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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Just completed a double safari with this lodge and it's sister lodge in Madwike. The main area was absolutely beautiful and the views to the mountains superb. The food and service was also 5 star and the lodge has an air of sophisticated and chilled out luxury. The tents were extremely private and were well spaced and not overlooked, each... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

best trip ever 7 days spent celebrating my 60th with husband and two teenage sons ... the lodge is set in the Marataba private concession managed ethically with the interests of the flora and fauna at its centre. So ... you won't see the big 5 'on demand' ... this is very much their place and our brilliant guide Damian... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The Marataba Lodge is very beautiful. I really enjoyed my time there. We have seen a lot of animals, including lions, leopard, elephant, rhino (white and black) and buffaloes but there is so much more to see than just the big 5! Marataba is a section of the Marakele National Park and is in total 67000 hectares. The beautiful mountains... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We loved the trails lodge at Marataba! Beginning with our arrival the staff were very welcoming and friendly. Our guide Adriann and also Kuni were great fun and incredible with information on the surroundings and animals. The food was delicious and the chef Delmain was lovely. Hendrick the butler also made sure our drinks were always topped up while we... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The trails lodge wedged up a mountain with 40km sweeping views over the bush makes this a truly special spot. The guides were exceptional - Gawie and Adriaan had encyclopaedic knowledge - with years of experience behind them. Vehicles are limited so you don't see bus loads of other visitors while looking for game, or any, in fact. Definitely recommend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just completed a Fantastic 3 day stay at Marataba Safari Lodge. Completely agree with the majority of the reviewers regarding first rate service, extremely knowledgable Rangers, breathtaking scenery, wonderful food, luxury tents, and attention to detail. Yolandi as GM Ops runs a first rate 5 star establishment with all of the staff expertly trained in hospitality. Adriaan our ranger guide... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed five nights in August with our 8 year old daughter. This was probably one of our all time holiday bests, from the many places we have stayed in Europe, Asia and the US. All the staff knew us by name and made us feel like part of the family. The lodge we had felt secluded and absolutely first... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an awesome location. A very large and private game reserve, well stocked with the "big five" and plenty of other interesting species. The lodge is very true comfortable and the views are spectacular. We were guided by Adriaan, the most experienced member of the team, who went above and beyond to make sure that we got close and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed for two nights and let me be clear, this is a top-nodge lodge and we did have a very pleasant stay, but there difinately are a few less pleasant things to mention about this very high priced accomodation. Tents are huge, nicely furnished, have spacious bathrooms with a tub and have a fully stocked complementary mini bar. Moreover... More 

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MOREfamily, General Manager at Marataba Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Dear StevenSSO, I am glad that you largely enjoyed your time in this very special place on earth we get to call home. We also appreciate your constructive feedback, as it enables us to continuously improve on our service levels. I have addressed each of the points raised below. Luxury Tents: It is very seldom that noise levels originate from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Marataba in March 2016 and had a fabulous stay. We have been on safaris in Kruger so were keen to experience a different location and were not disappointed. The lodge is in a spectacular setting with beautiful mountain views. When we arrived we were concerned that the rangers didn't have trackers and vehicles were not allowed to drive... More 

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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: $888 - $1,222 (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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