Main & Sable Camp | Mala Mala Game Reserve

An entirely different game park experience.

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Personal Impression

Mala Mala Main Camp and Sable Camp are located on the famous Mala Mala Game Reserve. Mala Mala was the first game reserve to offer excellent accommodations and a trailblazer for all the lodges that followed. This is less expensive than Rattray’s, the other camp in the Mala Mala reserve. Children of all ages are accommodated at Main Camp.

The Game

The game here is outstanding. Mala Mala is the largest private game reserve in South Africa. The Sand River runs almost the entire length of the property, about 23 kilometers. Certainly a draw for the animals with the great access to water. Leopard sightings are usually exceptional and the river attracts large herds of Cape Buffalo and elephants. I have never been disappointed with the game viewing at Mala Mala. There are no trackers at Mala Mala. The Rangers do more here than at any other camp that I have visited, including helping at meals and maintenance on the property.


Main Camp and Sable Camp collectively have 25 rooms (Main Camp has 10 luxury suites and 8 luxury rooms. Sable Camp has 5 suites and the 2 Bdr Lion’s Den Suite.) At one end of the camp there are separate lodges facilities for Sable Camp. It is possible to have a family or group take all of Sable Camp and have the entire one end of the camp exclusively. There is a little gate that divides the two areas. The rooms are identical at both Main Camp and Sable Camp. If your family takes all the rooms in the Sable Camp area then you can spill over into the Main Camp area for extra rooms but have all of your meals together at Sable Campl. This makes for a very flexible situation.
The rooms are quite large. They are nicely decorated but of course not on the luxury scale of Rattray’s but still comfortable. There are two bathrooms so this is nice and convenient touch.
The walkway areas between the rooms are really beautifully done. Lots of stucco and flowers on the winding pathways and the antelope are often on the paths or grass nearby.
Main Camp offers handicapped room. This is a rare thing to find in a safari lodge.

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Public Areas

The Main Camp lounge and deck areas are very large and expansive with a lot of taxidermy animal heads on the walls from years ago when this used to be a hunting camp. Some may not like that feature. Meals are buffet style and serverd on the decks or in the outdoor Boma. The main lounge at Sable Camp is smaller but very attractive. Both the Main Camp and Sable Camp lodges have a swimming pool. Main Camp has a large and well-stocked gift shop.

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Internet is available at the lodge.

Website: Mala Mala Game Reserve


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