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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Although we visited during the South African Summer months when rain can prevail in this region, the game viewing was phenominal. Thanks to the beautiful river frontage that runs through the reserve, the density of game is very high, and because the leopards are 7th generation, they are so relaxed around the vehicles then can even try to crawl under...

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MalaMalaGameReserve, Marketing at MalaMala Main Camp, responded to this review

Dear Traveler, We are delighted you had a phenomenal game viewing experience at MalaMala with your family.We do hope you visit us again for another unforgettable game experience. MalaMala, it's all about the wildlife!

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our third visit to Mala Mala. 3 night stay (which we find is the perfect length of time). The essence of Mala Mala is the incredible piece of land. It is so large and so diverse. And shares an extensive boundary with Kruger National Park. Little wonder so many animals choose to live there or visit. On our first visit...

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MalaMalaGameReserve, Marketing at MalaMala Main Camp, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We are pleased you had an incredible 3rd visit at MalaMala , we really appreciate your continued support. Many thanks for the compliments towards our game rangers, we will certainly pass on your compliments to Brendan, your ranger for this visit Pleased to advise we are expecting some refurbishments to be underway this year at MalaMala and Sable...

Glen Allen, Virginia
Reviewed 1 week ago

Private cabin our guide was there when we left the cabin and walked us after dinner. No need to stay on trails; the guide goes overland. Got got a certificate for seeing the "Big Five". The best was seeing a wild dog pack---female, mail and about 8 pups in their coming back to their cave. Even had afternoon tea in...

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a magical experience for us.The lodges were excellent. The staff were wonderful and the rangers so courteous and helpful. Could not find anything to criticise. The experience in the bush was beyond what we were expecting. They were totally committed to making it a memorable experience and it was. A lovey touch also when we all got back...

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NY,NY
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting Mala Mala Game Reserve with my family was one of the best experiences of my life. When we decided to go on safari, we were looking for the BEST animal viewing and our research brought us here. We were not disappointed. Besides having the most amazing game, Mala Mala also has the most enthusiastic and best educated guides (Brendan...

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MalaMalaGameReserve, Marketing at MalaMala Main Camp, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Many thanks for taking time to write such a lovely review on your stay at MalaMala Game Reserve. We are happy to know that you had an amazing game experience and got to see various wildlife ,not touching them of course , it's all about the wildlife at MalaMala. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us...

Durham
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The game viewing here was great. We saw four of the big five on our first drive. Our guide was very good and was very interested in protecting the animals from poachers. The food was good as was the accommodation. I have been on a number of safaris but this was one was one of the best

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Memphis, TN USA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had no idea what to expect since I've never had a trip like this one before. Upon arrival we were shown to our suites--a spacious living room, bedroom, and two bathrooms--overlooking a dry riverbed. Almost on cue a herd of elephants walked by. We were served tea and then embarked upon our first game drive.Our guide, Luckie, was knowledgeable...

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Dear Guest, Many thanks for taking time to write a review on MalaMala. We are delighted to know that you had a wonderful time with us , exceptional game viewing accompanied with the great food and accommodation. We will definitely pass on your compliments to Luckie, your ranger . Please do join us again in the near future for another...

Philadelphia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just returned from 4 days at Mala Mala. Overall it was a tremendous experience! The rooms are large, clean and very comfortable. And there was much wildlife to see right from the patio. Our ranger (Paul) was great - extremely knowledgable and friendly. He made sure we saw all that there was to see! We saw the big 5 and...

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Columbia, Maryland
Reviewed December 10, 2016

After over 40 camps in Africa over the years - I can hardly say enough about Mala Mala. Yes it is a bit pricey – but if you want a leopard experience – this is the place to go. And when you get there you will have a truly unbelievable room. Considering other camps you may have been to –...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write a review on MalaMala Game Reserve ,we appreciate it. We are thrilled to hear that you had such a lovely overall safari experience during your stay and to top it off, you had an unlimited and exceptional viewing of your favorite mammal, the LEOPARD! We will definitely pass-on your compliments...

Tuscaloosa
Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

Our visit here was one of the most amazing experiences we have ever had! On our first game drive we saw all of the big five! It only got better from there. Our Ranger, Bruce Missing, took care of our every need. The wildlife were amazing and you will be like us and dream of the day you can go...

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  • Breakfast included
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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 

Additional Information about MalaMala Main Camp

Address: PO Box 55514, Northlands, Kruger National Park 2116, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve > Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $1,409 - $1,535 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — MalaMala Main Camp 4.5*
Number of rooms: 25
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“Some rooms face the bush and others over the river, ask for the latter if you can!”
 of 5 bubbles Shawfamily5, 6 days ago | Read review
“families can ask about adjoining rooms. Two rooms are connected by a common sitting room.”
 of 5 bubbles TravelswithkidsNY, 2 weeks ago | Read review
“All good but facing the river is probably better.”
 of 5 bubbles MichelleS87, Dec 10, 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a river view, seems to be more animals on that side.”
 of 5 bubbles Gnew1, Nov 2, 2016 | Read review
“Rooms with view of River”
 of 5 bubbles wickmo, Oct 28, 2016 | Read review
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