A very contemporary looking lodge, located near the Waterberg mountains, in the eastern sector of Marakele National Park, on a 23 000 hectare private concession, Marataba Safari Lodge is a distinctive and first rate luxury lodge.
Situated in and among a belt of low lying trees, Marataba is a stone and canvas build consisting of a main lodge and 12 tented suites. Inspired by the kind of front building facades one might find in Japan, the main lodge’s approach is marked by an unfinished false wall, out of which a curtain of water falls – into a pond at the base of the wall. Stimulating, fun, welcoming, the main lodge includes a bar, lounge, dining room, viewing tower and verandah.
Characterised by exposed beams, a seriously polished floor, brick face walls, comfortable sofas, black designer chairs and a mix of Africana and contemporary art, the lounge is a delight, its use of glass, space and light ingenious. The food is fantastic, the cuisine international, though always inspired by certain African meats and dishes, and returning guests frequently mention the personalised menus. The service at Marataba Safari Lodge is equally good.
Well spaced and, like the lodge itself, quite unique, the circular shaped suites’ exteriors resemble medieval military campaign tents, their canvas roofing stretched from a central support pole. Inside, each room includes a double bed, seating, an-ensuite bathroom and acres of space within which to change. Set on a pale wooden floors, beneath a draped bedouinesque ceiling, the room’s design is decidedly minimalist, with a large whitewashed dividing wall and the bed being the main foci. The bathroom, tucked away to the side, is a stone construct, and includes a large bath, flush toilet, sink and shower. The tents have air-con and a ranger of modern amenities.
Activities at Marataba Safari Lodge include Game drives, guided walks, bird watching, educational visits and sundowners.