Thursday, June 18, 2015

Marataba Trails Lodge...MORE than I was expecting.

This was my "home" for my birthday weekend.
I had no idea what to expect as I have only ever done one other trails camp,
and that was tented accommodation

This was to be our view from our room for the next three days!

Do guests actually ever read the indemnity that they sign?
On this occasion we did and it is rather scary what you are agreeing to...
Have a look and see what I mean!

This is what we had come to do...
And not walking along the road,
we were off into the bush following game trails.

The splendid Waterberg range.

As the light changes, so does the mountain.
I would probably run out of adjectives
if I was to continuously try to describe their majestic beauty

Unlike the last trails camp I visited,
Marataba had running water...outside

And in the "unisex" toilet at the main lodge building.
I never did discover which was the hot tap, as neither was marked.

The view of the Waterberg from the deck in front of the dining room

Looking into the lounge from the dining room.
There are fireplaces in both areas and comfortable furniture to sit on

Yet another meal is about to be served.

It seems that the More Group like their guests to be WELL fed.
There is food almost constantly on offer,
either snacks, high tea or a meal.
The young chef that keeps the kitchen running
is VERY good at his job!
Daniel is only 21 and is already producing great meals
and judging from the look on the rangers faces,
they cannot wait to get stuck in...
but they observed the "unwritten" rule...
Guests first!

I would not have chosen white as a first colour choice...
but it works

Plenty of place to sit and relax
if you do not feel like heading out on a walk

The accommodation.
Certainly NOT a tent

These are some of the 82 steps from the main building to our room.
And we were number 2...
(there are 5 rooms in total)
Perhaps not for the faint hearted or the very unfit.
That being said, there is actually no REAL need
to go to your room during the day as you can stay in the main building
and EAT or relax...
*Breaking news*
(Un)Fortunately, depending on your point of view,
there is now complimentary Wi-Fi in the main lodge building.
Currently, there is no mobile signal at the Trails Lodge

My wife relaxing on our deck

The bedroom...
with another view of the mountain range.

The bathroom...
although the accommodation does not offer a bath option

The shower...with a view.
Have to say that the water was only luke warm
during our stay there, this despite maintenance having checked the geyser.
But we both managed without too many complaints.
Perhaps it was the fact that there was a fireplace
that we could warm ourselves in front of before hopping into bed.


Photo

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to the time my wife and I said goodbye to Henk.
Aside from transfers to a variety of game reserves in and around Johannesburg
and Pretoria, they also offer tours of both cities as well as Soweto.
I can highly recommend them for punctuality and efficiency.
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This posting is brought to you DESPITE
Eskom load-shedding...
Thank you to BP fuel and a home generator!


         

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