My husband and I stayed at a few game reserves on this trip. Mala Mala was the least "wild" of the bunch. It was more of a luxury place with more of a hotel feel. The guides were informative, the food was quite different from the normal fare at home and since we quite enjoy experiencing new and different cultures, this was right up out alley. Flying around in small aircraft in Africa is always a bit scary, but when in Rome...
Of the reserves we tried, this is the one I would recommend to families with older children, as you will not feel too exposed to the outdoors. We saw many if not all of the big five, and it was a great first time safari. If you want to be immersed a bit more into the wild of Africa, there are other reserves that will fit the bill, but if you don't want to be in a luxury tent, this is great. Have fun and enjoy yourself and don't forget to take photos of yourself in Africa, as we arrived home with 700 photos of animals and 2 of us!
I recommend mixing up a few reserves, so you can get a feel of the wild side of Africa. It was a wonderful trip and I will never forget it!
We were sleeping one night... we heard a loud sound above our bed- near the ceiling and then across the room. We turned on the lights, checked around, and noticed a large scorpion running across the floor- we realized it must have hit the ceiling fan and then it was thrown across the room. Lovely, but exciting. We called our safari guide, and upon examination and removal of the offending scorpion, we were told that a bite from this guy would put you in the hospital for a few days. Only in Africa. We enjoyed this trip and can't wait to take our daughter back again when she is older!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- MalaMala Game Reserve is the Safari Industry's blueprint to the luxury photographic safari. In existence since 1927, this massive thriving tract of land produces the most exciting wildlife experience this side of the equator. MalaMala Game Reserve is the largest private Big Five game reserve in South Africa. Comprising 13 300 ha (33 000 acres), MalaMala shares a 19 km (12 mile) unfenced border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, and lies strategically sandwiched between the National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve. For over four decades, Michael Rattray has remained focused on his objective to preserve and protect the land over which he is custodian. Allowing nature to move to its innate rhythm, guests experience today what the forefathers of the African Safari would have experienced at the turn of the century. This philosophy has paid off, as experienced by a veritable collection of photojournalists and film-makers who have made MalaMala their destination of choice to capture footage of wildlife viewing that would rival any Hollywood production for thrilling and breathtaking animal encounters. MalaMala's Camps (MalaMala Main Camp, Sable Camp and Rattray's on MalaMala) are the embodiment of an authentic safari experience pioneered at a time when the safari was simple - unassuming camps, vast sweeping plains, the African sky and the bush in all its splendour. Wellness was the feeling after a long day in the wild. Cigars were shared without pomp and ceremony. Guests to MalaMala will still spend hours beneath an inky sky in the traditional boma exchanging stories from the wild - a sumptuous meal, good company and relaxed faces warmed by the crackling fire, accompanied by the nocturnal symphony of sound. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- MalaMala Sable Camp Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa