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Mala Mala Game Reserve

Mala Mala Game Reserve

$925 per person

Guests have exclusive use of the nature reserve as visitors are restricted to those staying at one of the safari lodges in Mala Mala Game Reserve. At the same time, they have unlimited access to large tracts of rich bushveld that spans some 65 000 hectares in the Sabi Sands and over 2 million hectares in the Kruger Park.

Mala Mala sets the standard for luxurious accommodation boasting a collection of three spectacular safari camps on the property. Each safari camp on Mala Mala exudes elegance and style while retaining the warmth and character of an authentic safari retreat.
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Mala Mala Main Camp and Sable Camp have recently undergone extensive refurbishments which pay homage to Mala Mala’s rich pioneering heritage. The safari camps have a bold, fresh look that is sophisticated and stylish but care has been taken to retain their original character and history.

Wildlife sightings in Mala Mala exceed expectations as the reserve teems with game and their professional safari guides and expert trackers are some of the best in Africa. Bird life is prolific and the plants and trees are diverse and interesting.
The name Mala Mala means ``Kudu`` in Tsonga which is only one species of an abundant selection of antelope in the private reserve. In particular, Mala Mala is renowned for sightings of leopard making it a sought-after destination for a photographic safari.

Guests have exclusive use of the nature reserve as visitors are restricted to those staying at one of the safari lodges in Mala Mala Game Reserve. At the same time, they have unlimited access to large tracts of rich bushveld that spans some 65 000 hectares in the Sabi Sands and over 2 million hectares in the Kruger Park.

In particular, Mala Mala is renowned for phenomenal leopard sightings. The region consists of mixed bush savanna habitat and is dominated by acacia, marula and combretum trees with tamboti and weeping borebean on raised mound thickets. A narrow band of riverine forest lines the Sand River and its drainage lines. These wooded habitats provide an ideal environment for leopard, bushbuck and a variety of shade-loving birds.

Mala Mala Game Reserve

There are three luxury safari lodges in Mala Mala Game Reserve ranging from the classic and comfortable safari style to ultra-luxury and exclusive. All three offer guests panoramic views of the surrounding bushveld and the Sand River which attracts an abundance of animals and birds.

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Mala Mala Main Camp –  Mala Mala Main Camp is one of the oldest private safari camps in the area and retains much of its glorious historic warmth and character. It?s recently been extensively refurbished and is more beautiful than ever. The main camp is situated on the banks of the Sand River which is one of two major rivers running through Sabi Sands. A massive elevated outdoor deck gives guests an incredible vantage point for game viewing and bird watching when they’re back in camp. The layout of Mala Mala Main Camp is designed to make the most of its magnificent setting with the luxury suites running the length of the river bank. Massive indigenous trees and lush rolling lawns create an oasis-like setting in the midst of the vast savanna plains. Guests have the choice of 8 air-conditioned luxury suites and 10 luxury rooms with ?his and her bathrooms. The suites come standard with modern luxury conveniences which include a complimentary mini-bar and tea and coffee-making facilities. Family rooms at Mala Mala Main Camp are designed for a third adult or two children. There is a fully-equipped suite available for disabled guests on request. Every suite has two bathrooms.Facilities at Mala Mala Main Camp include a vast spacious lounge, elegant dining room and a historic safari-style bar. There’s also an air-conditioned library with satellite TV in the main area and guests have access to complimentary Wi-Fi in the business area. A fully stocked wine-cellar houses a selection of some of South Africa’s finest wines. A spectacular feature of Mala Mala Main Camp is a large infinity pool with a magnificent view over the Sand River. Other features include a well-appointed safari boutique with quality clothing, jewelry and artifacts, a small gym with a stationary bicycle, treadmill, multi-gym machine, rowing machine, sit up benches, pull up bar, free weights, mats and a steam room. A massage service is available on request.

Connected by elevated wooden walkways, these suites are all strategically positioned along the banks of the seasonal riverbed. All the suite decks overlook the riverbed and the magnificent sycamore groves.

Mala Mala Sable Camp – Mala Mala Sable Camp is situated close to the Main Camp but offers guests a more intimate and exclusive experience. It?s geared for the discerning traveler wanting privacy in an idyllic setting and promises nothing less than the ultimate safari experience. The luxury camp sleeps up to 14 guests in 7 luxurious suites. It can be booked on an exclusive-use basis for up to 18 special guests. The Lion?s Den Suite sleeps 4 guests and is suitable for a family with older children or two couples. Two large en-suite bedrooms are separated by a large living room. Mala Mala Sable Camp has recently been refurbished with an updated look and feel with bold graphics, animal prints and tribal patterns blending seamlessly with Mala Mala’s heritage décor. Extraordinary features at the exclusive Mala Mala Sable Camp include a luxurious bedroom with ?his and her? bathrooms and separate changing area. The spacious sitting area leads out onto a private outdoor deck with a splendid view of the surrounding bushveld and Sand River.

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mala mala rattrays camp main deck and pool at night

Rattray’s at Mala Mala – The original family homestead has been carefully refurbished to offer luxurious accommodation in a stunning riverine forest setting. It lies nestled on the banks of the lush Sand River with panoramic views of the pristine bushveld surrounds. The design of Rattray’s at Mala Mala offers guests a glimpse of a historic safari era where humble opulence combines with the warmth and character of a bygone pioneering era. It offers discerning guests an exclusive safari experience with exceptional accommodation, luxurious modern features and un-rivaled game viewing. Guests stay in a choice of 8 individual safari suites which are lavishly decorated. Each as a uninhibited view of the river and pristine bushveld. The main lodge features a spacious lounge and elegant dining area as well as a library which houses rare books and works of art. The lounge area leads out onto a central deck with a large viewing platform and sparkling pool. There’s a fully-equipped gym on the property and private massages in the privacy of your suite are available on request. The lodge’s wine cellar boasts a selection of the finest wines in South Africa from premier wine estates in the Cape Winelands. The historic bar is adorned with heritage photographs which capture the history of the game reserve and the reserve?s pioneering family. Game viewing excursions are limited to 4 guests per safari vehicle and guests are allocated a private professional ranger and tracker for the duration of their visit. The rate for Rattray’s exclusive safari lodge includes luxurious accommodation, all meals and snacks, two personalized daily game drives with a professional game ranger as our host, guided bush walks and transfers to and from Mala Mala airstrip in an air-conditioned vehicle.

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Description of Facilities / Amenities Mala Mala Game Lodge
Mala Mala Main Camp | Number of suites8
Mala Mala Sable Camp | Number of suites7
Mala Mala Rattray's Camp | Number of suites8
LODGE FACILITIES
Back up ElectricityYes
BomaYes
Boutique Shop**Yes
Children | Mala Mala Main CampYes all ages
Children | Mala Mala Sable CampYes 12 years and older
Children | Rattray's CampYes 16 years and older
Full bar facilitiesYes
GymYes
Handicapped SuiteYes
LoungeYes
Meeting FacilitiesNo
ParkingYes
Spa*Yes
Swimming PoolYes
Telephone/Fax FacilitiesYes
WiFi***Yes
Wine CellarYes
SUITE FACILITIES
Air ConditioningYes
En-Suite BathroomsYes
FansYes
HairdryersYes
Lounge AreaYes
Mini-BarsYes
Private Pool / JacuzziYes
Safes in suiteYes
Tea/Coffee Making Facilities (Nespresso machines) Yes
TelephoneYes
DELUXE, PRESIDENTIAL AND LUXURY SUITES – ADDITIONAL FACILITIES
King Size BedsYes
Private Pool / JacuzziYes

FAQ's

Question: Best Time to Visit Mala Mala Game Reserve

Answer: May-August and December

 

Question: Where is Mala Mala Game Reserve

Answer: MalaMala Game Reserve lies within the boundaries of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve but is the only private game reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park which is not a member of the Sabi Sand Wildtuin Association.

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Mala Mala Game Reserve

The two major rivers are a contributing factor to Sabi Sands being a sought-after safari destination. The private enterprise boasts over 145 species of mammal, 110 reptile species and 30 plus amphibian species aswell as 500 plus bird species and over 330 tree species.

The area is not only rich in game but also cultural history with many archaeological sites on the reserve bearing testimony of inhabitants from as far back as the Stone and Iron Age.

  • Included
    5 Star Accommodation
    Airport Transfers
    Breakfast
    Entry Fees
    Flights
    Meals
    Personal Safari Guide
    Spa treatments and Laundry
    Telephone
    Wifi
  • Not Included
    Boutique purchases
    Departure Taxes
    Premium Brands and Cellar wines

TOUR LOCATION

Mala Mala Game Reserve, Ehlanzeni, 1260

Inclusions and exclusions

Rates Include:
  • Air-conditioned en-suite luxury accommodation
  • All meals and snacks
  • Drinks (excluding premium or international brands)
  • Two game drives per day in an open safari vehicle
  • Hosted by a professional game ranger
  • Daily guided bushwalks
  • Transfers to and from the Mala Mala game reserve airstrip
  • Laundry service
Rates exclude:
  • scheduled flights and transfers to/from the Greater Kruger National Park
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities (welcomed but optional)
  • Entrance fees
  • Conservation levy
   

Facilities and Amenities at Mala Mala Private Game Reserve

Description of Facilities / Amenities Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge
Chitwa Suites | Number of suites6
Charlsy Suite | Number of suites2
Chitwa House | Number of suites2
LODGE FACILITIES
Back up ElectricityYes
BomaYes
Boutique Shop**Yes
ChildrenYes
Full bar facilitiesYes
GymYes
Handicapped SuiteYes
LoungeYes
Meeting FacilitiesNo
ParkingYes
Spa*Yes
Swimming PoolYes
Telephone/Fax FacilitiesYes
WiFi***Yes
Wine CellarNo
SUITE FACILITIES
Air ConditioningYes
En-Suite BathroomsYes
FansYes
HairdryersYes
Lounge AreaYes
Mini-BarsYes
Private Pool / JacuzziYes
Safes in suiteYes
Tea/Coffee Making Facilities (Nespresso machines) Yes
TelephoneYes
DELUXE, PRESIDENTIAL AND LUXURY SUITES – ADDITIONAL FACILITIES
King Size BedsYes
Private Pool / JacuzziYes
 

MALA MALA GAME LODGE LIFE ENRICHING EXPERIENCES

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ACTIVITIES

Mala Mala Game Reserve falls within the Greater Kruger National Park which experiences a sub-tropical climate. The region is a year-round destination and the time of year you visit largely depends on what you'd like to see and do in the nature reserve.   mala mala rattrays camp viewing deck

UNRIVALLED WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS

Mala Mala is world-renowned as a premier wildlife destination. Its spectacular scenery, diverse habitats and abundance of game puts it on a par with the most prestigious private game reserves in Africa. The private concession shares unfenced boundaries with the iconic Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and wildlife roams freely across the expansive bushveld corridor. Guests have exclusive use of the nature reserve as visitors are restricted to those staying at one of the safari lodges in Mala Mala. At the same time, they have unlimited access to large tracts of rich bushveld that spans some 65 000 hectares in the Sabi Sands and over 2 million hectares in the Kruger Park. In particular, Mala  Mala is renowned for phenomenal leopard sightings. The region consists of mixed bush savanna habitat and is dominated by acacia, marula and combretum trees with tamboti and weeping borebean on raised mound thickets. A narrow band of riverine forest lines the Sand River and its drainage lines. These wooded habitats provide an ideal environment for leopard, bushbuck and a variety of shade-loving birds. Rock outcrops north of the Sand River boast an array of spectacular trees such as large-leaved rock fig and jacketplum. These and other regions in the private reserves of Greater Kruger National Park are home to prolific bird life and renowned for having one of the highest and most bi-diverse wildlife populations in Africa.

UNIQUE LOCATION

Mala Mala has river frontage which runs north to south on the property and serves as the lifeblood of the reserve. The permanent water source attracts an abundance of game which travels across thousands of acres of bushveld east of the Sand River through Mala Mala to the Sand River and back again. This creates two-way wildlife traffic across the reserve and ample opportunities for incredible animal sightings. On the eastern side of the reserve, there are no access roads, electricity pylons, telephone poles or cables. There's also no human habitation between the Sand River and the Kruger Park boundary so for many hours in the day and night, the game have uninhabited access to the area. Due to its exclusivity policies, most of the land at Mala Mala remains undisturbed which results in a prolific abundance of tertiary grasses. This attracts an array of herbivores which in turn attracts the predators. When grass is left undisturbed, several grass species thrive in the area and animals enjoy the very best sweet grass. They stay for longer in the area as a result.

ULTIMATE SAFARI FOR THE DISCERNING TRAVELER

Mala Mala promises a distinctive safari experience for the discerning wildlife enthusiast. A major benefit of its exclusive positioning is a low density of vehicles traversing the bushveld area. With fewer safari vehicles in the reserve, there is no time limit on wildlife sights and no ?queue to view?. The wildlife reserve swapped hunting rifles for cameras many decades ago and has always enjoyed a unique reputation for its photographic safaris. The animals in the game reserve are accustomed to the open safari vehicles and over 50 years of game viewing experience has earned Mala Mala a sound reputation as an unrivalled wildlife and photographic safari destination. Mala Mala attracts and retains some of the best professional game rangers and expert trackers in southern Africa. Each ranger and tracker undergoes extensive bushveld and rifle training and holds the required FGASA certificate. Most of Mala Mala rangers have studied university courses in different scientific fields such as ornithology, entomology and zoology. The rangers use Bluetooth headsets which means there are no radio interruptions to disturb animals on game drives. They move in predictable patterns when viewing wildlife which the animals get used to, so they're more relaxed and behave naturally. As there are no time limits on sightings and safari vehicles are not moving in and out of the viewing space, the game is not stressed and the overall safari experience feels more natural and calm.  

LUXURIOUS ACCOMMODATION

Guests staying at Mala Mala have been treated like Royalty from the earliest days when Lady Campbell lent her genteel touch to the bushveld retreat. Some of the staff at Mala Mala have been with the family for more than thirty years. Service and Mala Mala is impeccable and personalized with every effort taken to create a unique safari experience.  

PERSONALISED SAFARI TOURS

Guests at Mala Mala enjoy the undivided attention of their ranger who acts as host, guide and educator. The daily itinerary follows an easy-going pattern but it is not set in stone. Guests staying at Mala Mala are encouraged to discuss their safari preferences with their ranger on arrival who will in turn, make every effort to meet their expectations. This may mean focusing on birds or spending longer at leopard sightings, depending on what guests are more interested in.  

PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI DESTINATION

For decades, Mala Mala has been renowned as one of the elite photographic safari destinations in southern Africa. Guests with an interest in wildlife photography have the use of a dedicated photographic safari vehicle with features such as sliding camera mounts, bean bags for camera stability, storage boxes for camera seating and under-seat lighting. You're also allocated a dedicated photographic game ranger although the majority of rangers working for Mala Mala are keen photographers and are only too happy to share tips for the best vantage point and photographic opportunity.  

CHILDREN WELCOME AT MALA MALA MAIN CAMP

Mala Mala Main Camp welcomes children of all ages. Children under 12 years, sharing accommodation with full paying adults, pay the quoted child tariff. Children aged 4 and under are not permitted to dine in the boma in the evenings. Special dining arrangements are made for young children and there is a reliable babysitting service so parents can enjoy a completely relaxing break. Children aged 4 and younger are not allowed to join their parents on game drives unless a safari vehicle has been booked on an exclusive-use basis at an additional cost. The ranger assigned to each family assesses the age, enthusiasm and independence of the children when they arrive and sets up various activities suited for the younger set. Each child aged between 4 and 12 years gets a Mala Mala backpack which includes an interactive check-list, bird and mammal coloring books, cap, lip-ice and bottled water are given to each child between the ages of 4 and 12. Daily activities for young children ranges from tracking for animals using spoor markings, learning basic survival skills and learning to make fire and preparing meals in the ?bush?. Children learn about plants that are good to eat or use for medicine, brushing teeth or loo paper and what to do in dangerous situations with animals and bush first-aid. Back at camp, there are movie nights for children showing fascinating wildlife documentaries as well as board games. Please note: Mala Mala Sable Camp: Children 12 years and older welcome (younger children welcome if camp reserved on an exclusive-use basis Rattray's on Mala Mala: Only for children 16 years and older    

TOURIST DESTINATIONS CLOSE TO MALA MALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

There are a number of popular tourist attractions located within reasonable distance from Mala Mala Private Game Reserve which are worth a visit if you have a day to spare.  
  • Kruger National Park
Mala Mala is located in Sabi Sand Game Reserve which shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. Guests have easy access to South Africa's largest national park. This iconic protected wildlife region comprises 2 million hectares of unrivalled biodiversity. Exceptional safari excursions are a major draw card but the wilderness belt is also rich in history and archaeological sites.  
  • Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Take a day tour to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and meet several of Africa?s finest wildlife ambassadors. The centre is a safe haven for abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife and birds of prey; some of which are healed and re-introduced to the bush, while others take up permanent residency because they are too badly damaged to fend for themselves. You'll see a wide array of animals at Moholoholo; from lion, leopard, serval, cheetah and hyena to Stoffel the famous honey badger as well as vultures, eagles and other magnificent birds of prey. The centre plays an extremely important conservation role, has a very successful breeding program and is actively involved in anti-poaching initiatives. The centre is entirely self-funded and relies on the support of visitors and generous donors. There is a small fee for guided tours which last about two hours. Your visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre helps keep this incredible facility going.  
  • Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC)
HESC is a non-profit organisation which runs a successful breeding and research program and plays a vital role in protecting endangered species in Africa. It is world-renowned for the role it has and continues to play in protecting dwindling predator populations in southern Africa. The centre provides a safe haven for orphaned, sick and injured animals and has set up an impressive education centre where the general public and school children can learn about endangered wildlife species and interact with them. HESC plays a major role in assisting anti-poaching initiatives, in particular, saving our precious rhino from extinction. HESC is based at Kapama Game Reserve which is a short drive from Royal Malewane. A visit to HESC exposes guests to the incredible work researchers and conservationists are doing in the field; it?s a chance to interact with the animals on a closer level and helps towards raising much-needed funds for conservation and anti-poaching initiatives.  
  • Helicopter trip
Take a day tour to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and meet several of Africa?s finest wildlife ambassadors. The centre is a safe haven for abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife and birds of prey; some of which are healed and re-introduced to the bush, while others take up permanent residency because they are too badly damaged to fend for themselves. You'll see a wide array of animals at Moholoholo; from lion, leopard, serval, cheetah and hyena to Stoffel the famous honey badger as well as vultures, eagles and other magnificent birds of prey. The centre plays an extremely important conservation role, has a very successful breeding program and is actively involved in anti-poaching initiatives. The centre is entirely self-funded and relies on the support of visitors and generous donors. There is a small fee for guided tours which last about two hours. Your visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre helps keep this incredible facility going.  
  • Blyde River Canyon Cruise
Blyde River Canon is the third-largest canyon in the world and the largest ?green? canyon in the world. You?ll enjoy an interpretation tour of the canyon which takes you to the rare living Kadishi Tufa waterfall; a fascinating 200-metre high natural phenomenon which builds up and lays down tufa rock as a result of a chemical reaction which precipitates cultrate out of the reaction between plant, water and rock. A canyon cruise is awe-inspiring; the steep cliff faces tower above you while the boat cruises in the shadow of the Three Rondavels (a mountain landscape shaped like three small huts). The tour takes 1 hour 30 minutes and departs from the Blyde River Dam jetty which you get to from Swadini Forever Resort.  
  • Explore Hoedspruit
Hoedspruit is the largest town in the region and a thriving tourism hub. It?s grown so much in the last few years that it?s now a destination on its own. A modern shopping centre has just gone up and you've got a choice of a number of great restaurants, coffee shops and pubs. It's  where the local farmers and game farm owners come to shop and meet friends and the towns packed with tourists either passing through or spending a few days in town. Hoedspruit lies nestled in a fertile agricultural valley at the foot of the majestic Klein Drakensberg, which means "Small Dragon Mountain" in Afrikaans. It lies on the railway line which links Tzaneen in the north-west with Kaapmuiden in the east. The town got its name - which means "hat creek"  in Afrikaans - from an intrepid explorer who allegedly made the long and arduous trek over the Drakensberg mountains, down into the scorching Lowveld. When he reached the cool waters of the Sandspruit River, he threw his hat into the creek and declared he would settle there. There's  a lot to do in and around Hoedspruit; plan to spend at least a day exploring the area. Most trips to Hoedspruit end at one or other restaurant or pub where the locals will greet you warmly and convince you to drink up and stay awhile.  
  • Panorama Route tour
If you are driving to or from Royal Malewane; one way at least should go via the Panorama Route. It?s an incredibly scenic route with spectacular views around every corner; taking you from Hoedspruit via the historic towns of Graskop and Pilgrim?s Rest to the town of Sabie. It tracks the ancient paths of gold diggers who came to the area during the gold rush to seek their fortune. An iconic feature along the Panorama Route is Blyde River Canyon. It?s the third-largest canyon in the world and the largest ?green? canyon in the world. Other highlights along the way include God?s Window, a breath-taking viewpoint on the Drakensberg escarpment; the Pinnacle, a rocky outcrop which some people call God?s Finger; and Bourke?s Luck Potholes, a beautiful and strange natural phenomenon where river water has over centuries eroded the rocks and created perfectly formedsmooth potholes and unusual sculptures. Stop for pancakes at the legendary Harrys Pancakes in Graskop or delicious craft beer at the Sabie Brewing Company. If you have time, enjoy the ride of your life on Misty Mountain's Long Tom Toboggan which is located on Long Tom Pass. It's a 1.7 kilometer track that winds down a mountain slope at speed; it?s the longest toboggan run in Africa and a huge amount of fun for children and adults.    

Mala Mala Game Lodge Rates 2019

VALIDITY PERIOD 01 JANUARY 2019 – 31 DECEMBER 2019

Mala Mala Game LodgeRates and Tariffs
Main Camp Luxury Suites | per night per person sharing$925
Main Camp Luxury Suites | single rate per night$1388
Main Camp Luxury Suites | children under 12 years sharing$555
Sable Camp Suite | per night per person sharing$995
Sable Camp Suite | per night$1492
Sable Camp Suites | children under 12 years sharing$597
Rattray's Camp | per night per person sharing$1200
Rattray's Camp | single rate per night$1800
Rattray's Camp | children under 12 years sharingn/a
     
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