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MALA MALA GAME RESERVE

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If the African Safari were personified, her home would be MalaMala...

MalaMala Game Reserve is the Safari Industrys 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, MalaMala shares a 19 km (12 mile) unfenced border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park and lies sandwiched between the National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve.

MALA MALA GAME RESERVE - Mpumalanga Province
MALA MALA GAME RESERVE - Mpumalanga Province
MALA MALA GAME RESERVE - Mpumalanga Province
MALA MALA GAME RESERVE - Mpumalanga Province
MALA MALA GAME RESERVE - Mpumalanga Province
MALA MALA GAME RESERVE - Mpumalanga Province

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.

" Not even Tanzanias famed Serengeti Game Reserve or the awesome Ngorongoro Crater fills your camera viewfinder faster with Africas legendary Big Five at MalaMala, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros and elephant appear magically says acclaimed wildlife photojournalist Geoff Dalglish in his Sunday Times review. Nor could Hollywood script the wide-screen wildlife encounters any more dramatically or frequently than nature does routinely in the private game reserve that is arguably South Africas most famous internationally."

MALA MALA GAME RESERVE - Mpumalanga Province
MALA MALA GAME RESERVE - Mpumalanga Province
MALA MALA GAME RESERVE - Mpumalanga Province

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.

MAIN CAMP

The soul of MalaMala's Main Camp is tangible.

MALA MALA GAME RESERVE - Mpumalanga Province

It is present in the sepia photographs in the safari bar, reflecting the history of the area; it is present in the massive Jackalberry Tree, a silent witness in the boma from the beginning;
It is present in the faces of the staff some who have worked for the family for over 30 years;
It is present in the floodplain beyond the camp which has witnessed the changes year on year;
It is present in the granite outcrops of Sithlawayise and Campbell Koppies who stand guard over this pristine wilderness area;

It is present in the Sand River which journeys through this sanctuary supporting this dramatic eco system, but more importantly it is present in the generations of wild animals who have found solace in their home territories on MalaMala.

Every aspect of the Main Camp is designed to appreciate and enjoy the view of the surrounding wilds. Pathways wind their way along the perimeter of the camp to reveal individual ochre colored units tucked into the greenery which flanks the Sand River. Massive trees and rolling green lawns are filled with birdsong, with the occasional antelope or elephant which seeks the succulence of greenery.

The camp is unfenced - an oasis in the midst of the bushveld .

CAMP FACILITIES

  • The impressive lounge, air-conditioned dining room and historic bar are conducive to good companionship
  • Air-conditioned library with satellite television, internet connectivity and DVD player - affectionately referred to as the Monkey Club
  • A large wooden safari deck, in the shade of a Jackalberry Tree - the ideal vantage point from which to observe the steady flow of animal life at the Sand River’s edge
  • A large filtered infinity pool with magnificent views across the river
  • A well-appointed safari boutique with quality clothing, jewellery and artefacts.
  • A small fitness facility with stationary bicycle, treadmill, multigym machine, rowing machine, sit up benches, pull up bar, free weights, mats and a steam room
  • A massage service is available on request
  • A fully stocked wine-cellar houses a selection of some of South Africa’s finest wines

ACCOMMODATION :

8 luxury suites and 10 luxury rooms each with :

  • “His” and “hers” bathrooms
  • 24 hour temperature control
  • Direct dial telephones
  • A mini-bar
  • A mini safe
  • Tea and coffee making facilties

Family rooms able to accommodate a third adult or two children are available on request.

Disabled Accommodation

A fully equipped disabled suite is available - click here for further information.

Age restriction :

  • Children of all ages accepted
  • Children under 12 years of age, sharing with an adult, pay the quoted child tariff
  • No children of 4 years and younger are permitted in the boma for dinner, or on game drives (unless parent's have booked sole use of a vehicle)
  • A babysitting facility is available at a nominal fee

Capacity on Game Drives : 6 guests per safari vehicle

SABLE CAMP

Imbued with the spirit of MalaMala and sharing her soul, the Sable Camp is a more intimate version of the Main Camp and the choice for those seeking a more private and intimate safari. Situated at the southern end of the MalaMala Camp in a prime elevated position overlooking the Sand River and surrounding bushveld, Sable Camp accommodates a maximum of 14 guests. It may also be reserved exclusively for between 10 & 18 guests – but book early! Each of the individually decorated, spacious and comfortable suites under traditional thatching occupies an idyllic vantage point and provides a platform from which to admire the unimpeded views.

CAMP FACILITIES :

  • Air-conditioned library with satellite television, internet connectivity and DVD player
  • Air-conditioned safari bar and dining-room
  • A large wooden safari deck - a vantage point from which to observe the steady flow of animal life at the Sand River edge
  • Safari Deck overlooking the Sand River and surrounding bushveld
  • A filtered Swimming Pool nestled in the flood plain below the Camp
  • A massage service is available on request
  • A fully stocked wine-cellar houses a selection of some of South Africa’s finest wines
  • The Safari Boutique & Fitness Facility are located in the MalaMala Main Camp which is situated close by.

ACCOMMODATION

5 luxury suites each with :

  • “his” and “hers” bathrooms
  • 24 hour temperature control
  • direct dial telephones
  • a mini-bar
  • a mini safe
  • Tea and coffee making facilties

Family rooms able to accommodate a third adult are available on request.

Lions Den Suite : 2 en-suite bedrooms (with facilities as above) separated by a large sitting room.

Age Restriction : No children under the age of 12

Capacity on Game Drives : 6 guests per safari vehicle

RATTRAYS ON MALAMALA

Rattray’s on MalaMala offers a glimpse of an era long past when distant travellers to Africa married the magic of the wild with an elegance and refinement that have been immortalized in the epic tale of Karen Blixen in “Out of Africa”. The epitome of regal colonial safari-style, the newest addition to the MalaMala portfolio is a culmination of over 40 years of experience within the Rattray Family.

Rattray’s on MalaMala’s bears the style of crystal and leather, with beautiful furnishings that are a treat to the connoisseur of the finer things in life, captured over generations on a land that remains as old as time.

Each suite or khaya (Zulu for ‘home’) functions as an inclusive home, resplendent with hand-selected furnishings, lavish his-and-hers bathrooms, a secluded outdoor shower and a private heated plunge pool.

CAMP FACILITIES :

  • A beautifully appointed library containing rare Africana books and magnificent works of art
  • An elegant, African themed air-conditioned dining room
  • A historic bar featuring photographs of the early days of this unique area and its pioneers
  • A large wooden safari deck where meals are served - and an awesome game viewing experience in itself !
  • A large filtered infinity pool with magnificent views across the river
  • A well-appointed safari boutique with quality clothing, jewellery and artefacts
  • A small fitness facility with stationary bicycle, treadmill, multigym machine, rowing machine, sit up benches
  • Pull up bar, free weights, mats and a steam room
  • A massage service is available on request
  • A fully stocked wine-cellar houses a selection of some of South Africa’s finest wines.

ACCOMMODATION

  • 8 luxury khayas for a maximum of 16 guests
  • Private verandah with grand river
  • Indigenous private garden – a haven for the birds
  • “his” and “hers” bathrooms featuring a ball and claw footed bath, double shower, and under floor heating
  • Outdoor shower for a nature experience with a difference
  • Heated plunge pool built into the private verandah
  • Outdoor and Indoor dining area for intimate in-room dining
  • 24 hour temperature control – airconditioning, heating and overhead fans
  • direct dial telephones
  • a mini-bar
  • a mini safe
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Optional satellite television, laptop computer with wireless internet connectivity and DVD player.
AGE RESTRICTION : No children under the age of 16

Capacity on Game Drives : 4 guests per safari vehicle

WEDDINGS

“I DO” AT MALAMALA

MalaMala offers a unique destination from which to exchange vows – one that will never be forgotten. For the couple who seeks an intimate destination, without “frills” but with a heart of warm African hospitality, beautiful sunsets, panoramic views and beautiful accommodation – MalaMala is the place for romance.

Our team of staff is on hand to assist with planning the special day.

A HONEYMOON AT MALAMALA

Following the exhausting wedding preparations and the excitement of the “Big Day”, where better to escape to than a place buried in the wild of Africa. No cell phones, no traffic, no clutter – just pure peace, silence, and unspoiled rugged bushveld.

MalaMala offers equal measures of privacy, romance, good company, romantic sunsets, action-packed game drives and excellent sumptuous cuisine.

MalaMala offers intimate accommodations with shaded decks overlooking the Sand River. Meals may be arranged in-room for private dining or in the company of other guests and staff.

We will always endeavour to accommodate honeymooners in our more remote rooms, where beautiful views and minimum disturbance are guaranteed.

Compliments of MalaMala – A bottle of sparkling wine, a shower of bougainvillea blooms and a fruit basket in the couple’s room on arrival.

INCENTIVE / GROUP PROPOSAL

The following will assist you in the planning of an incentive. Whilst the size and nature of the camps within the MalaMala Game Reserve allow for flexibility, please bear in mind that MalaMala is a wildlife sanctuary and consideration for conservation should be kept in mind.

What can delegates expect to experience at MalaMala?

DAY OF ARRIVAL

Delegates will be welcomed to MalaMala with a cool drink and the friendly smiles of the team of staff on hand to ensure every aspect of the next few days flows seamlessly. A brief orientation of the camp will serve to familiarize the members of the party as to the location of key facilities (such as the “Safari Store” for a spot of retail therapy) and their rooms.

Helpful Hint : The more information that we are able to obtain before arrival (such as passport numbers, home addresses, full names and dietary requirements), the easier and more enjoyable the check-in process.

The following three days are filled with exciting game drives (usually about 3 to 4 hours in length), sumptuous meals (lunch and breakfast are served on the deck or in the air conditioned dining room, while dinner is enjoyed in the traditional reed-enclosed boma under the stars), relaxation (either by the pool, in the sauna, or enjoying a good book in the Monkey Club Library, or in the privacy of guests rooms).

Some good ideas for consideration with the planning of a group at MalaMala Game Reserve:

THE BUSH COCKTAIL

This is a very popular choice amongst Incentive organizers. During the afternoon/ evening drive once the sun has set, the various vehicles meet up in a pre-designated area. A blazing fire is burning, a fully stocked bar is set up, and a selection of hot and cold h'ors d'oeuvres are served by the MalaMala catering team. Guests can enjoy the evening sounds whilst sipping on a relaxing drink in the company of their colleagues. Following their cocktail, guests once again board their vehicles and continue back to the camps (game-driving en route) for dinner in the boma.

This event can be left as a surprise for the guests.

“INTER-VEHICLE” COMPETITION

We suggest a bird or mammal competition on one of the game drives. Our checklists include a score next to each bird/animal variety. Each Landrover is given a “scored’ check-list which they must complete during the drive. Each animal must be seen by at least two people on the Landrover, including the ranger. At the end of the day, the score cards are handed in and prizes are given to the guests in the Landrover that obtained the maximum score. A great way of building camaraderie, encouraging team work.

RONARDSEY YOUTH CULTURAL TRADITIONAL DANCERS & AIDS ORPHANAGE CHOIR

Approximately 15 orphans, many left parentless by the AIDS pandemic which has ravaged much of Africa, will travel to MalaMala to sing and dance for the guests. Their harmony is moving. And funds go towards their costs of living. We suggest this takes place at the bush cocktail.

REPTILE DEMONSTRATION

We highly recommend this enthralling display featuring various snakes and other creepy crawlies. It is very interesting and educational and provides a fascinating insight into the behaviour and fears of these often maligned creatures. MalaMala is able to organise this demonstration on your behalf at a suitable time between game drives and other activities.

ROOM “DROPS”

Should the organizing company wish to reward delegates, it is always a nice idea to arrange for room gifts from the MalaMala Safari Store with the turn-downs each evening (while guests are on game drive, or enjoying dinner). A variety of local goods are available, including jewellery, clothing, hats, books, dvds – but to name a few. We will gladly consult with the organizers in terms of which of the items are most suited to the profiles of the attendees.

WINE LIST

Should you wish to pre-select wines, we will gladly furnish you with a comprehensive wine list.
Why is MalaMala the ideal choice for the smaller incentive market?
MalaMala’s intimate camps may be combined, or used independently for an exclusive, motivational and unique experience.
With such a large property (13 500 ha), and such low human intrusion (never more than 66 guests) – delegates are treated to the experience of a lifetime.
MalaMala’s team of staff is proficient in the game of hospitality. This allows group organizers and participants to focus on the “task” at hand, leaving all organization to the competent support structure within the respective camps.
Nature is the greatest teacher. For team building activities and motivational sessions, the bush environment works beautifully in facilitating the objectives required by many corporate companies in the contemporary environment.
MalaMala boasts a private registered airfield (AAM), and is serviced by a daily Airlink flight from Johannesburg.
This is ideal for the smaller group. Larger groups could utilize the services of private charter aircraft. The ease of access reduces the time usually spent in lengthy travels.
MalaMala’s rates are fully inclusive of accommodation, meals and activities. This ensures that no hidden costs inflate the overall expense.
 
THE small PRINT:
  • Whilst we will endeavor to accommodate any suggestions made by the organizers of the group in terms of activities or functions, it must be remembered that MalaMala is primarily a reserve which specializes in the preservation of the environment.
  • The bush cocktail and boma dinners are weather-dependent. It may therefore be a good idea to organize the cocktail on the second night in camp – not detracting from the first game drive, but also allowing for the opportunity to change it to the last night should bad weather (or excellent game viewing) prevail.
IMPORTANT NOTES:
Please ensure that luggage is clearly labeled with the guests’ names to enable us to place it in their respective rooms prior to arrival at MalaMala Game Reserve.Should the group be occupying more than one camp, please ensure that luggage is colour-coded accordingly. Please advise if any guests will be celebrating a birthday or special occasion which you may want us to be aware of.Please advise if we should cater for any special dietary requirements. Please advise a full accounting plan in terms of which charges are to be billed back to a master account (eg beverages and communication costs), and which are to be collected from guests individually. The total cost of the reservation and any additional arrangements made is required in advance of the group’s arrival.Please note game viewing on the MalaMala Game Reserve is reserved for those guests actually accommodated in the reserve, i.e. no day trips are allowed and no other camps apart from the three MalaMala Game Reserve camps have access to the MalaMala Game Reserve.Trying to incorporate too many activities into an itinerary is not advised as guests do not have enough time to relax and enjoy the bush experience. As a private game reserve, our primary aim is to ensure that all guests experience much wildlife as possible, and as such any extra events should be seen to be a secondary enhancement to this primary aim.

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME

"Not just five stars,” Big Five Stars". The children’s amenity and activity packs, coupled with the high tempo of sightings are superb for keeping the younger safari travellers engaged. Certainly among the most child friendly and engaging children’s safari programs on the continent today. I look forward to returning many times with my own children." Malaka Hilton, Admiral Travel (USA)

MalaMala Main Camp is the ideal family destination. Welcoming children of all ages, youngsters are able to participate in a holistic programme tailored to suit their needs.

With this program we intend to entertain children, but at the same time to educate them about the bush and the wildlife we share our lives with. Children will always be under the supervision of a responsible ranger while on the program, whether within the confines of the camp, or out in the bush.

The program is geared towards children aged 12 years and under. Activities will depend on the time of the year, and the number of days the children are with us in camp.

On arrival, the ranger looking after the family will assess the enthusiasm and level of independence of the children, and in collaboration with the parents and guardians, various activities will be designed to fill their next few days in the bush.

THE KIDDIES “KIT”

A MalaMala backpack is given to each junior ranger (between the ages of 4 and 12).

Each bag includes:
  • An interactive animal check-list
  • Bird and mammal colouring books
  • A compass
  • A thermometer
  • Lip-Ice
  • Water

SAMPLE MENU OF JUNIOR RANGER ACTIVITIES

ANIMAL TRACKING

For the curious and adventurous junior ranger. Rangers will teach their charges to follow and identify various animals out in the wild by sheer virtue of their spoor markings.

SURVIVOR CHALLENGE

Junior rangers are taught basic survival skills, such as where to find water, what plants are good to eat, medicinal and practical uses of plants (e.g. the toothbrush and loo paper trees!). This experience is great fun – hands on and educational, while arming juniors with interesting skills to take home to envious friends!

"READ THE BUSH"

Juniors are taught the warning signs of dangerous animals, and first aid skills for emergency situations in the bush.

GAME WALK

A short walk is conducted around the bustling Main Camp area. This is ideal for kids to learn more about the different rocks, trees, birds and nests in the wild. Children will also be taught how to track animals and identify the different spoor and droppings in the bush. Children will be escorted by an armed ranger.

JUNIOR CHEFS IN THE WILD


A bush breakfast enables children to learn how to make fire, and to participate in a sumptuous outdoor meal preparation.

RADIO COMMUNICATION

Children are able to learn the skills and etiquette of radio communication, as practiced on drives and out in the bush by the MalaMala rangers. This activity is enjoyed outside of game drive times.

KIDDIES CUISINE

Special meals and “ration packs” are prepared for children both in the bush, and in camp.

MOVIES AND MORE

In camp there are a range of entertaining children’s movies, wildlife movies (all filmed on MalaMala) and board games.

AFTER HOURS

Babysitters are available in the evenings if required.

Rates include:

  • Luxury accommodation
  • All meals and snacks, teas and coffees
  • Game drives in open 4- wheel drive safari vehicles conducted by qualified rangers
  • Spotlight game drives at night
  • Game walks accompanied by qualified rangers
  • Bush laundry services (min. 2 nights only)
  • Transfers to and from the airstrip at MalaMala Game Reserve

Rates exclude:

  • Communication costs
  • Bar service
  • Any arrival and departure passenger taxes (currently included on the Airlink air tickets)
  • Entrance fees into the Sabi Sand Wildtuin if arriving by road
  • Transfers from / to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and other airports & airstrips
  • Transfers from / to any other camps (excluding the MalaMala Game Reserve camps)

Please note:
At MalaMala Main Camp children under 12 years of age, sharing with an adult, pay the quoted child tariff. No children of 5 years and younger are permitted in the boma for dinner, or on game drives (unless parent's have sole use of a vehicle).
A babysitting facility is available at a nominal fee.