We stayed 6 nights here. We opted for their 3 night safari special, with the additional nights also on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis. The property itself is in a bush setting. There are plenty of animals here, although no predators or larger animals so it is quite safe to walk around. We stayed in a 2 bedroom family room, with a separate kitchen / sitting area & 2 bathrooms (one off each room) Although the rooms were not huge, and the bathrooms quite small, they were more than adequate for our needs and were spotlessly cleaned. The only thing I found a little strange was that there was a separate entrance to the main bedroom - you needed to walk outside and enter the other door to access the living and kitchen area. Not a big issue, but the coffee was in there! You have an option to self cater if you prefer, however we decided to let others do the cooking. Jane & Paul looked after the food, which was plentiful, healthy & delicious. (Although we did manage to create big dents in the desserts each night!). Peter, as well as taking us on a game drive, manned the bar each night. He was a great host who was happy to talk to us and imparted a great deal of knowledge. He was very patient in answering our many questions about the animals and he was also great fun. Between them, Peter, Jane & Paul were fantastic hosts where nothing was too much trouble. A special thanks must go to Jane for organising some day trips for us. She went out of her way to get the information and arranged everything for us. Much appreciated. If you are looking for clean accommodation, with great meals and company, which is central to all the attractions in the area, then this is the place. It is certainly not 5 star or in the middle of a game reserve, but the people and the friendliness here more than compensate.
- 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. ... more less