We stayed at Rattray's in early February, and this is a benchmark 5-star establishment. The accommodation is superb, game drives were excellent, the Lodge itself has a nice ambiance, and food was of a good standard for a game reserve. Many supposedly 5-star lodges provide great safaris but fall down on the hospitality, forgetting that guests who pay this kind of rate expect a lot more than just a game drive, but Rattray's generally managed to avoid this mistake. The Manager, Conrad, was usually somewhere around, available to guests and checking on proceedings, and that is really important. I think they still have some room to improve the food offering, and frankly the wine list was below expectations, but overall this was a very satisfying and relaxed game lodge, rating with the best we have experienced. My only real complaint is that the reservations office was having a 'spat' with Amex in January, and would not accept my card, though it was subsequently accepted at the Lodge for sundries; this is not acceptable at this level, and they need to sort it out.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Mala Mala Rattray`s Camp Hotel Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
- Rattray's On MalaMala Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa