Marataba Explorer’s Camp
Marataba Explorer’s Camp sits within spacious, shaded and fenced gardens overlooking a well-used waterhole in the privately managed 52,000 acre Marataba section of the Marakele National Park. The park is located at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains in the malaria-free northwest of South Africa, an easy four hour drive from Johannesburg.
Accommodation & Facilities
Marataba Explorer’s Camp has five standard safari tents and one family tent with two bedrooms. As the camp is fenced, children of all ages are welcomed. The spacious tents are built on raised timber decks, and have ensuite bathrooms with showers and flushing loos. The main lodge is built from stone and thatch, and has inside and outside eating and seating, a lounge and a bar. There’s a fireplace on the lawn, and a large pool.
Wildlife & Activities
Marataba has excellent wildlife including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino, but the main focus of a stay here is assisting with and learning about conservation. The specialised activities on offer include assisting the rangers with rhino ear notching, elephant monitoring, predator tracking, patrolling the reserve to check for snares and look for broken fencing, analysing images captured by camera traps, and wildlife interventions such as relocations. In addition to this, guests can visit the local communities who grow produce for the camps, and enjoy day and night safari drives, long or short walking safaris and boat cruises. Explorer’s Camp has two guides and vehicles, and the camp endeavours to make activities private.