Marataba Mountain Lodge

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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 Mountain Lodge 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…


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


  • Guided walks
  • Hiking
'Marataba Mountain Lodge is a fantastic option for the more adventurous and active traveller. It offers luxurious accommodation set against the mountain, amazing views over the reserve, delicious cuisine and wonderful service. Combine this with enjoyable walks set to your preferred duration and pace, as well as game drives through the reserve, this makes for a perfect safari experience.'
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Eco Suite

There are only five suites at Marataba Mountain 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.


Marataba Mountain Lodge is situated in some of the most spectacular scenery South Africa has to offer: the peaks and valleys are studded with waterfalls, prehistoric cycads and tree ferns, all of which is home to not only antelope and birds but also rhino and the big cats. With all these natural beauty, there is no need for man-made distractions and all electricity is supplied by solar power.


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’.

General facilities

  • Bar
  • Beauty or wellness therapist
  • Wi-fi available
  • Solar power


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


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Valid for Travel

  • 2020-02-01 - 2020-12-19

Booking Dates

  • 2020-02-01 - 2020-12-15


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4 nights accommodation at Marataba Mountain Lodge on a fully inclusive plus board basis

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Dates Board Price
2020-01-04 — 2020-04-30 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $730
2020-05-01 — 2020-08-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $620
2020-09-01 — 2020-11-30 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $810
2020-12-01 — 2020-12-19 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $620
2020-12-20 — 2021-01-03 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,010
2021-01-04 — 2021-04-30 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $785

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

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