The oldest and most famous Private Game Reserve of Africa, the Mala Mala Game Reserve, was named after the Sable Antelope. In the native’s language the proud animal is called “Mala Mala”.
Expanding over more than two hundred square kilometres and bordering the world-renowned Kruger National Park, the Mala Mala teems with wildlife and is one of the most densely populated regions of southern Africa.
For more than thirty years the many species inhabiting this unspoilt paradise have been
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cared for by dedicated rangers who take pride in introducing the wonders of nature to the reserve’s guests. Every visitor is almost guaranteed to spot South Africa’s Big Five at close range.
The Mala Mala’s diversity of species is simply stunning. Countless species inhabit the park, among them birds, big game and rare mammals. The reserve’s accommodation options match nature’s diversity. Guests may choose between three extremely comfortable lodges.
The Mala Mala’s Main Lodge is a classic, elegant safari camp breathing and living traditions with a touch of nostalgia. The lodge’s central meeting point is the viewing platform, perfect for spotting the wildlife on the wide plains shaped by the Sand River.
The first-class restaurant is also located on the platform, spicing up the delicacies with the magnificent view of the savannah. Savour the fine food and the sensational sights.
On a fine night, experience a romantic open-air dinner in the style of a traditional boma around the campfire. The well-stocked bar invites to take a drink and share personal safari adventurous with other guests. Two beautifully set pools are available to take a refreshing dip.
The secluded and small Sable Camp is the ideal hideaway for guests seeking quite privacy. With only 14 suites, the number of guests is limited. Majestically overlooking the Sand River, the camp mirrors the quaint charm of colonial days.
A central fireplace framed by elephant tusks and selected artefacts create an authentic atmosphere of the old times. At night, oil lamps bathe the chalets and paths in a golden light blending with the silver shimmer of the stars.
The recently added “Rattray’s on Mala Mala” is the Mala Mala’s most exclusive camp and the ultimate showcase of top accommodation in the African bush. Featuring only eight superb suites, the Rattray’s ensures privacy, only nature’s inhabitants are your next door neighbours.
The Rattray’s is an elegant melting pot of African culture, colonial flair and contemporary design. Each suite features a private pool deck commanding undisturbed views of the pristine nature with the river as the centrepiece.
Transfers to this remote paradise are organised via the Johannesburg airport. The last leg of the journey to the Mala Mala Game Reserves takes approximately one and a half hours.
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