An African Safari – just its mention inspires something-out-of-a-movie imaginings – sets the scene for any number of experiences to play out. From weddings with elephants on the guest list, to photography expeditions that take you within a hair’s breadth of the wildlife – whatever your special interest or request, we will create a bespoke safari for you to realise your own dream.
Of course this includes luxury accommodation in a captivating location, sincere and attentive hospitality and excellent food, all wrapped up by seamless logistics. And with our years of experience, you can trust us to pull it off.
The magic of this immemorial land cannot be underestimated when the matters at hand are love and devotion. Embark on the journey of a lifetime and confirm your union where forever began. We will plan your secret elopement/ intimate nuptials/roaring celebration – down to the last wildly-romantic detail. We offer different packages, but each comes with the services of a dedicated wedding coordinator. This leaves you with time to focus on each other, spend with family and friends, and take it all in… The whole affair is inspiring! Natural beauty and opportunities to find adventure enhance the celebration experience.
Your FGASA-accredited field guide has a vast knowledge of the reserve and its inhabitants, and will gladly tailor a safari for twitchers. Bush walks and Marataba Trails are especially poignant for birders, allowing you to slow down and investigate the trees, shrubs and riverbanks usually flashed by on safari vehicles. And it shouldn’t take long before you see the shimmer of feathers… Birdlife in the Marakele is prolific, with a recorded 400 species – including woodland and savannah birds, and the world’s largest colony of endangered Cape Vultures: around 800 breeding pairs!
The Marakele is a predictable spot for excellent wildlife sightings – here is one of the world’s best opportunities to photograph the critically-endangered black rhino – and prize-worthy shots are nearly guaranteed. But we understand that photographers need time and independence, and our safaris offering exclusive traversing across our concession are ideal. Your experienced field guide can take you in on foot, or get you up close for the perfect angle on a vehicle that caters for your interest, too with bucket seats and compartments for your equipment. Bring extra memory cards; you’re bound to saturate a few.
Spa & Wellness
Our lodge locations give us a head start in the healing stakes: set in peaceful retreat surrounded by endless green of the Marakele – the colour of well-being. In-suite spa therapies are on offer and, in complete privacy, you can leave the doors open allowing a soundtrack of birdsong to stream in. Our signature massages and facials are infused with traditional wisdom, using organic brand Africology and performed by expert therapists, chosen as much for their presence as their experience. This sense of contentment isn’t limited to spaing – wholesome food, luxurious accommodation, and heel-clicking service complete the experience.
Food & Drink
From pop-up bush dinners in remote locations to surprise refreshment stops mid safari, dining promises to be a highlight. Our chefs source the freshest, seasonal ingredients to transform local recipes into contemporary dishes, giving you a taste for Southern Africa. Paired with premium wines from Cape vineyards, dining becomes an experience that takes you beyond the lodges. Personalised tastings are also a guest favourite for wine connoisseurs and dabblers, alike. But if you prefer your drinks shaken, stirred or muddled, our bartenders can mix just about any cocktail imaginable. With (or as) dessert, we suggest an Elephant’s Reverie.