Mala Mala 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. The Mala Mala Game Reserve is the largest private Big Five game reserve in South Africa. Comprising 13 300 ha, and shares a 19 km (12 mile) unfenced border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park and lies 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 Mala Mala Game Reserve their destination of choice to capture footage of wildlife viewing that would rival any Hollywood production for thrilling and breathtaking animal encounters.
The Camps (Main Camp, Sable Camp and Rattray’s) at Mala Mala Game Reserve 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 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.
Every aspect of the Main Camp is designed to appreciate and enjoy the view of the surrounding wilds. Pathways wind their way along the perimeter of the camp to reveal individual ochre colored units tucked into the greenery which flanks the Sand River. Massive trees and rolling green lawns are filled with birdsong, with the occasional antelope or elephant which seeks the succulence of greenery.
The camp is unfenced – an oasis in the midst of the bushveld .
Camp Facilities :
The impressive lounge, air-conditioned dining room and historic bar are conducive to good companionship – safari style. Air-conditioned library with satellite television, internet connectivity and DVD player – affectionately referred to as the Monkey Club. A large wooden safari deck, in the shade of a Jackalberry Tree – the ideal vantage point from which to observe the steady flow of animal life at the Sand River’s edge. A large filtered infinity pool with magnificent views across the river. A well-appointed safari boutique with quality clothing, jewellery and artefacts. A small fitness facility with stationary bicycle, treadmill, multigym machine, rowing machine, sit up benches, pull up bar, free weights, mats and a steam room. A massage service is available on request. A fully stocked wine-cellar houses a selection of some of South Africa’s finest wines
8 luxury suites and 10 luxury rooms each with :-
” His” and ” hers ” bathrooms 24 hour temperature control Direct dial telephones A mini-bar A mini safe Tea and coffee making facilties Hairdryers Insect repellent Family rooms able to accommodate a third adult or two children are available on request.
A fully equipped disabled suite is available – click here for further information
Age restriction :
Children of all ages accepted. Children under 12 years of age, sharing with an adult, pay the quoted child tariff. No children of 4 years and younger are permitted in the boma for dinner, or on game drives (unless parent’s have booked sole use of a vehicle). A babysitting facility is available at a nominal fee.
Capacity on Game Drives : 6 guests per safari vehicle.
Imbued with the spirit of sharing her soul, the Sable Camp is a more intimate version of the Main Camp and the choice for those seeking a more private and intimate safari. Situated at the southern end of the Main Camp in a prime elevated position overlooking the Sand River and surrounding bushveld, Sable Camp accommodates a maximum of 14 guests. It may also be reserved exclusively for between 10 & 18 guests – but book early! Each of the individually decorated, spacious and comfortable suites under traditional thatching occupies an idyllic vantage point and provides a platform from which to admire the unimpeded views.
Camp Facilities :
Air-conditioned library with satellite television, internet connectivity and DVD player. Air-conditioned safari bar and dining-room. A large wooden safari deck – the ideal vantage point from which to observe the steady flow of animal life at the Sand River’s edge. Safari Deck overlooking the Sand River and surrounding bushveld. A filtered Swimming Pool nestled in the flood plain below the Camp. A massage service is available on request. A fully stocked wine-cellar houses a selection of some of South Africa’s finest wines. The Safari Boutique & Fitness Facility are located in the Main Camp which is situated close by.
5 luxury suites each with :-
“his” and “hers” bathrooms 24 hour temperature control direct dial telephones a mini-bar a mini safe Tea and coffee making facilties Hairdryer Family rooms able to accommodate a third adult are available on request.
Lions Den Suite : 2 en-suite bedrooms (with facilities as above) separated by a large sitting room.
Age Restriction : No children under the age of 12
Capacity on Game Drives : 6 guests per safari vehicle
Rattray’s offers a glimpse of an era long past when distant travellers to Africa married the magic of the wild with an elegance and refinement that have been immortalized in the epic tale of Karen Blixen in ‘Out of Africa’. The epitome of regal colonial safari-style, the newest addition to the portfolio is a culmination of over 40 years of experience within the Rattray Family.
Rattray’s bears the style of crystal and leather, with beautiful furnishings that are a treat to the connoisseur of the finer things in life, captured over generations on a land that remains as old as time.
Each suite or khaya (Zulu for “home”) functions as an inclusive home, resplendent with hand-selected furnishings, lavish his-and-hers bathrooms, a secluded outdoor shower and a private heated plunge pool..
Camp Facilities :
A beautifully appointed library containing rare Africana books and magnificent works of art An elegant, African themed air-conditioned dining room A historic bar featuring photographs of the early days of this unique area and its pioneers A large wooden safari deck where meals are served – and an awesome game viewing experience in itself ! A large filtered infinity pool with magnificent views across the river A well-appointed safari boutique with quality clothing, jewellery and artefacts A small fitness facility with stationary bicycle, treadmill, multigym machine, rowing machine, sit up benches, pull up bar, free weights, mats and a steam room A massage service is available on request A fully stocked wine-cellar houses a selection of some of South Africa’s finest wines
8 luxury khayas for a maximum of 16 guests Private verandah with grand river views Indigenous private garden – a haven for the birds ” his ” & ” hers ” bathrooms featuring a ball and claw footed bath, double shower, & under floor heating Outdoor shower for a nature experience with a difference Heated plunge pool built into the private verandah Outdoor and Indoor dining area for intimate in-room dining 24 hour temperature control – airconditioning, heating and overhead fans Hairdryer direct dial telephones a mini-bar a mini safe Tea & coffee making facilities Optional satellite television, laptop computer with wireless internet connectivity and DVD player
Age restriction : No children under the age of 16
Capacity on Game Drives : 4 guests per safari vehicle
Mala Mala Game Viewing
Photographic safaris at Mala Mala Game Reserve are conducted in open 4-wheel drive vehicles which allows for total freedom of movement and the ability to leave the road and track down Africa’s Big Five
Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo. After dark, spotlight safaris provide the opportunity to view nocturnal creatures and carnivores on the hunt and walking safaris with an armed ranger can be arranged on request. The success of the safaris can be measured by the fact that more than 76% of guests are members of the exclusive ‘Big Five Club’, which means that they have had contact sightings of the Big Five. This phenomenal rate of viewing success is directly attributed to the fact that Mala Mala Game Reserve comprises 45000 acres or 18000 hectares of pristine game viewing land, making it the largest privately owned game reserve in South Africa, with human density and impact on the land being kept to an absolute minimum. Another reason is the unfenced border between Mala Mala Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park, which allows herds of animals to migrate unhindered to the perennial Sand River which flows north to south through Mala Mala Game Reserve for 45 kilometers or 28 miles.
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