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Marataba Game Reserve is a malaria-free concession forming part of the Marakele National Park. The park is a ‘place of sanctuary’, as itsTswana name suggests, conserving 67 000ha (165 560ac) of the Limpopo Waterberg’s biodiversity, as well as Iron Age sites of great historical significance. It’s wildlife includes the Big Five and abundant bird species, with the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures (including 800breeding pairs) in the world to be found here • Rare plant species of yellowwood and cedar trees, ancient cycads, and fern trees flourish here• Marataba’s luxury lodges – Safari Lodge and Mountain Lodge – provide guests with bases from which to explore the wilderness their own way. The lodges offer programmes of unique activities to get guests closer to nature and the animals, including Marataba Trails and Miss Mara WaterSafaris, as well as traditional open-vehicle game drives
As one of Marataba’s many tailor-made experiences, the safari stops are something truly special. Between the action they are pauses to simply appreciate being in the bush, and in the moment. An exciting morning breaks for hot beverages – including coffee with sneaky tots of Amarula liqueur, if you like – and freshly-baked treats, as the animals begin to stir. Your afternoon winds down with sundowners and scrumptious nibbles in a surprise location, which your field guide has found to show off what is possibly the day’s most epic event – an African sunset.
The safaris bring you face-to-face with the natural world, but what would they be without your field guides who heighten the thrill of the search? All are FGASA-qualified (some by our own NJ MORE Field Guide College based at Marataba), and highly-skilled at leading safaris in Big Five territories and tailoring them to your personal interests. But more than that, they are selected for their palpable love of the world’s last wild places and their ability to inspire this in you – putting them in a league of their own. They are your scouts, teachers, translators and – given how much time you spend with them – friends, so your affinity with your guiding team is essential.
The Marataba Trails are specialised, on-the-ground bush experiences for the seasoned hiker and safari goer. Challenging trails take you to the far reaches of the reserve – from the edge of the plains to mountain crests. But this is also is a wonderful opportunity to slow down and take note of the smaller creatures, often missed from game viewers, and to discover more about our floral kingdom’s species – many with fascinating medicinal properties and traditional uses. On each trail, you’ll step out of a busy routine to reconnect with life through being in nature – the greatest teacher of the only things that truly matter.
Marataba is a wildlife Eden and set in the middle of its vast wilderness, the safari possibilities seem as endless as the horizon itself. The game here is impressive in both numbers and diversity, due to the location in a transition zone between the dry western and wetter eastern regions of South Africa. Here, the traditional safari animals, including the eminent Big Five, are found alongside rare species like the highly-endangered pangolin. But at times when you’re not seeing animals appear from around every bush, the plant life can be just as intriguing. Marataba and the Marakele fall within the even greater UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere Reserve – the only savannah biosphere in the world.
Africa is the cradle of civilization, but coming to Marataba feels as if the modern world might never have happened. It’s a land immemorial, where the Nature’s Way has survived; San rock art and Iron Age sites preserve a rich heritage, and untamed animals still roam free. Within Marakele National Park (a place of sanctuary), our Marataba Game Reserve is home to all of the Big Five – with a healthy population of the critically-endangered black rhino; over 360 resident bird species – including the world’s largest colony of endangered Cape vultures; and rare yellowwood and ancient cycads flourish.
Marataba's chefs are adept at crafting cuisine that will appeal to any palate, be that sweet tooth, vegetarian, health fan or meat lover. Only fresh seasonal ingredients are used, and prepared in the lodge kitchens every day. Three sumptuous meals per day, as well as a number of delectable treats, will ensure that no one goes hungry! Bush dinners, set up in the wild, are really popular and never fail to delight guests.Menu
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The park and concession fall within the UNESCO recognised Waterberg Biosphere – the only savannah biosphere in the world! GPS co-ordinates: follow 24°59’14”S | 27°39’83”E to Thabazimbi, then 24°33’13”S | 27°53’60”E on to Marataba. Located within the Marakele National Park, Marataba is just 3.5 hours drive from Johannesburg. AN IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING GPS CO-ORDINATES FOR MARATABA Please DO NOT follow your GPS to Marataba. Many of the prescribed roads are not navigable in a normal vehicle. Following GPS co-ordinates can result in getting lost in the middle of the bush, or unnecessary delays. Marataba Game Reserve: is a 23 000ha (56 834ac) private concession within the Marakele National Park, in South Africa’s Limpopo province.Location Factsheet
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