Marataba Conservation Camps

MARATABA CONTRACTUAL NATIONAL PARK. SOUTH AFRICA

An innovative tourism-conservation model.

Pioneering active and educational safaris, this is an experience unlike any other. Only 3 bookings at a time allow backstage access to conservation activities, while also enjoying a completely private safari experience.

DID YOU KNOW?

Due to our modern lifestyle, researchers estimate that humans spend up to 90% of their lives indoors. This disconnection from nature has severe negative impacts. Quite simply, when we are less connected to nature we feel less responsibility to protect it.

PURPOSEFUL SAFARIS FOR CONSCIOUS TRAVELLERS

Marataba, a 52,000-acre privately-managed section of the Marakele National Park, is uniquely situated where lush bushveld gives way to the Kalahari sands. The Park has an impressive backdrop of the Waterberg Massif, considered one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world.

Staying in Marataba Conservation Camps is all about balancing conservation and adventure with a generous dose of fun – and plenty of relaxation too. Each booking is on an exclusive or semi-exclusive basis, has a dedicated conservation guide, and is designed around your interests. From tracking cheetah and monitoring the growth rate of elephants to ice-cold G&Ts at sunset, identifying rhinos and collecting camera trap data to laidback boat trips on the Matlabas, your Marataba experience is entirely up to you.

Marataba is privately-owned by a group of Dutch philanthropists who are committed to the optimisation of biodiversity conservation and have a dedicated shared vision – the proliferation of nature. The Park and Conservation Camps are managed by dedicated conservationists who have opted for a high-value guest-participation tourism model with low-impact on the environment. 

FAST FACTS

RATES

Founders Camp:
R 33 000 – R 53 360 per night (1 – 4 guests)

Explorers Camp:
R 21 440 – R34 670 per night (1 – 4 guests)

ACCESS

Fly:
Charter flights from Lanseria International Airport. 

Drive:
3 – 3.5 hrs from Lanseria or  Johannesburg International Airport

CHILDREN

Camps:
All ages

It is never too early for kids to become the conservation ambassadors of the future. Marataba welcomes guests of all ages. Large array of activities allowing children to dive deeper into safari and conservation.

Classic Portfolio Since 1993

What we love

Classic Portfolio Since 1993

CONSERVATION SAFARI

Get involved in pioneering conservation practices between safari activities.

ONLY FOR 3

Be one of only 3 bookings at a time to have access to this unique experience, with a minimum stay of 3 nights.

total flexibility

With your dedicated guide and vehicle, you can plan your day to suit your interests.

NATURE CONNECTEDNESS

In order to protect the environment, you need to connect with it first. 

Marataba Conservation Camps

The impact of your stay

Marataba is a public-private collaboration (between South African National Parks, the country’s highest conservation authority, and the private shareholders of Marataba) that aspires to be a leading African conservation initiative by sustainably managing ecosystems and keystone species for generations to come. They are committed to driving a financial model which supports the long-term conservation of the park while maximising sustainable socioeconomic opportunities for surrounding communities.

While Marataba is a Contractual National Park, not a Private Game Reserve like Kwandwe, their land and wildlife responsibility is very similar and involves active conservation management. As a result, they are able to offer a participative experience for limited guests.

Everything at Marataba is underpinned by their guiding compass and three founding pillars: Conservation | Communities | Commerce.

Every stay contributes through:

  • Making the conscious choice to stay and participate in a safari experience which is underpinned by conservation. Just by being here, guests are making a valuable difference and contributing to the Commerce pillar.
  • Paying R 1 500 per person (kids 16 pay R 750) per day Conservation & Community Levy. Every cent of this is allocated to the 2 pillars of Conservation & Communities.
  • Spending time with the conservation team and Dr. André Uys (Managing Director of Marataba Conservation Camps, as well as leading wildlife vet) to gain an understanding of the business of conservation and what it costs to maintain our wild spaces.
  • Taking part in identifying, monitoring, tracking and collecting data on mega fauna such a rhinos and elephants, as well as predators like the cheetah.
  • Participating in walks to areas in the reserve that are not possible to reach in a vehicle, to view the magnificent scenery, and review wildlife movements. 
  • Getting involved (if you are fortunate enough to be there at the same time) with the vets and conservation team as they manage large scale immobilisations.
  • Pre-booking (to guarantee a participation experience) a rhino conservation focussed safari. Marataba has a population of white and black rhino of global significance, and supports the repopulation and range expansion of rhino by preparing the animals for relocation to conservation areas across the continent.
  • Getting involved in habitat rehabilitation through wire-barking special trees to prevent damage caused by elephants.
  • Help set up a camera trap and take a behind-the-scenes look at what happens in the Park during the day and night.

Marataba Conservation Camps
CAMPS & Star Camp Out

Overlooking the Waterberg Mountains or Matlabas River

MARATABA CONTRACTUAL NATIONAL PARK

Founders Camp

Booked as an exclusive camp, Founders Camp is located on the banks of the Matlabas River, offering panoramic views over the landscape and iconic mountains ahead. The light, bright interiors are a sophisticated fusion of traditional and contemporary.

The four individual suites are all located on the river’s edge and beckon for afternoons watching wildlife amble along the bank. The main living areas have terraced decks hanging over the river, ideal for alfresco dinners, a swimming pool, and a fire pit for sundowner G&Ts. Booked exclusively, the safari timetable is 100% up to you, whether that’s rising with the sun and getting involved in the happenings on the reserve, or simply taking it easy with a good book and that magnificent view.

SEASONALITY: Open all year

CHILDREN: All ages welcome

Founders Camp

EXCLUSIVE USE
4 Suites

from R 33 000 base rate per night (1 - 4 guests)
Single booking in camp at any time.
Minimum stay 3-nights.
All meals and house drinks.
Dedicated conservation guide and 4x4.
Morning and evening drives.
Walking safaris.
Active participation in conservation activities (depends what is happening at time of stay).
Rhino conservation safari (additional cost).
Dedicated chef and camp team.
WiFi

MARATABA CONTRACTUAL NATIONAL PARK

Explorers Camp

Booked on a semi-exclusive basis (max 2 bookings in camp at one time), Explorers Camps is easy-going, adventurous and fun. At this camp, it is all about embracing the laid-back, outdoors lifestyle of Marataba. Spend your days immersed in stimulating safari and conservation activities, and swim, hike and adventure through the gorges and mountains. Then, return to camp, kick off your shoes, and come nose to trunk with the elephants as they gather at the waterhole in front of the deck (and yes, this is a very popular watering spot for them on an almost daily basis).

The 5 tents and 1 dedicated family tent are set in shady, fenced grounds, complete with a swimming pool. An ideal base for young families looking for a conservation-led experience, this is living in the wild at its best.

Book one side of the camp with 3 tents (minimum rate pay for 4 guests); each group has a dedicated conservation guide and private vehicles.

SEASONALITY: Open all year

CHILDREN: All ages welcome

Explorers Camp

SEMI-EXCLUSIVE USE
5 TENTS & 1 FAMILY TENT

from R 21 440 base rate per night (1 - 4 guests)
Minimum stay 3-nights.
Maximum of 2 bookings in camp at any time.
All meals and house drinks.
Dedicated conservation guide and 4x4.
Morning and evening drives.
Walking safaris.
Active participation in conservation activities (depends what is happening at time of stay).
Rhino conservation safari (additional cost).
WiFi

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Star Camp Out

Marataba Star Camp is the vaccine for disconnection. Set up on demand, the camp is only bookable on a surcharge basis with a minimum 3-night stay at either Founders Camp or Explorers Camp. Exclusivity ensures maximum flexibility for the team to craft a stay suited to the guest’s individual needs. With a focus on exploring by foot, Marataba Star Camp Out is designed to get guests out of their comfort zone and indulge in the raw power of the natural world. 

Each tent has two stretcher beds, a separate bathroom at the back (not accessible from inside) with a bucket shower and bio-loo.  There is no electricity in camp and no mobile phone reception.

This is the ultimate luxury!

SEASONALITY: Available 1 March – 31 October

CHILDREN: 12+ years

Star Camp Out

Exclusive use
4 Tents

surcharge R 10 000 per group 1st night, R 5 000 for additional night
All meals and local drinks.
Private safari activities.
Combine with Founders or Explorers.
1 March - 31 October.

Marataba Conservation Camps
FEATURED OFFER

Star Camp Out Combo

Combine 2 nights of ‘Nature Connectedness’ with 2 nights at either of Founders or Explorers Camp for a truly immersive conservation experience.

VALID: March through end of October.

Marataba Conservation Camps
FEATURED JOURNEY

Exclusive Adventures

Perfectly designed for families and groups, journey through South Africa and Namibia, staying in our exclusive-use properties and experiencing the destinations in pure privacy.

Marataba Conservation Camps
LOCATION

Getting there

FLY

30-minute charter flights from Lanseria or OR Tambo airports. 

DRIVE

An easy drive on good road. From OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, it is a 3.5 hour drive. From Lanseria, it takes 3 hours.

COVID TRAVEL

Marataba Conservation Camps complies with well-considered SOP’s to provide the safest possible environment for guests and staff while ensuring a truly authentic experience.

PCR testing can be arranged at the camps and sent away for results in Thabazimbi. This takes 24 – 48 hours.

Availability

Contact

Email:
res@maratabacamps.co.za

Tel:
+27 21 876 2153

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm. Based in Franschhoek.