Mala Mala Game Reserve, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Mala Mala is the first individually owned game park in Sabi Sands and Africa.

The Mala Mala Game Reserve is a regular contestant in the world’s top tourism and travel awards. These include both Travel and Leisure as Top Hotel Africa.

The reserve has been in existence since early 1905 with sound conservation management and the sheer size of land with an open frontier with Kruger and lodges reputation as the most celebrated wildlife destination in the world.

Although MalaMala is mainly spoken about in regards to the Big Five sightings, sundowners are also home to some of the other familiar animals such as; cheetahs, pangolins and the wild dog which is Africa second most endangered carnivore.

The absence of game fences at Mala Mala Game Reserve means unhampered access to the Kruger Park wild animals, which are attracted by a comprehensive collection of environments ranging from extensive grass plains to dense riverine forest and large granite dome hills.

Mala Mala Reserve at a huge thirty-odd thousand acres, it is not only the largest Big Five game reserve in the country of South Africa, but it also features the most important piece of land in the Sabi Sands Reserve which is South Africa’s oldest conservancy of private game reserves

The owner of Mala Mala, Mr Rattray, has been firmly connected to the area for almost 65 years and his necessary conservation expertise ensures that smaller beasties like dung beetles have the right of way!

Mala Mala Main Camp

Rooms at MalaMala Main Camp lie under the shade tree and overlook the Sand River. The rooms are decorated in an African theme.  Dinner provides guests with long-lasting experience with servings taking place around a log fire in the grand old African manner, under star-punched skies and in a reed boma which has been a Lodge tradition for nearly 60 years. The delicious dinner fare features a smorgasbord of bush cuisine, including venison specialities and outstanding South African wines.

The spacious beautifully adorned Buffalo Lounge, which displays bronzes, works of art and wildlife trophies, leads onto an expansive wooden deck that provides an elevated view of animals congregating at the Sand River.

Mala Mala Main Camp rates for luxury and comfort in breathtaking, untainted wilds, fantastic safari drives and guided walks engender close encounters with Africa’s game both big and small. These features, as well as the lodges X-factor, will make for a bushveld experience that is world-renowned and routinely recognised in the world’s top tourism awards.

The Luxury Room has disabled facilities complete with a fully functional bathroom featuring all the necessary fittings required by wheelchair users – including a wheel-in shower. The safari vehicle used is equipped to comfortably and safely accommodate disabled guests on safari drives. The facilities were designed with the invaluable aid of the Disabled People’s Information Service of South Africa and are in line with international standards.

Sable Camp

The Sable Camp is an ideal retreat for the more reclusive traveller preferring privacy and exclusivity. The Camp can cater for up to 14 guests in 5 luxury suites. The Lion’s Den Suite is a 2-bedroomed luxury suite with stunning views that can accommodate four people per room.

Camp amenities:

  • Air-conditioned
  • Library (optional internet connectivity & a satellite television )
  • Safari Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • The large wooden deck surrounding the camp

The Sable Camp does not accommodate children under the age of 12 unless the entire field is reserved exclusively.

Rattray’s Camp

This MalaMala Camp has 8 Luxury Suites and is explicitly designed to enable guests to stay for as long as they wish. Each suite functions as an inclusive home, resplendent with the most beautiful furnishings, lavish his-and-hers bathrooms and a secluded outdoor shower.

Each chalet is fronted by a verandah with grand river views. A filtered plunge pool built into the private verandah provides an ideal vantage point from which to enjoy the surrounding scenery, as does the outdoor dining area, where one can enjoy bush cuisine – any fare from breakfast to dinner – in total seclusion.

The main building incorporates a viewing deck, an air-conditioned library for the literary devotee, an attractive bar that showcases the history of the area and an adjacent wine cellar stocked with a various range of South Africa’s finest wines. Breakfast and lunch are served in the air-conditioned dining room or on the adjoining deck, while the traditional reed boma and its tall, sweeping jackal berry tree make for unmatched outdoor evening dining.

However, the safaris reflect the 40-year-old, traditional ethos of the wildlife viewing. Sound conservation management ensures an environmental sanctuary for a sufficient density and diversity of wildlife. At Rattray’s they strive for a maximum of 4 guests per safari vehicle, so enabling this perfect piece of African paradise to unfold effortlessly before nature lovers.

The thrilling wildlife viewing at this Lodge attracts many of the world’s best wildlife photographers and filmmakers. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that this Reserve has also provided the subject matter for many a famous wildlife book, such as the long-time MalaMala Ranger Nils Kure’s Living with Leopards, currently one of the most in-depth scientific studies of this elusive cat.

Children of all ages are welcome at MalaMala. However, those aged five and under are not permitted to dine in the boma or to be taken on safari drives unless their parents have reserved sole-use of the safari drive vehicle.

Other children services on offer upon request are:

  • Dining arrangements
  • Baby-seating services
  • Family rooms and triple rooms


  • Walking safaris
  • 4×4 safaris (include bush breakfasts, picnic sundowners)
  • Outdoor activities (led by highly qualified Rangers)


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