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“A little gem.....”
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Malala Lodge
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

We had a short 2 night stay at Malala which I found on the internet by chance. A really lovely reserve with plenty to do (or not) and very close to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi where you can do your own game viewing or take the opportunity and go for a drive with Pete who is a wealth of information. The varied meals prepared by Jane and Paul were unhurried and absolutely delicious and portions more than adequate. Our only regret is that our stay was so short, but we will be back. I would not hesitate to recommend Malala as, it is value for money even for SA residents. Keep up the good work and thank you again for a wonderful time!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

Last year a friend and I went to Malala (found on the internet) and I so thoroughly enjoyed it I knew that I would go back. Almost a year later I was fortunate enough to be able to go back and took another friend and my 14 year old granddaughter, who is very much an animal lover. Well, I was not disappointed about anything - it was great to see Paul, Jane & Pete again, and to be remembered. The 2 or 3 night DBB specials are a really good deal and a great talking point about my stay each time was the fabulous food - superb home cooked fare! The reserve is so lovely and peaceful and there are many places to walk, see some game, or just generally relax. Another highlight is the game drive in Hluhulwe, made all the more interesting due to Pete's incredible knowledge about everything! My granddaughter has fallen in love with the place - says it is awesome and can't wait to go back again. I hope that I will be able to take her again. I tell everybody about Malala and several friends have said it sounds so good that they would like to visit one day. It is like home away from home, with all the peace, tranquility, and excitement of the bush. Do yourself a favour - go for a visit; you will not be sorry. As the teenager would say, you will have an awesome time!
Isabel

Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
Thank Isabel V
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Reviewed 14 September 2012

We stayed at Malala Lodge for 3 nights during August and had a great stay. The hospitality from Jane, Pete and Paul was outstanding from the moment we arrived and we were made to feel very welcome . We opted for the dinner, bed and breakfast package and were not dissapointed - the home cooked food was excellent and Jane & Paul did a great job with the varied menu and excellent service. Our highlight was a fantastic game drive into Hluhluwe park with Pete, which we did on our final day at Malala. We saw a whole range of different animals during our drive and Pete was incredibly knowledgable about all aspects of the park. We really enjoyed at stay at Malala Lodge and would certainly recommend to anyone.

Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

We spent three wonderful nights at Malala. We wish we had spent more. Malala is on a 300 acre private property where we were visited by five zebras nightly at dinner, and loads of nyala, duikers, as well as a nice group of wildebeests. Jane, Pete, and Paul are wonderful hosts. Jane's food is fabulous and she accomodated our mostly vegetarian diet beautifully. Paul's desserts were wonderful, and Pete is extremely knowledgeable about the region's natural history. Compared to a lodge on a private reserve that we spent a fourth night at, the service at Malala was much more personal, and frankly the game viewing was so much better at Hlulhuwe-Imfolozi national park than at the more expensive private reserve that I would recommend that anyone stay at Malala and do more day trips into the national park, which one can do on one's own, although I strongly recommend a game ride with Pete. Day trip to St. Lucia and iSimilangiso wetland park was wonderful chance to see hippos, crocs and wonderful waterfowl and game- Cape Vidal is the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. I wish we had had another day to do snorkeling at Sodwana bay. Malala was the highlight of our two weeks in SA, and I would recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Steven G
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

The hosts at Malala Lodge make the difference - their attention to detail and hospitality were fantastic. We stayed two nights at the lodge for a very reasonable price.The deal included breakfast and declicious dinners and one fantastic game drive with the very knowledgable Pete. We were lucky to see a wide range of game on this afternoon tour including a stand-off between rhinos and cheetahs which was most unusual. The rooms are very clean but the decor is a little dated. I would happily recommend this to families or couples and it's well-located for St Lucia and Hluhluhwe-Imfolozi.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

We stayed at Malala Lodge in April of this year and found it to be charming, hospitable and relaxing. It is conveniently located; close to the big game reserves and other attractions as well as main roads. In exploring the area we really only scratched the surface in the four available days and wished we could have stayed longer. It was particularly enjoyable being able to spot game on the lodges own walking trails. The presence of any of the big five would have detracted from this! Our hosts were very knowledgable and keen for us to make the most of the area. The food was of good quality with the desserts and service being excellent. Rooms were functional but well located and screened by vegetation from the other rooms. Overall, a really enjoyable stay. Looking forward to repeating the experience at Malala.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank gary S
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

Thank you 2 the Harvey family for their warm hospitality, amazing adventures, most helpful advice and sumptuous, delicious meals. Easy to find, great atmosphere, serene and private. Not knowing what to expect, we received the most commendable service with a smile, always. We thoroughly enjoyed everyday of our stay. A definite repeat, hopefully soon.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Mervin N
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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 33 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. ... more   less 
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