Marvellous Mala Mala. We have had several bush holidays over the past few years and our family view is unanimous – Mala Mala is simply the best. We are about to book for next Easter. Why would we go anywhere else?
The game viewing was exactly what we wanted – it was not a glorified safari park as so many of these exclusive lodges are, where the rangers are constantly radioing to each other and driving to each viewing opportunity so you can tick the animals off your list. It was such a thrill to discover the animals for ourselves – we had marvellous sightings of a rhino lying in a river bed one morning, a leopard with her cubs, a hyena in its den one evening and an hour in the midst of a herd of 300+ buffaloes coming down to drink at the river. On each occasion, we were the only vehicle at the sighting. Slightly nerve wracking was the herd of elephants as we came round the corner one evening in the dark on our way back to camp but our two rangers during our stay, Matthew and Dave, inspired complete confidence.
The accommodation and the food were entirely appropriate. We do not want mussels in white wine sauce (which we were served in a camp in Botswana last year!) – we had delicious “home cooked” food with fresh ingredients. The accommodation was extremely comfortable and had an authentic African feel which reflects the owners’ African heritage, rather than some interior designer’s idea of faux African décor.
All the staff were extremely helpful and friendly and all in all, it was a truly memorable visit to Mala Mala. Roll on next Easter!
- 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:
- Mala Mala Main Camp Hotel Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
- MalaMala Main Camp Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa