Fantastic experience, 8 huge king-bedded chalets looking out on the Sand River, his and hers bathrooms, shower and tub, slightly heated plunge pool for each unit, fully controllable air conditioning, TV, cell phone coverage, free but slow wi-fi throughout. No US power sockets because of our 120v but all the world’s 240v sockets (i.e. UK, SA three round plugs and even Australian slanted ones). Mini-bar and constantly filled ice bucket in room. 12 items of laundry per day included, Outstanding ranger/guide assigned to you for your stay to take care of all needs. Not inexpensive and they even charge for cokes and wine but absolutely top drawer. We saw the Big Five on our first game drive. This is a first class experience we highly recommend. Also in South Africa do Rovos Rail, an equally first class, two night, three day luxury rail between Pretoria and Cape Town (they have other routes).
- 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