This intimate lodge is nestled amid the magnificent UNESCO-recognised Waterberg Mountains.
Part of the MORE Luxury Hotels & Lodges, Marataba Safari Lodge offers a slightly different kind of South African safari. It has the same warm personality and cool, contemporary style found at sister properties Lion Sands Game Reserve and Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel, and its location in Marakele National Park means you’ll have the chance to see wildlife unique to the area like Cape vulture as well as the Big Five. The most striking feature of all however, is the setting. As you sit out on your deck, your gaze is immediately drawn over the bushveld to a breathtaking view of the red-tinged Kransberg Mountain range.
Take in your stunning surroundings on a sunset cruise on the Matlabas River. On the lodge’s raft, Miss Mara, you can enjoy G&Ts and nibbles as you meet the resident hippo, offering a different side to South Africa’s bush not found in other private reserves. While it’s popular with honeymooners who love the sophisticated vibe and untouched serenity of the location, Marataba is especially suited to families as it welcomes guests of all ages and is risk-free of malaria. The 15 Tented Suites are beautifully understated. A billowing canvas covers the bedroom, which sleeps two in a king-size bed or three as a triple room, and outside there’s a classic glamping set-up with an outdoor shower and viewing deck.
In the style of the ever-popular treehouses at Lion Sands Game Reserve, the Thabametsi Treehouse is the latest addition exclusively for the use of Marabata guests. At this solar-powered treehouse, you can have your own private sundowner in the lounge area and fall asleep to captivating close-ups of the mountains at the foot of your bed.
In a malaria-free private reserve of Marakele National Park within The Waterberg Biosphere, north of Johannesburg
TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2020
Marataba Safari Lodge is one of our favourite hotels, but don’t just take our word for it – TripAdvisor reviewers agree and have voted the resort 18th in the Top 25 Small Hotels in Africa category for 2020.
Good to know
15 Tented Suites
• Sleep out in the wild in a treehouse with phenomenal mountain views* • Go on twice-daily game drives out in the bush • Enjoy a sundowner the Miss Mara cruise.
Dining area, bar
Lodge package • All meals including afternoon tea • Select local beverages including soft drinks, beers, spirits and house wines • Two game drives per day
*Denotes local charge