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Three cheetahs find a new home at Marataba!

We are beyond excited today, as three new cheetahs have arrived on the reserve! Head Field Guide, Adriaan Mulder, shares what transpired…. “These cheetahs, born wild, were relocated from a reserve along the Botswana border. There is one male around 4 years old, and a brother and sister around 18 months old. After their arrival …
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A spectacular leopard sighting at the Makanyane Pan

Every once in a while on safari you get to see something so beautiful that it literally takes your breath away. Often at Marataba, one gets this feeling observing the stark scenery of the Waterberg; an orange liquid sunset off Miss Mara, or the brightness of the Milky Way. On this particular evening, it was …
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Miss Mara boat safari – an unique way to enjoy extraordinary wildlife sightings

With three cruises available each day on the Python Dam, there is always a chance that you’ll see animals at the water’s edge Just as we were boarding Miss Mara to embark on our boat safari, we noticed a spectacular sight in the distance – a herd of elephants walking in single file along the …
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August in Review, from Head Guide Adriaan Mulder

August is a beautiful time of year in the bush, as icy cold mornings make way for much milder temperatures. This being said, a significant cold front moved through most of the country, which caused animals to seek shelter. Thankfully this soon ended, and sightings became plentiful – elephant came to drink water along the …
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The Story Behind a Once-in-a-Lifetime Photo by Chané Jacobs

I took this photo back in the beginning of this year. On that afternoon, I was with a group of guests from England. It was their first safari. I drove them out to Marataba’s open plains where there is a good chance to see general game like zebra, giraffe, and even rhino. On the way, …
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The story of the ‘not so common’ animals

A slight movement caught the Field Guide’s eye; merely a whisper of movement, interrupting the tranquil rhythm of the bush. He pushed down hard on the brakes, bringing the 2 ton safari vehicle to a shuddering halt. His guests looked into the distance with great excitement, straining their eyes to see the behemoth creature to …
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Elephant Connections

As a field guide, I am often asked the question, “What is your favorite animal?” I never need time to think about the answer – my favorite animal by far is the elephant. I do however struggle to explain the answer to “Why?” It’s very difficult for me to describe what it is about elephants …
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Hyena on wildebeest kill

Somewhere between a dog and cat, hyenas are a combination of the best of both; they are hunters and scavengers, fast with stamina, and also smart, powerful and stealthy. This lethal combination makes them one of Africa’s most successful predators. Contrary to popular belief, hyenas often hunt more than they scavenge for food. They are …
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Walking back in time at Marataba Trails Lodge

As experienced on a Gorge and Special Interest Trail by MORE’s Digital Content Producer, Ingrid Nemorin It was still dark outside when a friendly knock on my door signalled my 6am wake-up call. I quickly finished packing up my gear and made sure I was warmly dressed before making my way to the guest area …
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Image credit: Charlotte Arthun

Lions playing at Marataba

Photographing lions was the hope and wish of a group of guests that had arrived at Marataba. Luckily, the lions were being cooperative and gave away their location by roaring just as dawn was approaching. Field Guide Adriaan Mulder and his guests set off in the direction of the calls. To the guests’ delight, they …
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