overview

It is 5am and the dew is still on the leaves of the towering yellowwood trees. You have had your morning coffee and are setting off on your first walking trail of the day through the unspoilt Marataba Reserve near Thabazimbi in South Africa. If you are following the river course, you can expect to bump into some lazy hippos and game coming down to drink. Or perhaps you have chosen a gorge trail in the Waterberg Mountains, where a refreshing swim under a natural waterfall awaits. History buffs may be excited about seeing Iron Age ruins and cave paintings that date back to the Stone Age.

Spend the cool mornings and evenings hiking, and the rest of your time unwinding in your glass-and-wooden suite that is on stilts to ensure uninterrupted views over the reserve, which has diverse landscapes that range from savannah and riverine forest to mountains and gorges.

An easy 4-hour drive or short chartered flight from Johannesburg, Marataba will take you back to a time when we rose naturally at dawn, climbed gorges and summited peaks, were awed by untamed wildlife and spent our evenings gazing at the stars and telling stories of the day…

highlights

  • Only 5 en suite tents, all with fireplaces
  • Malaria-free reserve in Waterberg biospheres
  • Spectacular flora & diverse scenery
  • Passionate, professional guides
  • Helipad & airfield for chartered flights

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Facilities

It is 5am and the dew is still on the leaves of the towering yellowwood trees. You have had your morning coffee and are setting off on your first walking trail of the day through the unspoilt Marataba Reserve near Thabazimbi in South Africa. If you are following the river course, you can expect to bump into some lazy hippos and game coming down to drink. Or perhaps you have chosen a gorge trail in the Waterberg Mountains, where a refreshing swim under a natural waterfall awaits. History buffs may be excited about seeing Iron Age ruins and cave paintings that date back to the Stone Age.

Spend the cool mornings and evenings hiking, and the rest of your time unwinding in your glass-and-wooden suite that is on stilts to ensure uninterrupted views over the reserve, which has diverse landscapes that range from savannah and riverine forest to mountains and gorges.

An easy 4-hour drive or short chartered flight from Johannesburg, Marataba will take you back to a time when we rose naturally at dawn, climbed gorges and summited peaks, were awed by untamed wildlife and spent our evenings gazing at the stars and telling stories of the day…

General Facilities

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    Bar
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    Beauty or wellness therapist
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    Wi-fi available
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    Solar power

Dining

Kick off your morning with hot coffee and a biscuit or two before having a tasty breakfast of muesli and yoghurt. Fill your backpack with healthy snacks like wraps, nuts and fruit to enjoy on the trail. If you undertake a full-day hike you will enjoy a picnic lunch in the open, while half-day hikers can tuck into brunch once they return. Afternoon tea fuels you for a late trail, while ‘interactive’ communal dinners often feature dishes cooked right on an open fire, like stews make in a traditional 3-legged pot accompanied by delicious salad. The chefs use fresh, organic ingredients and are happy to showcase the special techniques required for successful ‘bush cooking’.

Eco Suite

There are only five suites at Marataba Walking Trails Lodge, each with king-sized or twin beds, a private viewing deck, fireplace and en suite bathroom that has a ‘rain dance’ shower and its own mini viewing deck.

All rooms have fans and safes, and are a spacious 40sqm / 430sqft each.

Eco Suite AMENITIES

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    En-suite shower only
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    Fan
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    Outdoor area
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    Safe in room
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    Twin bed available

Activities

  • Guided walks
  • Hiking
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 11 Jan 2017 - 30 Apr 2017 $585 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 May 2017 - 31 Aug 2017 $500 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Sep 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 $650 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Dec 2017 - 17 Dec 2017 $500 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 18 Dec 2017 - 03 Jan 2018 $750 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 04 Jan 2018 - 10 Jan 2018 $650 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

"One of the most pampered and beautiful hiking experiences I have ever had; the scenery and accommodation exceeded my expectations but I wasn't sure whether to be disappointed or relieved we didn't have any animal encounters! Although rare, encounters are possible and hiking is definitely moderate with some steep ascends and descends, though depending on your group walks can be tailored to your fitness levels. I recommend combining with a stay at Marataba Safari Lodge for a dose of big game sightings and spa treatments!"

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