[SOUTH AFRICA] One of the top five lodges to visit in 2021
04 November 2020



Escape the weather in the UK and Europe and the post elections blues in the USA. Head to South Africa (come and stay for 3 months) and be part of the conscious travel curve at the newly launched MARATABA CONSERVATION CAMPS. Since opening on 1 September 2020 we have had the most fantastic response to the connected active participation safari experiences. A big thank you to FORBES USA who chose Marataba Conservation Camps as one of five lodges to visit as travel reopens in SOUTH AFRICA.

Top 5 facts worth remembering:
  1. Marataba Conservation Camps comprises Founders Camp & Explorers Camp.
  2. Each booking is allocated a private vehicle and guide.
  3. Maximum 3 bookings at any one time guarantees exclusivity of experiences.
  4. Daily safari experiences include game drives, guided walks and boat cruises
  5. Getting involved in conservation experiences is the differentiating aspect and these includes active participation in the work being carried out by the dedicated conservation team: from monitoring cheetah and darting rhino to doing veld transects and snare patrols.
And getting there is easy too, 3-hours by road or 20 minutes by air north of Johannesburg. Making this the perfect combination with Kwandwe Private Game Reserve (connect with flight from Port Elizabeth), Tanda Tula (connect with flight from Hoedspruit) and La Cle des Montagnes (connect with flight from Cape Town).


Rates from: ZAR 8,250 (approx. US$ 512) per person

This magical location on the river, offers absolute privacy. With four suites, FOUNDERS CAMPhas one guide, a private vehicle and is sold on an exclusive use basis only. Ideal for older families or couples, the river setting is spectacular and an active thoroughfare for elephants, kudu, rhino and much more.
This camp sleeps a maximum of 8 adults and 2 children.

Combines perfectly with KWANDWE'S villas FORT HOUSE and MELTON MANOR or with the villas at LA CLE DES MONTAGNES.


Rates from: ZAR 5,360 (approx. US$ 334) per person

EXPLORERS CAMP is set under acacia trees overlooking a busy waterhole, with elephants who come by regularly to quench their thirst. It has just five tents and one family tent available on a semi-exclusive use basis. This camp is ideal is for couples and small families (take half the camp) or for extended families and groups (take whole camp). This camp sleeps a maximum of 12 adults and 2 children.

Combines perfectly with TANDA TULA SAFARI CAMP or the new NKARHI HOMESTEAD, and we have also seen combinations with TANDA TULA FIELD CAMP.


A Conservation Compass ensures you stay on track with your business purpose. As a public-private collaboration, Marataba aspires to be a leading African conservation initiative by sustainably managing eco-systems and keystone species for generations to come. This requires absolute commitment to driving a financial model which underpins the long-term conservation of the park, while maximising sustainable socio-economic opportunities for surrounding communities, all of which is illustrated on the Conservation Compass infographic.

For all new bookings, fees will increase from R750 to R1 500 pppn for international guests. Every cent of this levy goes towards the financial model reflected in the Conservation Compass.


An urgent call for air bridges to Africa for UK travellers: we are urging all our UK followers to share the #openafricantravel campaign to lift the blanket approach on advising all but essential travel to Africa and a two-week quarantine on returning.

  • Africa needs tourism to continue protecting its wildlife heritage
  • Conservation needs tourism to control poaching
  • Communities need tourism to survive
  • Infection numbers are low, protocols in place, medical care available
  • Safaris are about fresh air under vast African skies: the healthiest holidays!
The petition puts pressure on the UK government to apply the same foreign travel metrics to African countries that are applied to the rest of the world. Your options:
  • If you are in the UK or have UK residency please sign the UK PETITION
  • Somewhere in Africa? Sign your country relevant petitions HERE
  • Share this INITIATIVE with clients, family and friends
  • Add the petition link to your Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn
Thank you for sharing!
We are so looking forward to welcoming international guests from all over the world again but thank you to all the agents who have supported us tirelessly since the launch of Marataba Conservation Camps. As a malaria-free destination just over three hours from Joburg by road, it has already captured the hearts and souls of aspirant little rangers and even the most unexpected teenagers among families.

Passing on the legacy of conservation to our children has never been more vital and one can never underestimate the long-lasting influence a stay here can achieve.

Keep them coming!
Warmest regards
Suzanne Bayly-Coupe
OWNER, Classic Portfolio


WHAT WE LOVE: One of Africa's most iconic destinations, and considered one of the safest countries of Africa, Botswana is the perfect partner to our safari camps in Zambia and easily accessed into and out of Maun for brilliant combinations with Cape Town and the Winelands. The Okavango Delta is a highlight and we love the land- and water-based opportunities to discover nature and truly connect with our roots.


Mila Tented Camp

Located in Mwiba Wildlife Reserve, a conservation concession dedicated to the balance between wildlife and communities, this area is only available to a handful of guests, facilitating an excellent, uncrowded safari experience within the greater Serengeti eco-system.

With five tented rooms and a two-bedroomed family tent, Mila Tented Camp draws inspiration from the Hadzabe, who are known for their honey. This is reflected in the natural linens, textiles, and colour which blend into the environment and welcome travellers to soak up the beautiful surroundings, both inside and out.

Guests staying at Mila Tented Camp are allocated a private vehicle and guide per booking and together with undertaking a safari adventure they can visit the Hadzabe, Da'toga and Maasai tribes for a glimpse into their culture and traditions as they go about their way of life. Furthermore there is the option of fly camping for those who want a real sense of adventure and a night under the stars.