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 the eyes of teens….


“My journey to Marataba Safari Lodge was a memorable occasion. Nothing beats the excitement of arriving at a five star lodge as you are welcomed by scented facecloths and cool refreshments. I remember sitting on the deck, awe-struck by the intimacy of the surrounding bush and a mighty mountain in front of me as a White-throated Robin-chat hopped around on the floor next to me.


On my afternoon game drive we saw a pair of white rhinos up close and were spellbound by these peaceful giants. We also saw many elephant and kudu. Stopping for sundowners in the bush is always enjoyable, especially to the sounds of the river next to us which included water thick-knees and the famous cry of the African fish-eagle. During that evening we also found Black- backed jackals and a Fiery-necked Nightjar.



Dinner was in the boma under the stars and a mighty fire kept the cold of the night at bay. The food was delicious and the friendly waiter eagerly served us his speciality drink. During the night spotted hyaenas were calling close by.



The morning game drive was even better with a sighting of a gemsbok, and a lioness with her tiny cub. We also picked up my first ever brown hyena and saw him foraging for food. We just missed a leopard later on by a few minutes. We had morning coffee at a secluded part of the river and as we walked closer, two African snipes erupted out of cover and cruised across the water to the other side. At a clearing we found a mother giraffe and her young calf which was so young it could hardly walk!



Unfortunately the trip had to come to an end, but not before breakfast with a splendid view of the mountains and a Fairy flycatcher in the camp – much to the excitement of all the field guides who rushed out with their cameras en masse.”

Liam Taylor

Why Marataba is perfect for teen travellers

Marataba Safari Lodge is a great safari destination if you’re travelling with a teenager. While we have the ‘Holy Grail’ of Wifi to keep them connected, it’s only available in the public areas. This forces them to switch off occasionally, and engage in conversation with mom and dad – or simply take in the natural beauty around them.

The expansive pool is perfect for Actives and Lounge-Lizards alike. With uninterrupted pool service, kids are able to happily order refreshments (and don’t worry mom and dad,  soft drinks are included in the rate, so you need not fear hidden ‘nasties’ on the bill). There’s plenty of space for family fun, or for quieter moments of solitude. We all need a little down time after all!

Two daily game drives with enthusiastic guides fill both mornings and afternoons. A trip on Miss Mara (our water boat safari) adds variety to the safari experience…exactly what teens are looking for.

Our Safari Checklists can be downloaded ahead of time for those eager to tick off the animals they see on drive. Why not turn it into a game and encourage photos of the sighting?

Contact us to enquire about discounted rates for children 15years and younger.


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