Thanks so much to Peter, Jane and Paul for making our stay a wonderful one. We were there for 3 nights at the start of our first ever trip to Kwazulu Natal. On arrival we were welcomed by Jane who showed us to our cosy lodge with it's own BBQ tucked away in the bush.
We unpacked then went for a trek through the reserve. How exciting to almost immediately see the zebras, impala and nyala. After our walk we had a quick dip and relaxed around the pretty swimming pool before meeting the other guests in the bar for pre-dinner drinks.
Dinner was lovely home cooking and made all the more enjoyable by Jane and Paul coming out for a chat as we were eating, both of whom are so knowledgeable on the wildlife of the area.
The following morning my husband went for a jog and once again came across all the animals and even saw the cheetahs on the next door reserve.
We had pre-booked a game drive to the Hluhluwe reserve with Peter for the afternoon so we drove and met him at the entrance with the other guests from the lodge. What a brilliant afternoon; Peter could answer any question we posed and he was superb at spotting interesting things for us to see.
We arrived back at our lodge in the dark to be greeted by the zebras and to find that Paul had left a sack of charcoal, firelighters and matches on our doorstep as we had told him we were barbecuing that evening. Self catering is a good option if you don't want to eat in the restaurant all the time; breakfast on your own terrace, listening to birds and animals is wonderful.
Next day we chose to drive ourselves through the Imfolozi reserve nearby and as we had planned to spend the whole day there we once again had a meal in the restaurant. Our exciting sighting of the endangered wild dogs was topped off by another lovely meal and a great end to our 3 day stay.
Malala was all we had wished for and more. Thanks again.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Malala Lodge Hluhluwe, South Africa - Zululand