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The Programme

A TYPICAL FULL DAY AT MARATABA TRAILS LODGE

  • There will be an early start to the day prior to meeting in the main lodge for a coffee and pre-trail snack. This early trail will be the longer (3-4 hours) of the two trails of the day. Trail options will be discussed and agreed to the night before. A mid-walk refreshment break will be offered at one of the stunning view or points of interest.
  • On return to the lodge a sumptuous, healthy breakfast will be served before walkers get the chance to relax, read, snooze, sketch, paint and just be at one in the camp.
  • A light lunch will be served at the lodge before a recommended afternoon nap!
  • In the afternoon, opt for a  traditional vehicle safari on the Big Five Marataba Reserve, or a Miss Mara boat safari.
  • After dinner there are stories around the fire – including local legends, traditional tribes of the region and astronomy.

In winter one of the two full days will be swopped around with a lie in, later breakfast, followed by one long walk and a picnic, returning to camp mid afternoon for some R&R. Departure Day

  • Guests will have the option of heading out on a short two hour trail or having a relaxing lie in. The trail taken will be of a gentle nature so as to let the guests “take it easy” before their onward travels
  • A final “Trails Breakfast” will then be served at the lodge.
  • A chance to freshen up, pack up and take in the incredible views for one last time
  • Guests will then be transferred by their guides back to Marataba Safari Lodge for onward travel, arriving back at the lodge at 11:30

WEATHER

  • The climate is typified by hot wet summers (September to April) and cool dry winters (May to August).
  • Temperatures average around 25°C (77°F) but can get very hot during mid-summer and extremely cold at night in mid-winter.
  • The region is classed as a semi-arid region. Rainfall amounts to about 600-800ml per year, with most falling in short, sharp thunderstorms in the late afternoons or at night between November and March.
  • Mean average temperatures – Summer: 25°C (77°F) to 40°C (104°F); Winter: 3°C (38°F) to 23°C (73°F).

WHAT TO BRING

  • A pair of hiking boots
  • A pair of gaiters
  • A light weight rain jacket
  • A hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • A backpack/ camel pack (for personal items and water)
  • A camera

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

  • This is a year-round trails destination where experience is varied based on temperature rather than wildlife sightings.
  • The best bird-watching is from October to April.
  • Winter trails leave from the camp later in the morning and earlier in the afternoon to make the most of the winter sun.
  • Summer trails take place early morning and late afternoon so as to escape the heat of a typical African day in the bush.

OUR GUIDES

Our Guides are senior trails guides with years of experience in leading guided walks in Big 5 territories. Not only are they fully qualified to lead these walks, but they have been carefully chosen on their personalities and how they are able to interact with guests. There are two senior trails guides at all times. It is imperative that there are two guides on every walk, no matter the number of walking guests. The maximum amount of guests we can walk with at one time is eight.