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A Loud Nighttime Stand-off

Wildlife | January 28, 2019

Part of the experience of staying in the bush is the knowledge that you are completely immersed in it – something we were reminded of after a loud nighttime stand-off between animals. While Marataba Safari Lodge is fenced off, animals do occasionally make their way into camp. Our guests are usually delighted when this happens, …
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Get To Know Marataba’s Gawie Grobler

Our People | January 22, 2019

Field Guide Kim Le Hanie chats to Marataba’s General Manager of Operations Gawie Grobler, about his favourite spots on the reserve, his fascinating animal encounters, and more… Kim: Where did you grow up, and how did this all start. Did you always want to be a guide? Gawie: I grew up in Middleberg, Mpumalanga and …
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Uninterrupted Bliss While Watching Lion Cubs

Lions of Marataba | January 11, 2019

The guests on my vehicle were a small but varied group. One lady has been living in Africa for eleven years and has travelled to many lodges and reserves throughout the region. Her friend of over 30 years was visiting her from their homeland of Switzerland with her 9 year old son. We had a …
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A Host Of Baby Animals At Marataba

Wildlife | January 11, 2019

With their small size, big eyes, and playful demeanour, baby animals are always fun to watch! With impala lambing season at an end, the bush is filled with young, thin-legged antelopes scrambling to keep up their mothers. Several guides were lucky enough to view a family of bat-eared foxes on the plains with, again, 4 …
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A Lion Kill With Many Twists

Lions of Marataba | December 13, 2018

After a great afternoon drive in the north-eastern section of the reserve, my guests and I came across a lion and a lioness about 300 metres from the lodge. They were moving west, and we only had a brief visual as they were crossing the road, but something told me that we would be seeing …
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Eco-lodge Luxury At Marataba

Marataba Mountain Lodge | December 11, 2018

Blogger Kristof Eyckmans shares his thoughts on a luxurious stay at Marataba Mountain Lodge: An eco-lodge is often regarded as a place where you need to cut back on luxury in return for a smaller footprint on the environment. Well, you couldn’t be more wrong at Marataba Mountain Lodge, where you can completely surrender to …
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An Incredible Night Sighting

Safari Experiences | November 16, 2018

Every game drive presents the possibility of a sighting you have never seen before, and may never see again. This was true for the night portion of a recent game drive. During this part of our afternoon game drives, we use spotlights to view any nocturnal creatures we come across. This allows us to view …
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A Sighting To Remember

Marataba Safari | November 12, 2018

A new guide, Josh Duffus, recently joined our team from our sister property, Madikwe Safari Lodge. I went along with him on his first game drive, and we came across a sighting to remember! We decided to head South with our guests, to an area where no other people were driving, so we could explore …
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