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Marataba Walking Trails

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,804

Go in search of South Africa’s most impressive game on this safari tour with a difference. Explore the wide variety of trails on the Marataba Reserve, home to a stunning range of creatures.


This 5-day stay at the Marataba Reserve lets you see its most impressive native residents up close. Elephants, rhinos, the big cats, and over 800 breeding pairs of Cape Vulture make their home in this unique environment. Each day, you’ll have the option of joining morning and afternoon walking trips, or in the winter, enjoying a full-day walk with picnic lunch included.

Choose the Riverine Trails to visit the larger waterholes, frequented by hippos and other impressive creatures. Alternatively, take up the challenge of the Gorge and Mountain Trails, where spectacular views, fresh water swimming holes, and Stone Age cave art reward your hiking efforts.

Take one last game spotting activity before returning for a night in Johannesburg. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore this city’s underrated museums and cultural attractions, or simply relax in comfort at your hotel.


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,804

Itinerary

Day 1

Johannesburg - Marataba

On your arrival at O.R Tambo International Airport, you will be met by Goway's local representative and transferred by road to Marataba Trails Lodge located within the Marakele National Park just 3.5 hours drive from Johannesburg. Marataba Trails Lodge is situated on the Kransberg Range and is part of the Waterberg Biosphere. Its trails extend over peaks and valleys, and promise some of the most spectacular scenery South Africa has to offer. Arrive and enjoy an afternoon activity before heading back for dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Marataba Trails Lodge

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    Marataba Trails Lodge


    Marataba Trails Lodge was designed and created for seasoned hikers who are looking for diverse and challenging trails in a spectacularly beautiful big 5 private reserve where a rich abundance of wildlife roams free. Marataba Trails Lodge is perched on the side of the mountain, ...

    Marataba Trails Lodge was designed and created for seasoned hikers who are looking for diverse and challenging trails in a spectacularly beautiful big 5 private reserve where a rich abundance of wildlife roams free.

    Marataba Trails Lodge is perched on the side of the mountain, with 180degree views into Waterfall Valley. It is utterly remote, in a wilderness world of its own for never more than 8 guests at a time. Every stone, ledge, window, piece of furniture and soft finish takes its cue from the natural environment. The essence here is on the outside, and the lodge complements and enhances that. At the same time every comfort is met, and no compromise was made on the quality of every single element a guest would encounter through their senses. Only the finest of materials has been to be used, and carefully put together in imaginatively simple ways. The result is an off-the-grid 'Scandi-Safari' style luxury lodge perched lightly on the earth and fully powered by the sun's energy.

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Day 2

Marataba Trails Lodge

Here in the Marataba Reserve rich red mountain rock bears down on the verdant plains at its feet, and it is not hard to imagine a time long past when Stone Age settlers sought refuge in the sanctuary of Marakele. Contrasting mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys characterize the park. Rare finds of yellowwood and cedar trees, 5m high cycads and tree ferns are some of the plant species you will find. All of the large game species from elephant and rhino to the big cats, as well as an amazing variety of birds, including the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures in the world, with more than 800 breeding pairs have settled here.

Morning and afternoon trails depart from the camp each day, with the option of enjoying a full-day hike and picnic in winter. A variety of trails options are available, differing in respect of degree of difficulty and fitness required. Trails range from trekking over the top of the Kransberg range, to traversing through gorges. Regardless of the route, the one thing that remains consistent is the likelihood of encountering wildlife along the way.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Marataba Trails Lodge

Riverine Trails - These trails follow the natural river course, and are great for 'bumping' into general game. Walkers will traverse to some of the bigger waterholes which attract a number of animal species, including hippo.

Gorge Trails - These trails descend into the gorges of the Waterberg Mountains. Here walkers will traverse into 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 some of the mountains in the reserve into neighbouring valleys. The vistas from these trails are second-to-none, presenting Africa in all its vastness. Interest Trails - There is significant history to this the reserve, and these trails will offer walkers the opportunity to see cave paintings, iron age ruins and other relics of The Stone Age.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Johannesburg

This morning after your last game activity and a deliciously delightful breakfast you will be collected and transferred by road back to Johannesburg where you will be spending the night at the beautiful Saxon Boutique Hotel in Sandton. Upon arrival spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Saxon Boutique Hotel and Spa

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    Saxon Boutique Hotel and Spa



    The Saxon is a 24 Suite, award winning Hotel, Spa and Boutique, located in the suburb of Sandhurst. It is a well known secret of the South African locals and international Travellers. It is desired by clients looking for a retreat away from the fast ...

    The Saxon is a 24 Suite, award winning Hotel, Spa and Boutique, located in the suburb of Sandhurst. It is a well known secret of the South African locals and international Travellers. It is desired by clients looking for a retreat away from the fast paced city life.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 5

Depart Johannesburg

This morning after a sumptuous breakfast you will be transferred back to O.R Tambo International Airport in time for your onward flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Meet and greet on arrival
  • Private roundtrip airport transfers
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Local Beverages at Marataba Trails Lodge
  • Daily bush walks with a qualified ranger and tracker
  • Marataba conservation fees

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Premium beverages

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Based on minimum 2 or more passengers, please inquire for singles travelling alone.

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30 Aug 2018
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