Location: Waterberg, South Africa
No of Rooms: 15 tented suites
One Stop Reason To Go: Utter luxury in the bush with fantastic walking safaris available
Marataba is a mystical place at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains on the ancient trade route through Southern Africa, from the mighty towers of the north, over the raging rivers and across vast plains teeming with game. In this hidden place, discover Marataba, epitomising all that is Africa.
This luxurious game lodge reflects Africa’s ancient wisdom and culture, the glorious forms and colour presenting a vibrant haven at the epicentre of modern design. Enter a sanctuary of mystery in harmony with the energy of nature and the environment, built of indigenous stone, timber, sand and soil, enhanced by murmuring waters and vast vistas liberated by glass walls.
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, the place where the plains touch the mountains.
Marataba is a member of Relais & Chateaux. 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.
A discreet morning wake up call with coffee or tea, conveniently delivered to your tent will herald the new day, while your sumptuous breakfasts are prepared at the main lodge areas, prior to your game experience. Exclusive bush luxury epitomises the contemporary design of the main lodge area and the 15 luxury tented suites.
Each tented suite has been carefully incorporated into the surrounding bushveld while a canopy of African trees provide vital shade.
A permanent flowing river, completes the landscape of mountains, trees and sky – the backdrop to the big 5 game experience and the drama of the bush. A clever combination of stone and canvas create a unique feature for the suites, with an addition modern twist for the interiors.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.