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

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. Twice 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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Jan 13, 2020 kevinhull2018 St. Albans, United Kingdom

A fantastic safari experience, coupled with the most friendly,welcoming, knowledgeable staff. With very good accommodation and food etc. The information about the game reserve and animals Was exceptional
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fabulous

Jan 8, 2020 lpjtravels Sunnyvale, California

Wonderful safari experience and 7-Star service. Steph made sure every detail of our stay was excellent and Mike's safari drives were awesome. Room was comfortable for our family. Food was high quality and customized for us, vegetarians, which is quite rare in our travels.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 5 star South African Safari experience of a lifetime

Jan 2, 2020 Kinloch186 Falkirk, United Kingdom

This has to be one of the best places to experience a South African Safari. The location and staff are of the highest quality and the setting is exquisite, one of a kind. The experience provided by our guide over 4 days was second to none, each day outdoing the previous. Simply outstanding.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A Dream Come True

Dec 30, 2019 865lauralc

From the moment my son and I arrived we felt like we were a very special guest. From the personalized water bottle that was given to introduction to the reserve to our last day. What a glorious experience. Our guide was Strohm. He was one of the most interesting people I have ever met. I am not a bird fancier, but when he started to describe the… Read more
From the moment my son and I arrived we felt like we were a very special guest. From the personalized water bottle that was given to introduction to the reserve to our last day. What a glorious experience. Our guide was Strohm. He was one of the most interesting people I have ever met. I am not a bird fancier, but when he started to describe the birds were seeing and giving us more information about them I got so enthused. Strohm arranges with the management to allow us to be taken on a night Safari drive. Oh my!! It was so fabulous and informative. I loved all of my rides with the guide, but this one knocked it out of the park. The animals we saw at night was fascinating. The food at the reserve was truly 4 Star and plentiful! So much we passed on more than a few meals. The accommodations were truly above my expectations. So comfy but gave you the feel you were camping in style. I am planning a trip back for 2021!!! Read less
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Dec 30, 2019 Daydream22628616756 Lacanau-Ocean, France

Many thanks to all the field guides for teaching me their passion of the bush. Special thank to Hendrick, Shawn, Simon, André (at Mountain Lodge) and many others for being so kind always trying to make my stay so perfect. See you next year !