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
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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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