Perfectly perched on the side of a mountain, with a 180 degree view of the Waterfall Valley and surrounded by mountain streams, rests Marataba Trails Lodge. Flawlessly secluded and purely remote, Marataba Trails Lodge is the perfect escape from the bustling world that lies beyond it.
The perfect escape
Marataba Trails Lodge is the epitome of seclusion and is perfect for anyone who is looking for a digital detox. Leave your phone and your problems at home, and become one with nature as you experience the African wilderness from a truly unique perspective. The lodge caters to hikers who want to treat themselves to a remarkable hiking experience, while at the same time not compromising on luxury. The lodge is totally remote and there is no internet access, no cell phone reception, and it relies on solar energy so that guests can completely unwind and be at peace with nature. This is an authentic, once-in-a-lifetime experience that should belong on every Africa-enthusiast’s bucket-list. The lodge has five magnificent suites which means that it only accommodates eight guests at a time—perfect for those looking for an escape from reality and society!
A hiker’s dream
Marataba Trails Lodge was designed with hikers in mind. The lodge allows you to experience the unique opportunity of hiking in the wild—an absolutely exclusive, one-on-one experience that you will never forget. Marataba Trails offers four types of trails, with each one focusing on a particular area of beauty in the Marakele National Park. Each trail is distinct and each one caters to different fitness levels. The riverine trails follow the natural river’s course. This trail is great for viewing plains game and it takes you to the waterholes so that you can see elephants drinking and hippos lazing about. The gorge trails take guests down into the gorges of the Waterberg Mountains which are absolutely exquisite because they can only be accessed on foot. It’s a unique escapade that not many guests get to experience. You are also given an opportunity to take a dip in the cool, crisp, natural water pools. If you are hoping for a more challenging trail, the mountain trails will be perfect for you. The trails are longer, and hikers get to climb some of the mountains in the reserve. The views from the tops of the mountains are spectacular, and the trek is definitely worth it. If you are particularly interested in the history of the reserve, be sure to treat yourself to the Special Interest Trails. These trails are designed to boast the rich history of the reserve—hikers are able to admire the cave paintings, Iron Age ruins, and the relics that date back to The Stone Age. Whichever trails you choose, you are guaranteed to encounter an abundance of wildlife on your way.
A unique kind of luxury
Exclusivity and peacefulness are key features of Marataba Trails Lodge. Nestled in a magnificent Big 5 private game reserve, and overlooking the Waterfall Valley below, Marataba Trails offers you an opportunity to truly experience the best of what Africa has to offer, and in absolute style. The luxury eco-suites were designed to pay tribute to the beauty of the nature that surrounds them. The suites take their cue from the natural environment so that you can feel at home in the African wilderness. The décor is modern and sophisticated but also natural—from the wooden finishes, to the bronze accessories, and the stone interiors, each element has been picked to showcase nature and to inspire feelings of joy and peace. No item is without a purpose. And, you can be absolutely certain that each element that can be found in the suites is made from only the finest of materials. This is an ultimate, off-the-grid, luxury experience that is not to be missed.
Marataba Trails Lodge is a mere four hours North-West of Johannesburg.