We've put together a guidebook with everything you need to know about South Africa. Written by our specialists, it details destination information, a wildlife guide, some suggested itineraries and plenty more to inspire your holiday. Fill in the form below and if you live in UK, your guidebook will arrive by post within the next couple of days. For those who live abroad, we will send you a link by email which will allow you to download your own copy.
The Cape – comprising Cape Town and the Winelands – is one of the biggest attractions for visitors to South Africa and has much to offer. Here our South Africa specialist (and former Capetonian) Annie gives her top five experiences for those looking for something new.
One of the best ways to take in the spectacular scenery that South Africa has to offer, rail travel couldn’t be further from a daily commute in the luxurious surroundings of Rovos Rail and the Blue Train. Here we give you the lowdown on what to expect and what separates these two outstanding experiences.
One of our South Africa specialists, Jen, recently saddled up for an exciting riding safari taking part in game census week at Ant’s Hill in the malaria-free Waterberg region of South Africa. Read on for more about Jen’s experience and all you need to know about exploring South Africa on horseback…
From the premier game viewing of the Kruger and malaria-free options in Madikwe and the Eastern Cape, to riding safaris in the Waterberg and getting off-the beaten-track in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve – there is truly something for everyone. Here we give our lowdown on all that South Africa has to offer safari-wise – now all you have to do is decide which one(s) will suit you best!
South Africa and Mauritius couple superbly for a safari and beach holiday or honeymoon. Whilst South Africa offers both world class safari and cosmopolitanism, Mauritius encapsulates the very essence of laid-back island life. Start your adventure on the plains of one of South Africa’s many game rich national parks, spending your days on safari, tracking the Big Five and sipping on sundowners, before exploring the country’s vibrant cities or impressive coastal routes. A short flight to Mauritius takes you to another world of sugar white beaches, kaleidoscopic reefs and a verdant green mountainscapes. There, you can choose to do as little or as much as you like, whether it be soaking up the island’s unique Creole culture or whiling away lazy days under the shade of a leafy palm. The ultimate safari and beach combination for a year-round adventure.
This off-the-beaten-track itinerary is perfect for those searching for an authentic, scenic and cultural adventure as well as some independence that only a self-drive holiday can offer. Explore the historic KwaZulu-Natal for a truly unique experience of South Africa.
Self-driving in South Africa is how a number of people decide to travel as it tends to prove a more adventurous and affordable option, as well as giving you the freedom to explore. Self-driving is a hugely rewarding way to travel and appreciate the always stunning and ever-changing scenery. Here we give you our tips for taking to the open road.
Contemporary Cape Town hotels, beautiful Cape Dutch wine estates and luxurious private game lodges, all combine to make South Africa the perfect honeymoon destination. Here we give our top ideas for making South Africa the perfect honeymoon destination for you.
The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s premier wildlife destination and is one of the biggest attractions in this diverse country. Those wanting a luxury safari experience away from the crowds tend to favour the private concessions and here we give our guide to these.
Known as the Mother City, Cape Town has it all – history, culture, gastronomy and breath-taking scenery. Here we give you the low-down on our top Cape Town experiences and homes-away-from-home…
South Africa is without doubt the most family-friendly country in Africa and offers a wide-range of experiences to suit all ages and interests. From an exciting malaria-free safari to exploring the beautiful Cape to the warm Indian Ocean beaches along the Garden Route, we can help you put together the perfect holiday for your family. Here we give our rundown on our favourite spots for families to get you started.
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We asked Charley Boorman, the charismatic modern-day adventurer, travel writer and motorbike enthusiast about his travels to Africa and particularly South Africa...
Andrew Rattray is one of the leading battlefields guides, having succeeded his father as the guide at Fugitives’ Drift, the lodge his parents began in 1989. His father, David, tragically died in 2007, but was well known for his tours and lectures about Zulu history and culture – a mantle which is now carried by Andrew. We asked him a little about life as a battlefields guide…
After living in beautiful Cape Town, our South Africa specialist Annie was looking for a new experience, and where better to head than KwaZulu Natal. Filled with breath-taking scenery, Zulu culture, history and wildlife – KwaZulu Natal is off-the-beaten-track in South African terms and well worth a visit, particularly for return visitors.
Marataba Safari Lodge & Trails Lodge
Marakele National Park, South Africa
Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury, Malaria free
Set within the dramatic landscapes of Marakele National Park, Marataba is an exclusive private concession and game lodge offering wonderful malaria-free ‘Big Five’ game viewing. Marataba is a great conservation success story and inspiring place to stay.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Set within a dramatic landscape encompassing vast plains, deep gorges and majestic mountains, Marataba is an exclusive 23,000-hectare private concession in the heart of the Limpopo's Marakele National Park. A sanctuary for Africa's ‘Big Five’ and a multitude of other animal species including rare antelope such as roan, sable and mountain reedbuck, this malaria-free wilderness is also home to the world's largest breeding colony of the endangered Cape Vulture.
Marataba consists of twelve exotic canvas and stone-tented suites, exquisitely furnished and decorated with their own private deck overlooking the sweeping plains. The beautiful stone bathrooms include baths and indoor and outdoor showers. The main lodge at Marataba is designed with huge expanses of glass taking full advantage of the spectacular panoramic scenery from which guests can enjoy at the bar, the dining veranda or one of the lodge's sumptuous lounges. Activities at Marataba include game drives in 4x4 vehicles, game walks, and day excursions to Marakele's Endangered Species Project.
When to go
On average, the warmest month in the Waterberg region is January with average temperatures reaching as high as 28°C, with a dry heat throughout the summer months (November to March). The dry periods are from May to September with the coolest and driest month falling in July. November is the wettest month and should be avoided if you dislike too much rain. Generally, visitors can expect sunshine, long afternoons and dry days for the majority of a stay.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
More Safari Lodges, South Africa - Complimentary N
Stay three nights at one of a selection of MORE safari lodges, and get a free Treehouse overnight experience and an additional two nights free in a More Quarters Luxury Room in Cape Town. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.
Free Transport at MORE Lodges
Book three nights at Madikwe Safari Lodge and a Marataba Lodge before 31st March and receive complimentary domestic flights or road transfers as well as a Overnight Treehouse Experience.
Honeymoon Offer at More Hotels
Celebrate your Honeymoon at a More Hotels property, South Africa and receive a 20% discount on the cost of your accommodation. Subject to availability and terms and conditions.
More Properties, South Africa - Madikwe and Marataba Safari Offer
Book a combination stay at Madikwe Safari Lodge and Marataba Safari Lodge or Trails Lodge for six nights and pay for only five.
More Safari Properties, South Africa - Complimentary Air Transfers
Make the most of complimentary air transfers when you book to stay at Madikwe Safari Lodge, South Africa and Marataba Safari Lodge or Trails Lodge, South Africa.
Stay Four, Pay Three
Pay for just three nights when you book a stay of four or more at Marataba, Madikwe Safari Lodge or More Quarters during selected dates in 2020. Terms and conditions apply.
*All offers are subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please contact our team for more information.
Miss Mara Water Safari
Take a relaxing cruise along the Matlabas River on Miss Mara for a completely different safari experience. A qualified skipper is on hand to point out a plethora of wildlife, from wallowing hippos and elephants to warthogs, baboons and birds.
Game Drives in Marakele National Park
During your stay at Marataba, you can take morning and late afternoon/evening game drives within Marakele National Park. Stretching 23,000 hectares and home to the 'Big Five', the wildlife in the area is spectacular and the scenery is stunning.
Spend a thrilling evening in the natural wilderness of the Marakele National Park on an impressive treehouse. Built on a raised deck, Thabametsi Treehouse offers spectacular views across the National Park and the opportunity to sleep under the night sky.