We stayed at Mala Mala in early October 2011, following recommendations from the friends we were travelling with, and it was great. We had previouisly being travelling for 10 days on a safari in Tanzania visiting the Serengetti, Ngorogor crater, Oldewai Gorge and loved seeing the mass of animals in that country.
Mala Mala was definitely a great end to our 3 weeks in Africa and a time to take stock of what we had seen rest and to go our each day and see more wonderful anilas. It was a step up from the enjoyable 2-3 star tented camps we had been staying in and though expensive at $625 per person per night was definetly worh it.
The difference with Mala was that the young guide would drive off the track and into the bush to follow and then sit beside the lion, leopard or rhinoceros that we were looking at and photographing. he was very experienced and of course the highlight at the end of the day was the 4pm drive where he took our favourite drinks and nibbles and we sat in a remote spot on the reseve in the quiet enjoying the sun going down. "Sundowners" was a great end to a days viewing, and we did'nt have to drive!
Up at 5.30am for a cup of tea and muffin on the deck outside the restaurant at 6am before leaving for the eraly morning drive and then back at 9.30am for a sumptuous breakfast inthe restaurant or outside in the sun to compare photographs taken. The competition was on for the best photo of a lion cub or baby elephant or hippopotomas, then a walk in the bush with guides before lunch to see the bird and plant life. Following lunch a chance to sit and read outside one's room on the deck or just to watch the passing parade of elephants and Nyala or gazelles that came to nibble bushes close by.
What a fantastic time with the accommodation very comfortable in brick and thatched roof cabins that were all quite private and provided with everything including tea making facilities. The staff were very helpful and walked us home each evening from the main lounge restaurant area just incase a leopard or two were walking through the camp.! This actually happened the week before we arrived and apparently at about 1am two leopards walked into the lounge area and sat in front of the fire on a cold night, as someone had left the door open! This cause some consternation the next day as they had been caught on the CCTV cameras but thankfully had gone when staff arrived at 5am.
I disagree with the previous writer who complained about the owners of the camp being overbearing with staff, and would say that they are still running a business and want the staff to do the best job they can for the guests. The staff seemd quite happy with their work and joked and went about ther business with smiles on their faces.
We had a great time.
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