Marataba - Marakele National Park, Limpopo, South Africa

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Rooms & Suites: 12 Suites

Situated beneath the towering Waterberg Mountains, Marataba is a 23,000 hectare private concession within the Limpopo’s Marakele National Park, a malaria-free, privately owned sanctuary boasting the 'Big Five' amidst spectacular bushveld scenery.

Built of stone and glass, Marataba's magnificent main lodge celebrates both ancient Africa and modern architectural innovation. Fifteen exotic suites with en-suite bathrooms and private decks overlooking plains teeming with game provide opulent comfort between exhilarating game drives and fine gourmet dining.

There is a mystical place at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains on the ancient trade route through southern Africa, from the mighty tower of "Great Zimbabwe", across the raging Limpopo River and past sweeping plains teeming with game. In this hidden place, discover Marataba, epitomizing all that is Africa. This luxurious game lodge reflects Africa's ancient wisdom and culture, the glorious forms and color presenting a vibrant haven at the epicenter of modern design. Inspired by the discovery of primeval ruins, Marataba embraces both the contemporary and the ancient in an exciting union of innovative architecture, design and technology, paying tribute to, and confirming, the concept of the African Renaissance. Lulled by the heartbeat of the bushveld, awed by towering mountains, enthralled by the abundance of wildlife, secure and sensually nurtured in the indulgent atmosphere, live your dreams of safari at Marataba, a place where the plains touch the mountains.

Trip Type

Romantic Getaway


The 12 suites each have their own private deck overlooking the sweeping plains and meandering river below. Saturated with the sights, sounds and scents of the African wilderness, indulge in the supreme luxury of the exotic tented suites, an intriguing mix of canvas and stone, exquisitely furnished and decorated. En-suite stone bathrooms with both shower and bath as well as his and hers basins and dressing room are the epitome of bushveld opulence. Other facilities include an outside shower, ceiling fan and in-house communication.


Swimming Pool Game Drives Walks with an experienced guide. Day excursions to Marakele's Endangered Species Project can be arranged.


Within a dramatic landscape encompassing vast plains, dense bushveld, winding rivers, deep gorges and majestic mountains, Marataba is an exclusive 23,000-hectare private concession in the heart of Limpopo's Marakele National Park, a 'place of sanctuary' for Africa's Big Five and a multitude of other animal species including rare antelope such as roan, sable and mountain reedbuck. This malaria-free wilderness is also home to the world's largest breeding colony of the endangered Cape Vulture. Birdlife within the park is prolific with more than 400 species having been recorded, a veritable birder's Eden.

Getting There

Airport: Johannesburg (JNB) - 3 hour drive. Charter flights can be arranged between Marakele and all major centres including Johannesburg, Plettenberg Bay and Gorah Elephant Camp. Transportation: By Road: From Johannesburg travel to Thabazimbi, either via Brits or Warmbaths. From Thabazimbi take the R510 north for 32.2km, turning right at the Lephalale sign. After 11.3km turn right into Rooiberg Road passing the police station at 1.1km. At 8.2km turn left into the gateway for the Marataba Safari Company. Marataba is 310km from Johannesburg International Airport. Road Transfers are quoted on request. Numerous car rental options are available from Johannesburg International Airport and other major centres. Marataba Marakele National Park Limpopo, South Africa