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Marataba Walking Trails

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


A specialist walking experience for the seasoned hiker, with challenging trails routes through Marataba South Africa’s flourishing wilderness. Marataba is blessed with a diversity of regions and habitats, and its trails lead past watering holes, into forested gorges, to sites of great historical significance, and over mountain crests presenting Africa in all its magnificence. Our expert trails guides will advice on suitable routes based on guests’ preference/s and fitness level.


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.