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An amazing and rare sighting

Marataba is very lucky to have pangolins. For some of our guests, seeing a pangolin is at the top of their safari wishlist, while others have never heard of this incredible creature. In recent years, pangolins have received substantial international attention because of their declining numbers due to the illegal wildlife trade. They are extremely …
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Marataba’s Central Pride make five kills in four days!

Despite their size and strength, lions are surprisingly one of Africa’s least successful hunters. In fact, fewer than 40% of their attempts will result in a kill. The reason for this is because they are more opportunistic than strategic in their hunting style. If their prey passes close enough, a lion will most likely attempt …
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Playtime with the elephants

Over the last few weeks we’ve had some exceptional elephant sightings. It’s always exciting to see an elephant, but it is even better to sit and watch a herd together for a long period of time. It is during these moments you can start to recognize their herd structure, personalities and natural behaviour. We have …
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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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