It is our singular mission to ensure that our guests leave with incredible memories that will last a lifetime (and will keep them coming back). We have achieved this through designing carefully thought out experiences that move beyond the ordinary.


In the company of your Field Guide, you will learn more about the Big Five and the many unique animal species found on the Marakele National Park.

2 safaris a day (one early morning, and one late afternoon, into the evening) are each approximately 3-4 hours long, and include a scenic coffee and sundowner break to purely appreciate just being in the moment.

Predators are accustomed to the vehicles at Marataba, and do not see them as a threat. This enables Guides to get into very close proximity with Africa’s most impressive animal species. Photographic opportunities are simply spectacular!

The fact that only 5 vehicles head out each day onto the 27000 hectare reserve means that you are unlikely to encounter other vehicles during your safari – leaving just you and your guide alone in this vast, scenic wilderness.


Cruises take place on a dam called Python Dam, which stretches about two kilometers in length, and one hundred meters wide at some points along its course.

Quick Facts:

  • Can comfortably accommodate up to 10 passengers.
  • There are three cruises available each day; Sunrise Cruises, Midday Cruises and Sunset Cruises.
  • Skippers are all qualified, and the cruises are manned by the specific guide allocated to guests.
  • Cruises take place on a dam called Python Dam, which stretches about two kilometers in length, and one hundred meters wide at some points along its course.


The bush takes on a completely different perspective when you are on foot. Walks generally take place after breakfast and last approximately 1½ to 2 hours, depending on the fitness level of guests. In summer, due to the heat, walks may be incorporated into the morning game drive before heading back to the lodge for breakfast.


Marataba Trails is a stand- alone, specialist walking experience for the seasoned hiker looking for a challenging trail in a unique part of the world. These are the only trails of their kind in a Big Five reserve.

Marataba is blessed with a great diversity of ecosystems and landscapes. Its trails lead through different areas of the reserve, providing a variety of experiences. Our expert trails guides, leading the hikes, will advice on suitable routes based on guests’ interests and fitness levels.

Quick Facts:

  • Trails Guides: Two senior trails guides accompany guests, no matter the size of the group. They are FGASA-accredited, with many years of experience in leading hiking trails within Big Five territories.
  • Departures*: Year-round, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
  • Departure times: 06h00 for 06h15 in summer | 07h00 for 07h15 in winter
  • Departure points: From the lodges, with transfers to the trails starts
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours, depending on the terrain, guests’ fitness levels, and weather; 8-hour trails can be arranged for the more intrepid hiker
  • Maximum number of guests: 8 depending on the trail, otherwise 6
  • Minimum guest age: 16 years
  • Rate: ZAR850 per person
  • Inclusions: Nutrition pack, with snacks+ and 2l still water; and a loan backpack for personal items

*The trail hike takes place instead of the morning game drive on these days.


Marataba is the perfect place for romance. It is easy to feel alone out here, under the saturated skies and with the mountains standing guard. Each of Marataba’s Luxury Tented Suites occupies its own private spot.

Our special treat to honeymooners

  • A romantic ‘turn down’
  • A surprise gift
  • A bottle of sparkling wine


Useful information for family travellers:

    • Children of all ages are welcome
    • Children between the ages of zero and five years stay free of charge and children aged six to fifteen pay 50% of the per person adult rate.
    • No game drives are allowed for children under the age of two years and children between the ages of two and five are only allowed on the late morning family safari drive.
    • The family safari drive for children aged two to five departs at 11:00 in winter and 10:00 in summer, and lasts approximately two hours.
      • Family safari drives
      • Bush orientation
      • Bug CSI
      • Dung tracking
      • Track pack with Plaster of Paris
      • Star gazing
      • Fun evening gamesA babysitting service is available
      • And much more…..


Pamper yourself and indulge in a relaxing and revitalising treatment with Marataba’s qualified therapist, all in the privacy of your suite. All products used are 100% organic.


At Marataba, you will appreciate healthy and delicious food prepared in imaginative ways. Every palate is catered for!


There is arguably no better place to celebrate the start of a very special union than in the African bush. Whether small and intimate, or more extravagant.

Marataba Safari Lodge is highly flexible and can accommodate up to a maximum of 30 guests.



05h00: Wake-up call
05h30: Tea/Coffee and game drive departs
09h00: Game drive returns, breakfast/brunch is served
At leisure: Bush walk or activities of personal preference
13h00: Lunch
16h00: Afternoon tea
16h30: Game drive departs
19h30: Game drive returns and dinner follows


06h30: Wake-up call
07h00: Tea/Coffee and game drive departs
09h30: Game drive returns, breakfast/brunch is served
At leisure: Bush walk or activities of personal preference
13h00: Lunch
15h00: Afternoon tea
15h30: Game drive departs
18h30: Game drive returns and dinner follows

* Summer is from September to April, while Winter is from May to August