooking the sweeping plains and meandering river below. A free-standing stone bath invites you to appreciate the opulence of the suite’s interior, while indoor and outdoor showers take full advantage of the dramatic scenery of the Waterberg Mountains.In-room amenities include:Hairdryer, personal in-room safe, bathrobes, slippers, Charlotte Rhys body products, international adaptors, umbrellas, complimentary sherry in the room, laundry & pressing services.Facilities include:Large lounge with a fireplace; public swimming pool with pool loungers; hammocks in the trees; complimentary Wi-Fi access in the main lodge area; curio & retail store; well stocked library; ladies bar; conference room and conference facilities. ... more   less 
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