Limpopo » Marakele National Park » Marataba Safari Lodge


LOCATIONMarakele National Park, Waterberg RegionPOOLYes - at the main area only
BIG 5 GAME RESERVEYesSPAIn-room Massages
CHILD POLICYChildren of all ages are welcomeMALARIANo

  •   23 000 hectre reserve, and we are the only lodge in the reserve.
  •   Varied species like brown and spotten hyena, bush big and warthog, bat eared foxes.
  •   Great birding.

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01 July - 27 September 2020 Luxury Tent R 3,999 per person per night sharing Pay now, stay later Travel Voucher Offer!
*purchase before 31 July 2020 @ 15h30 & book when you are ready to travel within 90 days after inter-provincial travel is allowed again (excludes peak holiday periods)
28 September - 31 October 2020 Luxury Tent R 4,495 per person per night sharing last minute special rate - bookings within 7 days of travel
Luxury Tent R 4,945 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings
01 November - 17 December 2020 Luxury Tent R 4,495 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings


*surcharges on all special rates and a minimum 3 night stay will apply over peak holiday periods and long weekends.

• Accommodation in a Luxury tented Suite
• All meals
• Teas & coffees
• Two game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger
• Game drive refreshments & snacks
• Specified inclusive safari activities
• Wi-Fi in public areas
• There will be a supplement of 50% on the per person sharing rate for single accommodation.
• Children of all ages are welcome .
• Children 0 - 5 years stay free of charge when sharing with 2 full paying adults.
• Children aged 6 - 15 years pay 50% of the per person sharing rate when sharing with 2 full paying adults.
• Children 16 years and older pay the full adult rate and need to occupy their own room.
• For safety reasons, children aged 5 years and younger cannot participate on game drives and safari activities.
• Children aged 6 years and older are permitted on game drives and safari activities at the discretion of the game ranger.
• A family game drive is offered for younger children, after breakfast.
• Barge cruise: Available at an additional charge, subject to availability and must be pre-booked well in advance.
• The Specialist Marataba Trails Experience at an additional charge.
• Eco-Garden kids centre offering specially-planned activities for all children.
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• Rates quoted are only applicable to SA Residents. Discounted special offers for International Residents are available on request.
• Rates exclude Park Fees of R 295 per adult per stay / R 148 per child per stay and a Conservation Levy of R 128 per person per stay. Fees are to be paid at the lodge directly and are subject to change.

3 hours by road from Johannesburg. Charter flights can be arranged directly into the Lodge.
11 x Luxury Tents
4 x Family Tents


The Marataba Safari Company's 23 000 hectare concession lies in the eastern sector of the magnificent Marakele National Park, at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains, approximately 3 hours drive north of Johannesburg in western Limpopo. Thabazimbi, Rustenburg and Ellisras are all within easy reach.

Within a dramatic landscape encompassing vast plains, dense bushveld, winding rivers, deep gorges and majestic mountains, Marataba is an exclusive 23 000 hectare private concession in the heart of Limpopo's Marakele National Park, a 'place of sanctuary' for Africa's Big Five and a multitude of other animal species including rare antelope such as roan, sable and mountain reedbuck. This malaria-free wilderness is also home to the world's largest breeding colony of the endangered Cape Vulture. Birdlife within the park is prolific with more than 400 species having been recorded, a veritable birder's Eden.

Marataba Safari Lodge is a simplistic extension of the natural environment beyond its walls boasting rich, bold, organic and utterly magnificent design elements. 
It is said that if you sit quietly for long enough, one can feel the energy of countless people who have made this place home since The Stone Age. 
Each canvas & stone tented suite is tastefully furnished & decorated with a contemporary twist. 

The Accomodation
At Marataba guests can enjoy Glamping in one of 15 tented suites which includes 4 family suites allowing individuals & families to get closer to nature. These stone and canvas hideaways may look simplistic however they are anything but basic. Each tent boasts a king-sized bed, en-suite, outdoor shower, minibar and shaded viewing deck, whilst the family suites give children their own bedroom and bathroom. The lodge welcomes guests of all ages, with
fun-packed kids’ activities and a childminding service. 

Kiddies on Safari 

At Marataba Safari Lodge children of all ages are welcome & therefore it is essential to have a kiddies programme that allow children of all ages to actively enjoy the African bush. 
Marataba has carefully created environments that are welcoming to guests of all ages & encourage families to feel at home even when being away from home – but with some added luxuries. Space and places are provided for loved ones to come together and with every comfort & convenience afforded, there is time for the rest to take care of itself.
In addition to family game drives, a programme of specially-planned child activities are conducted at the Eco Garden education & entertainment area. Here, young guests can disconnect from the digital sphere as they become engaged with the many fascinations of the natural world. 
Kids Activities on Offer:
Family safari drives
Bush orientation
Rock painting
Scavenger Hunt
Marshmallows & Stargazing
Cinema nights 

The Marakele National Park is characterized by contrasting majestic mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys. All 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, have settled here.
Marakele is home to most of the large mammals synonymous with the African bush, including elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo, leopard and cheetah. Lion and spotted hyena are the only large predators found in the park. A small pride will soon be re-introduced in the park. The wild dogs have been the first of these re-introductions. Resident antelope include, sable, kudu, eland, impala, waterbuck, tsessebe and many smaller species. Chacma baboon and Vervet monkey are two species to be watched carefully for mischief, particularly around the rest camps.
It is possible to see certain closely related species alongside one another. These include (eastern species first) Southern and Crimson breasted Boubou, Arrow marked and Pied Babbler, Tawny-flanked and Black-chested Prinia, Pintailed and Shafttailed Whydah, Black-eyed and Redeyed Bulbul, Grey and Cape Penduline Tit and Whitebrowed and Kalahari Robin.
The park is an excellent place to look for raptors, with many species using the uplift generated off the cliff faces of the Waterberg to sore on the thermals. Apart from the vultures, visitors should look for Gymnogene, Jackal Buzzard and several eagle species, including Black, African Hawk, Black-breasted Snake and Brown Snake Eagle. In summer Wahlberg's Eagle becomes prominent. On areas of high ground Cape Rock Thrush, Mocking and Mountain Chat, Malachite and Greater Double-collared Sunbird and Swee Waxbill should be searched for.
Other species to look out for in the lower lying bushveld and broadleaf woodland regions include Purple Roller, Black Cuckooshrike, Brubru, Whitecrowned Shrike and White Helmetshrike and the exquisite Blue, Violeteared and Blackcheeked Waxbills. Bee-eaters are conspicuous, particularly Whitefronted and Little with Swallowtailed (winter) and Carmine and European (summer) present as well. Visitors staying at the Tlopi tented camp should be on the look out for Pied Kingfishers.

  • Ensuite stone bathrooms - Shower & bath
  • Outdoor shower
  • Swimming pool
  • His & her basins & dressing room
  • Private view deck overlooking the plains & river
  • Ceiling fan
  • Stone-masonry characterizes the main lodge with huge expanses of glass
  • Ladies bar
  • Library
  • Indoor dining room & outdoor dining verandah
  • Boma
  • Guest's business centre



• Starting at Oliver Tambo International Airport (ORT)
• Depart ORT following the airport exit signs (R21 & R24)
• Approximately 200m thereafter, the road forks. Take the right fork towards R21 N Pretoria/R24 Johannesburg
• The road immediately turns sharply to the right. Get into the left lane and follow the signs to R21 N Pretoria as you exit the airport
• After exiting the airport, get into the left lane and follow the R21 N Kempton Park/Pretoria signs
• After 300m, take the left off-ramp, following the R21N Kempton Park/Pretoria signs
• Once on the R21N drive for 36.3 km
• You will see signs indicating exit 134 (N1 Noord, Pretoria/ Polokwane/Johannesburg)• Take the 134 exit
• Immediately thereafter, the road forks. Take the right fork towards N1 North-Polokwane
• Continue on the NI North-Polokwane passing through two toll gates
• Take off-ramp to Bela-Bela / Warmbaths (R516)
• In BELA-BELA, turn right at the first set of traffic lights into Marx Street (Waterfront Shopping Centre ahead of you)
• Continue across one intersection with traffic lights (Engen & Total petrol stations on either side) until you reach a T-junction. The Elephant
Spring Hotels is ahead of you
• Turn left into Sutter Road (Thabazimbi sign post ahead)
• At the T-junction, turn right into Ritchie Rd
• Shortly thereafter, you will reach another T-junction, withthe SPAR Centre directly in front of you. Turn left.
• You will get to a circle. Turn left
• Continue until you reach a traffic circle. Turn left at the sign for Thabazimbi. (R516)
• In THABAZIMBI, turn left at third stop sign towards Lephalale / Sentrum (at the Total petrol station) onto the R510
• Travel for 32km, and turn right to Lephalale (Stay on the R510)
• Drive 11km and turn right at the Marataba Safari Lodge sign post
• Travel 8km along the gravel road. The Marataba gate is on your left hand side

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