Marataba Safari Company, Marakele National Park
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Because of the varied terrains, Marataba has a remarkable 400-strong bird list.
The Marataba Safari Company has taken tented camps to a whole new level of style and luxury.
Set in a 23 000-hectare concession area of the Marakele National Park in the Waterberg, Marataba’s décor is a modern African take on ancient tradition.
The central building is created from dry stone walling and conical towers that are reminiscent of the great African civilisations of Great Zimbabwe and Thulamela, mixed with elegant lighting, glass, steel, wood, cow-skin throws, and carpets and divans.
But it’s the tents of the Marataba Safari Company that will astound you. Outside, they seem unexceptional. But once you’re inside, they seem more like opulent works of art created with canvas and stone.
When you emerge in the early morning, you’ll very likely find elephant tracks meandering along the pathways through the unfenced camp. You are in the wild heart of Big 5 country, and the elephants sometimes like to sip water from the swimming pool.
This area of the Waterberg, less than 4 hours' drive from Johannesburg, is what rangers call the 'sweetveld side'. The soils, which are more nutritious here than elsewhere, attract more animals. And even in the depths of winter, the velvety grey camelthorn pods make tasty fodder for the antelope and baboons.
Above you, dominating every view, is the splendid high cliff-face called Kranskop, home to 1 of South Africa’s largest colonies of Cape griffon vultures. You can actually be driven to the top here, and will be astounded by the sight of these birds flying past you at eye level, rising on thermals.
Down below, a large expanse of water near the lodge attracts white-faced ducks, spoonbills with their ladle-shaped beaks, and spur-wing geese posing like heraldic emblems on the banks. Above the water, you’ll see a flutter of white and black as a pied kingfisher hovers and dives.
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Marataba Safari Company reservations
Tel: +27 (0)44 501 1111
Fax: +27 (0)44 501 1100