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Get To Know Marataba’s Gawie Grobler

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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Female Guides

Female Guides: Anything You Can Do, I Can Do…

In a largely male dominated industry, Marataba’s guiding team stands out amongst the crowd. Of our 12 guides (including junior guides from NJ MORE Field Guide College) six are women – an unusual and progressive roster. Like most outdoor professions, field guide roles are predominately held by men. ‘Back then’, in its nascence, safari was …
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Trackers: Our eyes and ears in the bush

Trackers: Our Eyes and Ears in the Bush

Last year, Marataba South Africa brought on a team of trackers to give our game-viewing experience the extra edge. It’s been 10 months now since their arrival, and they know the reserve like the back of their hands. Tracking is a specialised skill – the tracker uses tracks (also called spoor) and other signs left …
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Madikwe v Marataba Soccer Match

Madikwe v Marataba Soccer Match

On Sunday 19 June, the Marataba soccer team travelled to Madikwe Safari Lodge for a friendly inter-lodge soccer match. The MORE Private Travel H1 transfer vehicle transported the team to Madikwe where the game took place.  It was a spirited match, and much fun was had by all. The friendly competition was a tremendous team …
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Becoming a Marataba Field Guide, by Shaun Jenkinson

On the 13th of July 2015, I followed my long awaited dream and started learning to become a field guide through the NJ MORE Field Guide College in the Marataba section of the Marakele National Park. I had signed up to do the 12 month course, which was 6 months at the college and a …
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Meet our chef, Dalmane van der Heever

Meet our chef, Dalmane van der Heever

  We are frequently complimented on the magical menus that guests to Marataba Mountain Lodge enjoy. Healthy, delicious and colourful meals adorn the dining table, and breakfast snacks are plentiful before heading out on a trail.  We thought it was an opportune time to introduce the talented young man behind the extraordinary food that materialises …
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