[SOUTH AFRICA] Successful launch of Marataba Conservation Camps
14 September 2020


Launching a unique conservation-based safari

[SOUTH AFRICA] Today we have the first paying guests arriving at the newly opened M ARATABA CONSERVATION CAMPS. From hands-on wildlife management and ecological conservation to exploring the wilderness on foot and engaging with technology based protection solutions, this groundbreaking conservation-focused safari experience truly meets the need to travel with a purpose.

In a post COVID-19 world, the way people travel will be changed forever and this reimagining of the traditional safari experience offers guests the opportunity to learn and engage through active participation and play their part in the future of conservation.

Both Founders Camp and Explorers Camp are located in Marataba Contractual National Park, a privately managed section of the Marakele National Park. Please be assured that while the focus is on conservation and stepping out of the traditional safari routine, the rates offer exceptional value as both camps are beautifully appointed with every comfort a guest requires.



Every booking has a private conservation guide and vehicle

To encourage a full tailor-made stay, Founders Camp (4 tented suites) can be booked on an exclusive-use basis and Explorers Camp (5 tents and a family tent) on a semi-exclusive basis. Every booking is allocated a private conservation guide and vehicle, allowing for maximum flexibility, and experiences can be chosen on a ‘mix and match’ basis. This gives guests the rare freedom to delve into what they are passionate about and experience a holistic journey through the area.

Founders Camp:
Base rate for up to 4 guests from R 33,000 (US$ 1,978)
R 8,250 (US$ 495) for every additional person (max 8)

Explorers Camp:
Base rate for up to 4 guests from R 21,440 (US$ 1,284)
R 5,360 (US$ 320) for every additional person (max 8)

Both camps accept children of all ages, and under 16 years pay 50%
Adults pay a daily Conservation Fee of R750 (US$45), 50% for kids under 16



Get involved in one of South Africa’s most innovative conservation models at Marataba

The main focus at Marataba Conservation Camps is for guests to have fun while getting involved in the daily conservation activities in the park. Wildlife monitoring and management is a core function of the team and ensure an in-depth look and feel of what modern-day conservation is all about, from management of wildlife numbers to ecological functions.

At no additional cost, guests may participate in:
  • telemetry tracking walks with cheetah and rhino
  • compilation of individual identikits for elephants
  • elephant impact assessments
  • transect walks for vegetation mapping and planting
  • snare patrols
  • game captures and census counts
At an additional cost:
  • contribute and set up new artificial intelligence camera traps: R10 000 (US$ 600) per camera trap
  • rhino conservation safari over 3 days: R 52 000 (US$ 3 000) per group: includes intervention with darting, notching and DNA collection


Your safari at your pace

The dramatic backdrop of the Waterberg Massif defines the landscape, creating deep gorges and waterways that contrast with wide open plains. In addition to conservation experiences, guests are encouraged to explore the incredible landscape on both day and night game drives and boat trips.

Wild walks with a conservation guide are also available and guests navigate the epic mountains and dramatic gorges on foot, ending with a swim in a mountain pool and a picnic lunch. Activities have been allocated a fitness level (level 1 to level 5) as a guide for participation.

And finally, don't forget our TUESDAY TALK tomorrow, with a focus on new developments taking place across our camps and lodges in Kenya and Tanzania. Details below, please REGISTER to attend.

Warmest regards
Suzanne Bayly-Coupe
OWNER, Classic Portfolio

: Kenya & Tanzania

Plans for the FUTURE. What is NEW. CONSCIOUS journeys.

DATE: Tuesday, 15th September

TIME: 4:30 pm (South Africa time zone)

I will be speaking to an expert panel representing The Safari Collection - Jessica Pattison, Legendary Expeditions - Sean Clark, Chem Chem Safaris - Fabia Bausch, and our guest Rose Hipwood from UK based African Rose who has just returned from a trip to East Africa. We will zone in on the different regions and experiences, creating a phenomenal East Africa journey along the way and get first hand feedback from a traveller.

South Africa

WHAT WE LOVE: Many of our team are South African and we are all extremely passionate about the country, its people, wildlife and scenic beauty – who would not be with an office in the Cape winelands! But most of all we are proud of what South Africa has achieved and the challenges we have overcome. It is a country that has diversity as its hallmark. From lush forests, vast savannahs, beautiful beaches, arid semi-desert, dramatic mountain ranges to its cosmopolitan cities, ‘Big Five’ wildlife reserves, winelands, gourmet restaurants and colourful shanty towns: South Africa has all any visitor could ask for. Strong on adventure, sport, nature and wildlife, it is also a pioneer and global leader in responsible tourism.


Gomoti Plains & Gomoti Private

Named after the nearby Gomoti River, Gomoti Plains and Gomoti Private are on one of the smaller flood plains of the Gomoti River system. This exclusive area is known for its large concentrations of wildlife which thrive on the Gomoti plains and waterways.