From the vision of an iconic president to the unique public-private partnership that exists today, Marataba’s focus is firmly on protecting the area’s diverse flora and fauna through modern and hands-on conservation practices. As a contractual National Park, Marataba is one of South Africa’s most innovative conservation models.
Marataba Conservation Camps are privately-owned and managed by a group of philanthropists who are committed to conservation forever and have a dedicated shared vision – the proliferation of nature.
Consisting of two properties, Founders Camp and Explorers Camp, Marataba offers a truly unique conservation experience. All bookings at Marataba Conservation Camps are allocated a private vehicle and guide to offer flexibility around conservation participation. General and conservation activities are offered on a ‘mix and match’ basis, allowing guests to combine a selection of activities for a fully tailor-made itinerary according to specific interests and desires.
Guests at Marataba Conservation Camps are encouraged to get involved, apply their minds and actively contribute to the effort to conserve the natural area.
Activities range from land rehabilitation and species identification to rhino notching and DNA collection, all of which are essential to the management of the ecosystem and the future of keystone species.
In partnership with South African National Parks, the country’s highest conservation authority, Marataba secures the future of this unique eco-system, preserving it for generations to come. The combined skills, knowledge and resources of the private sector and state favour the optimisation of biodiversity conservation. Marataba has a population of white and black rhino of global significance, and supports the repopulation and range expansion of rhino by preparing the animals for relocation to conservation areas across the continent.
In addition, Marataba is a centre of excellence and learning through the development and sharing of techniques, technologies and methodologies that aim to support modern conservation.