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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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here for five nights in May 2012. We were blown away. Not only is the setting so stunning it takes your breath away, but the staff are so accommodating you truly feel this is a 5-star experience. Game drives are twice a day - early morning, with a stop for coffee (with giraffes if you're lucky!), then back... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Spent 4 nights here from 27th March 2014 as part of a 50th birthday celebration for my partner. There is only one word to describe the entire experience...FAB-U-LOUS. The entire lodge staff were very helpful and friendly, the food and wine was truly excellent and our guide Liam was exceptional, very passionate and knowledgable and he knew exactly where to... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I loved every minute from the staff greeting as we drove up to the exciting game drives and Boma dinner. The accommodations and food were superb. We saw the Big 5 and much more. The staff make you feel at home right away no matter what you might need. This was my first safari experience and it will be hard... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We spent a beautiful week with some great friends. Everything was perfect, the rooms, all in separated tends with great views, comfortable, clean fully equipped; the food was exceptional, all the staff very very nice and professional. Wikus really showed us all secrets of the bush. Michelle took us for a great walk up a creek with a great swim.... More

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Sandton, South Africa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Marataba is a hidden gem in the world of Safari Lodges. Wonderful staff, excellent food and a place to escape and relax. Saw 4 of the BIG5 in one day plus heard the lions roaring but could not find them. Leopard right in the camp.

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London, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

SUPERB!! From the moment we arrived into the lodge to the moment we left we could not have had a more fabulous or relaxing time. This is a 5 star safari experience. The food was superb, the staff all extremely friendly and that is before the game drives. Liam our danger ranger for the drives was excellent, made all the... More

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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

We were fortunate to have won a 10 day trip to S. Africa in Dec 2013, of which, we spent 3 days on safari here at the Marataba. Every single detail from the expert, passionate guide (Michelle Sole re: A Wild Sole on Facebook), safari luxury accommodations, delicious food and stunning landscape was exquisite. The tent style rooms were unbelievably... More

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East Hampton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We spent 3 nights here and were totally overwhelmed by the experience. The lodge and tents were perfect, The views spectacular. The staff attentive and friendly. Our ranger, Liam, made the safari drives truly wonderful experiences. The meals were delicious. We agree that it would be close to impossible to top our stay here.

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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We spent 3 nights here in late January, as our game viewing indulgence of the trip! We were not disappointed! The setting and facilities are excellent, as was the service from all the staff, including our ranger (Adriaan). Although as up market as you would expect a 5 star lodge to be, it is remarkably relaxed, and not at all... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

My wife and I have just returned from a three day break at the very refined Safari Lodge ,The new owners have only taken over this park last September so were were deligted with the standard of service and attention to detail given by all the staff.The food was absloulety delicious and was certainly of great quality and presentation as... More

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Additional Information about Marataba Safari Lodge

Also Known As:
Marataba Safari Company Hotel Waterberg
Marataba Safari Company Hotel
Address: Rooiberg Road, Marakele National Park, Thabazimbi 380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Thabazimbi
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty lodging in Thabazimbi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Marataba Safari Lodge 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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