The accommodations at Marataba were like nothing I've ever experienced! I can't express how exquisite and thoughtful the décor was and then put it in the setting of one of many National Parks in Africa and you get a dream vacation. We saw the big five in just two days and this wasn't luck. Marataba's expert guides and trackers work their darnedest to find any animals you may have missed in earlier days. On our last morning our guide Arie was determined to get us a leopard sighting and we got it tenfold. We came across the most dramatic scene of a leopard eating a kudu in a tree with hyenas anxiously waiting below...it may have been one of the most exciting things I've ever witnessed in nature. If you get to take one safari in South Africa in your life, this is it.
- 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