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Cruising With Ellies On Miss Mara

We encourage all guests to experience the beauty of floating down the Matlabas River on our Miss Mara water safari, so that they get to enjoy a wildlife experience that is different to a game drive. While on Miss Mara, we tend to focus more on bird and aquatic life, as opposed to the game …
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A Loud Nighttime Stand-off

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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A Host Of Baby Animals At Marataba

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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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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The Seldom-Seen Caracal

The Seldom-Seen Caracal Puts in an Appearance

Recently, I had a group of guests who witnessed a very special animal on safari. These guests are seasoned safari goers and thus on their game drives, were more interested in seeing the smaller creatures. Out one afternoon, I heard a group of guinea fowl alarming. I slowed the vehicle to look for them and, …
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June on Safari – News From the Bush

June on Safari – News From the Bush

We can’t believe another month has already flown by! On 21 June, we passed the winter solstice, so the days are slowly starting to get longer. But winter is still in full force, and early mornings and evenings have been quite chilly. Not to be deterred, we’ve had another great month of wildlife viewing. The …
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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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11 New Lion Cubs

11 New Lion Cubs at Marataba

It’s an exciting time for the mother lions of Marataba. In the last six months, four lionesses have given birth! There are 11 cubs in total between them – one litter of four, two litters of three, and a litter of one. Two of the mothers are related females and are usually seen together, raising …
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April on Safari

April on Safari – News From the Bush

April was a busy month for Marataba. The quality of game viewing has been top class. A highlight was the numerous sightings of lions with new cubs, who are most entertaining! One male cub is particularly bold. He likes to show that he is not scared of anything – not even a vehicle – and …
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The 'Ugly Five' of Safari

The ‘Ugly Five’ of Safari

There is so much beauty to behold in the African bushveld: sweeping landscapes, striking flowers, vibrant sunsets… One can find appeal in just about everything out here. But one group of animals has earned the unfortunate reputation for being the ‘ugliest of them all’, and is referred to as the ‘Ugly Five’. Here is a …
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