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Conservation Safari in the Waterberg

Conservation Safari in the Waterberg

Marataba Conservation Camps, Marakele National Park, Waterberg, South Africa

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  • Min 4 guests
  • Founders Camp (4 Suites) & Explorers Camp (6 Tents)
  • Fully Inclusive
    • All meals
    • Game drive refreshments (all other drinks excluded)
    • Exclusive safari vehicle and dedicated conservation guide
    • General safari activities
    • Conservation activities

Activities included in your stay

  • Day & Night Game Drives

    Explore Marataba on day and night game drives with your private guide.

  • Boating

    Fantastic for birding and enjoying the beauty of the scenery and landscapes.

  • Wild Walking & Hiking Safaris

    Traversing Marataba on foot will take you to places that very few have been before.

  • Wildlife Interventions

    Guests are encouraged to get involved in the day to day wildlife management where they can.

  • Rhino Conservation

    Identify rhinos through their ear notches and start to understand some of the work and monitoring that takes place.

  • Camera Trap Analysis

    Help set up a camera trap and take a behind the scenes look at what happens in the Park during the day and night.

  • Elephant Management

    Identify individual elephants for research and monitoring purposes.

  • Predator Management

    Join the monitoring team and telemetry track collared cheetah. Assess animal behaviour and report back to the conservation team.

  • Ecology Experiences

    Learn about what goes into ensuring the habitat of Marataba remains suitable for the species that are conserved here.

  • Community Outreach

    Visit the community veggie garden to harvest produce and enjoy a plant-based lunch, in a fun interaction with the local community!

  • Area Integrity & Protection

    Participate in monitoring and walking the fence line for a snare patrol check.

  • Mindfulness

    Yoga mats are available in each guest tent.

Additional Conservation & Community Levy: R 750 per person per night (50% for children)


Explore Marataba’s wild spaces whilst getting involved in hands-on conservation-led experiences.


Located at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains, Marataba Contractual National Park is a 21,000-hectare, privately-owned section of the Marakele National Park. It is one of the country’s most innovative conservation models and the perfect setting for a thoughtful and stimulating safari experience.

The area is not only rich in its diversity of wildlife and flora, the magnificent landscapes provide an unforgettable and everchanging backdrop to all activities. Every booking at Marataba Conservation Camps is allocated a private conservation guide and vehicle to allow for maximum flexibility. Experiences can be chosen on a ‘mix and match’ basis for a fully tailor-made stay – or you may simply wish to relax by the swimming with something cold and the spectacular views!


*Mid-week (Sun-Wed) – Explorers Camp: R 2 145 pppn | Founders Camp: R 3 300 pppn
Weekends (Thurs-Sat) – Explorers Camp: R 2 680 pppn | Founders Camp: R 4 125 pppn
Minimum 4 guests; minimum 2 night stay

About Marataba Conservation Camps

From the intimate and serene setting of Founders Camp, to the relaxed, easygoing nature of Explorers, both offer a unique opportunity to enjoy the wild spaces of Marataba and spend time with family and friends.


Explorers Camp

Easy-going, adventurous and fun, Explorers Camp 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. The five tents and one 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.


Founders Camp

A tranquil retreat into nature, 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; bedroom suites beckon for afternoons watching wildlife amble along the riverbank, and the living areas for sundowner G&Ts and alfresco dinners. 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.

Wifi Available
Malaria Free Area
Swimming Pool
Indoor Shower
Bath (Founders only)
Outdoor Shower (Founders only)
Fan (Explorers Camp only)
In-room Safe (Founders Camp only)
Double Vanity


One of a kind experience!

Marataba Conservation Camps offer a truly unique experience that's difficult to find elsewhere! Loved having so much flexibility and being able to choose from a huge variety of activities.

  • Luke. M
    14 July 2021

The perfect balance

We had so much fun as a family staying at Explorers Camp. It is the perfect base to explore Marataba and reconnect with nature. Loved the elephants daily visits to the waterhole in front of camp!

  • Smith Family
    24 July 2021


Everything exceeded expectations, from the beautiful Explorer's Camp, the food, and most of all the overall experience. So cool having the opportunity to get involved with the day to day conservation activities as well as enjoy boat trips, walking and more! We can't wait to come back.

  • Henry P.
    26 February 2021
Valid until 19 Dec 2021

from R 2145 / per person per night (min 4 guests)*

Conservation Safari in the Waterberg

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How to get there

10 minutes
Fly to Marataba

Marakale National Park, Thabazimbi 0380

Drive from airport to Marataba Conservation Camps

Marakale National Park, Thabazimbi 0380

3 hr drive from Johannesburg

Marataba Conservation Camps, Marakale National Park, Thabazimbi 0380

Check in at Marataba Conservation Camps

12:30 on day of arrival

Check out at Marataba Conservation Camps

10:00 on day of departure

from R 2145 / per person per night (min 4 guests)*

Conservation Safari in the Waterberg