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“A warm and inviting experience”
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Malala Lodge
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

My first ever trip to a game reserve and I was really happy to have picked Malala. It felt like our hosts really cared, and my french visitor and I were treated like royalty. Great home cooked meals and warm friendly hosts with awesome scenery and a stones throw away from all the major attrations in the area.

An excellent game drive with Pete - we saw 48+ elephants within the first 2 minutes of our drive!!! his knowledge is amazing and his sense of humor really great for 3 hours in a car with the same poeple!!!

Great stuff!!! *****

Room Tip: All the rooms are good. PS there are no bath tubs available :(
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

This is a family-owned and run lodge and is convenient to many attractions. We loved the food, the strolls on the grounds, drinks with Pete in the bar and the very special ambience. This is private comfort with every amenity one needs in modest cottages. I can't say enough about the game drive with Pete. He is incredibly knowledgeable, energetic, and the drive was the most successful of our 74 day African trip! Unfortunately for my waistline, I looked forward to every meal and enjoyed Jane and Paul's offerings immensely. The best though, was the interaction with the family. We left having made good friends!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 April 2013

My husband I spent 3 wonderful nights at Malala Lodge and were looked after superbly by Jane Paul and Peter. The rooms were very comfortable and the food was excellent Jane's cooking was second to none.

We would highly recommend this lodge we loved it.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

We spent 3 days in Malala Lodge, for the Easter holiday. The lodge was very clean, comfortable and pretty, eventhough there is not much light. Grazers roam the property, so it is very exotic for Europeans! We loved having our own cottage and having the impression of being miles away from everything and everyone - yet the bar was only 2 min away!

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

wr are family of 5 travel for 2 weeks in SA.
this was the B E S T place we stayed. Paul tour in the game reserve was one of the highlight of our tour.
The food and hospitallity - No1.
The way you live among the zebras and Ganus - WOW.
We enjoyed every moment.

Thank you,
Amitai

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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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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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: £42 - £64 (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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