Marataba Trails Lodge Marakele National park Marataba Trails

Marataba Walking Trails

These are the only trails of their kind in a Big Five reserve.


Marataba is blessed with a great diversity of ecosystems and landscapes. Its trails lead through different areas of the reserve, providing a variety of experiences. Our expert trails guides, leading the hikes, will advice on suitable routes based on guests’ interests and fitness levels. Trails include but is not limited to the following areas:

  • Riverine trails: follow the Matlabas River’s course and pass some of the bigger watering holes, which attract a large variety of game, including hippo.
  • Gorge trails: descend into the Waterberg Mountain valleys – only accessible on foot – where guests may have the chance to cool off in freshwater pools.
  • Mountain trails: are longer routes, leading up and over some of the reserve’s mountains – the vistas from these trails are extraordinary, presenting Africa in all its magnificence.
  • Interest trails: lead to areas of historical interest on the reserve, offering guests the chance to see cave paintings, relics of the Stone Age, and Iron Age ruins.


Two senior trails guides accompany guests, no matter the size of the group. They are FGASA-accredited, with many years of experience in leading hiking trails within Big Five territories. Other than for their extensive knowledge of the reserve, they have been carefully chosen on their ability to interact with guests and make them feel at ease. Guests’ safety is our first priority, and trails guides carry first-aid kits and satellite phones at all times.


Departures*: Year-round, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
Departure times: 06h00 for 06h15 in summer | 07h00 for 07h15 in winter
Departure points: From the lodges, with transfers to the trails starts
Duration: 3 to 4 hours, depending on the terrain, guests’ fitness levels, and weather; 8-hour trails can be arranged for the more intrepid hiker
Maximum number of guests: 8 depending on the trail, otherwise 6
Minimum guest age: 16 years
Rate: ZAR850 per person
Inclusions: Nutrition pack, with snacks+ and 2l still water; and a loan backpack for personal items

*The trail hike takes place instead of the morning game drive on these days. +Please specify any dietary requirements upon booking.


Please wear: neutral-coloured clothing; trousers; gaiters; hiking boots/closed walking shoes; hat; sunglasses; and sunscreen.

Please bring along: sunscreen; binoculars; camera/smartphone; and a lightweight dry mac jacket.


Marataba Trails are more interpretive bush walks than safaris. The purpose of our trails is to immerse guests in nature, rather than just observing it, reconnecting them with life at its simplest and most wonderful. The focus is not on tracking animals, although groups may encounter some along the way.