This stylish, secluded and intimate camp manages to combine the unique landscape and the Big 5 game with magnificent hospitality, opulent comfort, exhilarating game drives and outstanding dining.
Located in the Marakele National Park, within a dramatic landscape encompassing vast plains, rivers, deep gorges and majestic mountains, Marataba is an exclusive 23,000 hectare private concession in the heart of malaria-free reserve.
Marataba embraces both the contemporary and the ancient in a sophisticated union of innovative architecture, modern design and technology.
Inspired by the discovery of ancient ruins, the lodge’s conical towers are reminiscent of the African civilisations of Great Zimbabwe and Thulamela.
The building’s design mixes dry stone walling, wood, cow-skin throws and carpets with elegant lighting, steel and huge expanses of glass, taking full advantage of the spectacular panoramic scenery.
Fifteen tented suites are an intriguing mix of canvas, timber and stone, each exquisitely furnished and decorated.
There’s a large sleeping area, an open plan bathroom with free standing bath, separate rain shower and an outside shower as well as a private viewing deck, overlooking the sweeping plains and meandering river below.
Guests can expect excellent gourmet cuisine with African influences—as well as a very good South African wine selection—in the elegantly appointed dining room, outdoors on the dining verandah or in an open Boma, under the glorious African sky.
The Marakele Parks bushes give a superb game and bird life viewing opportunities.
With a little bit of luck, one can expect to see “the big five”: lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros (both black and white), as well as wild dog, cheetah, leopard, brown hyena or rare antelope. This malaria-free wilderness is also home to the world’s largest breeding colony of the endangered Cape Vulture.