Our guide, Roan, met us at the Mala Mala airstrip and set the tone for our stay at Rattray's. That tone remained most accommodating and hospitable throughout our 4-day stay. The lodging is spectacular in every sense of the word---think Four Seasons in the Bush! It included a beautiful, spacious and open concept bedroom and living area and separate bathrooms equipped with all the up-scale amenities you can imagine. A beautiful patio with plunge pool awaits right outside the sliding glass door. Rattray's has thought of everything to make your stay most luxurious and comfortable. And if you're fortunate to have Roan as your guide, all the better! He is most informative and willing to go the extra mile to make your camera safari truly unforgettable. One evening, we had the opportunity to witness a pride of lion feasting on a kudu---an experience we'll never forget! All of the guides work closely together to bring you the best of the bush. The only negative I can say about Rattray's Camp is the food. Lunch and dinner remained consistently mediocre. There is not much creativity or imagination to the menu items. But the experience and exhilaration in seeing the Big 5 multiple times outweighs the food situation. Rattray's remains a keeper!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Mala Mala Rattray`s Camp Hotel Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
- Rattray's On MalaMala Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa