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The Marataba Lodge private concession covers 23 000 hectares in the heart of Limpopo's Marakele National Park in South Africa. This area is characterised by a dramatic landscape encompassing vast plains, dense bushveld, winding rivers, deep gorges and majestic mountains.
Guests visiting Marataba have the unique opportunity to view Africa's Big Five and a multitude of other animal species including rare antelope such as roan, sable and mountain reedbuck. This malaria-free wilderness is also home to the world's largest breeding colony of the endangered Cape Vulture. Birdlife within the Marakele Park is prolific with more than 400 species having been recorded, a real birder's Eden.
The luxurious Safari Lodge features exclusive tented suites all of which are saturated with the sights, sounds and smells of the African wilderness. These tented guest rooms are an intriguing mix of canvas and stone, exquisitely furnished and decorated.
En-suite marble bathrooms providing shower and bath as well as his and hers basins and a dressing room are the epitome of bushveld opulence. The 15 tented suites each have their private deck overlooking the sweeping plains and meandering river below. Other room facilities include an outside shower, ceiling fan and in-house communication.
Guests can admire the spectacular view while enjoying a cocktail in the Ladies Bar or just relax in one of the lodge's elegant lounges with a book from the library, housed within the stone tower offering a birds-eye view of the breathtaking surroundings.
Delicious gourmet cuisine with fresh African flavours is served either in the elegantly appointed dining room or outdoors on the dining verandah or, alternatively, under a glorious African sky in the boma. Visitors can enjoy a refreshing swim in the lodge's swimming pool when the temperatures rise in the Limpopo Province. The main lodge also boasts a Guest Business Centre.
The recommended check-in time is around mid-day. The Marataba lodge's delicious luncheon is served between 12h30 and 14h00, and after that, the guests have the opportunity to indulge an afternoon siesta in the luxurious suite, laze by the pool or just absorb the tranquil atmosphere of the African bush.
High Tea is followed by an exciting game drive with an experienced guide, with time for a quiet cocktail on return to the Lodge before being seated for dinner between 19h30 and 20h00.
Guests will fall asleep listening to the distant sounds of the African night - the distant roar of a lion, the trumpet of an elephant, the grunt of a hippo. Guests receive a discreet wake-up call in time for breakfast and the morning game drive or walk, and so a new day's adventure begins. Day excursions to Marakele's Endangered Species Project can be arranged.
Access to the Lodge
The Marataba Safari Company's 23 000 hectare concession is in the eastern sector of game-rich Marakele National Park, at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains. The Lodge is approximately a 3 hours drive north of Johannesburg in the western part of South Africa's Limpopo Province. Thabazimbi, Rustenburg and Ellisras are all within easy reach.
The 5 star Lodge is part of the following hotel groups:
- Relais & Chateaux Hotel Group
- Hunter Hotel Group.
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- Ensuite / Private bathroom
- Outside Shower
Dining at Marataba Lodge
Delicious gourmet cuisine with fresh African flavours is served either in the elegantly appointed dining room or outdoors on the dining verandah or, alternatively, under a glorious African sky in the boma.
Outdoor meals can be enjoyed in the garden or on the lower decks under the stars. For special occasions, incentives and celebrations picnic bush breakfasts can be arranged at an additional cost.
A wide choice of the estate and sparkling wines are on offer to compliment your meal. Gourmet cuisine with fresh African flavours is served in the elegantly appointed dining room on colder days. Marataba private dinners vary from a formal al la carte 4-course dinner to an informal themed platter similar to a tapas style menu.
This Lodge is home to the big 5 and some other large predators such as cheetah and brown hyena. Resident antelope include sable, kudu, eland, impala, waterbuck, tsessebe, hartebeest, wildebeest and many smaller species. Chacma baboon and vervet monkey are two species to be watched carefully for mischief, particularly around the lodge. Game Drives are offered to guests staying at Marataba Lodge.
The endangered Cape vulture colony in Marakele may be of great interest to bird watchers. Along with the vultures, some other bird species can be seen on the reserve. Day excursions to Marakele's Endangered Species Project are also available.
- Digital projector
- Email facilities
- Flip chart
- Refreshment station
- Break-away areas
- Business Centre
- Conference venue
- Hotel Bar
- Swimming Pool
- Viewing deck
Check in and Check Out Times
- Check in: 14:00
- Check out: 10:00
- Airport transfers
- Concierge services
- Game drive safaris
- Housekeeping service
- Wake-up call
SA Resident: Tented Suite
- # Rooms:
The luxurious Marataba Game Lodge features exclusive tented suites all of which are saturated with the sights, sounds and smells of the African wilderness. These tented guest rooms are an intriguing mix of canvas and stone, exquisitely furnished and decorated.
En-suite stone bathrooms providing shower and bath as well as his and hers basins and a dressing room are the epitome of bushveld opulence. The 15 tented suites at the Marataba Lodge each have their own private deck overlooking the sweeping plains and meandering river below.
- Indoor and outdoor shower
- Electronic safe
- Double wash basins
- Charlotte Rhys amenities.
Marataba Safari Lodge Specials
The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.
The Marataba Safari Lodge is situated in the Marataba private concession, that covers 23 000 hectare in Limpopo's Marakele National Park.
Stay for 4 nights at this luxurious lodge, and only pay for 3 nights for travel 11 January - 17 December 2018 ; 4 January - 17 December 2019 and 4 January - 30 April 2020. Receive the last night for free!
Included in the rate:
- Accommodation in a luxury tented suite
- All meals
- Mini bar in room
- Soft drinks, local brand beers and spirits & house wines
- Two game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger and tracker
- Game drive refreshments & snacks
- Specified inclusive safari activities
- Wi-fi in public areas
- Children's activities
Excluded from the rate:
- R265.00 per person per stay entrance fees. This is payable directly at the lodge.
- Premium brand beers, spirits, cellar wines and champagne
- Cigars and cigarettes
- All flights and transfers not specified
- Telephone calls
- Boutique purchases
- Spa treatments
- Marataba entrance fee
- Any extras
Terms and Conditions:
- Valid 11 January - 17 December 2018; 4 January - 17 December 2019 & 4 Janaury - 30 April 2020
- Subject to room availability
- Minimum 4 night stay required
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Directions to the Marataba Safari Lodge:
From Johannesburg International follow the R21 to Pretoria and then the N1 North toward Polokwane / Pietersburg. (You will pass through 2 toll gates). Take the R516 off ramp to Bela Bela (Warmbaths).
In Bela-Bela (Warmbaths) turn right at first set of traffic lights into Marx street (Waterfront Shopping Centre ahead of you). Continue across 1 intersection with Traffic lights (Engen and Total Petrol stations on either side) until you reach a T-Junction. The Elephant Springs Hotel is ahead of you. Turn left into Sutter Road (Thabazimbi signpost ahead).
At the T-Junction turn right into Minaar Avenue. From here follow the signs to Thabazimbi (R516). In Thabazimbi turn left at second stop street towards Lephalale / Sentrum. (At Total Petrol Station).
Travel for 32kms and turn right to Lephalale (old name for Ellisras). Drive 11.3kms and turn right to Rooiberg Road. Travel 8.2kms along the gravel road, the Marataba gate is on your left. Marataba is 310km from OR Tambo International Airport.
On site parking facilities are provided for guests.