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Reviewed 26 June 2017

Hoped this would be a special trip and it exceeded every expectation! Within the first twelve hours we had seen lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, wild dogs and so much more. Our fabulous guide helped us view and identify over sixty birds and thirty eight mammals.Jacques was knowledgeable patient and witty. Enjoyed our meals, the staff (Trevor the exceptional bartender/gentlemen) wine and dancing. Our accommodations were luxurious; especially liked the his and her own private bathrooms. I would return in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank kayer1
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Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

The resort has few "rooms" so it's nice and intimate . When we went we occupied 3 of those rooms .

The room is actually a huge house with big his and hers bathrooms , a living room area and an outdoor tub.

It was our first time to go on safari when we stayed at the resort . The guide was most courteous and knowledgeable .

The food was delicious and the selection varying .

The resort was very clean and boasted of authentic African decor of horns and hides.

One drawback was that there was no early morning breakfast . So when we went on an early morning drive , we were hungry and had to wait later in the morning to look for a place in the reserve to have some packed breakfast .

Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
1  Thank Nikkida
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MalaMalaGameReserve, Marketing at MalaMala Rattray's Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2017

Dear Nikkida,

We are pleased to know that you had a “perfect” first safari experience with us. Thank you for your valuable feedback.
During the summer months at MalaMala, we have recommended itineraries for our guests. While an itinerary is suggested to take advantage of the more comfortable temperature ranges and the enhanced game viewing opportunities, they are not set in stone. Guests are encouraged to discuss their preferences with their ranger, and all possible will be done to accommodate them.
Our summer schedule offers a quick bite to eat before game drives, unless you have arranged to meet at the vehicle to head straight out on your adventure. Some guests prefer returning to camp for a big breakfast after drive, whilst other opt to stay in the bush with a packed breakfast. We offer the flexibility of choice.
During winter months we serve a hot breakfast before game drive, as the pleasant temperatures allows for more extensive game drives, unlike during the summer, where the hot summer sun ushers our guests to the cool environment of their luxury, air conditioned khayas.
At Rattray’s on MalaMala we pride ourselves in delivering on all of our guests’ special, and individual requirements and expectations. We hope to welcome you back in the near future.

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Reviewed 7 June 2017

Most amazing lodge in Kruger. Accommodations are terrific. Service was fabulous. Everyone is so friendly and couldn't do enough to make sure our experience was a fabulous one.
Daniel is a wonderful guide and made sure that we saw every possible animal. He tracked down herds of animals for us to view. This lodge won't disappoint!

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with friends
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MalaMalaGameReserve, Marketing at MalaMala Rattray's Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2017

Many thanks for such a lovely review on MalaMala , we are pleased to hear you had a terrific stay with us.
We look forward to welcoming you once again in the near future!

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Reviewed 16 May 2017

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.

Room Tip: All the rooms have a view of the river
  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled solo
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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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MalaMalaGameReserve, Marketing at MalaMala Rattray's Camp, 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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