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May on Safari – News From the Bush

May on Safari – News From the Bush

Safari Experiences | June 15, 2018

During May, the general game viewing was top class, as usual, with consistent sightings of giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, warthog, and antelope. But the quality of lion sightings was exceptional! Many guests were fortunate enough to see some of the lion cubs who are running around the reserve at the moment. One of the month’s highlights …
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Marataba’s Vibrant Bee-Eater Birds

Marataba’s Vibrant Bee-Eater Birds

Birds of Marataba | June 8, 2018

If you are a regular follower of our blogs, you’ll already have read that Marataba is a great place for birding – boasting nearly 400 species on the reserve! In today’s blog, I’ll be highlighting one of our charismatic families of birds: the bee-eaters, who are also a particularly colourful bunch. Of the 10 species …
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Trackers: Our eyes and ears in the bush

Trackers: Our Eyes and Ears in the Bush

Our People | June 1, 2018

Last year, Marataba South Africa brought on a team of trackers to give our game-viewing experience the extra edge. It’s been 10 months now since their arrival, and they know the reserve like the back of their hands. Tracking is a specialised skill – the tracker uses tracks (also called spoor) and other signs left …
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11 New Lion Cubs

11 New Lion Cubs at Marataba

Wildlife | May 18, 2018

It’s an exciting time for the mother lions of Marataba. In the last six months, four lionesses have given birth! There are 11 cubs in total between them – one litter of four, two litters of three, and a litter of one. Two of the mothers are related females and are usually seen together, raising …
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April on Safari

April on Safari – News From the Bush

Wildlife | May 11, 2018

April was a busy month for Marataba. The quality of game viewing has been top class. A highlight was the numerous sightings of lions with new cubs, who are most entertaining! One male cub is particularly bold. He likes to show that he is not scared of anything – not even a vehicle – and …
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The 'Ugly Five' of Safari

The ‘Ugly Five’ of Safari

Wildlife | May 4, 2018

There is so much beauty to behold in the African bushveld: sweeping landscapes, striking flowers, vibrant sunsets… One can find appeal in just about everything out here. But one group of animals has earned the unfortunate reputation for being the ‘ugliest of them all’, and is referred to as the ‘Ugly Five’. Here is a …
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Makenyani Pan Lion Hunt

In the Middle of a Lion Hunt at Makenyani Pan

Wildlife | April 26, 2018

The mere possibility of the exceptional unfolding in front of your eyes is one of the things that keeps us guides motivated to come back day after day. You never know what you are going to see or experience when you are out here… One hot afternoon, I headed to a watering hole called Makenyani …
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Destination Bush Wedding


More Lodges and Hotels | April 10, 2018

The popularity of destination weddings has taken off as couples look for unique experiences for themselves and to share with their guests. And there are few locations that can enchant like the Southern African bush. An immemorial land sets the scene for another tale as old as time… love. The magic of the game-filled plains …

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