Marataba Safari Lodge

Marakele, South Africa

The hotel

The Marataba Safari Lodge is a family run property set in the Marakele National Park, 23,000 hectares of private land in the foothills of South Africa's Waterberg Mountains. At Marataba the staff and their families are committed to making sure that all their guests have the best and most unique holiday experience; from fun filled family safaris, to weddings and romantic honeymoon breaks. With their expert knowledge of the local area, the Marataba Rangers will guide you through the South African bush, where you will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of some fantastic local wildlife. Accommodation comes in the form of 15 exquisitely decorated canvas tented suites, each with their own free-standing bath tub and spacious private deck, and there's even a selection of hammocks available for those who want to relax the natural way. For complete privacy enjoy an overnight stay at the new Thabametsi two level treehouse and experience the African bush 9ft off the ground.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Romantic
  • Safari
  • Swimming Pool
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Near National Park
  • Restaurant
  • Villa / private house

Where is it

Marataba Safari Lodge is set in the grounds of the Marakele National Park, in the foothills of South Africa's Waterberg Mountains. Transfer time: 4-hour drive from Johannesburg Airport and a 2-hour drive from Sun City.

Hotel information

15 canvas-and-stone Tented Suites, each with their own private deck overlooking the sweeping plains and meandering river below. A free-standing stone bath invites you to appreciate the opulence of the suite’s interior, while indoor and outdoor showers take full advantage of the dramatic scenery of the Waterberg Mountains.

All Inclusive of: all meals, tea/coffee, soft drinks, local brand beers, spirits and house wines. Two daily game-drives with refreshments and snacks. Game activities such as bush walks, astronomy, wildlife lectures, bush breakfasts, picnic lunches, bush diners and children's activities.

  • Free night offer: Pay 3, stay 4. Valid for stays 1 May-17 Dec '19 and 4 Jan-30 Apr '20.

    Free nights are cumulative and combinable with the honeymoon offer.

  • Honeymooners: Couples receive a romantic turndown, sparkling wine and private dining experience. For bookings travelling between 1 May '19-30 Apr '20.

    Combinable with the Free Night offer.

All meals a freshly prepared and cooked each day with a variety of choices and dietary requirements. Swimming pool with pool loungers. Hammocks in the trees. Ladies bar. Library. Curio shop. Bush walks and water safaris*. Thabametsi Treehouse experience* - enjoy an overnight stay in a solar powered treehouse built on two levels, with a bedroom, full shower room facilities, and dining and lounge areas. Complimentary WiFi Internet access in the main lodge area. Babysitting*.

3 nights between 18 Dec-3 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.

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Jul 29, 2019 LizetteA71

Our expectations were exceeded! All our needs met and more. The game viewing activities were excellent and learned so much. Mauritz was a fantastic field guide, and his passion for nature was inspiring.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Best safari experience

Jul 28, 2019 mitya16 Twyford, United Kingdom

We stayed in Marataba safari lodge just for 3 days and it was an unforgettable stay. We ve been to South Africa before but this was probably the best safari experience. Add to that good food, friendly and professional staff and amazing location. It is like living in the middle of the forest in a tent but with all the comfort of a 5-star city… Read more
We stayed in Marataba safari lodge just for 3 days and it was an unforgettable stay. We ve been to South Africa before but this was probably the best safari experience. Add to that good food, friendly and professional staff and amazing location. It is like living in the middle of the forest in a tent but with all the comfort of a 5-star city hotel. We would definitely recommend the place to anyone who can afford that. Must go. Thank you Marataba for taking such good care of us. P.S. DO NOT FOLLOW GPS OR GOOGLE and read directions on the website :) Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect 5* Bush Experience

Jul 22, 2019 JLM_Swiss Hunenberg, Switzerland

From the warm welcome as you arrive at the gates, there is a sense of camaraderie, friendliness and professionalism that makes this an all round exceptional bush experience. Our guide, Oli, shared his knowledge and love for the bush which inspired and informed my 7 year old. The food was consistently outstanding, the attention to detail in the… Read more
From the warm welcome as you arrive at the gates, there is a sense of camaraderie, friendliness and professionalism that makes this an all round exceptional bush experience. Our guide, Oli, shared his knowledge and love for the bush which inspired and informed my 7 year old. The food was consistently outstanding, the attention to detail in the rooms and the personal service memorable and of a consistently high quality from every member of the team. The children’s programme, led by Tash, is incredible and the whole experience for our family was one of relaxation and enjoyment of Africa at its best! We’ve only just left but want to go back. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing First Family Safari Camp Experience

Jul 21, 2019 GinaJ464

If I could give more than 5-stars, I would!!! My husband and I, along with our two boys (ages 13 and 16) visited Marataba in June. From the first moment we saw photos of the lodge and area (over a year ago!), we knew this was the place for us. The location is breathtaking and we couldn't get enough! We spent four nights in a tented accommodation… Read more
If I could give more than 5-stars, I would!!! My husband and I, along with our two boys (ages 13 and 16) visited Marataba in June. From the first moment we saw photos of the lodge and area (over a year ago!), we knew this was the place for us. The location is breathtaking and we couldn't get enough! We spent four nights in a tented accommodation and were so comfortable. We loved that our boys had their own room, with bunk beds, and bathroom. The staff were amazing and we miss them. Everyone was so helpful and nice, taking the time to get to know us. Our butlers knew our names and anticipated what we'd like. It was amazing and they set the bar so high! Our guide out on safari was knowledgable, kind, and we learned so much from him. His passion and leadership made me feel very comfortable, especially considering this was our first safari on our trip, and our first safari ever. We also had amazing family photographs taken and they turned out so beautiful and we enjoy looking at them and remembering our wonderful time at Marataba. I highly recommend a stay here! We would love to return! Read less
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Jul 19, 2019 821thapelom

I recently stayed at Marataba & it was absolutely gorgeous !! Attention to detail with literally everything, fantastic staff & breath taking scenery. A definite must, whether it be for business or leisure.