|MalaMala shares a common border of 33km with the Kruger National Park and is part of a conservation gene pool that covers 5.5 million acres of land in the heart of the South African Lowveld.
Mala Mala Main Camp Location
MalaMala is situated in the eastern part of South Africa in the province of Mpumalanga. It shares a common border of 33km / 26 miles with the Kruger National Park.
Mala Mala Main Camp Activities
Fly-In Gym Wildlife Game Drives Self Drive Walking Photography Birding Cuisine Swimming Pool Price Range - Southern Africa: $600 - $800 Child Friendly
Mala Mala Main Camp Attractions
This low lying region of flat bush country contains habitat types ranging from riverine thicket to open savannah. Because of its latitude and elevation, malarial mosquitoes and tsetse flies kept man and his domesticated beasts at bay for centuries, allowing nature to flourish undisturbed.
Tsetse flies are no longer prevalent within this region and malarial prophylaxis has now opened this area up for man to enjoy.
Today this area is known to have the greatest diversification of animal species on the African continent.
Over two hundred different species occur in abundance whilst the ever changing bird life provides even the most experienced ornithologist with rare finds.
Only guests accommodated in one of the three MalaMala Game Reserve camps may traverse this immense tract of privately owned game land.
Our photographic safaris are conducted in open 4-wheel drive vehicles which allows for total freedom of movement and the ability to leave the road and track down Africa's Big Five - Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo.
After dark, spotlight safaris provide the opportunity to view nocturnal creatures and carnivores on the hunt and walking safaris with an armed ranger can be arranged on request.
The success of our safaris can be measured by the fact that more than 76% of our guests are members of our exclusive 'Big Five Club', which means that they have had contact sightings of the Big Five.
This phenomenal rate of viewing success is directly attributed to the fact that MalaMala comprises 45000 acres or 18000 hectares of pristine game viewing land, making it the largest privately owned game reserve in South Africa, with human density and impact on the land being kept to an absolute minimum. Another reason is the unfenced border between MalaMala and the Kruger National Park, which allows herds of animals to migrate unhindered to the perennial Sand RIver which flows north to south through the MalaMala Game Reserve for 45 kilometres or 28 miles.
When Wac Campbell bought MalaMala in 1929, he explained that his intention was "the strict preservation of game with the object of handing this on as a legacy to my youngsters when I get old".
The site of Wac's first MalaMala camp was in the area where the Mlowathi stream flows into the Sand River. It was soon found that the rains made the river difficult to ford and in 1930 the camp was moved to its present site, on the near side of the river. The camp was used exclusively in winter as a base from which to hunt, but even then guests were treated like royalty and royalty, such as Princess Alice and her husband the Earl of Athlone, were often guests.
When Urban Campbell took over the reins from his father in 1950, things started to change and by 1960 the camera replaced the gun. In 1964, MalaMala was purchased by the Rattray family who, by retaining the best of the past and adding the comforts and luxury of today, turned MalaMala Main Camp into the top safari lodge of the world.
Mala Mala Main Camp Facilities
MalaMala Main Camp is set in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the Sand River. The ochre buildings with their thatched roofs, set among manicured lawns, blend harmoniously with the large shady trees.
The spacious Buffalo lounge displaying bronzes, works of art and animal trophies, leads onto an expansive wooden deck which provides an elevated view of animals watering in the Sand River. Whether you prefer spending your time in camp doing some passive game viewing from the verandah or relaxing next to the sparkling pool with a drink in hand, personalised service is assured by a staff to guest ratio of three to one.
Breakfast and lunch are served in an attractive air-conditioned dining room overlooking the Sand River. Dinner, announced by the beating of African drums, is served under the stars in a reed enclosed boma, a tradition laid down at Campbell's first camp. Sitting around a log fire, enjoying MalaMala's venison specialities and haute bush cuisine while sampling an outstanding South African wine, is yet another highlight of the MalaMala experience.
The accommodation at MalaMala Main Camp continues the African theme with spacious bungalows under thatch.
In accordance with our conservation policies, we cater for no more than fifty guests at a time.
The twenty five luxury rooms consist of twin or double rooms, suites, family rooms and a disabled suite.
Each of the air-conditioned rooms enjoys a spectacular view of the surrounding bush and are equipped with "His" and "Hers" en-suite bathrooms, insect proof screens and top quality large twin beds. Individually decorated, they feature sets of animal or bird prints, complementing the attention to detail for which MalaMala is world famous.
Yet, despite all these comforts, MalaMala retains a camp atmosphere reminiscent of days gone by.
The Lion's Den is the largest, most luxurious suite at MalaMala Main Camp.
It is situated in the southern part of the camp and consists of two bedrooms and a spacious sitting room / lounge.
One simply has to step out through the large sliding doors onto the private verandah for magnificent views of the Sand River and the surrounding bushveld.
If only one bedroom is required with this suite, one of the interleading bedrooms can be locked off.
The Sable Unit is a decentralised facility situated in the southern area of the Main Camp.
It caters for a maximum of 20 guests and offers all the privacy and intimacy of a smaller camp.
The Sable Unit is equipped with its own dining area, lounge, bar, boma, swimming pool and viewing deck.
It may be reserved exclusively for a private party or independent guests.
At MalaMala children under 12 years of age, sharing with an adult, pay 50% of the quoted adult 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.
Mala Mala Main Camp Additional Information
Regardless of how big a game reserve is and how many animals it contains, you may still not see the Elephants for the trees unless you are accompanied by experienced game rangers and trackers.
Your MalaMala Game Ranger will be your host in camp and take care of your every need while sharing his knowledge and love of the bush with you.
These highly qualified, formally trained men, with university degrees in the natural sciences, are thoroughly conversant with all aspects of ecology.
They are ably assisted by Shangaan trackers who accompany the game drives. The trackers are equipped with an intimate bush knowledge and instinct, which will give you a fascinating insight and bring you into closer contact with the African bush.
Mala Mala Main Camp Children Policy
Please note: Children under 12 years of age, sharing with an adult, pay approximately 50% of adult tariff.
Check In Time: 02:00:00 PM
Check Out Time: 11:00:00 AM