We had a fabulous time at your beautiful Rattay Camp. As first-time safari visitors we were not sure what to expect, and this trip far exceeded our wildest expectations. Seeing animals in their natural habitats – up close and personal – was thrilling in a way we could not have imagined. Our ranger, Brendan Cole was outstanding – serving as guide, ranger, interpreter, and host. His driving skills were very impressive – he was able to pick the best vantage points and get us there safely and securely. He made it all come alive for us, seeking out different ways to experience the richness that is Mala Mala, and providing us with background stories on the individual animals and their prides, movements throughout the area, and environmental threats both in the wild and from man. His passion and dedication made all the difference in our understanding of what we were seeing. That said, we were able to see the Big Five within 24 hours and were able to see the “Big Seven” – including cheetah and wild dogs several times by the end of our stay. The camp is an amazing place to experience wildlife; the diversity is dramatic and represents great value for any safari visitor.
Our khaya and all the accommodations were sumptuous and the meals were a delight. We were offered the opportunity to dine with others, including our guide, or on our own, and we chose to get to know the other safari guests and compare notes on wildlife sightings, Land Rover adventures and other memorable experiences. Our trip was made richer by sharing our experiences with others while enjoying our own private space. The food was delicious and we appreciated the opportunities to try new things and dine in different settings on various nights. We would certainly come back and will tell all our friends that this is the place to go to see the most wildlife while learning a tremendous amount, and enjoying the highest degrees of comfort and travel delights.
- 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