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Rattray's on MalaMala
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

From the moment we arrived at Skukuza airport to the moment we were driven away from Rattray's at Mala Mall, things could not have been more perfect. Food and drink service was impeccable and very well presented. Our game drives exceeded expectation, and it was especially interesting to drink wine at sunset while observing a newly found nest of hyenas.Ranger Daniel was especially informative and found the Big 5 and so much more. Our accommodation was gorgeous and so very well thought out. A small interior and exterior dining space, 2 HUGE bathrooms, outdoor plunge pool and river views. My husband is very particular and he was completely enthralled with the entire experience. We've been home a week now, and nearly 2 weeks from our exciting time at Rattrays. We keep telling ourselves how lucky we were to have enjoyed this special place, and how much we miss it. Truly magical. Alex and his staff really go beyond "the norm" and will provide you with a wonderful life awareness experience.

Room Tip: All 8 rooms face the river. All are very private.
  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank luggageliza
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MalaMalaGameReserve, Marketing at Rattray's on MalaMala, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Dear Guest,

Many thanks for the lovely review on MalaMala, we are pleased to hear you truly enjoyed your safari stay with us. We are also happy to know you got to see the Big 5 under the wing of our experienced ranger Daniel, we will definitely pass your compliments to him.

We hope to welcome you once again for another 'perfect' safari experience with us .

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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Beautifully appointed lodges. Privacy at its best. Amazing game drives with Daniel our ranger always searching and tracking the best opportunities to view the host of wildlife. Alex and Nerine headed up the very courteous team to ensure we had a fabulous stay and especially making our 25th wedding anniversary memorable. Thank you

Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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MalaMalaGameReserve, Marketing at Rattray's on MalaMala, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Dear Guest,

Such a wonderful review on MalaMala, we are ecstatic to know you had a 'vacation' with us and to top it all, your 25th wedding anniversary was made special by our team, thank you for celebrating it with us. We will definitely pass your compliments to Daniel, your ranger and hope to welcome you again to MalaMala for another unforgettable safari experience

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

How to describe. Three nights at the wonderful Rattray's. Two full days and two half days with Joe the Ranger. A perfect few days. Our suite / villa / lodge - difficult to know what to call an 8 room home - a huge bedroom and living room with a view out over the river, a his and hers suite of rooms (a shower/bathroom, a toilet/sink room and a dressing room EACH. The food was excellent and the wine flowed freely. The staff from the managemet down were wonderful, kind, informed and absolutely charming. You were met by at least one of the senior management team everytime you came back from a drive - a really nice touch. Joe, out Ranger, was an absolute legend - we saw everything several times including lions, lionesses, leopards plus many many more. We had an extraordinary experience watching bullfrogs fighting and mating (see pictures) and Joe lying in a puddle to photograph them. This was the perfect time for us!!! Thank you everyone at Rattray's for making our stay so unforgettable

Room Tip: All of the rooms overlook the river
  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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MalaMalaGameReserve, Marketing at Rattray's on MalaMala, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2017

Dear Guest,

Many thanks for the lovely review on MalaMala Game Reserve, it gives us pleasure to know you enjoyed your safari experience with us .

We will definitely pass your compliments to all the staff, especially Joe, your ranger who gave you priceless moments with the diverse MalaMala wildlife on your game drives .

We look forward to welcoming you once again for another '10' safari experience.

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Reviewed 22 January 2017

the staff at Rattray's are fantastic! The ranger guides are very competent, informative, enthusiastic and dedicated to making our visit incomparably exciting for viewing the wildlife and all the beauty of the region. The rooms are very comfortable and well thought out, the dining room and the informality of the lodge are genuinely geared to the maximum care of the guests. We had a wonderful experience at Rattray's and we highly recommend the facility. I am ready to return as soon as possible. Simply the greatest way to enjoy being on Safari.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We recently spent 3 nights here on our first safari in Africa .

The game viewing was fantastic, saw the big five and more on our first game drive. Our ranger Joe is very knowledgeable and passionate about the animals and the environment. He is polite and helpful, and we are very grateful to have him as our ranger.

The food is adequate, not over the top. If you wish to have something different from what is offered on the menu, the chef would do his best to accommodate.

The suite / lodge was elegant and luxurious with his and hers bathroom , outside shower, and a huge deck to relax and watch for animal activities . Well maintained and housekeeping did a fantastic job.

We are certainly hooked on African safari and already planning our next trip.

Our only gripe - for the price we paid, we were charged for the one beer my husband drank on the sundowner / picnic ? Additionally, we have to pay for WATER during meals ? A bit petty and calculative , we think, compared to other similar high end lodges.

Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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MalaMalaGameReserve, General Manager at Rattray's on MalaMala, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2017

Dear Guest ,

Many thanks for taking time to write a review on MalaMala, we do always appreciate feedback from all our guests.

You will be delighted to note that Rattray’s on MalaMala is now inclusive of all non-premium drinks, bottled water and sparkling water. This was introduced in January 2017.Thank you for your feedback and we will certainly pass on your glowing reference to Joe.

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