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Marataba Safari Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Thabazimbi
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Best holiday experience ever”
Reviewed May 20, 2008

Without doubt the best holiday destination we’ve ever been to. Marataba was truly exceptional from start to finish – the “tents” are private and exclusive, the views are stunning and the staff cannot do enough to help. The game drives boast the “big 5” but the main thing you notice is the lack of other people/tours as it’s a private reserve. We were lucky enough to see four of the five but this almost becomes an aside as the rangers are so friendly and knowledgeable…and nothing beats sunset on the plains with a beer/glass of wine. Two drives per day (they are planning on introducing game walks for those interested) are separated by a more than plentiful supply of great food and time for relaxation by the pool. It is hard to summarise here the number of memories we now have that will stay with us forever. We were both sad to leave and must say that, although on the expensive side, it was worth every penny and definitely worth the 3.5 hour transfer from Jo’burg. You will not regret choosing Marataba.

  • Liked — Everything - it was faultless!
  • Disliked — Faultless comes at a price...but it's worth it.
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Marataba Safari Lodge
Address: Rooiberg Road | Marakele National Park, Thabazimbi 380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Thabazimbi
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Thabazimbi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Marataba Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 15
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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Marataba Safari Company Hotel Waterberg

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