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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 3 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

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 February 25, 2015

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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