Our team occupied the entire Mountain lodge. Beautiful location with breathtaking views. Really an awesome place to unwind and relax. Rooms were luxurious, comfortable and private. Friendly, attentive staff that aim to ensure you have a wonderful stay. Personalised service.
Great resort, no crowds, beautiful animals in different settings between mountains, rivers, plains and a lake. Wonderful staff (game drives, management, butler and housekeeping). We will definitely come back to South Africa with its friendly people and look forward to seeing Marataba with its great lodges again! Alberto and Peter Austria
Only a short drive from the busy city of Joburg, we spent 2 wonderful nights at Mountain lodge with its breathtaking view on the surrounding nature and mountains. My birthday present. Everything was just perfect, from the beautiful room to the common area, dining space, the excellent service, and of course the game drives, sunsets, etc. Sean took us on amazing drives at dawn and sunset and showed us a great variety of animals, lions, rhinos, kudus, hippos, elephants, zebras, etc and we even were lucky enough to see a pangolin and a leopard!
Marataba Mountain Lodge is a hidden gem adjacent to Marakele National Park. The expansive reserve hosts animals galore, including so many rhinos! We were fortunate to spend 20 minutes observing the critically endangered and very shy black rhino, watching the conservation team checking a pregnant white rhino, and having a curious baby rhino come quite close until his mom guided him away. Zebras, lions, antelope, giraffes, wildebeast, birds, hippos and more filled our game drives. The vast mountain range surrounding Mountain Lodge was always a gorgeous backdrop, while the property has terrains ranging from plains to rocky streams to ... . Sundown on the Miss Mara boat was a particular treat, as was a hike that we arranged in advance as an alternate to one of our morning drives. The staff at Marataba is such a delight. From our guide William's fabulous animal sightings and encyclopedic knowledge, to Chef Martin's incredible culinary creations, to our butler Ephenia's endless supply of drinks always with a beautiful smile, to manager Nerine's attention to every detail, our stay was perfect. The villas were luxuriously comfortable, and the main area was a wonderful place to relax in between drives. We definitely left a piece of our hearts at Marataba!…
The lodge, the breathtaking view from our room, the food from Chef Martin and our overall experience was amazing. Our Game Ranger Jason was so passionate and knowledgeable and went out of his way to make for the best game drives and bush walks ever!