It’s hard to pick a most inspiring moment from an African safari. Between the mimosa toast mid morning game drive, shared excitement at encountering your first cheetah, and surprise lantern-lit bush dinner – they’re well known for bringing couples together to reconnect.
But being in such an intimate environment, you probably don’t want to smother each other either. Our personalised service means you’re free to indulge in a massage on your private viewing deck, and your partner won’t sulk for being sent off to enjoy a poolside cocktail.
You can make a date of the afternoon safari and dial up the mood with a night in our Treehouse…
Marataba’s lodges strike a balance between attentive (but not intrusive) hospitality and the privacy of your own retreat. Mountain Lodge feels the most secluded – its Eco Suites separated by dense scrub, giving outdoor showers for two after a morning’s worth of game viewing complete privacy. If you’re celebrating an anniversary or simply want to spoil your partner, tell our people ahead of time and they may surprise you by drawing a bubbles-and-roses bath, coupled by more bubbles on ice.
Join a small group – with a maximum of four fellow guests, you’ll have your field guide to yourselves. And if you hear or see something, they’re happy to follow. You can also leave the vehicle to venture into the wild on foot, during a morning guided bush walk or more intense Marataba Trail – after all it’s a sense of adventure that makes relationships go the distance. Looking to sail off into the sunset? There’s no more original way to do it than on a Miss Mara sundowner water safari.
One partner’s leisure may be another partner’s slog. Step out on the morning safari, or for those who prefer the romance of a sunrise to the 6am reality, have a lie in bed and take in the views with breakfast on your deck. Whether after an active bush walk or simply to relax, outdoor yoga and couple’s massages, with a blend of aromatic oils, at your suite are among the pleasures of a Marataba Stay. Our MORE Gallery (based at Safari Lodge) provides therapy of the retail persuasion – who couldn’t be tempted by items you’ll find only here?
In contrast to the relative solitude of the Eco Suites, Mountain Lodge’s dining experience is often more social. A ten-seater table invites sharing lively meal times with new friends made on game drives. But as with Safari Lodge, tables for two are also laid in the dining room or out on the lawns, around the camp fire. If you would like an altogether private evening, your viewing deck, flickering candles and serenading cicada beetles set the scene beautifully.
This is the place to reconnect with nature and each other, for what could be more romantic that a treetop hideout for two, kissed by the sun and the breeze? There’s a picnic, bottle of wine and shower to share. When it comes time to turn in for the night, you’ll feel entirely alone – save for the distant rumble of elephants and sigh of the wind through the trees.