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Marataba Safari Lodge

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This has to be one of THE best holidays I've ever had, and I think I will truly struggle to ever experience anything more amazing! My husband and I stayed here for 5 nights, and I almost had to be dragged out kicking and screaming - I did not want to leave!! The accommodation is faultless - glamping at it's... More 

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Itaewon, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nothing to fault on this experience. The staff, food, accommodation, safari and views are the best I have had the privilege to encounter. We were especially lucky to have had the Top Gun of guides Jono Harper. Do not think twice about booking the Trails lodge- one look at the view from your room and you will never look back.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky enough to be at the Lodge for 4 days in early July and had a wonderful time. Meals were all perfect (but a little slow to get to the table at times) but you are never really in any rush here, so it mattered little. Tented rooms were nice and the overall ambiance of the Lodge was... More 

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

Marataba, is situated near the Waterberg mountain range, a stunning backdrop, to a beautiful nature reserve which is situated on what once was, two old farms. We were a group of eight adults and seven children. The accommodation comprises of a large tent and small part brick. The aim of the lodge owners is to keep everything as natural as... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a group of 11 people - we wanted a first class safari experience without having to give the kids anti-malaria medicines. We booked private guides for our visit and both were amazing. The main lodge is wonderful and our tents (if you can really call them that!!) were beautifully decorated, comfortable and spotlessly clean. We loved our stay... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful time at the marataba safari. Being a private reserve the safari had a sense of authenticity with truly wild animals. Despite going in the winter where the bush was pretty thick managed 4 of the big 5. But it was the "other" animals which were amazing seeing large groups of rhinos/ elephants/ giraffes/ hippos cracking birds, kudos... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

My husband and myself stayed here for 4 nights in the beginning of June. If you are thinking of staying here do it!! It was a great start to our honeymoon and I felt really sad leaving. I'll try and give some general information about the lodges and what it all entailed. Rooms- the "tents" are all opened plan but... More 

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Hook, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Just stayed 7 nights at Marataba safari lodge, and can honestly say we had the best time ever.Great staff, good food, fantastic accommodation, spectacular setting, lots of animals, with terrific guides (thanks Landon), you really can`t go wrong here. Having been on many safaris throughout Africa, we found the whole experience at Marataba exceeded our expectations. We saw things here... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Visiting South Africa would not be complete without a visit to Marataba Lodge! Upon arrival, we were met with warm scented towels to freshen up with, then escorted into the lounge where a cool drink and a roaring fire place welcomed us. Dinner was served almost immediately, as they were expecting us and were late, so they held the chef... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Just driving back after three brilliant days in this lodge. We cannot speak highly enough of our safari guide, Adriaan Mulder, who was a superb source of information and arranged some epic wildlife encounters - particularly with elephants and leopard. He makes a mean gin and tonic too. The rest of the staff were efficient and friendly without being obsequious... More 

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  • Free Breakfast
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  • Free Internet
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Marataba is a malaria-free 23000 hectare private concession within the Big5 Marakele National Park (Limpopo, South Africa). Just four hours from Johannesburg, this is a sanctuary where busy people can find themselves again by connecting with nature. We were rendered breathless by the dramatic Waterberg mountains, vast plains, rich animal diversity and winding rivers cutting through the landscape of the Marakele National Park. Rich red mountain rock meets lush green plains (where you will find yellowwood and cedar trees, 5m high cycads and tree ferns). All of 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. Marataba Safari Lodge is a simple extension of the natural environment beyond its walls - rich, bold, organic and patently magnificent. Whether you prefer your own company or that of new-found friends, there are a number of spots from which to soak up the view - hammock, pool lounger or grassy patch. On the menu for your pleasure is a smorgasbord of activities from which to choose. Whether game drive, walking trail, sunset river excursion on Miss Mara, or a private dinner for two, there is never enough time to exhaust the many ways there are to love this place. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Marataba Safari Lodge

Address: Rooiberg Road | Marakele National Park, Thabazimbi 380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Thabazimbi
Price Range: $843 - $1,126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Marataba Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 15
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Marataba Safari Company Hotel Waterberg
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