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Malala Lodge
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

This was our second visit to Malala Lodge and we intend to return often. The Harvey family are the perfect hosts providing everything we could wish for, and breakfast and dinner are delicious and plentiful thanks to Jane & Paul. Pre-dinner drinks in the well stocked bar are lots of fun thanks to barman Pete who also doubles as ranger on the entertaining game drives; his knowledge of the bush is amazing and together with his hilarious commentary make it an experience not to be missed! We again took advantage of the 2 Night Safari Special which is excellent value and we would recommend the 2 or 3 night specials to everyone. Thanks Jane, Paul & Pete, we hope to see you soon! Jan & Marjorie

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

Visited in Feb 2012, we stayed 5 nights. Warm welcome, not the most modern room but comfortable and has everything you need. Not a criticism but be aware toiletries are not provided in the room and lunch is not available so advise you stock up with essentials before you arrive. Pete, Jane and Paul are great hosts, always ready with information and for a chat. Game drives with Pete are a real pleasure, he is a wealth of knowledge and takes his time unlike others who you see rushing around, we think Pete would stay in the park all night if it didn't close!! Breakfast and dinner are home cooked and are both filling and very tasty; to round things off there is a small bar where Pete plays host. Grounds are extensive and plenty of animals to see either by taking a walk or just sitting outside your room.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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mlsafari, Owner at Malala Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2013

Dear Adrian,
Thanks for your review - we're very glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thanks for your point about lunch, and it may be worth pointing out for the benefit of other readers that there are a few lunch options: firstly, one can get lunch in the town of Hluhluwe (15mins away); secondly, there are also restaurants in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve and Isimangaliso Wetland Park (which is where most guests spend their time); and finally all our units are equipped for self-catering so one could easily prepare something light in the unit. Though we are located in the bush, it is probably worth highlighting the fact that we are an easy 15 minute drive from the small town of Hluhluwe which has supermarkets, banks/ATMs and other essentials.
Thanks again for your comments, and we hope to see you both again soon.

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Reviewed 11 March 2013

We stayed at Malala Lodge for 3 nights on our tour of South Africa last November. The beauty of this Lodge is its remoteness, with wildlife passing through the grounds regularly – while we were there we were surprised to see a few zebras galloping into the grounds - they stopped for a bit of a graze, and then galloped out again! The individual chalets are well spread out in the grounds, so there is a real feeling of remoteness while staying here. They are comfortable, clean, and well equipped. It is recommended you eat at the lodge as there is nowhere else nearby, so it is just as well that breakfast and the 4 course evening meals are excellent, and the desserts are to die for!

The only criticism we had was the lack of wi-fi, which we were told was due to the Lodge's remoteness. We were made to feel very welcome by Pete and Jane, and the safari specials are excellent value. Recommended.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Paul H, Owner at Malala Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2013

Dear Peter,
Thank you for taking the time to post a review – much appreciated. We agree that the privacy/remoteness of our units is one of the appeals of our lodge. As regards your point on the lack of wi-fi, we certainly understand your frustration. We are also well aware that more and more guests are looking for this facility on their holiday. As you mentioned, our location is unfortunately the key inhibitor. Setting up wi-fi in the cities and towns is a relatively easy, uncomplicated and cheap exercise, whereas the exact opposite is the case in rural bush environments such as ours. We no longer even have a land line, and are therefore reliant entirely on a weak mobile network signal for all our communications. Fortunately however, with the rapid advances in technology it appears that perhaps some viable options will become available to us in time, and we are investigating these.
We do hope you get a chance to visit us again.

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Reviewed 20 February 2013

We have been to places offering more luxurious environments, but this one is right up with the best for making you feel very special. The Harvey's are incredibly good hosts who know exactly how to give you tailormade advice for your stay in the Hluluwe area, provide tasty home cooked food and just give you that priceless home from home feeling. We stayed four nights and didn't have a dull moment. We booked the three day Safari package and I can only recmmend it highly for being good value for money and offering a great "starter pack". The place may have its little quirks but I'm glad we stayed there and would again, should we visit the country again.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 February 2013

January is not the best time to see game in Hluhluwe and as the Umfolozl was flooding we couldn't access the Umfolozi section. Only a few white rhino, several giraffe, zebra and a dagga boy.
However Malala gave us some special moments with our 3 year old grandson and 9 month old granddaughter, with numerous dung beetles, frogs, a tortoise, zebra and nyala. The chalet accomodation for us was perfect - rustic and close to nature - baby was bathed on the stoep. Beautiful safe walks with birds and butterflies everywhere
We had DB&B and the meals were very good -even catering specially for the children. Jane Peter and Paul are great hosts.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

Once again I was privileged to stay at Malala (my 3rd visit) and was able to take my brother and sister-in-law from Devon in the UK. They were really impressed and both remarked that they would be sorry to leave there. Everything about the place is terrific, Jane, Pete and Paul, the family who run it, are lovely folk and really make one welcome and go out of their way to meet your needs. The reserve is so peaceful to walk around and you almost always see some of the animals. In fact on our arrival as we drove in we saw an impala, a nyala, and right at the lodge there was a small herd of zebra. Fantastic welcome for overseas visitors! The food is a real talking point and was as good as I have come to expect - lovely tasty, nicely presented home cooking. And the tasteful background music in the dining room is just right. One really must do a game drive in Hluhulwe Reserve with Pete who is extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife. Whenever I have a chance to get away my choice is Malala.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

I booked the 3 night safari special and stayed at Malala just after the big rush of the summer holidays were over and the place was so peaceful. There is some wildlife around the cottages, even 5 Zebras. It is also a perfect base to explore St Lucia, Cape Vidal and the Imfolozi Game Reserve, which I found even nicer than the Krüger park. But the unique quality of this place is the team which gave me a feeling of being home from the first minute.
I would like to thank:
- Pete for the long conversations at the bar and the outstanding and personal game drive. He is so knowledgeable!
- Jane for showing me around and the perfect service and meals.
- Paul for the excellent desserts and the smooth organization in the background.
- The Zebras for showing up one evening when I was having dinner. (This is a free but of course not a guaranteed service ;-)

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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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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