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April to July 2014:

Country: Western Australia
Camp: MalaMala

"Our stay was memorable. Our ranger, Paul, didn't mind mixing with much older guests & we all appreciated his knowledge and sense of humor. Had a nice bush breakfast and travelling companion's birthday was celebrated in style. We will be returning in 2015 at the same time! (with more friends – spreading the word!)"

Country: USA
Camp: MalaMala

"The camp exceeded my expectations in every way. The rooms and gardens are beautiful. The property has a style of historic safaris but with perfect amenities. Robin was a wonderful guide. We would highly recommend the main camp at MalaMala to our friends who are interested in visiting Africa."

Country: USA
Camp: Rattray's on MalaMala

"Our ranger Matt was excellent, he always asked what we wanted to do and accommodated our requests, he was very knowledgeable, informative and always courteous."

Country: Netherlands
Camp: Rattray's on MalaMala

"Thank you for a wonderful stay. So good to be back at MalaMala!"

Impressions and pictures from guest, Haley Rosengarten: July 2014
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Country: United Kingdom
Camp: MalaMala

“I have fallen in love with Africa and MalaMala. The welcome was amazing and the game drives out of this world. I hope to come back to South Africa to collect the piece of my heart I have left behind. Norma is a true lady!! Sending a big Yorkshire hug.”

Country: United States
Camp: MalaMala

“I’ve stayed at other lodges and beyond, including the world’s best resorts. Peter Van Wyk is absolutely the best guide/ranger I’ve ever had. He is very knowledgeable and polite. He treats people with respect, courtesy. I hope to come back and have him as my guide in the future.”

Country: USA
Camp: MalaMala

“A truly superb experience and will definitely be repeated. I cannot praise Yuri, our ranger, highly enough. Friendly, knowledgeable, good fun, and an excellent tracker. He made our stay so pleasant. A truly marvelous host.”

Country: USA
Camp: MalaMala

“This safari was the first trip our grandchildren Sam (12) and Mollie (10) took without their parents. Everyone was terrific in making them feel comfortable and welcome. The room, food, service, staff and our guide Brett were the best. When we were about to depart, they asked me if we could stay longer! I am sure we will return soon.”

Country: UK
Camp: Rattray’s on MalaMala

“Our 4 days at Rattrays on MalaMala met every expectation and more. Our room was stunning and ranger passionate and could not have done more to make our experience a spectacular one. The food and service was impeccable. We will definitely be coming back and recommending Rattrays on MalaMala to our friends. The attention to detail is remarkable.”

Country: England
Camp: Rattray’s on MalaMala

“I couldn’t have wished for anything more. This was an amazing experience. All of your staff are wonderful and our ranger Roan is super. This trip will remain with me forever.”

Country: Canada
Camp: MalaMala

“My ranger, Matthew Hobbs, is excellent and a credit to your company. I had Matthew as my ranger on my last visit to MalaMala, and I look forward to having again in the future.”

Country: Canada
Camp: Rattray’s on MalaMala

“Thank you for a fantastic stay at Rattray’s on MalaMala. We had an incredible journey and experience. This was our first time to South Africa and first ever safari. Dan was a fantastic ranger and host. He is very knowledgeable and gave us an experience we will never forget. Our Khaya was beautiful and the staff was great. We will be recommending MalaMala to our friends and family in Canada.”

Country: Australia
Camp: Rattray’s on MalaMala

“An absolutely fantastic experience. I will recommend to all. I will also revisit when able to.”

Country: USA
Camp: Rattray’s on MalaMala

“Our ranger, Mike Kirkman, went above and beyond expectations in all regards relative to our stay at Rattrays on MalaMala. He made our stay so memorable and even loaned us his video camera when our broke. The whole staff was also excellent and made our stay comfortable, relaxed and well cared too. Mike’s knowledge of the area and game, along with great tracking skills, made too an awesome safari experience.”

Country: Australia
Camp: Rattray’s on MalaMala

“The whole experience was amazing. We could not fault anything. Congratulations on providing such a beautiful place, exceptional accommodations and staff. We will definitely recommend Rattrays on MalaMala to all our friends.”

Country: USA
Camp: Rattray’s on MalaMala

“Visiting MalaMala always seems to be almost surreal, especially the game viewing. Leopards were the premier viewing animal this year. I am still on my quest to see the wild dogs, perhaps next time. Again, Yuri was great in making our stay and viewing exceptional. Attention to our every need was paramount. MalaMala is a must for anyone visiting Africa.”

Country: USA
Camp: MalaMala

“This was my second time to MalaMala and it was just as wonderful as the first! The game viewing is absolutely spectacular! The staff is very friendly, helpful and accommodating, and always putting the guest first. I’ve had the same ranger, Morne Goetzer, both times and I would request him again and again. He is very knowledgeable of the bush and excels at what he does. He is very genuine and knows exactly how to entertain his guest. There is no doubt in my mind that I’ll be back at MalaMala in the very near future!”

Country: England
Camp: MM

“It was our first time to SA and to a game reserve. It really was a sheer dream. Congratulations indeed. Your welcome, the way you keep everything - from accommodation to reserve - is just stunning. Our ranger, Grant, was just perfect in every aspect. Your calendar is now here in the kitchen with us! Please let us know when you issue the 2015 one, before we come back, we want you all just by us!! Thank you.”

Country: Australia
Camp: MalaMala

“Dear Mr Rattray
I would like to thank all the staff at MalaMala big camp on behalf of my family and sister’s family the most amazing holiday we have ever had. We were there for four nights in early April this year and without exception there was not one of us who could fault anything about our entire stay.The facilities were first rate as was the food and the overall service. We would especially like to express our thanks for the wonderful service that Michael, the Bar Manager provided to us during our entire stay. There was nothing that he could not do for us and looked after us as though we were the only people who were staying there.

What made this stay even better was through the amazing service, knowledge, support and friendship bestowed by our ranger, James Moodie. This young man taught us so much about each and every animal we saw. He manage to satisfy every request each of the seven of us put to him and did it in a way that was truly exciting but also total sense of security and safety. This staff member is an amazing asset that your game reserve is very lucky to have.Since returning to Australia we have shared our wonderful experience about our stay at MalaMala with family and numerous friends and I would expect that many of them will follow our recommendation to stay at your game reserve when visiting South Africa in coming months and years. Please pass on our thanks to all involved and maintain the standard you have set.”

 

January - March 2014:

Country
: USA
Camp: MalaMala
"No suggestions, everything was perfect. We’ve been to SA and other Southern African countries many times, and have lived in Namibia for 3 months. We loved everything!"

Country: Switzerland
Camp: MalaMala
"This is the best service I have ever had in an hotel. The ranger was very professional and the food was excellent."

Country: Switzerland
Camp: MalaMala
"Everything was perfect!"

Country: UK
Camp: Rattray’s on MalaMala
"Excellent, personal service by all staff. Brett was fantastic. Beautifully appointed rooms and shared spaces. Friendly staff. Stunning game viewing. Keep up the good work Rattray! It was such a special, memorable stay."

Country: UK
Camp: MalaMala
"We have had an amazing time at MalaMala. Your staff are all incredible. Our rangers, especially Mathew, were more than we could have hoped for - knowledgeable, kind, considerate and helpful. Keep doing what you are doing and we will come back. Food was fantastic as well. Thank You."

Country: USA
Camp: Rattray’s on MalaMala
"The experience exceeded our expectations in every respect. Our ranger (Roan) was excellent and the entire meal service and housekeeping staff did an excellent job. We could not ask for more! We will be back!"

Country: USA
Camp: MalaMala
"This was my third trip to MalaMala. It just keeps getting better and better!"

Country: USA
Camp: MalaMala
"It’s unusual in our travels to experience such complete engagement, as we did with our rangers Daniels and Morne. Don’t ever lose that, its special."

Country: Switzerland
Camp: MalaMala
"This was a wonderful stay, and game drives with our ranger Jonathan were exceptional. The staff at the camp very friendly and helpful. We also loved the barman. Keep going on like that, and we will return."

Country: USA
Camp: MalaMala
"Our guide, Bens, was terrific as was John Robertson 4 years earlier. Thank you for assigning us such a good experienced senior guide! Grant was also very helpful. Hope to return again in a few years again."

Country: USA
Camp: MalaMala
"Morne was a great ranger, teaching us about everything from the wildlife + plants to survival. He is very knowledgeable about wildlife photography + really mentored me throughout the trip. Overall it was a once in a lifetime experience. I can’t wait to come back! Daniel was an excellent tracker and we were all blown away by how much we saw so quickly. He had great stories and we all learned a lot. Very professional, yet fun also. Two amazing rangers and we couldn’t be more impressed."

Country: USA
Camp: Rattray’s on MalaMala
"The experience exceeded our expectations. The room was comfortable and luxurious. The meals were high quality and tasty. Our ranger Brett was amazing. He was always courteous and we felt he was taking good care of us. He was also great with the tracking and we saw the Big 5 almost every day! We definitely will recommend MalaMala, and should we be back in South Africa we will make this trip again! Thanks for everything and a memorable honeymoon!"

Country: UK
Camp: MalaMala
"It was our first visit to South Africa, and while we enjoyed the holiday very much, the highlight of the tour was our visit to MalaMala. We were fortunate to see the “Big 5” plus many other birds and animals all in one day! The rangers, accommodation, food, hospitality and weather were all excellent. We could not have wished for more. It was truly a memorable experience for both of us and we shall recommend MalaMala to our friends. We also hope to come again ourselves."

Country: USA
Camp: MalaMala
"Nic Moxham is the best ranger/guide I have had after 3 safaris in Africa. He is very good at explaining everything from the big game to the smallest animal, bird or plant. He is very attentive to his guests and is eager to share his knowledge with them. The “Gold Standard” in rangers! Brett Meadows is also a splendid ranger/guide. He excels at tracking and finding exciting big game encounters. He is very personable and attentive to proving a highly satisfactory experience."

Country: USA
Camp: MalaMala
"Bartender excellent! Overall experience way beyond expectation. Bens was an extraordinary guide, and an almost magical tracker - PLUS courteous, interesting and fun! MalaMala is wonderful! Thank you!"

Country: USA
Camp: MalaMala
"Having stayed in several hotels during our tour of South Africa we felt that MalaMala was without doubt standing out from the rest. Apart from seeing the Big 5 at close range, which of course fulfilled a lifetime desire, we loved the accommodation and attention to detail with every part of our stay. Matthew was our ranger and he was totally capable. We felt safe with him, and his knowledge and humor complemented the whole experience. Don’t change a thing."

Country: UK
Camp: MalaMala
"An absolutely wonderful experience with an excellent first class service camp and rangers. Feel very privileged to have spent 2 nights at MalaMala and will take back to England a very memorable, special time. Thank you."

 

2013:

Country
: USA
Camp: MJ
"Our guides and trackers were Jimmy + Eric + Bushi + Lovemore and they were excellent. We felt safe and comfortable, and learned a lot. Thank you for a wonderful experience!"

Country: South Africa
Camp: TK
"Don’t change anything. Perfect as it is. Thank you. Awesome!"

Country: USA
Camp: TK
"Richard and Commander were superb in their knowledge of animals, birds, plants and making the game viewing interesting and fun while he tracked. Thanks as well to the kitchen for accommodating our vegetarian request. Food was tasty and nutritious. Everyone was friendly and hosted us like family. Thank you."

Country:  Australia
Camp: Rattray’s on MalaMala
"What an Experience – well done to the entire team, we will definitely be back and will encourage all our friends to come."

Country: USA
Camp: MalaMala
"Ranger Matthew Hobbs was absolutely exceptional. His knowledge of the fauna and flora, eagerness to assist guests, enthusiasm and great personality provided me with the experience of a lifetime that I shall never forget. Way beyond my expectations! Main Camp lodging, reception and food service also exceptional. Would not change a thing! Cannot surpass perfection. Thanks again to Matthew and the Rattrays! Job well done and a spectacular reserve and experience! Bravo!!!"

Country: USA
Camp: MalaMala
"Jonno Short, Brett, Morne were all excellent. We really loved the overall experience. Driving (Land Rover) was excellent, beautiful grounds! Every aspect of service exceeded our expectations. Food, drinks were excellent as was the service."

Country: Canada
Camp: MalaMala
"Our experience far exceeded our expectations. Peter our guide made sure we had the best possible experience ensuing we saw all the “Big 5”. He was very accommodating to one of our group who had some physical challenges. All the staff was very respectable and welcoming. And the food amazing!!"

Country: Switzerland
Camp: MalaMala
“Was a great pleasure staying here. The best wildlife sightings shown to us by the best ranger ever. Would never want another!!! Compliments to all!!”

Country: USA
Camp: MalaMala
"Our ranger Matthew single handedly made this one of the most rewarding and amazing trips we’ve ever been on. His warmth, easy going attitude, amazing tracking ability, patience, politeness and willingness to go out of his way to find the animals here truly made this feel like a home away from home. Our 8 year old daughter is already talking about missing him, and we haven’t even left yet.”

Country: USA
Camp: MalaMala
“Our guide, Jonathan, was incredible. He was not only extremely knowledgeable and interesting, but was great with our kids and made the whole experience so memorable. My daughter, age 11, was fascinated with his anecdotes and our son, age 16, loved his talented Land Rover driving abilities.”

Country: UK
Camp: MalaMala
“I have had an incredible 5 nights at MalaMala, and when I get home will be booking my stay for next year, within a month of returning home. Thank you for your wonderful place, I am looking forward to my 4th stay with you.”

Country: USA
Camp: MalaMala
“Our ranger, Morne, was attentive, very knowledgeable, innovating, caring, interested and absolutely committed to our family’s understanding and appreciation of MalaMala, South Africa and its flora, fauna, everything! The setting to see the animals exceeded any expectations.  The service from the rest of the staff was likewise - warm, caring and service. We were treated as a family visiting a home. Little details made for superb experience such as the heated plates, which allowed the first seated in our party to enjoy hot food with the last. We respected the absolute concern for our personal safety while enjoying the best 3 days. We enjoyed meeting the Rattrays! Thank you.”

Country: USA
Camp: MalaMala
“Magnificent, beautiful place, courteous and gracious staff. Knowledgeable ranger. All was an experience of a lifetime.”

Country: USA
Camp: MalaMala
“Morne, Jonathan and Brett were amazing - each were as professional as anyone that I have met. I spent most of my safari time with Morne. He is so knowledgeable. He clearly explained many aspects of Bush “life” to us. Animals’ survival, seasons, the stars… Morne, Jonno + Brett made us feel like family, their role in our experience here at MalaMala made this single greatest time that I have ever had. We regret that we have to leave. All the staff here at MalaMala smiles. That is the big deal. I really cannot say enough good things. Sincerely, John.”

Country:  USA
Camp: MalaMala
“MalaMala is magical, it so far exceeded my expectations that I’m at a loss for words. Everything was perfect and, best of all, authentic - from the spectacular game drives to the wonderful food to the fabulous staff. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. All the rangers were top notch, but PIETER (who was our ranger) was beyond amazing. This is heaven on earth.”

Country: Canada
Camp: Rattray’s on MalaMala
“First rate facility. Outstanding wildlife. Excellent rangers.”

Country: USA
Camp: Rattray’s on MalaMala
“Brendan was our ranger and he was exceptional. He was highly professional and extremely conscientious. He was one the most impressive representatives’ relative to other holidays destinations we have visited. He was knowledgeable and good to be around. Additionally the kitchen and food services team was great. Some of the best food we have had again the staff was highly professional. We were very impressed.”

July 2013
Camp: MM
"I was a guest of yours at Mala Mala a little over 3 weeks ago. I was there with my brother Dale Rimkus and his wife Marla, plus another couple, Dennis and Sandra. We stayed there for 2 nights at the main lodge. We had the great pleasure of being seated next to you for our dinner in the boma on both nights, and visiting with you. Our wonderful driver/guide was Matt Meyer.

I got over the jetlag from the trip back to the States just fine, and sitting here at home I am left with the amazing photos and even more amazing and fond memories of our stay with you. Guys, I just wanted to tell you that our stay there was nothing short of spectacular. The property, the lodge, the rooms, the wildlife viewing, our excellent guide Matt, the hospitality, the friendliness, the wonderful gift shop, the boma, the food - everything was superb and far beyond our expectations. Again, let me tell you that the wildlife viewing was beyond my wildest dreams, and the photos we were able to take were may levels above what I was expecting to come home with. Matt did everything in his power to make sure we saw the best things and got the best photos and had a wonderful time, and all of our wildlife questions to him were given a cheerful and knowledgable (encyclopedic-type?) answer. You certainly have a great employee in Matt.

MalaMala Guests 2013 MalaMala Lion MalaMala Leopard

Among the many, many amazing things we saw were a big male lion with his pride of nine females and young ones, a big male leopard laying in the sand overlooking the river in the perfect late afternoon sun, a large wounded buffalo that was left behind by the herd and now surrounded by a pride of lions, an amazing after-dark fight between the females of 2 different lion prides who were stalking the same buffalo herd, many, many sightings of at least 6 different leopards over the course of our 2 day stay, a leopard making a stalk on a duiker, a very large herd of buffalo in a sand wash, which we drove through to get to a lion sighting, many elephant and rhino close up, a spectacular variety of plainsgame and birds, and the list goes on and on. I will confide in you that immediately after our first game drive, before we headed to the lodge for appetizers and then dinner with you in the boma, our group of 5 got together in our room and toasted (Amarula) our stay at Mala Mala, and talked about how lucky we were to be staying at what we all consider to be the best lodge and property on the African continent.

"... what you DO have at Mala Mala, which is the most amazing property and the best wildlife viewing of any lodge in South Africa, and probably in ALL of Africa. When I go to Africa, it is for the purpose of viewing and photographing your amazing wildlife, and any luxury I am priviledged to be pampered with is just icing on the cake. Personally, I cannot imagine anyone wanting or needing any more luxury than what your wonderful lodge provides! I am SO looking forward to our next stay at Mala Mala, and will be counting the days until I'm again in what I consider to be the true paradise of your wonderful property. In the meantime, I will be spreading the word about Mala Mala every oportunity I get through my various connections with friends, aquaintences and even strangers who also enjoy Africa. Please, just keep doing what you're doing, and it would please me greatly if you didn't change a thing, as I can only describe our stay with you as perfect!"

Country: USA
Camp: MM
We love the fact that the camp continues to keep the atmosphere we so love. The standards are so high and never a disappointment. Ranger Brett Ross is a star. Thank you so much.

Country: Switzerland
Camp: MM
We have really enjoyed our time here in MalaMala. Our ranger, Matthew, did an excellent job and we will recommend MalaMala to our friends when they are visiting South Africa. We have seen so many animals, but it was amazing seeing their interaction (including wild-dogs and elephants, and mating leopards). Thank you very much.

Country: USA
Camp: MM
Grant is the absolute best ranger we’ve had at any camp in any country in Africa. He’s just fantastic. Michael is a superb barman. Very attentive and organized.

Country: South Africa
Camp: MM
We just loved our stay at MalaMala. It is the best of all the luxury private reserves that we have been to. Our ranger Daniel was a very polite, knowledgeable and confident young man. We really enjoyed his company. Thank you so much for accommodating my husband, who has a complicated disability. A 10/10 stay!

Country: Australia
Camp: MM
We had an amazing experience at MalaMala and would recommend it to anyone wishing to view the animals in their natural habitat. The whole camp/ safari has been a wonderful experience for us. Bens our ranger was quietly efficient and very knowledgeable. He was considerate of our need to watch and photograph the animals.

Country: USA
Camp: MM
Comment
Without doubt, Nic was the best ranger there. Pre-empting animals’ moves. And getting closer than we could ever have imagined. He was good company during lunch and dinner, and really made our visit exceptional.

Country: USA
Camp: MM
Five stars! Everything was absolutely fabulous!

Country: USA
Camp: MM
Benson & Jonathan were brilliant rangers. Knowledgeable, enthusiastic and personable. They tailored our game drives around our wishes. The rooms were the most sumptuous we’ve stayed in and we wish we could have stayed more than two nights. The attention from staff was impeccable, and the food outstanding. Many thanks.

Country: USA
Camp: RROM
This was our first visit to S.A. MalaMala and your employees made it exquisite. Our ranger, Greg, was superb. He found everything remarkable. He was very professional at all times, courteous, friendly and was everything we could want. The women that served meals, Siphiwe and Precious in particular, were wonderful - always smiling! Very friendly, and we enjoyed them each time. Everyone here was top notch! Can’t wait to return!

Country: USA
Camp  : MM
Comment:
Roan Ravenhill is one of the best guides ever and he is the primary reason I returned to MalaMala after two months of travel. The staff here is also phenomenal and the environment so special, the animals here are a sweet blessing as well. I look forward to coming back to MalaMala again and again.
Thank you.

Country: USA
Camp  : MM
Comment:
This was truly our most wonderful safari of all time. The days are not enough. Every detail of our stay was perfect, principally due to the knowledge, courtesy and attentive understanding ranger Grant. We will back again soon. Congratulation on your outstanding properly management.

Country: USA
Camp  : MM
Comment:
This trip exceeded all of our expectations. The interaction with the wild life was outstanding. Noldey was extremely knowledgeable and took excellent care of us. I would definitely recommend him to anyone planning a trip to MalaMala as their guide of choice.

Country: USA
Camp  : MM
Comment:
The entire staff was efficient, friendly and helpful and each one seemed to make extra sure we were completely happy. Our guide Daniel & Brett went to extreme measures to fulfill our every request to fruition, answer every question and attend to our every need. They were professional, knowledgeable, friendly and fun. We would highly recommend to this entire place as most see!

Camp: RROM
Comment:
Matthew Hobbs is a superb ranger. He did a wonderful job making our stay spectacular in every way!

Country: Canada
Camp: MM
Comment:
Everything was just lovely during our 2 night stay, with 4 game drives. This followed 4 night and 3 days cycling which was also excellent. All staff was polite professional, knowledgeable and fun. We felt safe & well cared for while getting very close to incredible wildlife. And we got engaged at Sunset overlooking Motoutse River! Hope to be back for an anniversary someday. Thank you.

Country: Switzerland
Comment:
It was the best place we ever had!

Country: USA
Camp: RROM
Comment:
Our ranger- Greg “Baldy” Baldwin was outstanding!! Knowledgeable! Professional, fun and is an asset to Mala Mala! We truly believe he made our trip special.

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