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Marataba Mountain Lodge

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Marataba Mountain Lodge is a solar-powered, Scandi-style Mountain Lodge in the Marataba reserve, a 21,000-hectare (52,000-acre), privately managed section of the Marakele National Park, in South Africa's Waterberg region. This malaria-free reserve is only 3.5 hours' drive from Johannesburg and 45 minutes by private air charter.

A remote retreat with just five Eco Suites looking down on the Waterfall Valley, the rooms offer sophisticated simplicity, without clutter to distract from where you are. There is everything you need for a (luxury) stay - king-sized bed, maxibar, Nespresso machine, wood-burning fireplace, en-suite rain shower, and shaded viewing deck. The main lodge provides more social relaxation areas and a shared Rock Pool, which seems to skim off into the Waterfall Valley below. Enjoy twice-daily game drives, after-breakfast bush walks, specialist Marataba Trails, and cruise into the late afternoon with a sundowner Miss Mara Water Safari.

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Expert View

  • The endangered Cape Vulture and black rhino
  • Malaria-free, luxury Big 5 safari lodge close to Johannesburg
  • Morning and sunset water safaris - rare for South Africa
  • Back-to-nature experience whilst still in luxury
  • A hugely diversity of ecosystems and landscapes

At a glance

  • 5 Eco Suites
  • 16 years +
  • Open All Year
  • All Inclusive
  • Safari Icon Safari

Our sustainable tourism rating

We handpick partners who share our commitment to protecting their environment, conserving wildlife and benefitting local communities.

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INSIDER TIP

"The Marataba Trails is a specialist walking experience for seasoned hikers. The expert trails guides will lead you through riverine, gorge and mountain trails to explore this unique part of the world."

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ACTIVITIES

Our trips offer countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • Big 5 Safari Icon Sight seeing
  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Star Gazing Star Bed Icon Star Gazing/Star Bed
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
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