Mala Mala Game Reserve: Luxury in the Wild
Are you seeking a South African adventure, but haven't found a place that meets your expectations? If you are a person who expects the very best – and aims to get it – The Game Reserve offers posh accommodations, exciting adventures and attentive staff.
The largest and one of the oldest private game viewing reserves, Mala Mala is situated alongside the Kruger National Park. No fences divide the two reserves so that animals have freedom to migrate to the Sand River.
Mala Mala enjoys the distinction of first to change over from hunting wild animals to shooting their pictures.
Mala Mala Game Reserve is dubbed the "blueprint" from which other South African safaris were modeled.
Main Camp consists of 19 thatched rondavel guest rooms on the banks of the Sands River. Luxurious amenities include 'his and hers' bathrooms, African art, mini bar, large comfy beds and more.
Watch wild animals refresh themselves, from your private veranda overlooking the river. After a day of adventuring in the bush, enjoy safari themed dining.
Sable Camp is a boutique type section of Mala Mala, intended for people whose emphasis is on exclusivity. With only seven opulent suites, your privacy is protected.
Rattray's on Mala Mala is the namesake of Michael Rattray, founder of the game reserve. Eight khayas ("home" in Zulu language) serve as all-encompassing dwellings, including hand-picked furniture, verandas with private plunge pools, private dining rooms and outdoor showers.
The Big Five
Buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhinoceros make up "The Big Five", which once were the most dangerous, yet most coveted animals of big game hunters. You can still experience the spine-tingling thrill of sighting The Big Five, but nowadays the only shooting is with cameras.
Guided game drives are available day and night. A ranger and Shangaan tracker serve as your hosts. Tours are taken in a 4-wheel drive vehicle so that the ranger can go off-road for your up close and personal observation of animals in the wild.
During night game drives, you may get to watch wild animals capture prey and feed their young. At any rate, the bush is a busy place after dark, providing you with amazing photo-ops.
If you prefer, daytime walking safaris can be arranged.
In addition to The Big Five, you may encounter mongoose, giraffe, zebra, antelope, wildebeest and more. If birding is your pleasure, you'll be delighted to learn that over 300 bird species call Mala Mala home.
Serious bird watchers should book a private game drive. The crowned Hornbill, Harrier Hawk, African Jacana, gray Lourie and ostrich are a few birds, which are commonly sighted on the reserve.
This is your moment. You may never pass this way again. Savor every second of your unforgettable stay at Mala Mala Game Reserve.