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.


  • 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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing bush break

Nov 26, 2019 RazzMoosa

Wow what an amazing stay and experience definetly recommended for family and couples. Lots of privacy great food, the field guide was awesome and so knowledgeable and all the staff really went out their way to make us comfy. The spa treatments were also awesome
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing safari experience

Nov 20, 2019 PierreA1592

Marataba is one of the best experience we never had. The staff is perfect, friendly, professional. The guide know very well the property, the animals behave - always respecting animal and nature - (and of course friendly and pro!) The place is crazy, perfect mix between luxury and nature. Once again, great moment that we would remember.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating VERY NICE place to stay and go on SAFARI

Nov 19, 2019 L1335YGrobertj Portland, Oregon

Lovely place to stay, if not a long ride (> 5 hrs by van) from Jo-Berg. The guide (William) was fantastic, We saw all 5 of the big game and many special items as well. Food and drink were all superb. The rooms even have a split A/C unit over the bed to help you get to sleep (it was in high 90's to 100's while we were there).
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Simply Brilliant!!!

Nov 18, 2019 JamieDunlop87 London, United Kingdom

We had a truly amazing time at Marataba as part of our Honeymoon. The lodge, the reserve, the people, the food...everything was exceptional. From the moment we arrived to the sad moment, we left we could not have been looked after better. Everyone at the lodge were brilliant but special mention must go to our guide Russell who was excellent.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Mitch the ranger was excellent!

Nov 17, 2019 dirtsajane Melbourne, Australia

Loved our stay. It was worth pay extra for a private vehicle, so we could take our younger four year old son out on the drives with us. He had a great time. We were super lucky to spot a leopard on our very final drive on the way back to the lodge. Amazing ending to a wonderful stay!