Mala Mala Lodge - Sabi Sands

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MalaMala Game Reserve

Location: Sabi Sands, Kruger Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Exterior of Mala Mala Game Lodge

Star Rating:

Lodge Type: Family, Leisure, Game Lodge

No. of Rooms: 32

Guest Reviews:2 Reviews

Address
MalaMala Game Reserve
Central Kruger Park
Mpumalanga
South Africa

Single Rate for Today:
US $1040.00

Overview

The game rich MalaMala Game Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park in South Africa, is the oldest and most historical private game reserve in South Africa, in existence since 1927. Sound conservation management, sheer size of land (it is the largest private Big Five game reserve in South Africa) and a 19 km (12 mile) unfenced border shared with the Kruger National Park contribute to MalaMala’s reputation as the finest game viewing destination in the world.

The open boundary provides unimpeded access to the Kruger National Park’s wildlife, which are attracted by MalaMala’s vast array of habitat types – ranging from open savannah to dense riparian zones and granite kopjes. At a mammoth 13 200 ha (33 000 acres), MalaMala is not only the largest private Big Five game reserve in the country of South Africa, it also features the largest piece of land in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve – South Africa’s oldest conservancy of private game reserves. But perhaps of strongest allure to wildlife is the perennial Sand River of which 13 km (8 miles) flow through the reserve.

The MalaMala Game Reserve also consistently features in the world’s top tourism and travel awards such as Travel and Leisure’s ‘World’s Best Hotel’, and Condé Nast Traveler’s ‘Top Hotel in Africa’.

While it has become the exception rather than the rule for all members of the Big Five not to be seen on a single day, MalaMala’s certainly not just about the big and hairy. CEO and owner, Michael Rattray, has been closely associated with the MalaMala area for almost 70 years and his formidable conservation expertise ensures that smaller beasties like dung beetles have right of way! Indeed, MalaMala is a sanctuary for rare and endangered wildlife where nature lovers may see threatened animals such as cheetahs, pangolins and the wild dog – Africa’s second most endangered carnivore! The variety of birdlife in the reserve regularly rewards even the most seasoned ornithologist with surprising finds: the martial eagle and ground hornbill for instance.

Activities offered at the Mala Mala Game Reserve range from walking safaris to 4x4 safaris which may include sumptuous bush breakfasts, picnic lunches and the opportunity to savour sundowners as the sun sets behind the dusty horizon. Outdoor activities are led by highly qualified rangers, most of whom have university degrees in the natural sciences and are thoroughly conversant with all aspects of bushveld ecology.

To optimise the guest’s game viewing experience, trackers from the Shangaan tribe collaborate closely with their rangers. These Shangaan trackers have a fabled understanding of the bushveld passed down through the ages by their fathers and their fathers’ fathers.

MalaMala’s thrilling game viewing is a prime draw-card for some of the world’s most renowned wildlife photographers and filmmakers. It should therefore come as no surprise that MalaMala has also provided the subject-matter for many a celebrated wildlife book, such as long-time MalaMala ranger Nils Kure’s Living with Leopards, currently one of the most in-depth scientific studies of this elusive cat.

MalaMala’s accommodation is the Rattray trademark incarnate: discreet, classic and elegant African opulence. We invite you to sample our new luxury camp, Rattray’s on MalaMala, a thoughtful reinvention of the traditional Into Africa safari experience. To enable the business mandarin to stay in touch with their company, each plush suite or khaya features optional 21st century convenience – satellite landlines, wireless internet access, laptops and a plasma screen TV with global news channels to keep you in touch with market-moving events.

But ultimately it’s the environment and how it’s experienced that makes MalaMala what it is today. With the resources at its disposal, and the experience of over 40 years as a leader in its field, MalaMala Game Reserve is well-established as a premier safari destination in southern Africa – and the world!

MalaMala Main Camp, MalaMala Game Reserve / Sabi Sands

The ochre-coloured buildings of MalaMala Main Camp are clustered amid shady trees and manicured lawns overlooking the Sand River. The individually decorated, spacious and comfortable rooms under traditional thatching offer spectacular views of the river and the wild- and bird life that are attracted to the water for refreshment and refuge from the hot African sun.

The rooms are equipped with ‘his-and-hers’ bathrooms, 24 hour temperature control, insect proofing, direct dial telephones, a mini-bar and a mini-safe. Despite the comfort offered, MalaMala retains an authentic bushveld camp atmosphere, where the attention to detail for which MalaMala is world-famous shines through.

Dinner is another highlight of the MalaMala experience and is served around a log-fire in the grand old African manner, under star-punched skies and in a reed boma – a MalaMala tradition for 60 years. The delectable dinner fare features a smorgasbord of bush cuisine, including venison specialities and outstanding South African wines.

The spacious, beautifully adorned Buffalo Lounge, which displays bronzes, works of art and wildlife trophies, leads onto an expansive wooden deck that provides an elevated view of animals congregating at the Sand River.

MalaMala Main Camp offers luxury and comfort in breathtaking, untainted wilds, where exhilarating game drives and guided walks engender close encounters with Africa’s game – big and small. These features – and MalaMala’s famous ‘X-factor’ – conspire to make for a bushveld experience that is world-renowned and routinely recognised in the world’s top tourism awards.

MalaMala Suites

Luxury Room with Disabled Facilities - MalaMala Main Camp has a suite for the physically-impaired, complete with a fully functional bathroom featuring all the necessary fittings required by wheelchair users – including a wheel-in shower. The safari vehicle used is equipped to comfortably and safely accommodate disabled guests on game drives. The facilities were designed with the invaluable aid of the Disabled People’s Information Service of South Africa and are in line with international standards.

MalaMala Sable Camp

Set in a prime, elevated position overlooking the Sand River and surrounding bush, and at the southern end of MalaMala Main Camp, the Sable Camp is an ideal retreat for the more reclusive traveller preferring privacy and exclusivity. The Sable Camp accommodates 14 guests in 5 luxury suites. The Lion’s Den Suite is an ample, 2-bedroomed luxury suite with splendid views. The Lion’s Den Suite accommodates 4 people.

The fully air-conditioned, superbly-appointed Sable Camp is permeated with a classic, colonial feel yet augmented by modern comforts. The atmospheric library offers optional internet connectivity and a satellite television. The intimate safari bar, swimming pool and large wooden deck surrounding the camp provide the platform from which to admire the unadulterated views that make the Sable Camp experience so rich and interactive.

A dedicated team of staff are on hand to make sure that every need of our discerning guest is taken care of, while our highly qualified rangers and trackers make possible close-contact wildlife viewing in the diverse wilderness that is MalaMala Game Reserve.  The Sable Camp does not accommodate children under the age of 12, unless the entire camp is reserved exclusively.

Rattray’s on MalaMala, South Africa

The Rattray's on MalaMala experience is altogether exclusive and discerning, with each of the 8 luxurious suites or khayas occupying its own elevated site overlooking the Sand River.

Designed specifically to enable guests to stay at Rattray’s on MalaMala for as long as they wish, each suite or khaya (Zulu for ‘home’) functions as an inclusive home, resplendent with the finest furnishings, lavish his-and-hers bathrooms and a secluded outdoor shower. Each khaya is fronted by a verandah with grand river views. A filtered plunge pool built into the private verandah provides an ideal vantage point from which to enjoy the surrounding scenery, as does the outdoor dining area, where one can enjoy bush cuisine – any fare from breakfast to dinner – in total seclusion.

To enable the communication-conscious traveller to remain connected to the outside world. Each khaya offers optional wireless internet and a laptop, as well as crystal-clear satellite landlines. A plasma screen TV with entertainment channels and global news networks like BBC and CNN keeps guests in touch with market-moving events. So as not to detract from guests’ enjoyment of the wild and untainted surroundings, all communications’ equipment (except landline telephones) is locked away in a cabinet, and there it shall remain, out of sight, unless guests ask for the key.

Rattray’s on MalaMala’s elegant main building incorporates a viewing deck, an air-conditioned library for the literary devotee, an attractive bar that showcases the history of the area and an adjoining wine cellar stocked with a sundry range of South Africa's finest wines. Breakfast and lunch are served in the cool, air-conditioned dining room or on the adjoining deck, whilst the traditional reed boma and its tall, sweeping jackalberry tree make for unmatched outdoor evening dining.

However, Rattray's on MalaMala’s safaris reflects the 40-year-old, traditional ethos of the MalaMala Game Reserve – game viewing. Sound conservation management ensures an environmental sanctuary for an impressive density and diversity of wildlife. At Rattray’s on MalaMala we strive for a maximum of 4 guests per safari vehicle, so enabling this unspoilt piece of African paradise to unfold effortlessly before nature lovers.

Sightings of the Big Five and the interactions of the various species along the food chain – from ants to elephants – provide visitors with a glimpse of Africa as it has always been: untouched by the modern human hand. Children’s Policy and Rates

Age restrictions do exist and are applied in the interests of personal safety as well as the comfort of other guests. Family rooms may be used as a triple or a quad room to accommodate children – the separate lounge is converted to a bedroom. Every suite/standard room at MalaMala Main Camp and Sable Camp includes two bathrooms.

Children of all ages are welcome at MalaMala Main Camp. However those aged five and under are not permitted to dine in the boma or to be taken on game drives, unless their parents have reserved sole-use of the game drive vehicle. Special dining arrangements can be made and baby-seating services are provided on request, at a nominal charge. Family rooms and triple rooms are available upon request.

Room Types

MalaMala Camp: Luxury Room: 11 rooms

The ochre-coloured buildings of MalaMala Main Camp are clustered amid shady trees and manicured lawns overlooking the Sand River. The individually decorated, spacious and comfortable rooms, under traditional thatching, offer spectacular views of the river. Despite the comfort offered, MalaMala retains an authentic bushveld camp atmosphere with an authentic experience that is world-renowned and routinely recognised in the world’s top tourism awards

Luxury room features:

  • His and hers vanities
  • 24-hour temperature control
  • Direct dial telephone
  • MiniBar
  • Electronic safe
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Insect repellent
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and coffee making facilities

Today's Rate:

Single Room: US $1040.00

Double Room: US $1380.00

MalaMala Camp: Luxury Suite: 8 rooms

The MalaMala camp offers 8 luxury suites including a fully equipped disabled suite. The suite for the physically-impaired is complete with a fully functional bathroom featuring all the necessary fittings required by wheelchair users – including a wheel-in shower. The safari vehicle used is equipped to comfortably and safely accommodate disabled guests on game drives. The facilities were designed with the invaluable aid of the Disabled People’s Information Service of South Africa and are in line with international standards.

Luxury suite features:

  • His and hers vanities
  • 24-hour temperature control
  • Direct dial telephone
  • MiniBar
  • Electronic safe
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Insect repellent
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and coffee making facilities

Today's Rate:

Single Room: US $1120.00

Double Room: US $1500.00

Sable Camp: Luxury Suite: 5 rooms

Set in a prime, elevated position overlooking the Sand River and surrounding bush, and at the southern end of MalaMala Main Camp, the Sable Camp is an ideal retreat for the more reclusive traveller preferring privacy and exclusivity. The Sable Camp accommodates 14 guests in 5 luxury suites. The Lion’s Den Suite is an ample, 2-bedroomed luxury suite with splendid views. The Lion’s Den Suite accommodates 4 people.

The fully air-conditioned, superbly-appointed Sable Camp is permeated with a classic, colonial feel yet augmented by modern comforts. The atmospheric library offers optional internet connectivity and a satellite television. The intimate safari bar, swimming pool and large wooden deck surrounding the camp provide the platform from which to admire the unadulterated views that make the Sable Camp experience so rich and interactive.

A dedicated team of staff are on hand to make sure that every need of our discerning guest is taken care of, while the highly qualified rangers and trackers make possible close-contact wildlife viewing in the diverse wilderness that is MalaMala Game Reserve. The Sable Camp does not accommodate children under the age of 12, unless the entire camp is reserved exclusively.


Luxury suite features:

  • His and hers vanities
  • 24-hour temperature control
  • Direct dial telephones
  • MiniBar
  • Electronic safe
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Insect repellent
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and coffee making facilities

Today's Rate:

Single Room: US $1190.00

Double Room: US $1590.00

Rattrays on MalaMala: 8 rooms

The Rattray's on MalaMala experience is exclusive and discerning, with each of the 8 luxurious suites occupying its own elevated site overlooking the Sand River. Designed specifically to enable guests to stay at Rattray’s on MalaMala for as long as they wish, each khaya (Zulu for ‘home’) functions as an inclusive home, resplendent with the finest furnishings, lavish his-and-hers bathrooms and a secluded outdoor shower. A filtered plunge pool is built into the private verandah while an outdoor dining area offers dining in total seclusion.

To enable the communication-conscious traveller to remain connected to the outside world, each khaya offers optional wireless internet and a laptop, as well as crystal-clear satellite landlines. A plasma screen TV with entertainment channels and global news networks like BBC and CNN keeps guests in touch with market-moving events. So as not to detract from guests’ enjoyment of the wild and untainted surroundings, all communications’ equipment (except landline telephones) are locked away in a cabinet, and there it shall remain, out of sight, unless guests ask for the key.

Rattray’s on MalaMala’s elegant main building incorporates a viewing deck, an air-conditioned library, an attractive bar and an adjoining wine cellar stocked with a sundry range of South Africa's finest wines. Breakfast and lunch are served in the cool, air-conditioned dining room or on the adjoining deck, whilst the traditional reed boma and its tall, sweeping jackalberry tree make for unmatched outdoor evening dining.

Today's Rate:

Single Room: US $1440.00

Double Room: US $1920.00

Room Amenities

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fan
  • En-suite / private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Mini bar
  • Outside Shower
  • Safe
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Terrace

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Dining at the MalaMala Game Reserve

Dinner is a highlight of the MalaMala experience and is served around a log-fire at the MalaMala camp. Guests are invited to enjoy this traditional African experience under star-punched skies and in a reed boma.

The delectable dinner fare features a smorgasbord of bush cuisine, including venison specialties and outstanding South African wines.

Breakfast and lunch at Rattrays are served in the cool, air-conditioned dining room or on the adjoining deck, whilst the traditional reed boma and its tall, sweeping jackalberry tree make for unmatched outdoor evening dining.

Address: MalaMala Game Reserve, Central Kruger Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Spa

The Spa

A massage service is available on request at all the camps.

Activities

Game Drives or Walking Safaris

A day at MalaMala Game Reserve features exhilarating game viewing opportunities. On arrival at the camps within the reserve, guests are introduced to their ranger who acts as host, guide and educator.

Game drives are conducted in open 4-wheel drive safari vehicles in the 40,000 acre private reserve. The rangers are in constant radio communication with one another to keep each other informed about the location of wildlife.

The safari vehicles enable the rangers to leave the road and provide guests with close up game viewing and fantastic photographic opportunities. Night drives, with the aid of powerful spotlights, bring the bush to life at night. For the more energetic, bush walks are available.

Helicopter excursions

Helicopter excursions start at the MalaMala airstrip. You will be flown over a collection of the most scenic areas in South Africa. These include the Blyde River Canyon, Gods Window ,The Pinnacle and some of the most breathtaking waterfalls. The Lisbon Falls tumbles down a 92 metre cliff into a large pool while the Berlin Falls has an 80 metre drop. A private high altitude picnic spot is atop a mountain enabling one to experience a closeness with nature.

Conferences / Events

No Conference / Event Information available

No conference facilities or event information available currently.

Facilities

Facilities Available

  • Bar
  • Curio Shop
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck
  • Wine cellar

Baby Facility

  • Babysitters are available in the evenings upon request.

Services

Check In and Check Out Times

  • Check In: 14:00
  • Check Out: 10:00

General Services

  • Air conditioning
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Concierge services
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Internet connection
  • Kid's entertainment
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris

Children Activities

  • MalaMala Main Camp is the ideal family destination. The camp welcomes children of all ages and offers a program intended to entertain children while educating them about the bush and wildlife. Children will always be under the supervision of a responsible ranger.

    A MalaMala backpack is given to each junior ranger (between the ages of 4 and 12). Each bag includes an interactive animal check-list, bird and mammal colouring books or a safari guide, lip-ice and water.

    Children's activities:

    • Animal tracking
    • Survival skills training
    • Game walks
    • Cooking activities
    • Radio communication lessons
    • Movies
    • Board games

Social Responsibility

  • MalaMala Game Reserve only employs South African citizens due to the country's high unemployment rates. MalaMala practices a policy of empowerment of the local communities and individuals from the local communities fill various positions such as front of house manager, housekeeper, workshop manager, curio shop manager, environmental manager, laundry, reservations and reception.

    MalaMala Game Reserve supports the Pfunenani Trust, an initiative that serves to support the communities on the fringe of the wildlife area with self help schemes.

    MalaMala is part of the massive Kruger National Park and the animals move freely as there are no fences between MalaMala and the Kruger National Park. The MalaMala rangers keep very accurate game statistics and game reports which are used in scientific papers and research. All of the development on the reserve is limited to a very small area on the western side of the game reserve leaving the eastern sector uninterrupted by human intrusion.

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There are currently no specials for the MalaMala Game Reserve.
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Submitted By: (12 August 2012)

Rating: Excellent

Mala Mala is such a stunning lodge, Enjoyed a sumptuous bush breakfast there and also enjoyed the game drive.

Submitted By: (22 April 2012)

Rating: Excellent

Mala Mala is one of the most historical private game reserves that ive been to in South Africa.

I had a great relaxing time and really enjoyed my suite it was beautifully decorated.

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