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MARATABA SAFARI COMPANY

ACCOMMODATION IN THE HEART OF LIMPOPO'S MARAKELE NATIONAL PARK
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, 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, sand and soil, enhanced by murmuring waters and vast vistas through 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, a place where the plains touch the mountains.

Over the next three years Hunter Hotels plans to open an additional two beautiful lodges at Marataba - each uniquely individual, each created in the service excellence tradition associated with Hunter Hotels.

A C C O M M O D A T I O N

Saturated with the sights, sounds and smells of the African wilderness, indulge in the supreme luxury of our 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. The 12 suites each have their own private deck overlooking the sweeping plains and meandering river below. Other facilities include an outside shower, ceiling fan and in-house communication.

F A C I L I T I E S

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 one of the lodge's sumptuous lounges with a book from our library, housed within the stone tower offering 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 in the boma. And, as temperatures rise in Limpopo, cool off in our crystal clear pool. The main lodge also boasts a Guest Business Centre for those guests who can't totally escape from the outside world.

D A I L Y A C T I V I T I E S

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 or lazing around the pool or simply absorbing the tranquil atmosphere of the African bush. High Tea 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.

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 breakfast and the morning game drive or walk, and so a new day's adventure begins. Day excursions to Marakele's Endangered Species Project can be arranged.

Guests are requested to check out by 12h00 on the day of departure.

L O C A T I O N

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.

G E T T I N G T H E R E

The Marataba Safari Company's 23 000 hectare concession lies in the eastern sector of the magnificent Marakele National Park, at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains, approximately 3 hours drive north of Johannesburg in western Limpopo. Thabazimbi, Rustenburg and Ellisras are all within easy reach.

By Air: Charter flights can be arranged between Marakele and all major centres including Plettenberg Bay and Gorah Elephant Camp.




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