Mala Mala or Londolozi? – Kruger National Park Forum
Both Londolozi and MalaMala are great products. Both do not have any fences bordering their properties (which animals generally don’t like) and both have the Sand River running directly through their reserve. However, MalaMala reserve is considerably larger than Londolozi (by x4-5 times) which will result in a much larger traversing area. Also, the entirety of the eastern boundary of MaloMala is open to the Kruger – the sense of space is much greater here. If you are simply looking for the best wildlife viewing, MalaMala has an advantage. More fun as a single traveler is entirely subjective, but the Rangers at MalaMala do join the meals so you will definitely have company during meal-times.
Another option you may want to consider is Kirkman’s Kamp. Directly south of MalaMala with river frontage, Kirkman’s has traversing rights to the southern 1/3 of MalaMala reserve. Great value for money and wide traversing areas.
Finally, I know you aren’t into luxury, but Singita Kruger (Lebombo or Sweni and although called Singita Kruger, they are on private land) has shoulder season rates for May and a pay 3, stay 4 special. When the seasonal rates and special area applied, the nightly rate based on a 4 night stay is about the same as MalaMala or Londo. Singita’s service is exceptional, guiding is top notch, food and beverage program is world-class. I love this area because is feels much more wild, rugged and remote compared to the Sabi Sand/MalaMala area. The hiking (if you are into active safari options) is remarkable here.
For Londo, MalaMala, Kirkman’s or Singita, 3-4 nights would be great!
Kota Tabuchi – Managing Director: Africa – Travel Beyond