There are plenty of places that claim to epitomise all that is Africa. But if you really want to explore the mistery of the South Africa and its ancient trade routes, there is a hidden place at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains – crossing the mighty Limpopo River to view the vast plains of teeming big five game.
Marataba – nestled deep in Limpopo’s Marakele National Park epitomises literally all that is Africa. Framed by majestic mountains overlooking vast plains teeming with game, dense bushveld, winding rivers and dramatic gorges, Marataba Safari Company is a luxury 23,000 hectare game lodge that reflects Africa’s ancient wisdom and culture, the glorious forms and colour presenting a vibrant haven at the epicentre of modern design.
A malaria free wilderness with innovative design and technology built in stone – masonry- Marataba is a sensual nurturing experience- offering gourmet cuisine with the freshest flavours of Africa. A place where the plains touch the mountains, just 3 hours’ drive northwest of Johannesburg, this exclusive game lodge consists of the exotic tented suites which are a haven to which to retreat at the end of the evening, creations of canvas, timber and stone that recall the lavish safari expeditions of the 19th Century. Each of the 15 suites have their own private verandahs overlooking the sweeping plains and river below, not to mention outdoor showers, air conditioning and exquisite furnishing. A hammock beckons from the deck on those lazy afternoons. Step outside your suite on the stunning teak wood balcony to contemplate the summits of the reserve and to feel at one with this natural African bush.
After you experience an exhilarating Game Drive or Walk with an proffesional guide, you’ll return back to the resort for a siesta or a dip in the pool. Your leasure time can be filled with sipping a special tea, made from local plants, or enjoying in taste of coctails in the lounge. Fall asleep listening to the faraway sounds of the African night – the distant roar of a lion, the trumpet of an elephant, the grunt of a hippo …
Marataba is the perfect escape for those looking for a break from life’s hectic routines, a place where African sunrises and glorious sunsets are the only markers of each day’s passing. Recognized already by Travel & Leisure’s ‘IT’ List of top hotels new in the world in it’s first year and this year by Conde Nast Traveller’s Hot List.
Nightly rates at Marataba Safari Company start at $400.