Marataba Safari Lodge
We stayed at the beautiful Marataba Safari Lodge, nestled in the Marakele National Park mountains. The South Africa safari lodge is a nice blend of authenticity and luxury. Our room was actually half a tent attached to a solid building. The room had a beautiful attached bathroom and air conditioning. All the rooms are disconnected from the lodge and from each other. It’s almost like you’re alone in the bush.
Our first night, we awoke around 3 a.m. to the sound of hyenas laughing and something making a loud, low howl as the hyenas killed it. If you have never heard a hyena laughing, it is terrifying. Specially when all you have to protect you is a tent.
But I want authentic… right?
However, our safari guide assured us that the laugh can travel a great distance and the kill probably didn’t happen anywhere near the lodge.
At 5 a.m. we received our wake up call and by 5:30 we were drinking coffee waiting for our game drive to start.
“Please keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all time.”
Our guide’s ground rules when we started on our first game drive.
There is something magical about early mornings in the bush. It’s cold and everything is cast in an orange/yellow glow, but the animals are very active.
While we enjoyed the game drives (clearly), that was only part of our incredible time. The staff was so kind and helpful. The chef made delicious food. He made me the most delicious gluten free bread I have ever had and we dined outside every day with a view of the mountains or the stars. It was a dream.
We had a complementary massage in front of our private room and we took a dip in the lodge pool. We drank nice wines and iced coffees while watching giraffes walk by the near by watering hole.
One night, we came back from a game drive and the tables were lit with lanterns, a bonfire surrounded all the tables, and the chef was bbqing. We dined that night with our guide and learned more about the area and heard stories from him. It was so cozy.
I definitely recommend you go to a South Africa safari lodge and go on a safari. More than that, I recommend Marataba because of the impeccable service, great location, and amazing staff.
Have you ever been to a South Africa safari lodge? What was your experience?
xo, Erin Kay
**This was NOT a sponsored post, just an honest opinion.**