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.
Marataba and Marakele National Park are home to a critically important population of white and black rhino, which, similarly to all other rhino populations on the continent, is under pressure from several threats. The most serious threat is the current onslaught of rhinoceros poaching for their horn, which has escalated since 2008 to the point where there have been more than 10 000 white rhino poached annually in South Africa alone, forcing the rhino population into a decline.
We need to evaluate population performance of our rhino and be able to detect trends to ensure the protection and existence of white rhino in the park. Challenges in detecting population trends are associated with the long life-history of white rhino, which results in only small annual changes in population which are difficult to detect.
Rhino Registration & Identification
An individual recognition system using an ear notching pattern has been implemented at Marataba and in time, we will be able to estimate a minimum number of animals alive at any point in time. Learn how to identify rhinos through their ear notches, an experience that can be done at any stage on a game drive. Just by observing these magnificent animals, you start to understand some of the work and monitoring that takes place.