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Marataba Safari Lodge

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Rooiberg Road, Marakele National Park, Thabazimbi 380, South Africa
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Thabazimbi
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
nicolas1222 London, England, United Kingdom
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We recently spent 1 night at the safari lodge and 1 night in the walking trails lodge for a week end escape from JHB. The service is impeccable, the venue is superb and the setting is absolutely fantastic. If you are fit, we highly recommend a stay at the trail lodge; there is no better place to switch off! The... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From our greeting on arrival until our sad departure we were in awe of the beautiful setting, delicious food, great staff and very impressed with our ranger Gerhard. For our 1st ever visit to South Africa and our 1st ever Safari Lodge and our 1st ever game drive we were totally in love with it all. If one small tweak... More 

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently spent 2 nights at the safari lodge and 3 nights in the walking trails lodge for our honeymoon. Their attention to customer service was incredible. The staff were so kind and attentive and really made us feel like special and valued guests. The safari guides were knowledgable and accommodating. The walking safari was definitely challenging and you need... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great location and amenities lays the groundwork for an excellent hotel and safari experience. The cooks are outstanding, hotel staff are professional and accommodating and our guide, Gerhard, was easily the most instructive ranger we have ever experienced. The lodge and rooms were outstanding and comfortable places to relax in between game activities. Yet it's not as good as it... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't even start to explain how amazing the whole Marataba experience was. The hotel is superb, it has just the right balance between luxe and connection to nature. Our guide was Adriaan, a lovely guy with the greatest knowledge abour animal behaviour and everything involved in the safaris. We spent 3 days there and it really was a life... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was by far my best vacation ever. To the point that I literally totally choked up while checking out. My best friend and I decided to take a weekend get away from Mauritius and pop over to South Africa. We had no idea what to expect, other than we had heard good things about Marataba. Let me just tell... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the moment we set foot at Marataba I knew we were going to have a special time. Marataba is such an amazing place, our butler George was such a delight, his service was exceptional. Our accommodation was just incredible, the special touches even shocked my husband! Jono our very professional guide was simply the best, his knowledge and passion... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 June 19, 2015

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 June 16, 2015

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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