Conservation safari of a lifetime!

A return to the meaning of safari, with purposeful conservation and authentic bush experiences at the core of your stay

The Marataba Contractual National Park represents the most exciting innovation in conservation in South Africa. This privately-managed 21,000-hectare (52,000-acre) concession of the Marakele National Park offers visitors the chance to actively participate in hands-on conservation.

Traditional game drives and walking safaris are of course available, in addition to wild walking, hiking and sleep-outs under the stars.

But it is the hands-on conservation that elevates the safari experience in this park. Guests can participate in camera trap setup and analysis, wildlife interventions, predator and elephant management, ecological research and park protection. Dynamic and fun, yet responsible and sustainable, all experiences offer active participation in essential conservation projects.

As an active participant in this sublime safari experience you will gain an insider’s view of conservation at its most raw and real. In addition, we include a night of wild camping, where you learn the nuances of sharing the bush with wildlife. Enjoy game viewing in your own way, in your own time, with your own guide. Physical and genetic identification is key to protecting and conserving wild rhinos. Therefore, the highlight of your stay includes rhino notching and DNA collection.

This adrenalin-filled conservation safari guarantees an unforgettable safari experience.

5 nights
Max 8 adults


your heart beating with excitement
the thrum of the helicopter
the grit in your teeth
the ancient earth
the miracles of science


Please contact us for a detailed itinerary!

    Trip fees vary considerably, based on the number of guests travelling.

    Founders Camp is booked on an exclusive use basis only

    Explorers Camp is booked on a semi-exclusive use basis, with only 2 bookings at a time in camp

    Please contact us for up-to-date pricing


    Accommodation, transfers to/from the lodge airstrip

    All meals, soft drinks, South African premium & sparkling wines, local & premium brand spirits, beers, & game drive refreshments

    Shared conservation safari activities: Day & night game drives | Boating | Wild walking & hiking safaris | Rhino conservation | Camera trap set up & analysis | Wildlife interventions | Predator management | Elephant management | Ecology experiences | Area integrity & protection | Community outreach | Mindfulness


    Transport to Marataba Contractual National Park

    Champagne, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, and items of a
    personal nature.

    Emergency medical evacuation insurance

    Rhino notching and DNA collection is billed as an additional activity


    FOUNDERS CAMP is an elegant, exclusive camp that is ideal for families and small groups


    EXPLORERS CAMP can be booked on a semi-private basis or travel as a couple and get dirty with new friends.


    BY AIR: There are daily flights from Lanseria International Airport (HLA) to Marakele National Park (1 hour). There is an airstrip directly adjacent the park which is a 10- minute drive from Founders and Explorers Camps.

    Transfers to the camps are complimentary, in open safari vehicles.

    BY ROAD: From Lanseria International Airport (HLA), the drive takes around 3 hours and from O.R Tambo International (JNB), it takes 3 hours 30 minutes on good roads. Private road transfers can be arranged.

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