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An Incredible Night Sighting

Every game drive presents the possibility of a sighting you have never seen before, and may never see again. This was true for the night portion of a recent game drive. During this part of our afternoon game drives, we use spotlights to view any nocturnal creatures we come across. This allows us to view …
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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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Sundowners With A Wild Twist

The magic of Marataba is that no sunset is ever the same here. The day of 27 September was one of the most rewarding for me as a guide. It began with spending time with a breeding herd of elephants swimming in the river in the early morning, and ended with an unexpected sighting of …
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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 Tree of Life: Shepherd’s Tree

The Tree of Life: Shepherd’s Tree

Marataba has a number of fascinating trees and shrubs with various traditional medicinal uses and beliefs attached to them. One that is significant in the Waterberg area is the shepherd’s tree. The reason it’s called a shepherd’s tree is because it occurs in hot, arid areas throughout Southern Africa and provides much-needed shade for shepherds …
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Safari at Marataba – Some Kind of Magical

‘Magical Marataba’ – it’s more than alliteration. It really does put into words the almost indescribable allure of Marataba. It’s unlike anywhere else I have been before on safari. With the combination of its mountains, glowing red with the sunrise, and water systems that flow through the plains, Marataba is the kind of natural wonder …
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May on Safari – News From the Bush

May on Safari – News From the Bush

During May, the general game viewing was top class, as usual, with consistent sightings of giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, warthog, and antelope. But the quality of lion sightings was exceptional! Many guests were fortunate enough to see some of the lion cubs who are running around the reserve at the moment. One of the month’s highlights …
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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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A Rainy Day

A Rainy Day

The clouds start to build up around noon. Guides scramble to get roofs on the vehicles for the afternoon safari. A typical summer thundershower is about to rain down on the mountains of Marataba. The rain hangs around longer than usual and dampens the sandy soil of the Waterberg. But it doesn’t stop the game …
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