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Mala Mala Game Reserve

Kruger area

Rating: Deluxe    

Mala Mala Game Reserve overview

Mala Mala Game Reserve consists of 33,000 acres of private land adjoining the Kruger National Park with 12 unfenced miles of border. The uninterrupted flow of the Sand River through the property attracts game year round and has the longest stretch of Sand River of any Sabi Sand property. The lodges are built on the western side of the river to avoid disturbance to the game movements into Mala Mala. The game reserved opened in 1964, one of the first areas of private land to switch from hunting to conservation and has had excellent environmental management by Michael Rattray for 50 years. Most of the guides at Mala mala have university degrees in sciences and Mala Mala is a member of the national Parks Board and has been acknowledged with many eco- awards.

Guests have good chances of spotting the Big 5 and more. Game drives in open safari vehicles allow guests to explore the reserve. Guests can also explore the area on night drives which offer quite a different experience to the day drives. The camp also offers guided bush walks.

Mala Mala Main Camp offers luxury accommodation and excellent facilities. The 8 suites and 10 rooms all have ensuite bathroom, mini bar and tea & coffee making equipment. Communal facilities include a comfortable lounge, separate air- conditioned dining room and safari bar. In addition the camp has its own library, boutique and small fitness centre. There is a swimming pool where guests can cool down. The wooden safari deck is a perfect place to relax and enjoy views across the reserve. Children of all ages are welcome at the main camp.

Sable Camp is smaller and does not accept children under 12, being a more exclusive and luxurious experience, each room as his and hers bathrooms. There are 5 twin suites and a 2 bedroom luxury suite with a maximum capacity of 14 guests. There is a swimming pool and satellite internet and television facilities. Massage services available on request.

Rattrays Camp is the ultimate in safari luxury, owner hosted by the Rattray family and offering accommodation in 8 'khayas' (meaning home in Zulu) giving a great African atmosphere. Maximum camp capacity is 16 guests and no children are accepted under 16 years. Satellite internet and television connectivity is available. Each luxurious room as his and hers bathrooms, an outdoor shower and a private heated plunge pool.


Open:  Mala Mala Game Reserve is open all year.

Location: This 13,300 ha private reserve has a 19km border (unfenced) with Kruger National Park, and is between the national park and Sabi Sand Reserve.

Rooms:  There are 3 camps: Mala Mala Main Camp, Sable Camp and Rattray’s on MalaMala.
Mala Mala Main Camp has 10 luxury suites (85m2), 8 luxury rooms (55m2) and 1 single room (40m2). All have private bathrooms, hairdryers and insect repellent, climate control (air con and heating), minibar, tea and coffee makers, safe and direct dial phone. Each has a private deck. Some rooms can take a 3rd adult or 2 children. There is a specially adapted suite for disabled clients.
Sable Camp has 5 luxury suites and a 2-bedroom Lion’s Den Suite, all 85m2. They feature en-suite bathrooms with hairdryers, climate control, direct dial phones, safes, minibars and tea and coffee making facilities. The Lion’s Den suite has its own sitting room. Some suites can sleep a 3rd adult.    
Rattray’s on MalaMala has 8 luxury suites (128m2) or ‘khayas’, each with a maximum capacity of 2 guests. All have en-suite bathrooms with a double shower and bathtub, plus an outdoor shower. They have full climate control, safe, minibar, tea and coffee makers, direct dial phone and TV and DVD player on request. Outdoors each has a deck with river views and a heated plunge pool. There are indoor and outdoor eating areas.  

Activities  You can go on day and night game drives (max. 6 guests per vehicle at Main Camp and Sable, and 4 guests at Rattray’s) and guided nature walks.

Mala Mala Main Camp has a large lounge, dining room and bar, all cooled by air conditioning. The library contains a TV, DVD player and has internet access. The expansive deck is ideal for viewing wildlife by the Sand River. There is an impressive infinity pool, a small gym with a selection of exercise machines, weights and a steam room. Massages can be arranged on request. The camp has a boutique selling clothes, jewellery and handicrafts.
Sable Camp has a dining room, bar and library with TV, DVD player and internet access. All are air conditioned. There is a large deck overlooking the Sand River. There is a pool below the camp. Guests at Sable can use the gym and boutique at Mala Mala Main Camp nearby.   
Rattray’s on MalaMala has a library stocked with reference books and artworks, an air conditioned lounge, bar, boutique and small gym. Massages can be arranged. There is a large viewing and dining deck and an infinity pool.

Dining:  Meals are served at individual tables in the dining room or on the deck. At Mala Mala Main camp dinners are often eaten in the boma.  

Mala Mala Main Camp – children of all ages are welcome. Children under 4 years are not allowed on game drives (unless in a private vehicle) or in the boma for dinner. The camp offers a special programme of activities for children aged between 4 and 12, who are given backpack containing an animal checklist and colouring book.
Sable Camp - children aged 12 years and over are welcome.
Rattray’s on MalaMala – children aged 16 years and over are welcome.

Health:  This is a malarial area.

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