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The recommended check-in time at Marataba is around mid-day. Our superb luncheon is served between 12h30 and 14h00 and thereafter the opportunity to indulge - perhaps an afternoon siesta in your luxurious suite, lazing around the pool, or simply absorbing the tranquil atmosphere of the African bush. Afternoon High Tea, served at 16h00, is followed by an exhilarating Game Drive with an experienced guide, with time for a quiet cocktail on return to the Lodge before being seated for dinner between seven-thirty and eight. Marataba welcomes children of 8 upwards. 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 ….. Guests receive a discreet wake-up call in time for coffee and tea and the morning game drive, and so a new day’s adventure begins. A sumptuous breakfast is served after the game drive at the lodge. Guests are requested to check out by 12h00 on the day of departure.
Evocative of ancient African remains, stone-masonry characterises the main lodge with huge expanses of glass taking full advantage of the spectacular panoramic scenery. Admire the view while enjoying a cocktail in the Ladies Bar or simply relax in The Wallow with a book from the library, housed within the stone tower with a birds-eye view of the breathtaking surroundings. Gourmet cuisine with fresh African flavours is served either in the elegantly appointed dining room or outdoors on the dining verandah or, alternatively, under a glorious African sky. And, as temperatures rise in Limpopo, cool off in the crystal clear pool. The Main Lodge also boasts a Guest Business Centre for those guests who cannot totally escape the outside world. Mobile phone reception is erratic. Marataba is an ideal wedding and incentive destination with tailor-made options and activities available on request.
We are proud to present our new luxury conference room facilitates. Private and exclusive, executive meetings and conferences whilst delegates enjoy this unique safari lodge. The air-conditioned conference room, situated in an intimate setting, boasts state of the art equipment such as a digital projector, screen, fax, email facilities, Wi-Fi, flip chart, a refreshment station and break-away areas. The conference room can be configured in to boardroom style for 18 delegates - cinema style for 26 & classroom style for 12 delegates.
Marakele is home to the big 5 and most of the large mammals synonymous with the African bush, including elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard and cheetah. Large predators such as lion, cheetah, brown hyena and leopard occur in the park - while resident antelope include sable, kudu, eland, impala, waterbuck, tsessebe, hartebeest, wildebeest and many smaller species. Chacma baboon and vervet monkey are two species to be watched carefully for mischief, particularly around the lodge.
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.