Marataba Trails Lodge was designed and created for 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 180 degree views into Waterfall Valley. It is utterly remote, in a wilderness world of its own for never more than 8 guests at a time. The original brief to the architect and interior designer was simple. Every stone, ledge, window, piece of furniture and soft finish had to take its cue from the natural environment. The essence here is on the outside, and the lodge had to complement and enhance that – not compete with it. But at the same time every comfort had to be met, and no compromise was to be made on the quality of every single element a guest would encounter through their senses. Only the finest of materials (from timber to cotton sheeting) were to be used and carefully put together in imaginatively simple ways. And finally, to respect the earth.

The result was an off-the-grid ‘Scandi-Safari’ style luxury lodge perched lightly on the earth and fully powered by the sun’s energy. Those seeking a digital detox will find it here.

We have decided to enhance the overall Marataba Trails Lodge experience by offering a greater choice for optional afternoon activities. While the key experience remains the hiking trails, we have modified the schedule to allow guests to enjoy a full hike in the morning, while experiencing a traditional vehicle safari on the Big 5 Marataba Reserve, or a Miss Mara boat safari in the afternoon.

The new pool area at Marataba Trails Lodge is finally complete, just in time for the sun’s return! Built between natural rocks and Wild Olive trees, it is far enough from the ‘heart-of-house’ to allow for complete privacy, yet close enough for quick service. The 6m long martini step is the perfect place to enjoying the infinite view of the valley at sunset, perhaps with an ice-cold G&T.


5 Luxury Suites for 8 guests

Children of 16 and older welcome. (Strictly no under 16 policy)

Open plan lounge and dining area

Swimming pool

Full range of dietary preferences catered for

No electricity, but limited solar power available


MARATABA TRAILS LODGE – – Madikwe Game Reserve
2 Persons
Number of garages
Attraction(s) close to the properties
Game Reserve  

  • Free parking on premises

  • Indoor fireplace

  • Swimming Pool

  • Internet

  • Breakfast

  • Wifi

  • Air conditioning

  • Iron

  • Hangers

  • Cable channels

  • Shampoo

  • Bath Essentials

  • TV

  • Laptop friendly workspace

  • Heating

  • Private entrance