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What’s new on Safari at Marataba

Last month was exciting for safari activities at Marataba. The rains haven’t arrived in full yet so the bush is still very open. Our main three dams still have abundant water, which draws in many animals and make for amazing game viewing. The openness of the bush along the river also resulted in some amazing …
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A journey of giraffes at Marataba

Giraffes are captivating with their size, shape, and unusual yet graceful appearance. They are an iconic species in Africa and a firm favourite to see on safari. One of our favourite views at Marataba is to see a journey** of giraffes from the lodge backdropped by the Waterberg Mountains. Perhaps the most distinct feature of …
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Wildlife blog: A rare lion behaviour sighting captured at Marataba Safari Lodge

It was during a crisp early morning drive, with the morning light just breaking and the radio buzzing with excited Field Guide chatter, that we heard it – an unmistakable loud roar… In the golden light on an open plateau framed by the magnificent mountains we finally saw what all the commotion was about. It …
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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 both a morning and sunset cruise available each day on the Matlabas River, there is always a chance that you’ll see interesting animal sightings near 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 …
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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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