Marataba Safari Lodge

Marataba is located in a 23,000 ha private concession adjoined to the vast, malarial-free Marakele National Park in South Africa's Limpopo Province. The Camp is set in the bushveld, on a quiet river with dramatic views of the Waterberg escarpment.

Marakele National Park, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa
Marataba Safari Lodge
  • Non-malarial and only a 3-hour 30-minute drive from Johannesburg

  • The light bounces off the red iron filled rocks of the Waterberg Escarpment creating an incredible golden light

  • Some of the most amazing white rhino sightings anywhere in Africa

  • Stunning spots, on the slopes of the escarpment or by the banks of the river, for morning coffee or sundowners

Marataba is part of a real conservation success story. In the late 1990s Marakele National Park was severely underfunded, there was no money to maintain and reinvigorate the park or to invest in a strategy of biodiversity. Game species and population levels were declining.

Huge investment from 1997 onwards, in partnership with South African National Parks, managed to secure the neighboring cattle farming areas, the area in which Marataba is now set. 7,000 km of barbed wire, 80 km of high-voltage power lines, 100 km of telephone cables was cleared, and the overgrown and poorly managed bushveld was cut back to allow grazing animals to be reintroduced. Fences between the different areas of this part of the Waterberg have been taken down, and the greater Marakele area now covers an unfenced and professionally managed area of 120,000 hectares.

Marataba enjoys exclusive use of one of the most game rich and beautiful areas of the Waterberg. There is a diverse combination of fantastic mountains and gorges, bush and plains, rivers and ponds to explore, with abundant plains game, healthy populations of big cats, elephant, and both white and black rhino. Game drives here are full of excitement and species lists are quickly filled.

The biodiversity of this area is extreme: rare finds of yellowwood and cedar trees, five meter high cycads and tree ferns, are some of the plant species found here. There is also an amazing variety of birds including the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures (more than 800 breeding pairs) in the world, which nest on the walls of the escarpment.

The main lodge houses a large lounge with comfortable sofas and warm fireplaces, there's complimentary Wi-Fi access, a curio and retail store and a well-stocked library. Outside there is a good size swimming pool with pool loungers and hammocks in the trees.

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There's 15 minutes of self-driving through the reserve to get to the lodge to kick-start your safari experience - keep your eyes peeled!

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Tented Suite

There are 15 stone and canvas tented suites at Marataba Safari lodge. Each has a king-sized bed, ensuite bathroom, outdoor shower, freestanding oval bath, craft bar and private viewing deck.

2 people
Family Tented Suite

Family Tented Suite

Each of the four stone and canvas Family Tented Suites include a second children’s bunk-bed room with its own ensuite bathroom. These bedrooms are also not on stilts, ensuring the safety of our younger guests.

4 people


Marakele National Park, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

The Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains, it is a haven for an impressive variety of wildlife due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa. Marataba sits in a private concession of 23,000 hectares which links directly, unfenced, with the National Park and other game reserves in the area creating a large protected area in a magnificent landscape.

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