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Dallas, Texas
Reviewed 19 December 2016

This was our 1st trip to Marataba and Marataba absolutely blew us away!! The arrival is absolutely 1st class, you are spoiled the minute you step out of your vehicle and into the hands of the awaiting Marataba team. The architecture is beautiful, minimalistic and inviting. The food was prepared with great taste in mind. Our guide Lawrence was incredibly...

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Dundee, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 December 2016

My daughter and I stayed here for 2 nights and it was absolutely fantastic. We went on 4 game drives. 2 were in the morning at 5:30am and 2 at 4pm each day. Each drive lasted 3-4 hours. Our driver/guide was Ralph and he was so knowledgeable about everything we saw. The accommodation was a luxury tent and had everything...

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Boksburg, South Africa
Reviewed 12 December 2016

The most amazing service and game drive experience ever! Will recommend Marataba Safari Lodge to all friends and family. Definately an item for your bucket list! Ideal spot the perfect romantic getaway

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2Thank Rane777
Gaborone, Botswana
Reviewed 11 December 2016

The food was terrible safe for breakfast. Worse i was served rotten fish for dinner and i didnt even get an apology from the chef or senior staff-life just simply moved on like nothing ever happend.A week later still cringe at the thought of a severity of seafood poisoning.Lunch too was just so basic and unimaginative-truly so not appetising(dry steakroll!)...

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MOREfamily, General Manager at Marataba Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Dear 'Botho L', It was with dismay that I read your review following your stay with us. I have to acknowledge that we fell short on your food experience, and am pleased to advise that we are currently workshopping our menus with a view to improving on and enhancing this very important aspect of our guest experience. I am sorry...

East Sussex
Reviewed 11 December 2016

My husband and I recently stayed at Maratarba for 10 nights as part of a photography workshop.It really is a stunning place. The location, the staff, the wildlife and food couldn't be faulted. What was paticularly great was how knowledgeable the drivers were and how they respected the wildlife.

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Maryland
Reviewed 8 December 2016

We arrived with 4 seniors and 2 children (9 and 11) to spend three days at the lodge. This was my second stay at a MORE safari property and again, I was not disappointed! The views at Marataba are lovely! The tent accommodations are not quite as rustic as they seemed on the website, with luxury materials and comfortable bedding....

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2Thank U2Travel
Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 6 December 2016

Everyone was very friendly. The chef surprised us every time with wonderful meals! The guide and the tracker were very knowledgeable and we had good laughs. The panoramic views from the chalet were stunning! We loved the walks in the bush and the starry nights by the boma. We enjoyed the manager's smile and kindness. A must-go destination in South...

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Phoenix, Arizona
Reviewed 5 December 2016

If you are looking for an African experience that includes not only the typical Africa but something much more then Marataba is for you. I learned so much about nature, the animals and myself on this trip. The rangers were kind, courteous and and each of them had precise knowledge about all aspects of the preserve and overall safari experience....

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1Thank BryanVincent V
Littleton, Colorado
Reviewed 4 December 2016

A malaria free 23,000 hec private park with gorgeous mountains ringing the valley with a river. 15 canvas and stone "tents" with indoor and outdoor showers, with a private deck overlooking a watering hole. A pool for cooling off. Morning and evening safari rides. Great food and service. All inclusive, with local beer and house wines at every meal. A...

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1Thank Don M
Reviewed 25 November 2016

Trip far exceeded our expectations. Inquire about bush walks. Shaun, our field guide, led two extraordinary walks during our stay. Being on the ground close to the animals is a life changing experience!

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Marataba is a malaria-free 23000 hectare private concession within the Big5 Marakele National Park (Limpopo, South Africa). Just four hours from Johannesburg, this is a sanctuary where busy people can find themselves again by connecting with nature. We were rendered breathless by the dramatic Waterberg mountains, vast plains, rich animal diversity and winding rivers cutting through the landscape of the Marakele National Park. Rich red mountain rock meets lush green plains (where you will find yellowwood and cedar trees, 5m high cycads and tree ferns). All of the large game species from elephant and rhino to the big cats, as well as an amazing variety of birds (including the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures in the world, with more than 800 breeding pairs) have settled here. Marataba Safari Lodge is a simple extension of the natural environment beyond its walls - rich, bold, organic and patently magnificent. Whether you prefer your own company or that of new-found friends, there are a number of spots from which to soak up the view - hammock, pool lounger or grassy patch. On the menu for your pleasure is a smorgasbord of activities from which to choose. Whether game drive, walking trail, sunset river excursion on Miss Mara, or a private dinner for two, there is never enough time to exhaust the many ways there are to love this place. ... more   less 

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Address: Rooiberg Road | Marakele National Park, Thabazimbi 380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Thabazimbi
Price Range: $1,311 - $1,877 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Marataba Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 15
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Marataba Safari Company Hotel Waterberg
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“Make sure to go on the boat tour and also do the walking tour!”
 of 5 bubbles 293jonase, 16 Mar 2017 | Read review
“The property is in the process of renovating the tents, so you may want to ask for one that has already been renovated. However, if I had to choose, I would take a tent with a spectacular view like ours over a renovated tent.”
 of 5 bubbles kellyblairm, 15 Mar 2017 | Read review
“All tents are the same as far as we could make out.”
 of 5 bubbles brightstar50, 4 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Do not go in the rainy season”
 of 5 bubbles 450edwarda, 28 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All tents are identical”
 of 5 bubbles Cathyt1961, 8 Feb 2017 | Read review
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