The rooms and restaurant all lovely, bartender is amazing and remembers everyone and everything.. Beautiful setting in the Mala Mala private game reserve which is next to Kruger National Park.
However, the guides have an agenda - looking for lions, leopards, cheetah's and if you want to see smaller animals or birds they will very reluctantly participate. They don't ask, just go where the big game has been reported, if you want to see cats, elephants, hippos and this is your first time on safari, it would be great.
Guides are also allowed to take photos, and they have very expensive camera equipment, thus their attention is often diverted by this personal activity.
Also the guides eat 3 meals a day with you, kind of tiring.
Overall out of my 15 Safari lodges in Tanzania, Botswana and now S. Africa (over 3 separate trips) I would rate this a 3.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mala Mala Rattray`s Camp Hotel Mala Mala Private Game Reserve