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Marataba Safari Lodge *****

Marakele National Park | South Africa |

"Top 25 Luxury Hotels"

Tripadvisor 2018 Travelers’ Choice Award
From 505€/Per person/all-in


  • Very flexible Covid specific cancellation conditions
  • The lowest prices guaranted
  • A travel designer available 7 days a week
  • Organic solar products and a Samsonite gift delivered to your home (value: 125 €)
  • For each booking, Little Guest donates to underprivileged children


  • The family safari drives
  • The orientation games
  • The in-room spa treatments



North-east of South Africa, a few kilometres from the Botswana border and 4 hours from Johannesburg, is the sumptuous Marataba Safari Lodge.

Located at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains in the Marakele National Park, this unique address hosts many visitors who are eager for wilderness and safari.



There are 15 tented suites, 1 outdoor pool, 1 in-room massages program, 1 library, 1 restaurant, 1 bar, 1 room service, 1 shop, 1 concierge, 1 valet parking and 1 WiFi connection in the public aeras. All suites consist of a superb bedroom, a bright bathroom and a terrace with views of the savannah.

You can convert your suite into a family room by installing a luxury sofa bed for a child under 16 (no extra charge).

The decoration of the suites is both authentic and contemporary. The unique atmosphere of the reserve invites you to the finest details of furniture and fabrics thanks to its warm colours and raw materials, like tents raised from large canvases and ocher stones.



The restaurant of Marataba Safari Lodge offers local and international cuisine, the flavours of which delight young and old, and there are also delicious children’s menus, usually inspired by the wishes of your toddlers.

For stomachs on legs, no matter what time of day or night, take advantage of room service, which is available 24 hours a day!



  • Baby-club
  • Kids-club
  • Teens activities
  • Sports activities
  • Kid's excursions
  • Crafts
  • Games and books
  • Connecting rooms
  • Babysitting
  • Kid's menu
  • Allergen-free menu
  • Welcome gift
  • Emergency baby bottle
  • Bottle warmers
  • Baby phone
  • Baby cosmetics
  • Baby bath
  • Baby cribs
  • Stroller
  • Baby chair
  • Emergency pacifier
  • Shuttle with baby seat
  • Potty
  • Kid's shop
  • Lifeguard
  • Nearby Hospital
  • Nearby doctor



Good news: the stay is free for children from 0 to 5 years and half price for children from 6 to 15 years! Over the age of 16, children pay the same rate than an adult.

The kids’ club at Marataba Safari Lodge organizes daily fun and educational activities for children who wish to learn more about the feathered inhabitants of the reserve. Hiking, orientation games and fingerprint hunting are all activities offered by the animation team for children over 5 years old. Awakened to the issues of the preservation of the environment and animal protection, your toddler will take part with enthusiasm and curiosity in the job of ranger.

The establishment offers families a large number of baby and child amenities such as car seat rental, adapted cosmetics, welcome gifts, games and books, high chairs, a doctor nearby, a shop for babies in case of possible oversights, baby cots and a high-quality baby-sitting service (€6/h).



Parents who wish to take part in the eco-educational learning of their child in the kids club are welcome. It is also an opportunity to study with family all the peculiarities of the flora and fauna of South Africa before leaving together on safari. You will cross the paths of leopards, zebras, pangolins and many other species. For safety reasons, children under 5 years are not invited on board the vehicle : they are invited to enjoy the joys of safari (accompanied or not by their parents) every day, from 10am to noon.

For a total connection with nature, families may book an extra night in the Tree House, a cozy little nest perched in the trees that enjoys 5 * comfort and a breathtaking view of the reserve. The Marataba Safari Lodge is also committed to welcoming couples who want to celebrate their wedding or honeymoon in an extraordinary setting. The capacity is limited to 30 people who may then stay in the 15 tented suites.



Three times a week, the Marataba Safari Lodge brings together a group of 6 to 8 adults over 16 in good physical condition for a huge 3 to 4 hour treasure hunt in the very heart of the reserve. You follow the trail of elephants, hippos, lions or giraffes and explore the biodiversity of South African landscapes and ecosystems. Do not forget your swimsuit! You will enjoy swimming in the Matlabas River or in the many natural pools in the area.

To reward your efforts, give yourself a body massage in the privacy of your suite.

Concerning relaxation, we recommend that parents who love yoga and meditation to book their stay during the organization of a “yoga retreat”. Three times a year, the guru Patricia Spahn-Borrageiro introduces the guests of the Marataba Safari Lodge to yoga and pilates worship in the heart of the Waterfall Valley or at the edge of a river in the Marakele National Park. The next retreats will take place on the weekends of June 2, September 22 and December 14, 2018.

All this time, your child will be in good hands thanks to the babysitting service of the lodge (6 € / h).


  • Bar
  • Boutique
  • Concierge
  • Room service
  • Valet parking
  • WiFi


  • Library
  • Outdoor pool
  • Parking


  • Hiking
  • Sport activities


Marataba lodge: sweet tented suites



Katrien, married, Mom of Bas (7) and Elodie (3), from Belgium




Are we spending our nights in a tent while we are in the middle of a reserve, surrounded by wildlife?” was my sons reaction when we arrived at our room. I guess he had a point, we were surrounded by wildlife and yet this was the most luxurious tented stay we ever experienced. We were in South Africa to have a meet up with girafes, elephants and lions. Little did we know our accommodation was not fenced and we weren’t allowed to walk around by ourselves after sunset. Exciting? You bet!


It’s all about balance

Marataba Lodge is one of these hotels that you just can’t get. The hotel is so perfectly organised that it is hard to believe how they keep everything so in control. While the kids could play unlimitedly in the big garden, there was still a way for the parents to enjoy the breathtaking views. The scenery is astonishing. This hotel sure managed to create a haven in the middle of wildlife with so much respect for the environment. At the same time your stay will be luxurious (one glimpse and you’ll be in awe, I’m not kidding!) and your kids are welcomed as if they are the most important people of the hotel. As hard as I try to, this place can not be described.


“As hard as I try to, this place can not be described.”


In room relaxation

As we are traveling with kids who go to bed quite early, we have two options. First option is to take a babysitter and enjoy the time we have as a couple. Second option is to just go with the flow and enjoy some time in the room. We ALWAYS prefer the second option, no matter where we are. But man, what an incredible place to spend your evenings!

You can sit on the deck at night with the sounds of the surrounding wildlife and read a book or drink a glass of wine after you enjoyed a refreshing outdoor shower. Everything you need or want can be provided in the room. Our kids were too tired to have desert after dinner, so the people of the kitchen brought it to our room afterwards.


Kids safari

We had already enjoyed a game drive in the Madikwe reserve before we arrived in Marataba. To Elodies (3) biggest joy, she was allowed to join on the game drives. We were introduced to Helen, our guide during our stay, and the match between her and our kids couldn’t be better. She was, besides a fantastic guide, the best person to be driving around with as a family.

After the regular game drive in the typical open vehicle, we even did a boat tour where we saw hippos and sooooo many birds. The boat was an instant success for our kids. They could walk around and have a snack. Or two…


“Everything you need or want can be provided in the room.”


When the kids are happy, the parents are as well

The hotel has a daily routine which consists of: morning game drive – breakfast – spare time – lunch – spare time – afternoon game drive – dinner. The spare time was to be filled with anything we wished for. The kids soon wanted to check out the Eco House (which was the kids club). When we arrived, they immediately laid eyes on the trampoline, the swings and the sandbox. Elodie was served with paint brushes and crayons, while Bas was taken to try the game of archery. The kids edition off course. Because mom and dad were secretly longing to spend some time by the pool, the kids entertainers assured us to bring the kids to us as soon as they asked for it.

They had the time of their lives with the attention of the girls entertaining them. These girls really take the term ‘kids club’ to a whole new level. They created a place and environment where the kids can be 100% at ease. Even at night, during dinner, they are at the disposal of the kids. Because dinner time can take a little bit too long for the little ones, they provide a movie and pizza for them.


Time well spent

I can guarantee you this: when you leave Marataba Lodge (holidays can’t take forever) you’ll feel sad. It’s a place where you feel so welcome and relaxed that you wished it never had to stop. I really want to thank the whole staff for taking care of us the way they did. Because the experience we had here was all thanks to them.

When we ask the kids what destination they would like for our next holidays, they never doubt: South Africa!





  • Rate: R90/h/child (€5,6)

Number of suites

  • 12 suites

Opening dates

  • Open all year long

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