- One of the oldest private game reserves in South Africa.
- Exclusive setting in private reserve bordering the Sabi Sands & Kruger National Park.
- Sole-use reserve, no other lodge vehicles.
- Amazing Big 5 game viewing & birding and virtually guaranteed leopard sightings.
- The impressive lounge, air-conditioned dining room and historic bar are conducive to good companionship – safari style.
- A large wooden safari deck, in the shade of a Jackalberry tree – the ideal vantage point from which to observe the collection of animal life at the Sand River’s edge.
- A large filtered infinity pool with magnificent views across the river.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Captivated by Africa’s landscapes, people and wildlife, travellers have always been inspired to make a visual record of the far flung savannah plains and dramatic hoof-and-claw encounters they witness here. Early adventurers painted what they saw; modern visitors capture the moment through the lens of a camera, often with passion and expertise to rival a professional photographer. Two safaris per day – morning and afternoon/evening – 3 hours each with a morning and afternoon coffee/sundowner stop.
A walking safari with your rangers is optional and takes place after breakfast, with your ranger. African safaris are changing. As surely as the camera has replaced the hunting rifle, the growing popularity of guided walking safaris has revolutionised traditional game viewing activities. Away from the confines of a vehicle, travellers are now venturing into big game country on foot for anything from an hour’s stroll to several days, spending starlit nights at remote lodges or tented camps.
Game drives are conducted twice a day (early morning, and late afternoon/ evening) in open 4-wheel drive safari vehicles in the 40,000 acre private reserve. The rangers are in constant radio communication with one another to keep each other informed about the location of wildlife. Headsets are used for this purpose so as not to interrupt the sounds of the African bush. The 4-wheel drive safari vehicles enable the rangers to leave the road and provide guests with close up game viewing and fantastic photographic opportunities. Night drives, with the aid of powerful spotlights, bring the bush to life at night.
We offer a Community Tour, available to Sabi Sabi guests after breakfast each day. This is to be pre-booked at an additional charge, and these funds are invested back into the community. The tour focuses on an authentic experience, and you will have the chance to view life from the perspective of our staff, as the majority of our staff are from the local communities of Lillydale, Justicia and Huntington.
Visitors may head out on foot with their armed ranger. The perspective of the bush is entirely different to that of a vehicle, and guests will learn to read the signs of the wild, and perhaps come into close contact with the different animal species on the reserve.
Golf safaris in Africa are the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation; we’ve ensured that there’s plenty of flexibility too, but above all it’s about the 18-hole experience. Truly superb golf courses await the golfer in Africa: South Africa is home to several of the world’s finest golf and safari resorts, as is Mauritius.
We’re proud to support trekking tourism that contributes directly to protecting rainforest habitats and conserving both mountain gorillas and western lowland gorillas. Thanks to income derived directly from tourism, the mountain gorilla population has stabilised, which gives us hope for the future of western lowland gorillas now that tourism has started in their Congo rainforest.
MalaMala Camp is the oldest and most historical private game reserve in South Africa and the first to make the transition from hunting to photographic safaris. It is the blueprint on which the South African safari industry was built. Every aspect of the MalaMala 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 middle of the bushveld.
Home to the “MalaMala Seven” rhino, elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, cheetah, and wild dog MalaMala is a wildlife haven. Observe these amazing animals on exclusive safaris led by expertly trained guides. MalaMala was one of the first private camps to move to photographic safaris from hunting safaris — snap the perfect photo by making use of the reserve’s photographic vehicle. Spend free time lounging at the wooden safari deck for prime viewing of wildlife gathered at Sand River’s edge or shop at the on-site boutique.
Guest accommodation consists of ten luxury rooms, ten luxury suites, and one single room. There’s an accessible suite too. All rooms and suites occupy ochre-coloured structures made out of timber, stone, and thatch, and nestling into trees alongside the river. The single room offers 40 square metres of floor space, while the luxury room option has 55 sq m and the luxury suite 85. Each unit has deck space, ranging from 15 to 20 sq m. All categories are very well appointed, featuring a comfortable main bedroom with beautifully made bed or beds, bedside table/s and lighting, a writing desk and chair, and a separate seating area. The communal lodge at MalaMala is another timber, stone, and thatch build. Inside, you’ll find the sumptuous lounge, with its well-cushioned sofas and armchairs around chunky coffee tables, elegant floor lamps, and all manner of local artefacts displayed on surfaces and walls.
In accordance with the reserve’s conservation policies, a maximum of 36 guests stay at Mala Mala at any given time. Accommodation consists of eight Luxury Suites, ten Luxury Rooms and a Single Room (no single supplement levied). The accommodation is of the highest standard and comprises spacious, thatched rondavels (round bungalows) that feature African-style artwork and prints. Complete with a mini bar, room safe and tea and coffee-making facilities, each bungalow is air conditioned and has high ceilings, large beds, ‘his and hers’ bathrooms and glass sliding doors that open onto a private veranda for guests to enjoy wildlife viewing from the comfort of their own room.
Delicious breakfasts and lunches are served in the air-conditioned dining room while the lodge’s dinner service has been a tradition for over 60 years and is sure to be a highlight of your Mala Mala experience. Choose a fine wine from the camp’s well-stocked cellar to enjoy with venison specialties and bush haute cuisine served in the grand old African safari manner in the camp’s reed-enclosed boma. Afterwards, finish off the day with your favourite nightcap from the bar and swap game drive stories with fellow guests around a blazing log fire.
The Ultimate Bush Restaurant
Dinners are a traditional affair. Around a blazing fire in the reed-enclosed boma (African structure), diners are exposed to the glorious night sky above. Breakfasts and lunches are served on the deck overlooking the Sand River, or in the air conditioned dining room.
Mala Mala is a classically comfortable camp with traditional safari-style décor including original bronzes, works of art and animal trophies mounted on the walls. The spacious lounge leads onto an expansive wooden deck where you can spend a relaxing afternoon watching animals by the river. Other facilities include a bar, library with satellite television and internet connectivity, a well-stocked safari boutique and wine cellar. The swimming pool is perfect for cooling off while taking in the beautiful scenery while a gym, steam room and massage service complete a well-rounded range of facilities. Families with children of all ages are welcome at Mala Mala and are catered for with family rooms and specially-designed and professionally run Junior Ranger programmes for children under 12. A baby sitting service is also available.
A large filtered infinity pool with magnificent views across the river.