Nothing compares to seeing Africa on foot, and our South Africa Marataba Walking Trails safari is the perfect getaway for guests looking for an active safari experience. The Marataba Reserve is located in South Africa’s Marakele National Park which is blessed with a great diversity of ecosystems and landscapes. On our 2- or 3-night walking safari, you’ll have the chance to see Africa’s Big 5 and many other species, all in a malaria-free environment.
Riverine Trail: This trail follows the natural river course, and are great for ‘bumping’ into general game. Walkers will traverse to some of the bigger waterholes which attracts a number of animal species, including hippo.
Gorge Trails: These trails descend into the gorges of the Waterberg Mountains. Here walkers will pass through unchartered areas of the reserve only accessible by foot. There may even be an opportunity to have a swim in one of the fresh water pools.
Mountain Trails: A few of the longer trails move up and over the reserve’s mountains into neighboring valleys. The vistas from these trails are second-to-none, presenting Africa in all of its vastiness.
Interest Trails: There is significant history to this reserve, and these trails will offer walkers the opportunity to see cave paintings, iron age ruins and other relics of The Stone Age.
SAMPLE DAILY ITINERARIES:
SUMMER DEPARTURE: Arise early, approximately 4:30 am, and enjoy coffee, tea, and a snack, before departing on your morning trail at 5:00 am. Enjoy your walk and return to the lodge around 9:00 am for breakfast. Enjoy leisure time during the heat of the day. Lunch is served around 12:30 pm. At 3:45 pm, you will meet for refreshments and a snack, then depart for your afternoon trail around 4:00 pm. Return to the lodge at 6:30 pm and freshen up for dinner, served at 7:00pm.
WINTER DEPARTURE: Arise early, approximately 6:30 am, and enjoy coffee, tea, and a snack, before departing on your morning trail at 7:00 am. Enjoy your walk and return to the lodge around 11:00 am for brunch. From 9:00 am until 2:30 pm, enjoy your day at leisure. At 2:30 pm, you will meet for refreshments and a snack, then depart for your afternoon trail around 3:00 pm. Return to the lodge at 5:30 pm and freshen up for dinner, served at 6:30pm.
*In winter one trail day will include a day walk with picnic lunch, Breakfast will be served before departing on the trail and there will be a short evening walk for sunset.
As an extension of the nature environment which inspired its creation, Marataba Walking Trails Lodge is built ‘of the earth’ around sound ecological methods and principles. This is the place for the person who is after a “Digital Detox’, wanting to disconnect completely. With neither Wi-Fi nor cell phone reception, the sun shares just enough of its energy to power selected equipment such as cameras, iPads and phones to ensure they are always at the ready to capture another glorious day. With the absence of modern amenities and technology, this lodge is utterly remote, promising authentic exclusivity where you are one-on-one with Nature.
Each of the 5 luxurious suites will have a king sized bed/ twin beds, a private shaded viewing deck, a fireplace, en-suite bathroom with a rain dance shower (with a view), and free standing vanity.
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2 to 3 days
Value I Deluxe I Luxury
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*$ = >$4,999; $$ = $5,000 – $9,999; $$$ = $10,000+
All pricing per person based on double occupancy. Pricing varies based on travel dates, call for a customized quotation matching your travel needs. Changes to itinerary and pricing may apply. Price includes all accommodations, meals, some drinks, transfers, vehicles, park fees, guides and activities as indicated, and a $25 donation to a worthy African charity. Price excludes international flights, visas, tips, inoculations, travel insurance, and anything not specified above. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover & AMEX. No refunds—see terms & conditions for details.