Marataba Game Reserve


The Marataba Game Lodge lies in the Limpopo Province, in the middle of the malaria-free Marakele National Park, which was opened only recently in 2005. The private concession is part of the Hunters Hotel group, which also incorporates the celebrated Gorah Elephant Camp and the Tsala Treetop Lodge.


Located a four hours’ drive or a one hour flight from Johannesburg, Marakele does not only offer first-class safaris but also the strikingly beautiful landscape of the Waterberg Mountains – an African read more » landscape that must have inspired countless Africa novels.


Dramatic, steep cliffs alternate with infinite savannah plains. Both habitats teem with life and the large diversity of species make Marakele an excellent Big Five safari destination.


Nelson Mandela was personally involved in creating the Marakele Park, which was founded to protect the native plant and animal species. Marakele is especially famous for the high population densities. At the same time, the park is smaller than other national parks such as the Kruger Park, increasing the chances spotting wildlife greatly.


The Marataba concession covers 23 000 hectares within the Marakele National Park, which are exclusively accessible to guests of the lodge. Enjoy unique safari adventures in this unspoiled backdrop.


The Marataba Lodge is a milestone among the spectacular South African hotel industry, ranking among the finest of the South African safari lodges.


From the first to last moment, Marakele is awe-inspiring: the beautiful landscape, refined luxury, style, comforts and privacy – it is a unique concept in South Africa. At Marataba, the guests reside in comfortable safari tents, just like in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.


However, the luxurious retreats only resemble tents at a first glance. The unique design, extravagant comforts and the spectacular view they offer are simply amazing. The accommodation units, just like the main building, are located directly above the Limpopo River, which graces the reserve.


Only natural materials, such as wood and natural stone, were used to build the Marataba Lodge. The interior has been decorated with a harmonic combination of traditional African and modern design elements.


The Marataba Lodge's founding fathers could not have chosen a better place in all of the Marakele National Park than the hills on which Marataba stands today. The location and the panorama radiate a mystic and stunning flair.


The main building has been constructed with natural stone walls and abundant glass so that natural light can flood the rooms. It accommodates the restaurant, lobby and library. Lovingly designed and rich in small details, the elegant house offers a fantastic view.


The tent design is only befitting for the unspoilt wilderness setting. It blends with the surroundings and creates a warm, welcoming and cosy flair.


Guests may dine under the open sky on the large wooden veranda, in the main lodge’s restaurant or beneath the star-strewn heavens by the fireplace at the African Boma. Indulge in the Marataba cuisine’s delicacies that transcend even the most demanding gourmet’s expectations.


Last but not least, the lodge also offers a large pool area and a business centre. We inspected the Marataba Game Reserve late in 2007 and were overwhelmed by the lodge’s and the reserve’s magical atmosphere. Your dream of Africa will come true at Marataba!


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The Marataba Game Reserve Lodge’s suites are superb – the peculiar constructions alone are an unusual experience, resembling a synthesis of a stone cottage and a tent.


The individual architecture read more » succeeds in providing a perfect sense of protection through the solid stone walls while the canvas roof and bungalow’s front create the impression of being in the open.


All twelve chalets lie directly above the Limpopo River and the verandas offer a fantastic view of the river, with the imposing Waterberg Mountains and the savannah plains forming the backdrop – it is a sight you will always remember.


The warm timber floorboards, natural stone and elegant furniture create a cosy atmosphere. Despite the tent character, each of the units provides perfect privacy and allows the distinguished guests to feel at ease.


Each Stone-Tent includes a large king-size bed and lovingly designed bathroom corner with a rock bathtub, double sink and separate shower. Several suites furthermore feature an outdoor shower, adding to your nature experience.


Another advantage of the Marataba is the amazing value for money. Offering the supreme luxury that the Hunter Hotels group is famous for, the accommodation prices are moderate in comparison to other luxury lodges in the region.


If you would like to include Marataba in your round-trip, please contact us for more details. We look forward to hearing from you – and securing you the suite with the best view!


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It goes without saying, that all of the Marataba Game Reserve’s activities centre on the exciting safaris. Choose among the large variety of safari options and other activities being offered.


The read more » natural surroundings offer many different landscapes and an incredible diversity of species. Explore the Marakele National Park on a classic open-jeep safari or enjoy an intense safari hike into the reserve.


The safaris are, without exception, highest quality and all rangers are exceedingly well trained and enthusiastic about introducing their guests to the wonders of the African nature and sharing their knowledge.


We recommend taking part in a safari hike – experience the fantastic landscape and diverse wildlife at a slower pace. Furthermore, guests should not miss the boma at night– a traditional African barbeque by the open fireplace beneath the star-filled sky – an absolute must!


The breathtakingly beautiful sunsets are another highlight and bathe the region in a glowing, mystic light. The final rays of light paint the cliffs and lodge in vivid tones of red.


Pick up the distant roar of a lion and relish the sweet sensation of being at the heart of the wilderness. Let your African holiday dream come true!


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