MalaMala Media Statement

Following the successful restoration of the MalaMala Game Reserve to the claimant community, represented by the Nwandlamhari Communal Property Association, the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Gugile Nkwinti, is delighted to announce the successful conclusion of the post restitution arrangements for the management and operation of the MalaMala Game Reserve, in terms of a 20 year agreement for the co-management of this world renowned eco-tourism business and property.

The MalaMala Game Reserve will be managed and operated in a partnership between the founder and previous owner of the MalaMala Game Reserve, Mr Michael Rattray, Mr Stephen Saad, the owner of the adjacent Kirkman’s Kamp and members of the Nwandlamhari Communal Property Association.

The Nwandlamhari Community will be equity shareholders in the MalaMala Game Reserve business and will derive real, tangible benefits that will include:

  • income derived through multiple revenue streams,
  • job creation and wage generation,
  • skills transfers, participation in management structures, on-the-job training and mentoring for members of the Community, and
  • education and training in all aspects of the eco-tourism industry.

Members of the Nwandlamhari Communal Association will benefit from the social and economic development that will flow to their community as a consequence of infrastructural development, additional employment and other economic opportunities arising from this transaction.

The Agreement provides for substantial fixed investment in both new and existing camps. This will enhance the benefits to the Community outlined above.

Importantly, the Agreement will ensure the preservation of the iconic MalaMala Game Reserve and allow the seamless continuation of the commercially sustainable business with a 50 year track record. It will also ensure the protection of this unique and internationally acclaimed wildlife property – recently ranked second of the top fifty "safari parks" (games reserves) in Africa.

For further information please contact Mr Isaac Peter (Department of Rural Development and Land Reform) or Mr Patrick Falconer (representing MalaMala Game Reserve).


A luxurious photographic safari

"Not even Tanzania's famed Serengeti Game Reserve or the awesome Ngorongoro Crater fills your camera viewfinder faster with Africa's 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 Africa's most famous internationally."

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.

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