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“Unpretentious”
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Malala Lodge
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Derby, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“Unpretentious”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stayed at Malala Lodge in April of this year and found it to be charming, hospitable and relaxing. It is conveniently located; close to the big game reserves and other attractions as well as main roads. In exploring the area we really only scratched the surface in the four available days and wished we could have stayed longer. It was particularly enjoyable being able to spot game on the lodges own walking trails. The presence of any of the big five would have detracted from this! Our hosts were very knowledgable and keen for us to make the most of the area. The food was of good quality with the desserts and service being excellent. Rooms were functional but well located and screened by vegetation from the other rooms. Overall, a really enjoyable stay. Looking forward to repeating the experience at Malala.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

Thank you 2 the Harvey family for their warm hospitality, amazing adventures, most helpful advice and sumptuous, delicious meals. Easy to find, great atmosphere, serene and private. Not knowing what to expect, we received the most commendable service with a smile, always. We thoroughly enjoyed everyday of our stay. A definite repeat, hopefully soon.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

We travelled from Canada and stayed three nights here. I would recommend the area, it was easy to access by car from the Durban airport, the nearby national game parks offered lots of exiting viewing. There seems to be quite a bit to do in the area. Weather in mid-winter was good. The Harvey family took very good care of us, kind, polite attentive and great meals. I hope to return someday.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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newcastle, south africa
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

We have stayed at Malala a couple of times and it is really like visiting old friends! Nothing extravagant or spectacular, but just good value for money and good values. Easy to get to just off the N2. Although there is quite a bit of game on the property, one tends to go look for them in the big game park. Take a walk or drive through Malala itself and chat with your hosts, they are quite knowledgeable, and very friendly.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

We spent 4 wonderful days at Malala Lodge and would definately want to return at the same time next year. Although winter in South Africa, the weather in this part of KZN in July was fantastic and felt like summer to us as Capetonians. Jane, Peter and Paul were amazing hosts! We thoroughy enjoyed the game drive with Pete in the Hluhluwe game reserve. His knowledge was unbelievable and his sense of humour was thoroughy appreciated! The picnic stop was unexpected and and we appreciated the drinks and homemade muffins. The food at Malala lived up to all we had read about it. Our sons (age 7 and 10) loved the experience of having the freedon to explore and view game without being in a vehicle. We appreciated the way our hosts took time to listen to the boys (and ours) stories from the day and answer questions that we all had about the various game we encountered.As has been said...we will be back! We are so pleased to have discovered this gem of a place!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

tucked away from the bustle of the big names is a very warm and family oriented gem of a hideaway. jane and her son paul are a wonderful cooking team and peter was a great host/gamedriver/barman. we were greeted ever so warmly on our arrival and this genuine concern for ourwellbeing and comfort lasted through our too short stay. visited the wild cats rehab centre from here and got to touch 2 cheetahs!!! incredible experience. went on to the recommended fig tree restaurant for lunch....peri peri prawns well worth the trip. so a great breakkie and (very sociable) dinner stay with good proximity to the estuary cruise (dress warmly in winter) and heaps of other activities.

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Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

We enjoyed a fantastic stay at Malala Lodge last year. We especially loved the super South African hospitality and the traditional home cooked food prepared by Jane was better than most of the (high class) restaurants we visited whilst in South Africa.

The lodge is perfectly situated between Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve and the St. Lucia estuary. We stayed on the 3 night deal and saw many hippos and crocodiles in St. Lucia estuary and really enjoyed Peters game drive through Hluhluwe - his knowledge and humour made the drive much more enjoyable than the self drive we did ourselves. The lodge has a fair bit of wildlife itself and we saw zebras, buck and monkeys on our walks around the area.

The self contained rondawels (cottages) are nicely spaced apart and you really feel like you are alone in the heart of the African bush.

The only slightly negative point was I drank the tap water and had severe stomach pain for a few days so I would advise any other city slickers to stick to bottled water.

I would definitely recommend this great value lodge and we look forward to visiting again in the near future.

Gluten/Celiac friendly.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Malala Lodge

Property: Malala Lodge
Address: Bushlands Road, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Hluhluwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Malala is a bush lodge on a 140 hectare (340 acre) private nature reserve, accommodating a maximum of only 18 guests, thereby ensuring a tranquil African bush atmosphere and experience.
Our lodge is located in the Hluhluwe area, in the centre of the Elephant Coast in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. We are ideally positioned between the world-renowned Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, Mkhuze Game Reserve, Sodwana Bay and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
Malala has been owned and managed by the Harvey family since 2001 and we, together with an enthusiastic team of staff, are always on hand to provide the personal attention one would associate with a small intimate lodge.
Our property has a variety of vegetation types, including lowland forest, woodland, grasslands and wetlands. You can enjoy a leisurely stroll through these diverse habitats on well-maintained and marked walking trails. You may come across some of our game, which includes Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Nyala, Reedbuck and Red and Grey Duiker.
In addition, Malala Lodge is at the centre of the birding hotspot of KwaZulu-Natal with over 500 species of bird having been recorded in the Elephant Coast area. The Malala Lodge birdlist currently has over 270 recorded species.
The main thatched lodge is centrally positioned within the camp and overlooks indigenous forest. Here guests can enjoy a relaxing drink in the cosy bush pub or take a dip in the palm-fringed swimming pool.
Meals are available, by prior arrangement, in the lodge dining room:
- Dinner is a home-styled three-course set menu with cheese and biscuits and tea/coffee; and
- Breakfast is a full English breakfast including cereals, fruit salad, yoghurt and tea/coffee.
Adjoining the dining room is a small reading lounge where a variety of magazines and books are available for your interest.
Malala Lodge can accommodate guests on a self-catering basis or, if you would prefer, indulge yourself in genuine home-cooked meals in the attractive thatched dining room.
Our accommodation, which nestles within the forest fringe, comprises:
- Four private, thatched, open plan chalets all with en-suite shower facilities. The chalets are 1-bedroom units which can accommodate 2 adults, or 2 adults and a child. All the chalets come with fully equipped kitchenettes, ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities.
- A semi-detached chalet equipped with en-suite shower facilities, separate lounge, kitchenette and ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities. The chalet accommodates two adults sharing.
- Two family cottages each comprising two bedrooms (en-suite), lounge and kitchenette and equipped with ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities. These units accommodate family groups of up to 4.
- A family cottage comprising two bedrooms, bathroom, lounge and kitchen and equipped with ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities. This large unit accommodates a family group of up to 5.
All of the accommodation units are supplied with tea/coffee facilities and all linen and towels are provided.
We provide game drives, by prior arrangement, in our open game-viewing vehicle into the world renowned Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, providing guests with a superb opportunity of viewing a multitude of mammals, birds, reptiles and plants.
Other activities include:
- Self-drive day trips to the parks and beaches of St. Lucia, Sodwana Bay and Cape Vidal for boat cruises, kayaking, snorkelling, diving and whale watching.
- Walking and horse trails through nearby parks and reserves.
- Cultural Zulu Village tours - gain firsthand knowledge of traditional Zulu culture and lifestyle.
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