Effective from 1 January 2024, both Explorers Camp and Founders Camp will be closing to commercial tourism. Explorers Camp will be run by a leading conservation organisation, and Founders Camp will revert to a private camp.
There will be no changes to the safari operations managed by MORE Family Collection within Marataba. They will continue to provide exceptional safari experiences at Marataba Safari Lodge and Marataba Mountain Lodge.
The main objective of all carnivore management activities is to mimic the natural processes that maintain healthy social demographics amongst Marataba’s predator populations. This includes dispersal and emigration or immigration, pride take over, and population effects related to stressors such as droughts. Careful monitoring and identification of individuals in populations are required to inform the timing of any larger, management interventions; participation in these is also possible if the timing is right.
Participation in predator management activities at Marataba includes compiling identification kits of carnivores on game drives, as well as tracking relocated animals. Our cheetah have telemetry collars and it is possible to track them using the telemetry kit; once found, assess their behaviour and report back to the monitoring team.