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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   P.O. MalaMala, Skukuza, 1353, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Rattray's on MalaMala
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Naples, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The room are fantastic and the safari the best, but they need to improve the food. Unfortunately, we ate really bad! :-( The rangers are trained, courteous, polite and fill you with attention! The lodge is clean and with attention to detail! Congratulations! I think it's the best lodge existing in South Africa!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This review is VERY long overdue. My husband and I have been to Rattray's at Mala Mala three times over the last 10 years and are anxious to plan our next trip back (2006, 2008 and 2010). Still, to this day, I am amazed at the level of service and luxury that they provide in the bush. We were blown... More

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Palo Alto, California
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25 hotel reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Rattray's is a truly spectacular experience. The lodge itself is elegant, tasteful, and simple. It is a perfect feel for luxury in the bush. The rooms, similarly, are very well done. They are open with high ceilings and lots of seating to allow you to enjoy the fabulous water front view where elephants, buffalos, leopards, etc frequent. I even took... More

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Houston, Texas
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

What an amazing place! Top notch accommodations and over the top service. The rooms were lovely, well appointed and had a wonderful view of the San Sabi river. The food was terrific with an abundance of options at each seating. Our guide Nic was the best! He pulled out all the stops to guaranty we had the perfect trip. From... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

My husband and I went to Mala Mala for our honeymoon. We didn't know what to expect, this being our first trip to Africa, and our first Safari, so we were blown away when we arrived. Alex, the lodge manager, was very friendly and accommodating, and all of the staff at the reserve was incredible. The rooms are huge and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We stayed at Rattray's this past December and loved it! Upon arrival we were personally greeted by management and swiftly checked it, given a tour of the property and taking to our room (or should I say mini house!) The room - amazing - I could live in it easily if it had its own kitchen!! Huge! The decorating is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I visited the Rattray's camp with my husband a few weeks ago. We loved our stay here and would definitely recommend the camp for its amazing game viewing and service. We visited Kenya and Tanzania less than two years ago, so this was not our first game viewing experience so we had a rough idea of what to expect. What... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This was our first safari; so I wanted to do it right. Our experience at Rattray's could not have been better. The accommodations were truly outstanding. We had our own bungalow with separate dressing rooms and bathrooms. We had our own private plunge pool and a view of the river and animals right from our back door. The food was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The accommodations at this camp are amazing. Almost too nice to be honest. Brendan our guide, ranger, dinner companion... etc. was super and we could not have asked for a more friendly, knowledgable fellow. He showed us a great time from sunrise to sunset. The animal viewing was more then expected and will stay with me forever. On the downside,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

My wife and I just stayed for 4 nights at Rattrays and had the most amazing time. We have both been before and stayed at Sable camp which was also fantastic. This is an extremely special place with fantastic game, amazing rooms, fantastic food and the staff are truly amazing. They can't do enough to help yet not a stuffy... More

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Address: P.O. MalaMala, Skukuza, 1353, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve > Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Rattray's on MalaMala 5*
Also Known As:
Mala Mala Rattray`s Camp Hotel Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Rattray's On MalaMala Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

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MalaMala 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. MalaMala Game Reserve is the largest private Big Five game reserve in South Africa. Comprising 13 300 ha (33 000 acres), MalaMala shares a 19 km (12 mile) unfenced border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, and lies strategically 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 MalaMala their destination of choice to capture footage of wildlife viewing that would rival any Hollywood production for thrilling and breathtaking animal encounters. MalaMala's Camps (MalaMala Main Camp, Sable Camp and Rattray's on MalaMala) 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 to MalaMala 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. ... more   less 
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