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Mala Mala Game Reserve

Fantastic game viewing on private land bordering Kruger. 3 camps to suit all guest requirments.

South Africa


  • Superb game viewing including the Big 5
  • Choice of 3 luxury camps, all with pools
  • Air conditioned accommodation and social areas
  • Special children's programme at Mala Mala Main Camp
  • Day and night drives and guided walks



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.

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Mala Mala Game Reserve

Mala Mala Game Reserve

Fantastic game viewing on private land bordering Kruger. 3 camps to suit all guest requirments.

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