Marataba Safari Lodge Blog

A magnificent elephant sighting

The other morning we had one of those incredible safaris when, for whatever reason, everything seemed to be out and about. There was a thick layer of cloud cover that morning, and I had to wonder if this burst in activity was because it was an unusually warm morning. We were with guests who had …
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Making tracks…

Marataba welcomes young explorers and offers interactive activities for the whole family. One of our most popular activities for kids is animal track identification and casting. Recently, our guide Andre took two of our young guests out on an afternoon drive to learn about animal tracks. Tracks can be preserved and collected by making plaster casts of them, …
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Looking for leopards

  We had been looking for leopards for the past few days, finding fresh tracks all over the road, but they continued to elude us. The night before, we were searching in an area with tracks and fresh drag marks, made from a leopard dragging its kill to a safe location. At one point, we …
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Wildlife at Marataba through Charlotte’s eyes

Charlotte recently joined Marataba’s field team as a digital media specialist. She will be contributing to our blog with news from the bush. Read on to learn about her experience on safari during her first four-day stay at Marataba. Welcome to Marataba! The colors were what struck me the most. It was about 4:30pm, pulling …
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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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