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Astonishing Sightings of Marataba’s Big Cats

Cheetahs of Marataba | April 16, 2019

The past few weeks we have been treated many astonishing sightings, but one thing that has stuck out is the number of cats we’ve been seeing in trees! When one thinks of a cat in a tree, one probably assumes a leopard, which are known for this kind of behaviour. However, this has not been …
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Hyena Steals Cheetah’s Kill

Cheetahs of Marataba | April 11, 2019

Cheetahs are one of the smallest and most vulnerable of Africa’s predators. Because of their vulnerability, cheetahs are usually very careful and skittish, constantly checking their surroundings. Guests often enquire about this behaviour and we explain that cheetahs are very cautious in areas where there are lions, leopards and hyenas present – which Marataba has …
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Behind the scenes – and sounds – of lion tracking

Lions of Marataba | February 22, 2019

One morning, all of the guests at Marataba Safari Lodge woke up to the sound of lion vocalisations. The impressive sound, which started at a distance, continued to get louder, indicating that the lions were moving closer. While my guests and I were having morning coffee, we tracked the audible movements carefully, hoping to go …
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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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