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#1 of 4 Speciality lodging in Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
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. Allowing nature to move to its innate rhythm, guests experience today what the forefathers of the African Safari would have experienced at the turn of the century. 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 (MalaMala Main Camp, Sable Camp and Rattray's on MalaMala) 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.
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GBubrick wrote a review 21 Jul
Fort Lauderdale, Florida24 contributions19 helpful votes
Spent 4 nights. 7 drives. This is the best camp we visited among 6 overall. Big fives. Two kills. Wild dogs. Accommodations are 5*. Food and service commensurate. Guide, Michael Botes, was terrific. Full stop. When we return to SA for safari, this is the only place we will stay.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Ken M wrote a review 12 Jul
San Antonio, Texas73 contributions44 helpful votes
If you are looking for a special kind of adventure, where one can see the amazing world of African wildlife up close while experiencing top level service and amenities, look no further. This was 8th safari camp experience, and it was by far the best of a great group of stays. I felt as though a very rich friend had invited us to use his home, and told his staff to take extra special care of us. The physical location is beautiful and beyond comfortable, the food and drinks excellent, the wildlife experience was jaw-dropping, and the service was just right. We were making plans for our next trip before we had been there a full day. Why go on safari and miss this, the very best?
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Do not scrimp on your time here. We were there 3days, and wished it were 4 or 5.
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claudiodare wrote a review May 2021
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa2 contributions
We travel extensively to Game lodges in Southern Africa including the top Luxury lodges in Botswana and have recently been to Mala Mala again for the second time. We had the best experience at Mala Mala that we have ever had so far. Game was plentiful including the Big 5, in the 4 days we stayed, we saw all the big 5 on 2 of the 4 days, and the other 2 days we saw 4 of the Big 5. This was all viewed a Close quarters as they are able to drive Off road right up to the animals. This is a must if you would like to have great sightings. I must mention that the exceptional services of our Game Ranger Michael Botes was the utmost delight and very important if you want a great experience. Not having an exceptional game ranger is like having a great car and not being able to drive it. The tracking ability of the ranger was exceptional and he was able to find the sightings to our perfection. The Experience well worth the money spent and you will not be disillusioned.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Room Tip: Rattray's Camp - all are great rooms
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Kenneth U wrote a review Mar 2020
Los Angeles, California36 contributions26 helpful votes
The staff and management are welcoming and bent over backward to please. The bungalows are huge and luxurious. The wildlife viewing was spectacular. Our guide, Michael, was extremely knowledgeable and I was particularly impressed by this tracking skills. We went to see the Big 5, and we did, but the bird life was spectacular (I'm running out of superlatives) and Michael turned out to be an experienced birder and was able to share his information with us.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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realproperty wrote a review Feb 2020
Toronto, Canada77 contributions60 helpful votes
You don't get a room, you get your own luxury house. That is just for starters. The game drives, even with the winter grasses did not disappoint. We saw the big 5 plus so many more. What makes the place special is the people. Bruce, Amy, Trevor are friendly, outgoing, personable and personal and make you feel special, that you belong. Only 8 rooms, 16 people at a time here so it really is yours to enjoy. The staff are all very friendly and happy that you are there. Gordon was our tracker and a finer fellow and guide you will never meet. He knows every species of animal, bird, turtle, grasshopper and clearly loves what he does. He lets you get to know him personally and that makes it all the more fun. The food is exceptional. There is nothing to complain about at all. Splurge if you have to to stay at Rattrays.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about MalaMala Rattray's Camp
What are some of the property amenities at MalaMala Rattray's Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at MalaMala Rattray's Camp?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at MalaMala Rattray's Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at MalaMala Rattray's Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at MalaMala Rattray's Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does MalaMala Rattray's Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, MalaMala Rattray's Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.