Marataba Safari Lodge Blog

New direct AIR TAXI service to Marataba

We are thrilled to announce the launch of Marataba’s new Air Taxi Service in partnership with Angel Gabriel. The service will operate from Grand Central Airport, with complimentary shuttles from/ to OR Tambo International and Lanseria Airports. Pertinent facts: *  Cost: $320pp one way *  Time: JNB – Marataba (12pm – 1pm) | Marataba – …
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Marataba through Theo Cromhout’s eyes

“Marataba was an incredible experience for our whole family and there is no doubt I shall go back again.  It completely exceeded my expectations.  The scenery, natural beauty, game viewing, luxury tents, food…….entire product was simply world class and competes with the similar in Kruger and surrounds.  It was so unique in many ways…the natural …
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Miss Mara, Water Safaris

The Magic of Miss Mara

Take an unhurried cruise along the Matlabas River on Miss Mara. Nothing tops watching the sun shimmy into a liquid horizon in vivid colour, as you sip on a G ‘n T to the splash of a grunting hippo. The perspective of the bush is quite different when experienced from the water. An excursion on …
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Our top proposal spots at Marataba

Congratulations! You’ve found that special someone to spend the rest of your life with. The next big step is to get down on one knee and to ‘pop the question’. While we can’t help you in selecting the perfect ring, we can assist in making this moment one of the most memorable of your lives. …
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Encountering Elephants on Foot

Field Guides Andre Nell and Landon Eades recently took Marataba Safari Lodge guests on a bush walk. They stopped for a break under a Camelthorn Tree. They heard branches breaking, the sound coming closer towards them. The video explains what happened next. This was a fantastic sighting of a breeding herd of elephants  as they …
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Vlog: Male giraffes fighting

Adult giraffe bulls will use a fighting technique called sparring. This happens when they attempt to settle a hierarchical dispute over a female in oestrus. What many do not realise is that this is not for territorial reasons, as giraffes do not have territories. Field Guide Adriaan Mulder captured this clip for your enjoyment. Video …
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Vlog: Cape Clawless Otter sighting at Marataba Trails Lodge

The Cape clawless otter belongs to the family Lutrinae and consists of 4 species in Africa. You will find them wherever dams, lakes, streams or rivers support a food base that includes crabs, frogs, fish and other small food sources. They will forage by poking their clawless digits under rocks and into crevices to find …
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Unusual leopard behaviour

In today’s blog, Field Guide Adriaan Mulder shares a recent and unusual encounter with a leopard; “One of my fellow guides (Landon) heard alarm calls in an area well known for its leopards. He decided to follow up on the calls, and I took advantage of the opportunity to join him. Landon managed to catch …
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5 reasons why Marataba is a photographer’s paradise, by Michelle Sole

Where do I begin? Let’s start with the breathtaking backdrop of the red Waterberg Mountains to the Matlabas River. Throw in the open plains of Marataba, all of the Big Five and the privilege of floating along with swimming elephants, and there you have it! Oh, and let’s not forget the variety of birds, the …
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My game drive at Marataba, by 16 year old Liam Taylor

Sixteen year old Liam Taylor is a typical teenager growing up in the city.  He is privileged to have visited some of South Africa’s most popular reserves, including Kruger National Park. A recent trip to Marataba was his first experience in this particular region, and he shared this first hand account with us. Oh, through …
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