Marataba Trails is a new luxury safari lodge that offers the unique opportunity to trek in the wild. This one-on-one experience is highly personal, utterly exclusive, and located in some of South Africa’s most breathtaking and unexplored terrain.
The lodge is cleverly situated on the hillside at the bottom of Waterfall Valley. It is surrounded by mountain streams, the source of the Matlabas River (which flows into the mighty Limpopo River, and eventually into the Indian Ocean). The area surrounding the lodge has sweet savannah grasslands in the valley below, and broadleaved sour veld habitat on the hills above, while some of the gorges are filled with riverine forest habitats. All units have spectacular views down into Waterfall Valley, which is particularly magical at sunset!
Marataba is blessed with a great diversity of eco-systems and landscapes. The trails make use of different areas of the reserve, and 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 such as girrafe, elephants and antelope along the way.
There will be an early start to the day prior to meeting in the main lodge for a coffee and pre-trail snack. This early trail will be the longer (3-4 hours) of the two trails of the day. Trail options will be discussed and agreed to the night before. A mid-walk refreshment break will be offered at one of the stunning view or points of interest.
On return to the lodge a sumptuous, healthy breakfast will be served before trekkers get the chance to relax, read, snooze, sketch, paint and just be at one in the camp. They can even reserve a complimentary foot & hand massage!
A light lunch will be served at the lodge before a recommended afternoon nap!
The shorter afternoon walking trail starts after a snack – these walks include water holes with hippos, vantage points and short gorge walks.
On return to camp, a special sundowner is offered prior to heading to an interactive experience in the BOMA where guests will learn about the intricacies of cooking “bush style”
After dinner there are stories around the fire – including local legends, traditional tribes of the region and astronomy.
In winter one of the two full days will be swopped around with a sleep-in, later breakfast, followed by one long walk and a picnic, returning to camp mid afternoon for some R&R.
Guests will have the option of heading out on a short two hour trail or having a relaxing sleep-in. The trail taken will be of a gentle nature so as to let the guests “take it easy” before their onward travels. A final “Trails Breakfast” will then be served at the lodge. A chance to freshen up, pack up and take in the incredible views for one last time. Guests will then be transferred by their guides back to Marataba Safari Lodge for onward travel, arriving back at the lodge at 11:30.