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“Very good location, food, lodge, service, ... Very recommended” 4 of 5 stars
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Malala Lodge
Bushlands Road, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa   |  
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Antwerp, Belgium
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Very good location, food, lodge, service, ... Very recommended”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2010

Very friendly people, good guide in Hluhluwe national park, helpfull, knows the region very well, good food, ... .
No complaints what so ever.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2010

Excellent vacation. High recommend. one of the best place which have visited in my vacation times.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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's Hertogenbosch netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2010

Wonderfull place in a small private game reserve near Hluhluwe NP.
We stayed in a family cottage which had enough space for the five of us. Cooking facilities were available.
The cottages are simply furnished and basic but the space and surroundings make up for that.
There is lots to do within 45 minutes driving (beach, st lucia, National Park, rehab center for animals, zulu village). We stayed 5 days which is actually too short.
We had breakfast and diner at the lodge. After one month travelling through SA we can compare the meals; they were excellent. It was fresh home cooked south african food with lots of variety.

Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2010

Jane is an absolutely wonderful host. Her son, Paul, was also very helpful and attentive while I was making reservations. He even called the park for me as I was in another country at the time and trying to coordinate additional plans.

Jane's home-cooked meals were delicious and you can tell she takes great pride in not only serving the guests special meals but also making sure they feel at home. Her arrangements of our safari and the directions were seamless and the chalet accommodation was very comfortable. Just what we needed, rustic but homey. Perfect for those who want to self-cater, as the kitchen is fully equipped.

Thank you Jane and Paul for a wonderful and memorable stay for my me and my mom!

We will definitely recommend your lodge.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2010

Traveling with my brother and another friend during the World Cup we were looking to wrap up our trip with a safari experience. I reserved a 3 night stay at Malala Lodge near the Hluhluwe Game Reserve hoping for a comfortable, clean place to relax after spending our days exploring. We booked the safari special which included breakfast, dinner, and 2 guided game drives and/or guided cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary.

What we found at Malala Lodge was a true hidden gem (I say hidden because I couldn't find much info about Malala on the internet ahead of our trip). From the moment we arrived Jane was very welcoming and made us feel right at home. The dinners were wonderful home-cooked, full-course meals. Such a nice treat after eating at restaurants the prior 2 weeks. Our chalet was clean and comfortable and the surrounding property was absolutely serene.

But the true highlight for us was the game drive we took with Pete as our guide in Hluhluwe Game Reserve. The depth of his knowledge of the Game Reserve and all the animals within made for a truly fascinating experience. We could have spent days riding around in Hluhluwe with Pete. And to top it off he then took care of us in the evenings at their cozy little bar where we were able to sit, relax, and discuss all of the amazing things we experienced that day.

My brother, my friend, and I cannot say enough about our time at Malala Lodge. It was so much more than we were hoping for. Thank you Pete, Jane, Paul, and Leslie for such a wonderful experience!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Indianapolis
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2010

We visited Malala Lodge during the 2010 World Cup. Jane, Pete, Paul and the rest of the staff made us feel welcome from the moment we were greeted at the entrance. We were shown to spacious, quaintly decorated cabins with full kitchens, living areas, and outdoor patios. Our meals were meticulously prepared, and Jane came around to ensure everyone was enjoying themselves. Pete was our safari guide, and his years of experience provided us with a witty and knowledgeable trip through Hluhluwe-Imfolozi park. And in the evening he pours a nice drink at the bar as well! Situated on a few hundred acres of land, it is a great introduction to the larger surrounding areas. You may even see a few nyala or vervet monkeys on the grounds as well. We would definitely return.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2010

Malala lodge provides a very tranquil and scenic setting for a peaceful rest or a stop gap in between adventures. The accomodation is of very high quality and the staff are very friendly. It is near to some of Africa's finest game reserves giving the opportunity to see all of Africa's "Big 5", ideally located for the more adventurous. for the less adventurous the site is very spacious and provides the ideal setting to go on quiet walks, also being able to take in the scenery and some wildlife.
I would definately reccommend this lodge to anyone visiting South Africa, friendly and helpful staff and reasonable prices too. What more can you ask for???

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Malala Lodge

Address: Bushlands Road, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 27 Specialty lodging in Hluhluwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Malala Lodge is an owner-managed 3 star game lodge centrally located between the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, Mkhuze Game Reserve, Sodwana Bay and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (previously the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park). The lodge is situated on a 340 acre private nature reserve and accommodates a maximum of eighteen guests - ensuring a tranquil African bush atmosphere and personal service. ... more   less 

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