Mala Mala Game Reserve
It's all about the Wildlife
"Not even Tanzania's famed Serengeti Game Reserve or the awesome Ngorongoro Crater fills your camera viewfinder faster with Africa's legendary Big Five - at MalaMala, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros and elephant appear magically," says acclaimed wildlife photojournalist Geoff Dalglish in his Sunday Times review. "Nor could Hollywood script the wide-screen wildlife encounters any more dramatically or frequently than nature does routinely in the private game reserve that is arguably South Africa's most famous internationally."
MalaMala Game Reserve is the Safari Industry's blueprint to the luxury photographic safari. In existence since 1927, this massive thriving tract of land produces the most exciting wildlife experience this side of the equator. MalaMala Game Reserve is the largest private Big Five game reserve in South Africa. Comprising 13 300 ha (33 000 acres), MalaMala shares a 19 km (12 mile) unfenced border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, and lies strategically sandwiched between the National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve.
For over four decades, Michael Rattray has remained focused on his objective to preserve and protect the land over which he is custodian. This philosophy has paid off, as experienced by a veritable collection of photojournalists and film-makers who have made MalaMala their destination of choice to capture footage of wildlife viewing that would rival any Hollywood production for thrilling and breathtaking animal encounters.
MalaMala's Camps are the embodiment of an authentic safari experience pioneered at a time when the safari was simple - unassuming camps, vast sweeping plains, the African sky and the bush in all its splendour. Wellness was the feeling after a long day in the wild. Cigars were shared without pomp and ceremony. Guests to MalaMala will still spend hours beneath an inky sky in the traditional boma exchanging stories from the wild - a sumptuous meal, good company and relaxed faces warmed by the crackling fire, accompanied by the nocturnal symphony of sound.
The soul of MalaMala's Main Camp is evident:
- In the sepia photographs in the safari bar, reflecting the history of the area;
- In the massive Jackalberry tree, a silent witness in the boma from the beginning;
- In the faces of the staff, some who have worked for the family for over 30 years;
- In the floodplain beyond the camp which has witnessed the changes year on year;
- In the granite outcrops of Sithlawayise and Campbell Koppies which stand guard over this pristine wilderness area;
- In the Sand River which journeys through this sanctuary supporting the healthy eco system;
- In the generations of wild animals which have found solace in their home territories on MalaMala
Rattray’s on MalaMala
Rattray's on MalaMala offers a glimpse of an era long past, when distant travellers to Africa married the magic of the wild with an elegance and refinement that have been immortalized in Karen Blixen's epic tale, 'Out of Africa'. The epitome of regal colonial safari-style, the newest addition to the MalaMala portfolio is a culmination of over 40 years of experience within the Rattray Family.
Rattray's on MalaMala bears the style of crystal and leather, with beautiful furnishings that are a treat to the connoisseur of the finer things in life, captured over generations on a land that remains as old as time.
Each of the 8 suites or khayas (the Zulu for "home") functions as an inclusive home, resplendent with hand-selected furnishings, lavish his-and-hers bathrooms, a secluded outdoor shower and a private heated plunge pool.
MalaMala Main Camp
Every aspect of the Main Camp is designed to appreciate and enjoy the view of the surrounding wilds. Pathways wind their way along the perimeter of the camp to reveal individual ochre colored units tucked into the greenery which flanks the Sand River. Massive trees and rolling green lawns are filled with birdsong, with the occasional antelope or elephant which seeks the succulence of greenery.
The camp is unfenced - an oasis in the middle of the bushveld. Accommodation consists of 8 luxury suites; 10 luxury rooms and 1 single room (no single supplement levied) each with; "His" and "hers" bathrooms; 24-hour temperature control; Direct dial telephones; A mini-bar; A mini-safe; Bathroom amenities, insect repellent and hairdryers; tea and coffee making facilities.
Imbued with the spirit of MalaMala, the Sable Camp is a more intimate version of the Main Camp and the choice for those seeking a more private and intimate safari. Situated at the southern end of the MalaMala Camp in a prime elevated position overlooking the Sand River and surrounding bushveld, Sable Camp accommodates a maximum of 14 guests. It may also be reserved exclusively for between 10 & 18 guests – but book early!
Each of the 7 individually decorated, spacious and comfortable suites under traditional thatching occupies an idyllic vantage point and provides a platform from which to admire the panoramic view.