Mala Mala Game Reserve

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
US $1320.00

The Mala Mala Game Reserve is a regular contestant in the world’s top tourism and travel awards. These include both Travel and Leisure as Top Hotel Africa.

The MalaMala reserve has been in existence since early nineteen hundreds with sound conservation management and the sheer size of land with an open frontier with Kruger and lodges reputation as the most celebrated wildlife destination in the world. Although is mainly spoken about in regards to the Big Five sightings, sundowners are also home to some of the other familiar animals such as; cheetahs, pangolins and the wild dog which is Africa second most endangered carnivore.

The absence of game fences means unhampered access to the Kruger Park wild animals, which are attracted by a comprehensive collection of environments ranging from extensive grass plains to dense riverine forest and large granite dome hills.

The reserve is thirty-odd thousand acres, it is not only the largest Big Five game reserve in the country of South Africa, but it also features the most important piece of land in the Sabi Sands Reserve which is South Africa’s oldest conservancy of private game reserves.

Mala Mala Main Camp

Rooms at Main Camp lie under the shade tree and overlook the Sand River. The rooms are decorated in an African theme.  Dinner provides guests with long-lasting experience with servings taking place around a log fire in the grand old African manner, under star-punched skies and in a reed boma which has been a Lodge tradition for nearly 60 years. The delicious 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.

Mala Mala Main Camp rates for luxury and comfort in breathtaking, untainted wilds, fantastic safari drives and guided walks engender close encounters with Africa’s game both big and small. These features, as well as the lodges X-factor, will make for a bushveld experience that is world-renowned and routinely recognised in the world’s top tourism awards.

The Luxury Room has disabled facilities 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 safari 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.

Sable Camp

The Sable Camp is an ideal retreat for the more reclusive traveller preferring privacy and exclusivity. The Camp can cater for up to 14 guests in 5 luxury suites. The Lion’s Den Suite is a 2-bedroomed luxury suite with stunning views that can accommodate four people per room.

Camp amenities:

  • Air-conditioned
  • Library (optional internet connectivity & a satellite television )
  • Safari Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • The large wooden deck surrounding the camp

The Sable Camp does not accommodate children under the age of 12 unless the entire field is reserved exclusively.

Rattray’s Camp

This MalaMala Camp has 8 Luxury Suites and is explicitly designed to enable guests to stay for as long as they wish. Each suite functions as an inclusive home, resplendent with the most beautiful furnishings, lavish his-and-hers bathrooms and a secluded outdoor shower.

Each chalet 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.

The 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 adjacent wine cellar stocked with a various range of South Africa's finest wines. Breakfast and lunch are served in the air-conditioned dining room or on the adjoining deck, while the traditional reed boma and its tall, sweeping jackal berry tree make for unmatched outdoor evening dining.

However, the safaris reflect the 40-year-old, traditional ethos of the wildlife viewing. Sound conservation management ensures an environmental sanctuary for a sufficient density and diversity of wildlife. At Rattray’s they strive for a maximum of 4 guests per safari vehicle, so enabling this perfect piece of African paradise to unfold effortlessly before nature lovers.

The thrilling wildlife viewing at this Lodge attracts many of the world's best wildlife photographers and filmmakers. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that this Reserve has also provided the subject matter for many a famous wildlife book, such as the long-time MalaMala Ranger Nils Kure’s Living with Leopards, currently one of the most in-depth scientific studies of this elusive cat.

Children of all ages are welcome at MalaMala. However, those aged five and under are not permitted to dine in the boma or to be taken on safari drives unless their parents have reserved sole-use of the safari drive vehicle.

Other children services on offer upon request are:

  • Dining arrangements
  • Baby-seating services
  • Family rooms and triple rooms


  • Walking safaris
  • 4x4 safaris (include bush breakfasts, picnic sundowners)
  • Outdoor activities (led by highly qualified Rangers)


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

Facilities Available at Mala Mala Game Reserve

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

More Information on Mala Mala Game Reserve

FAQs about Mala Mala Game Reserve
What is the contact number for reservations?

The contact numbers to make a reservation at Mala Mala Game Reserve are:

•  Cape Town Reservations +27 (0) 21 794 9050
•  Durban Reservations: +27 (0) 31 941 5945
•  Johannesburg Reservations: +27 (0) 10 446 8045.

Alternatively, you can check availability and book online by clicking here.

What is the cost of a room at Mala Mala Game Reserve?
The average per night rate at Mala Mala Game Reserve is US $1,320.00 to US $1,960.00.
Where about is Mala Mala Game Reserve located?
Mala Mala Game Reserve is located at the following location / address: MalaMala Game Reserve, Central Kruger Park.

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Stay 4 pay 3 special

Book four nights at any MalaMala Game Reserve camp and receive one of the nights complimentary

A minimum of four nights is required between any of the three camps and the complimentary night is applied to the lowest rated night

The arrival and departure date must fall within the validity period. Valid: 04 January - 09 April 2020, 01 December – 18 December 2020 and 10 January – 31 March 2021.

Included in the rate:

  • Air-conditioned, en-suite accommodation
  • All meals and snacks
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands)
  • Game drives in open 4-wheel drive safari vehicles conducted by an experienced ranger
  • Nature walks
  • Transfers to and from the MalaMala Game Reserve airstrip

Excluded from the rate:

  • Telecommunication costs
  • Skukuza Airport transfers 
  • Transfers to / from any other camps (excluding MalaMala Game Reserve camps) 
  • Sabi Sand Wildtuin entrance fee if travelling by road 

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid: 04 January - 09 April 2020, 01 December – 18 December 2020 and 10 January – 31 March 2021.
  • Book four nights at any MalaMala Game Reserve camp and receive one of the nights complimentary
  • A minimum of four nights is required between any of the three camps and the complimentary night is applied to the lowest rated night
  • The arrival and departure date must fall within the validity period.
  • Subject to availability

South African Resident Rates

MalaMala is world-renowned for some of the finest Big 5 game viewing in Africa and will be offering SA residents the opportunity to experience this iconic game reserve at R5,900.00 per person per night sharing, a 65% discount to the normal rate. The offer will be valid from the date of reopening until 28 February 2021 and only MalaMala Camp will be available.

  • Per person per night Single : R8,850.00
  • Per person per night Sharing: R5,900.00

Valid from 21 December 2020 – 04 January 2021

  • Per person per night Single: R11,250.00
  • Per person per night Sharing: R7,500.00

*** Excludes Community Tourism Levy - per person per night - R165.00 per person per night (to be pre-paid and will be added to booking)

Included in the rate:

  • All meals and snacks
  • Game drives in open 4-wheel drive safari
  • vehicles conducted by an experienced ranger
  • Bush walks
  • Transfers to/ from the MalaMala airstrip
  • Value Added Tax

Excluded from the rate:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Community Tourism Levy (R165.00 per person per night) - will be added to booking must be pre-paid
  • Skukuza Airport transfers
  • Transfers to/from any other camps (excluding MalaMala Game Reserve camps)
  • Sabi Sand Wildtuin entrance fee if travelling by road

Terms and Conditions:

  • South African Resident rates are in ZAR (South African Rand)
  • The SA Resident Rates are only available to South African passport/ID holders or permanent residents and proof of such must be presented on booking.
  • Accommodation is only available in luxury rooms with an upgrade to luxury suites subject to availability on check-in.
  • Children of all ages are welcome but children younger than 6 years are subject to specific terms and conditions with respect to dining venues and safari vehicles. Family rooms able to accommodate a third adult or two children are available on request. The children’s rate is only applicable to children sharing a family room with an adult/s.
  • No additional specials/offers can be used in conjunction with the SA Resident Rates.
  • A 50% deposit is required to confirm the reservation with the balance due 30 days prior to arrival. No refunds will be provided in the event of cancellation; the funds will be held against a future booking if cancelled more than 30 days prior to arrival.
  • Private safari vehicles are available at a supplementary cost but cannot be guaranteed.
  • The gym may only be used if pre-booked for specific times.
  • All guests will be required to practice social distancing when in camp. Masks or face shields are compulsory in areas where social distancing is not possible.
  • Valid from date of opening until 28 February 2021