- Accommodates a maximum of 14 guests but can be reserved exclusively for between 10 and 18 guests.
- Offers an intimate safari experience.
- Guests can see the Big 5 as well as cheetah and wild dog.
- Library, bar, safari deck, and pool.
- A filtered swimming pool nestled in the flood plain below the camp.
- 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.
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.
Ballooning takes place at sunrise, which means a pre-dawn wake up with steaming coffee and a chilly drive to the launch. The sense of excitement ripples through you as the great balloons slowly fill with hot air, rising up ponderously above their tethered baskets. Take-off is a noisy, bumpy affair, which adds to the thrill and enhances the sudden serenity when you reach cruising altitude. The noise of the heating flame punctuates the quiet along with the soft whistle of air currents and occasional ‘ooohs’ from your fellow adventurers. Wrap up warmly – it’s cold up there!
Walking safaris augment Africa’s other great on-foot experience – trekking holidays. A more mountain-based experience, trekking through lush rainforest for gorillas and chimps has become a must-do activity in Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo, while a multi-day Mount Kilimanjaro trek belongs at the top any adventurer’s bucket list.
Home to sweeping views of the surrounding bushveld and Sand River, warm and cosy interiors, as well as the MalaMala game, the intimate MalaMala Sable Camp accommodates a maximum of 14 guests — ideal for those looking for a private safari experience. MalaMala is one of the oldest private game reserves in South Africa and was also one of the first reserves to progress from hunting wildlife to photographing it. View the majestic Big 5 — elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, and leopard — as well as cheetah and wild dog on guided game drives. Make use of MalaMala’s photographic vehicle that will enable you to capture the perfect shot.
Five luxury suites are on offer as well as the two-bedroom Lion’s Den Suite that comprises of two en-suite bathrooms joined by a spacious sitting room. Each room has “his” and “hers” bathrooms, climate control, a minibar, safe, tea/coffee facilities, and a telephone. Between safaris, relax in the library with a book, enjoy a drink at the bar, cool off in the sparkling swimming pool located in the flood plain below, and look out for passing game from the safari deck. Imbued with the spirit of MalaMala, MalaMala Sable Camp is a more intimate version of the MalaMala Camp and the choice for those seeking a more private and intimate safari.
Guest accommodation at Sable consists of six suites, including ‘Lion’s Den’, which has two bedrooms. In common with the communal areas, these are currently undergoing re-imagination. However, we anticipate that the camp’s high standards of comfort will remain. All units will offer 24-hour temperature control, a direct dial telephone, a mini-bar, a tea-and-coffee station, and a mini-safe. The en-suite facilities will comprise flush toilet, twin washbasins, shower, and bathtub. Lion’s Den boasts two bedrooms linked via a spacious lounge! It’s worth mentioning also that family rooms configured to sleep a third adult or two children are available on request. The accommodation is suitable for most types of traveller, but the property does not accept children aged under 12 years unless it is booked exclusively. Families with young children might like to consider Main Camp instead, where all ages are welcome.
Mala Mala Sable Camp accommodates a maximum of 14 guests in five Luxury Suites and the 2-bedroomed Lions Den – all decorated in traditional safari style with king-size beds, high thatched ceilings and comfortable sitting areas. Each air-conditioned suite also features a private veranda and ‘his & hers’ bathrooms plus a room safe, a mini-bar, bathroom amenities and tea and coffee-making facilities.
Guests looking for a more exclusive experience can stay in the Lions Den, a two-bedroomed, spacious and air-conditioned suite offering magnificent views and a large sitting room along with all the facilities of the other suites. Lion’s Den boasts two bedrooms linked via a spacious lounge! It’s worth mentioning also that family rooms configured to sleep a third adult or two children are available on request.
Start your day with either a full English or continental breakfast which includes delicious options such as pancakes, French toast and smoked salmon bagels. A buffet lunch is served either in the dining room or on the large safari deck overlooking the Sand River. Dining at Sable Camp includes a variety of African dishes such as venison and bush cuisine, best accompanied by fine South African wines from the cellar.
Dinner is traditionally served around a log fire in the reed-enclosed boma but may be taken in the air-conditioned dining room or indeed on your private veranda. Bush breakfasts and picnic lunches can also be arranged at no additional charge.
The safari bar and dining room will also be air conditioned, providing comfortable spaces in which to tuck in to drinks, snacks, and meals.
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.
There is a filtered-water swimming pool just below the main building, perfect for a refreshing dip.