What You Need To Know

Contact Numbers

Marataba Safari Lodge: +27 (0)14 779 0018
Marataba Mountain Lodge: +27 (0)14 779 0018

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Reserve Gate Times 

The gate into Marataba Game Reserve opens at 07h00 and closes at 17h00.

Please let us know if you will be arriving outside of these hours so that we can make the necessary arrangements for your entrance.

Lodge Check-In and Checkout Times 

Check-in is at 14h00 and checkout is at 11h00, daily. Should you require a later checkout, please contact the Guest Relations team at your lodge and they will do their best to accommodate you.


Safaris are often associated with a risk of contracting malaria, but you needn’t worry about that here. Marataba is situated in a region of South Africa that is not inhabited by the Anopheles mosquito, responsible for transmitting this parasite. Our concession is therefore classified malaria-free.


Average maximum temperatures range from 21°C/70°F in July to 35°C/95°F in January, with the lowest average minimum occurring in July at 3°C/38°F. The region is semi-arid, with an average annual rainfall of 500mm (20in), most of which occurs during the summer months (December to February). Rain is usually in the form of thundershowers, where a downpour is experienced – very seldom lasting longer than a few hours.

What to Pack for Safari

For all safaris, we suggest wearing neutral-coloured, natural-fibre clothing. Any dark or brightly-coloured item – which will absorb heat, attract bugs and announce your presence to the animals – is best left at home. Around the lodge, casual and comfortable is the order of the day, and there’s no need to dress up at night, unless you’d like to.

  • Sturdy walking shoes for safaris, and sandals/flip flops to wear back at the lodge
  • Scarf, gloves, pullover, and windbreaker (evenings, even in summer, can get chilly)
  • Swimwear, if desired
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, and high-SPF sunscreen and lip balm (even in winter)
  • Insect repellent (also provided by the lodges)
  • Camera, video camera, spare memory cards, and charging equipment
  • Binoculars, if desired (your field guide also carries a spare set)
  • Book or e-reader
  • Waterproof bag for personal items

Daily Programme

An idea of what awaits…

That being said, you are not restricted to a schedule. Your time is your own to plan exactly as you like, or to take up opportunities as they arise in the moment.

to April)
Programme Winter
to August
05h30 Wake-up call 06h30
06h00 Tea/coffee and snacks are served 07h00
06h15 Depart on game drive/Marataba Trail 07h15
09h30 Return; breakfast/brunch is served 10h30
At leisure Bush walk, or other activities of personal preference At leisure
13h00 Lunch is served 13h00
15h30 Afternoon tea is served 14h30
16h00 Depart on game drive/Miss Mara water safari 15h00
18h30 Return from afternoon activity 17h30
19h00 Dinner is served 19h00

Please note: this programme is dependent on prevailing weather conditions, and may be adjusted for your safety and convenience.


You can’t come on safari and not get a bit dusty, so we offer a laundry service at each lodge. It must be remembered that as these are ‘bush’ laundries, it is not advisable to send delicate items that require special care.

A laundry bag and list are provided in each suite. We ask that you leave your completed list and filled bag on the bed prior to leaving on the early-morning game drive – this will enable us to return your items by the afternoon.

Please note: this service incurs an additional cost, which will be added to your final account, payable on checkout, for your convenience. 

Gratuity Recommendation

Tipping is at your discretion. Should you choose to leave a gratuity for the staff of Marataba South Africa, you can have this added to your final account, payable on departure, for your convenience. As a guideline, we suggest ZAR600* per guest per day. For info on specific allocations, please chat to Guest Relations.

*Guests joining the Marataba Trails Experience may wish to contribute an additional ZAR150 per person for their trails guide

Pack for a Purpose

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for the projects we support in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.