MARATABA TRAIL LODGE
Located in the Marataba section of the Malaria-free Big Five Marakele National Park, is designed and created for seasoned hikers who are looking for diverse and challenging trails in a spectacularly beautiful big 5 private reserve.
Marataba Trails Lodge is perched on the side of the mountain, with 180 degree views into Waterfall Valley. It is utterly remote, in a wilderness world of its own for never more than 8 guests at a time. The original brief to the architect and interior designer was simple. Every stone, ledge, window, piece of furniture and soft finish had to take its cue from the natural environment. The essence here is on the outside, and the lodge had to complement and enhance that – not compete with it. But at the same time every comfort had to be met, and no compromise was to be made on the quality of every single element a guest would encounter through their senses. Only the finest of materials (from timber to cotton sheeting) were to be used, and carefully put together in imaginatively simple ways. And finally, to respect the earth.
The result was an off-the-grid ‘Scandi-Safari’ style luxury lodge perched lightly on the earth and fully powered by the sun’s energy.
Marataba Trails Lodge offer’s something that goes beyond what you would see in a brochure, where guests leave feeling immeasurably better about, and within themselves. The aim is to build a family of repeat visitors, who see the Marataba experience as a necessity to their wellbeing, and not just a luxury. Here luxury is in the experience of intense walks on ground as old as The Stone Age. Add to that the privacy afforded by the mountains, the ample view of the valleys and unpolluted skies, the clear cold streams of mountain water for refreshment, the healthy delicious food prepared by impressively skilled hands in-the-moment, the highly personal service delivered by a team of hand-selected experts in the art of hospitality, and an unparalleled home base where every comfort is met. That all makes for a very powerful combination.
UNIQUE SELLING POINTS:
The only deluxe Big Five Hiking Trail in a Malaria-free reserve in South Africa
Hiking trails make use of different areas of the reserve, ensuring a variety of experiences
The Marakele Reserve is unique in respect of topography, flora and fauna
These are true wilderness trails, with no sign of civilization
An off-the-grid, fully solar powered lodge
Open plan lounge, dining and living space were designed to enhance the spectacular natural environment and spectacular views
5 Luxurious Eco-Suites allow for a maximum capacity of just 8 people in this vast and beautiful wilderness
Those looking for a digital detox will find it here. There is no cellular reception, but there is Wi-Fi in the main lodge area)
Marataba is easily accessible, and is an easy drive, just 3.5 hours from Johannesburg
Children of 16 and older welcome. (Strictly no under 16 policy)
Open plan lounge and dining area
Full range of dietary preferences catered for
No electricity, but limited solar power available