Marataba

Marataba

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Marakele National Park, Limpopo, Limpopo,

Marataba is the newest golden-era safari experience from the Hunter Hotels group, responsible for bringing crystal-decanter, high-thread-count wilderness chic to coastal South Africa. Prouvé-style furniture that would look at home in a SoHo loft adorns the 15 tented suites, three with river views. Architectural lighting hangs from roughly hewn beams in the main lodge, and chaises line the outer edges of the 40-foot plunge pool. Suite No. 1, reached by a walking bridge that spans a small gorge (and is high enough for an elephant to pass below), is the most secluded. Its vast picture window has views of the Waterberg Mountains to the north. Marataba’s biggest asset is its location, in Marakele National Park, which holds large numbers of the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and black rhinoceros) and is a sanctuary for rare antelope, like roan and sable, and 400 kinds of birds, including the endangered Cape vulture.

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