Rattray’s | Mala Mala Game Reserve

An entirely different game park experience.


Personal Impression

Mala Mala was the first luxury lodge in South Africa, the trail blazer for all that followed and has the best land in South Africa, a huge property. Refurbished fairly recently Rattray’s has rooms to the standard of the very best in South Africa.

The game experience should be far superior to any other lodge. We really enjoyed our time at the lodge. This lodge is about GAME- GAME- GAME and a fantastic room.


luxurious oversized room

There are three camps in the Mala Mala Reserve (Rattray’s, Main Camp, and Sable Camp). The exclusive Rattray’s is the best with just 8 private villas. There are 18 rooms in the Main camp and at one end they call it Sable Camp which has 7 suites that can be taken somewhat exclusively with private lodge facilities but the rooms are the same. They allow children at the Main and Sable Camp and 16 and older at Rattray’s.

The rooms at Rattrays are really fabulous with two large his and hers bathrooms, large room with sitting area, really good internet with in room access. All rooms are on a flat surface and not a long walk for anyone. The Rattray’s villas all have a view in an area of the river that usually has less water creating a natural crossing for the animals. From our room we watched lions walking back and forth crossing the river. We saw a mother lion with three little cubs on the opposite river bank. Also, a huge herd of cape buffalo and elephants were in the river and crossed right in front of all of the rooms. Fantastic location. The lodge is fenced so no trouble walking around.

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Public Areas

The lodge public areas are lovely. A delightful bright reception area greets you and leads to the expansive deck where breakfast and lunches buffets are served. Off the deck is the dining area where we will have dinner in the evenings. There is a large reading library full of books and also a delightful bar for pre dinner drinks. The area feels very spacious and inviting with a lot of the old Rattray’s family pictures on the walls with some pretty famous people featured.

rattray's barrattray's libraryrattray's card room


There is internet and wifi access in the rooms and also a televison with lots of stations.

Website: Mala Mala Game Reserve


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