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Malala Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 October 2011

We have booked a package for two nights including a safari trip in Umfolozi Park. We have really enjoyed this trip especially the safari with Pete from the Lodge. We have seen loads of animals and it is nice to see, that Pete is performing these trips still with a lot of enthusiasm.
Besides, the cottages are quite comfortable and clean and the homemade meals were always delicious. The hosts are very kind and helpful and Jane gave us a lot of helpful advices.
We would like to recommend this lodge without any exceptions.

Rainer & Anne-Marie from Wiehl, Germany

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 October 2011

The highlight of our trip to this side of South Africa. But where to start?....The Welcome; friendly, smiling, helpful hosts to settle you in nicely. We stayed 5 nights and never a dull moment with such a varied itinerary. Paul, Pete and Jane were always on hand to give helpful advice, guidance and more information about the wealth of local sights. Hluhluwe Reserve under Pete's guidance or just self drive, both a must. Mix in St Lucia Wetlands Reserve, some Cheetah rehab', Zulu dancing and the variety of local markets and that gives you just a taste of the outside treats available. And within Malala Lodge? It's own park and wild life provide interesting and gentle exploration opportunities. The lodges are simple and secluded and surround the central bar, restaurant and facilities where we could relax with guests and hosts to share our experiences. We would definitely recommend the 3 night Safari Special, which we extended to 5 nights and once you have tasted the their most splendid cuisine, you will not want to leave. Malala Lodge was perfect. Thank you so much. Mark and Lynne. (Wolverhampton, UK)

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2011

We really enjoyed this place and ended up staying an extra night in addition to the 3-day package we had booked. The owners (Pete and Jean, and their son Paul) are delightful hosts and made us feel very comfortable. The accommodation is slightly basic but very clean and extremely good value for money. Nice environment and garden. Dinners and breakfasts were really excellent - high quality ingredients freshly cooked and hot, and nicely served on a help-yourself basis so you can take just as much as one wants. Pete took us on a game drive and provided a lot of information about what we saw. We hope to visit Malala again - it's an easy 2.5 hour drive from Durban airport.
Maggie and John (Portsmouth, UK)

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 October 2011

Booked for two nights, but extended another one, as we really liked this place.We had a 3 hour Safari with Steve from the Lodge in his Jeep through Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Park, which was more than wonderful. Loads of animals,which were all explained by him in a funny but also informative way.
The family cottage we stayed in was absolutely perfect for us. Enough space, small kitchen and a nice terrace with a barbeque facility..
The Lodge is situated in the middle of the Bushlands with small distances to the Game Park and Hluhluwe (which provides shopping possibilities and a Bank). There also are some Handy craft Markets around, where one can buy African curios.
All in all it is the perfect place to stay for a few days if you want to see Game Parks and want to walk around the Lodge to see some of the private animals running around there.
HIGHLY recommended!!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

Stayed in Malala Lodge in September for three nights, absolutely fantastic experience. The lodge is terrific, the chalets are roomy and comfortable and fully equipped. The welcome we received on arrival as second to none, and what can I say about the food - AWESOME.
The game drive with Pete was a wonderful experience, Pete is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to the wildlife and plantlife, he made the whols experience worthwhile.

For a really wonderful relaxed experience I would recommend a stay at Malala Lodge.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

Lovely place to stay, it was amazing!!
would recomend to anyone! I'll be back for sure
Thanks for the awesome time guys
Andrew

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 September 2011

A really wonderful place, we thoroughly enjoyed walking around the large grounds, spotting the animals and star gazing at night. The hosts looked after us very well and the home cooked food was delicious. Hope we will return one day!

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Additional Information about Malala Lodge

Address: Bushlands Road, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 32 Speciality Lodging in Hluhluwe
Price Range: £41 - £63 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Malala is a bush lodge on a 140 hectare (340 acre) private nature reserve, accommodating a maximum of only 18 guests, thereby ensuring a tranquil African bush atmosphere and experience.
Our lodge is located in the Hluhluwe area, in the centre of the Elephant Coast in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. We are ideally positioned between the world-renowned Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, Mkhuze Game Reserve, Sodwana Bay and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
Malala has been owned and managed by the Harvey family since 2001 and we, together with an enthusiastic team of staff, are always on hand to provide the personal attention one would associate with a small intimate lodge.
Our property has a variety of vegetation types, including lowland forest, woodland, grasslands and wetlands. You can enjoy a leisurely stroll through these diverse habitats on well-maintained and marked walking trails. You may come across some of our game, which includes Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Nyala, Reedbuck and Red and Grey Duiker.
In addition, Malala Lodge is at the centre of the birding hotspot of KwaZulu-Natal with over 500 species of bird having been recorded in the Elephant Coast area. The Malala Lodge birdlist currently has over 270 recorded species.
The main thatched lodge is centrally positioned within the camp and overlooks indigenous forest. Here guests can enjoy a relaxing drink in the cosy bush pub or take a dip in the palm-fringed swimming pool.
Meals are available, by prior arrangement, in the lodge dining room:
- Dinner is a home-styled three-course set menu with cheese and biscuits and tea/coffee; and
- Breakfast is a full English breakfast including cereals, fruit salad, yoghurt and tea/coffee.
Adjoining the dining room is a small reading lounge where a variety of magazines and books are available for your interest.
Malala Lodge can accommodate guests on a self-catering basis or, if you would prefer, indulge yourself in genuine home-cooked meals in the attractive thatched dining room.
Our accommodation, which nestles within the forest fringe, comprises:
- Four private, thatched, open plan chalets all with en-suite shower facilities. The chalets are 1-bedroom units which can accommodate 2 adults, or 2 adults and a child. All the chalets come with fully equipped kitchenettes, ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities.
- A semi-detached chalet equipped with en-suite shower facilities, separate lounge, kitchenette and ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities. The chalet accommodates two adults sharing.
- Two family cottages each comprising two bedrooms (en-suite), lounge and kitchenette and equipped with ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities. These units accommodate family groups of up to 4.
- A family cottage comprising two bedrooms, bathroom, lounge and kitchen and equipped with ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities. This large unit accommodates a family group of up to 5.
All of the accommodation units are supplied with tea/coffee facilities and all linen and towels are provided.
We provide game drives, by prior arrangement, in our open game-viewing vehicle into the world renowned Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, providing guests with a superb opportunity of viewing a multitude of mammals, birds, reptiles and plants.
Other activities include:
- Self-drive day trips to the parks and beaches of St. Lucia, Sodwana Bay and Cape Vidal for boat cruises, kayaking, snorkelling, diving and whale watching.
- Walking and horse trails through nearby parks and reserves.
- Cultural Zulu Village tours - gain firsthand knowledge of traditional Zulu culture and lifestyle.
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