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#8 of 22 lodges in Hluhluwe
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Malala is a bush lodge on a 140 hectare (340 acre) private nature reserve, accommodating a maximum of only 18 guests, thereby ensuring a tranquil African bush atmosphere and experience. Our lodge is located in the Hluhluwe area, in the centre of the Elephant Coast in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. We are ideally positioned between the world-renowned Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, Mkhuze Game Reserve, Sodwana Bay and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Malala has been owned and managed by the Harvey family since 2001 and we, together with an enthusiastic team of staff, are always on hand to provide the personal attention one would associate with a small intimate lodge. Our property has a variety of vegetation types, including lowland forest, woodland, grasslands and wetlands. You can enjoy a leisurely stroll through these diverse habitats on well-maintained and marked walking trails. You may come across some of our game, which includes Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Nyala, Reedbuck and Red and Grey Duiker. In addition, Malala Lodge is at the centre of the birding hotspot of KwaZulu-Natal with over 500 species of bird having been recorded in the Elephant Coast area. The Malala Lodge birdlist currently has over 270 recorded species. The main thatched lodge is centrally positioned within the camp and overlooks indigenous forest. Here guests can enjoy a relaxing drink in the cosy bush pub or take a dip in the palm-fringed swimming pool. Meals are available, by prior arrangement, in the lodge dining room: - Dinner is a home-styled three-course set menu with cheese and biscuits and tea/coffee; and - Breakfast is a full English breakfast including cereals, fruit salad, yoghurt and tea/coffee. Adjoining the dining room is a small reading lounge where a variety of magazines and books are available for your interest. Malala Lodge can accommodate guests on a self-catering basis or, if you would prefer, indulge yourself in genuine home-cooked meals in the attractive thatched dining room. Our accommodation, which nestles within the forest fringe, comprises: - Four private, thatched, open plan chalets all with en-suite shower facilities. The chalets are 1-bedroom units which can accommodate 2 adults, or 2 adults and a child. All the chalets come with fully equipped kitchenettes, ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities. - A semi-detached chalet equipped with en-suite shower facilities, separate lounge, kitchenette and ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities. The chalet accommodates two adults sharing. - Two family cottages each comprising two bedrooms (en-suite), lounge and kitchenette and equipped with ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities. These units accommodate family groups of up to 4. - A family cottage comprising two bedrooms, bathroom, lounge and kitchen and equipped with ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities. This large unit accommodates a family group of up to 5. All of the accommodation units are supplied with tea/coffee facilities and all linen and towels are provided. We provide game drives, by prior arrangement, in our open game-viewing vehicle into the world renowned Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, providing guests with a superb opportunity of viewing a multitude of mammals, birds, reptiles and plants. Other activities include: - Self-drive day trips to the parks and beaches of St. Lucia, Sodwana Bay and Cape Vidal for boat cruises, kayaking, snorkelling, diving and whale watching. - Walking and horse trails through nearby parks and reserves. - Cultural Zulu Village tours - gain firsthand knowledge of traditional Zulu culture and lifestyle.
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Alan V wrote a review Jun 2017
Bangkok, Thailand18 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent three nights at this lovely lodge outside of the Hluhluwe Game Park. We opted for both breakfast and dinner package as well as a game drive. The food was delicious and plentiful with a good variety.
the game drive was very enjoyable as Peter took us for a fun late afternoon outing seeing many animals in a short period of time and followed up with a snack and drink at a very setting.
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Date of stay: June 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Paul H, Owner at Malala Lodge
Responded 18 Jun 2017
Thanks for the review, Alan. We're very glad you enjoyed your time with us. Kind Regards Paul
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r00dt7 wrote a review Jun 2015
Durban, South Africa3 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My boyfriend and I stayed at Malala Lodge for 3 nights recently and WOW did the lodge, the owners and other staff far exceed our expectations. Tranquil, comfortable and clean accommodation, first class delicious home cooked meals, and people that go the extra mile for their guests is what you will find here. Not far from a number of Reserves and St Lucia this place is an absolute gem, we are already planning our next visit.
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Date of stay: June 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Trish S wrote a review Jan 2015
Sydney30 contributions20 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My sister, daughter and I spent 2 nights at Malala Lodge.
Driving up from Durban it was very easy to find the lodge and Jane was happy to let us check in early which was kind of her.
The lodge is in a lovely location, very quiet surroundings and has a real 'out in the bush' feel to it.
It is family owned and run, and the family can't do too much for you. They prepare delicious home cooked dinners and breakfasts, and there was always plenty of food and a ready smile to go with it.
The game drive with Pete in Hluhluwe National Park was very informative.
We had a 2 bedroom cabin tucked in the trees which was very private. Have to say that our quality of sleep would have been greatly improved by the addition of fly screens on the windows, as we found ourselves battling with large flying insects as soon as we opened a window. The fans in the twin bedroom were so noisy it was impossible to sleep with them on, but it was also not possible to have the windows open for breeze because of the bug-life.
We went on several walks around the property, but there was not much game to be seen unfortunately. The drinks around the pool, however, were very welcome, as was the cool pool after a hot day.
All in all we had a very pleasant two days break at Malala before moving on.
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Date of stay: November 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Paul H, Owner at Malala Lodge
Responded 02 Feb 2015
Dear Trish, Thank you for taking the time to post a review about your recent stay at Malala – much appreciated. We are very glad to hear that you all enjoyed your stay with us. We particularly appreciate you highlighting the “out in the bush feel” and the personal nature of our family run lodge. These certainly are very important elements of the Malala experience that we strive to achieve. To address your concerns: - We have in the past given consideration to the addition of flyscreens. However, our past experience shows that the presence of insects in our units is not a common occurrence, and we also feel that the addition of flyscreens may detract from the “out in the bush feel” you referred to. - We are sorry to hear that the one fan was noisy. Our primary concern is the comfort of our guests, and we would certainly have rectified the matter immediately, had we been aware of it. We would strongly encourage guests to mention such matters as they arise during their stay. Again, thank you for the feedback and we hope to see you back again one day. Kind Regards Paul Harvey
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Tinatart wrote a review Aug 2018
14 contributions4 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived to find that the Harvey’s have left. Dave and Cindy have taken over. They are really lovely people and have great plans for Malala. We have every confidence that they will transform the tired decor and worn out bedding. Then this place will be a real gem. I just want to warn anyone visiting soon to phone ahead first to check the new bedding has arrived as it really isn’t very nice at the moment. We were assured it had been ordered. I hope this is a fair review. Cindy and Dave couldn’t have been more helpful but unfortunately the bedding meant we checked out after one night.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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jonbailey79 wrote a review Sept 2012
Cirencester, United Kingdom1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Malala Lodge for 3 nights during August and had a great stay. The hospitality from Jane, Pete and Paul was outstanding from the moment we arrived and we were made to feel very welcome . We opted for the dinner, bed and breakfast package and were not dissapointed - the home cooked food was excellent and Jane & Paul did a great job with the varied menu and excellent service. Our highlight was a fantastic game drive into Hluhluwe park with Pete, which we did on our final day at Malala. We saw a whole range of different animals during our drive and Pete was incredibly knowledgable about all aspects of the park. We really enjoyed at stay at Malala Lodge and would certainly recommend to anyone.
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Date of stay: August 2012Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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DennisvanT wrote a review Mar 2012
Rotterdam, The Netherlands10 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a great time at Malala Lodge!

The lodge is run by Pete, Jane and Paul Harvey in a nice and quiet area nearby the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game reserve (the park that saved the White Rhinoceros from extinction).

It is a 25 min drive from the lodge to the reserve. Be prepared to see impala, zebra, gekko's and vervet monkeys on your porch and then you're not even in the park!

I'm usually not fond of dinners included in the stay, but the dinners prepared by Jane and Paul were very good. I really enjoyed the food there accompanied by a great bottle of wine. Just as nice as eating at my mum's and my mum is an excellent cook. True!

The game drive with Pete was great, we think that Pete should be the next narrator of BBC Life, seriously. If you're interested in wildlife: just ask Pete on the drive. He's a walking wiki- and encyclopedia. I also enjoyed the afternoon drinks very much, sitting at the bar with the other guests and either Pete or Paul. Talking about all sorts of subjects (not only wildlife).

The family is very friendly and hospitable and we really appreciated the British humor and "correct" way of making guests have a perfect stay at the lodge.

Friends of ours are visiting SA in June and we have strongly advised them to stay a couple of days at Malala! We ourselves would definitely go there again!

Dennis & Jenny, March 2012
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Date of stay: March 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Christian S wrote a review Jan 2012
Frankfurt, Germany96 contributions54 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was our second trip to South Africa and we more or less by accident came across Malala Lodge. We stayed 4 nights and - as we arrived on New Years Day - booked dinner for the first day. It was a marvelous experience and we instantly decided to have dinner at the lodge every night. We enjoyed the lodges hidden away from other guests and the well furnished, clean and accurately serviced rooms. We accepted the offer to have a game drive in Hluhluwe reserve with Pete and it was an amazing experience. Pete seems to know everything about every animal and above all surprised us with a picnic at a scenic location above the Hluhluwe river. We very much liked the heartily atmosphere and our conversations with Jane which made us feel like part of the family.
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Date of stay: January 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Adam1829 wrote a review Jul 2010
Cincinnati46 contributions3 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Traveling with my brother and another friend during the World Cup we were looking to wrap up our trip with a safari experience. I reserved a 3 night stay at Malala Lodge near the Hluhluwe Game Reserve hoping for a comfortable, clean place to relax after spending our days exploring. We booked the safari special which included breakfast, dinner, and 2 guided game drives and/or guided cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary.

What we found at Malala Lodge was a true hidden gem (I say hidden because I couldn't find much info about Malala on the internet ahead of our trip). From the moment we arrived Jane was very welcoming and made us feel right at home. The dinners were wonderful home-cooked, full-course meals. Such a nice treat after eating at restaurants the prior 2 weeks. Our chalet was clean and comfortable and the surrounding property was absolutely serene.

But the true highlight for us was the game drive we took with Pete as our guide in Hluhluwe Game Reserve. The depth of his knowledge of the Game Reserve and all the animals within made for a truly fascinating experience. We could have spent days riding around in Hluhluwe with Pete. And to top it off he then took care of us in the evenings at their cozy little bar where we were able to sit, relax, and discuss all of the amazing things we experienced that day.

My brother, my friend, and I cannot say enough about our time at Malala Lodge. It was so much more than we were hoping for. Thank you Pete, Jane, Paul, and Leslie for such a wonderful experience!
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Date of stay: June 2010
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Kendra1523 wrote a review Nov 2019
Chiang Mai, Thailand6 contributions3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Due to the poor state of the Lodge and facilities, my family and I left Malala in early October after only 1 night of a 3 night ‘Safari Special’ booking.
At the time of departure, Management in Durban told us the lodge really should not be open to visitors due to the poor state of the facilities. That was an understatement. Our "3-course" dinner arrived an hour late in the boot of a car!! The weetbix at breakfast were teaming with weevils, the pool was unsafe to swim in and not able to be used when we arrived, cockroaches and animal droppings in the rooms, old and dirty crockery, broken appliances....the list goes on.
I have not posted this review until now as Management assured us at the time of departure we would be refunded for the lost accommodation, airport transfers and game drive/boat cruise. Even if this was a partial refund, this would have made up for our loss of a significant booking and need to find new accommodation. Unfortunately since then, despite numerous sent emails I have received no responses from the new management at Malala. I would really like to work this out with the new Management and hope to receive an email reply. In the mean time be warned - the website description and photos are not any reflection of what Malala is like.
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Date of stay: October 2019
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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langstonejohn wrote a review Mar 2018
Cape Town Central, South Africa20 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We are long-term regular visitors to Malala Lodge, and always find it excellent in every way. The cottages are comfortable, clean, quiet and secluded from each other, so they offer a lovely environment in which to relax. The reserve is beautifully maintained, and full of interesting trees, plants, animals and birds. This year we enjoyed an interesting walk round the estate with Pete, plus of course one of his great game drives in the Hluhluwe reserve. Paul continues to offer great homely food. We miss Malala when we are back home in the UK, so we are certainly planning to visit again next year.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Paul H, Owner at Malala Lodge
Responded 18 Mar 2018
We try not to have "favourites" amongst our many repeat guests, but John and Maggie are easily in our Top 3! Enthusiastic, pleasant and always up for a good laugh make them an absolute pleasure to host and we always look forward to their annual visit. Kind Regards Paul
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pattyNewJersey asked a question Jan 2017
new jersey12 contributions4 helpful votes
Are hairdryers supplied in rooms?
Answer from Claude S
Champery, Switzerland271 contributions78 helpful votes
Yes but you have to ask for it at the reception.
Debbie S wrote a tip Dec 2019
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa13 contributions4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Check that they really are open first!"
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Larni V wrote a tip Feb 2018
South Africa211 contributions38 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"They are all great!"
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203aried wrote a tip Dec 2017
Almere, The Netherlands8 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms are about the same, all very quiet and peaceful"
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philip g wrote a tip Dec 2017
Norwich, United Kingdom4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All good with great views"
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sapphirephoenix wrote a tip Sept 2017
Central Coast, Australia27 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are excellent"
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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