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Eco-lodge Luxury At Marataba

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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A Sighting To Remember

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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The Beauty Is In The Details

“The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.” –Natalie Angier The beauty of Marataba isn’t only in the obvious – the view of sweeping mountains around every corner, a lioness walking past a safari vehicle, or a golden sunset over the water – although those moments are spectacular in themselves. Beauty is found …
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10 Entertaining Behaviours of Giraffes

10 Entertaining Behaviours of Giraffes

We see a lot of giraffes here at Marataba, and one thing that never ceases to entertain me is their funny behaviour. It really is endearing and has prompted me to list the top 10 giraffe sightings I enjoy most: Seeing a head poking out the top of a tree, with lips pursed in a …
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Unlocking the Mysteries of Marataba’s Elusive Leopards

Unlocking the Mysteries of Marataba’s Elusive Leopards

The leopards at Marataba, although plentiful, are often difficult to find – as leopards generally are. But in recent months, they’ve been making more and more frequent appearances and have provided a few unforgettable experiences for both guests and guides. A group of my guests recently had three separate sightings of these beautiful cats over …
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July on Safari – News From the Bush

July on Safari – News From the Bush

Guests spent nearly two hours watching two young, male lions resting near the river, while a female leopard hung out in a tree above them. She was clearly disturbed by their presence, but seemed to relax when they left shortly after sunset. The guides, about to follow suite, then spotted a male leopard walking beneath …
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The Art of Flight

The Art of Flight

It is commonly believed that wings are the only physical feature that enable birds to roam the sky. But, a lightweight and aerodynamic body, as well as strong muscles, are also necessary for bird flight. Weight, lift, thrust and drag are the four forces of flight. The essential features of weight reduction are: light feathers; …
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