We are literally just back from our stay at Marataba, where we were lucky enough to have the place (for 30 people) completely to ourselves. The lodge is really beautiful, lovely design and the rooms are fabulous and we had a stunning view over the Waterberg mountains (room 11 -recommended). The food was lovely and the went to so much effort to make lots of things for me that were gluten free, including bread and cakes. We were so well looked after by the staff and the chefs that our waislines have suffered a bit as a result.
At times the service was a little bit contrived and we felt that being the only ones there meant that they could have relaxed a little bit more, but that is my only criticism of the place.
It is really a stunning location with a lovely reserve around it and knowledgable rangers. It was a complete pleasure and we had to tear ourselves away. Highly recommended.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Marataba Safari Company Hotel Waterberg