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9/10 expert Telegraph rating

Written by: Juliet Rix

Surrounded by bush, Rattrays sits on the banks of a riverbed where game gathers to drink and eat. We saw zebra, giraffe, warthog and several types of antelope just driving in from the airport, and elephants, hippo, eagles, monkeys and kudu from the veranda. That was before game drives started… Read more

Images from the Vogue Indian Shoot

March 2017

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Peter Short wins MalaMala’s 2016 Guest competition

Written by: Peter Short

View more photographs from our 2016 guest photography competition winner: Peter Short. Pete is a photographer, naturalist and lover of wild places. He is based in the Lake District, he has a keen interest in the preservation of the natural world and mitigating man’s impact on it. His images aim to inspire people to take more of an interest in the conservation of the environment… Read more

Kriti Sanon talks about her trip to South Africa

Written by: Natasha Coutinho | February 20, 2017

This was my first trip to South Africa. We were staying bang in the middle of the jungle, at the Mala Mala game reserve hotel, which is inside the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in the Mpumalanga province. It’s a cozy place, smaller than normal resorts. For around three-four days, every morning till late evening, we would take off for a safari… Read more

What it's REALLY like on an African safari

What it’s REALLY like on an African safari

Written by: Caitlyn without a compass | July 24, 2016

 Embark on another game drive, this time seeing all the action. After lunch is when I remember seeing the most kills—leopards dragging their recently stalked impala up a tree to feed, hyenas waiting anxiously below for falling scraps. We even saw a mother leopard and her cubs lounging on top of a rock outlet… Read more

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SA National Parks and Reserves dominate best in Africa list

Written by: Louzel Lombard | Jul 01, 2016

It’s no secret South Africa’s National Parks are of impeccable standards. Aside from tourist facilities, camps and roads, the parks’ core – the natural beauty and wildlife – is what makes these spaces so incredible. And we’re not the only ones to think that… Read more

MalaMala private game reserve

MalaMala private game reserve

Written by: Maria Valaskatzis | May 18, 2016

His passion for his occupation can not be denied and he showed enthusiasm to answer all the questions that I had. I remember at our first meeting he asked me about the animals I wanted to see, and I mentioned that elephants were my favorite. During the course of the next day he made it his duty to… Read more

Rattray's on MalaMala

Rattray’s on MalaMala

Written by: Simon & Baker | Feb 26, 2016

Rattray’s on MalaMala remains among our all time favorite safari properties for its combination of quality Big Five game viewing and indulgence in the bush. Over the years we have had excellent stays with Big Five game viewing at Rattray’s on MalaMala… Read more

Facts about buffalo and buffalo birth

Facts about Buffalo and Buffalo birth

Written by: Roger and Pat de la Harpe | Jan 31, 2016

Have you witnessed a buffalo birth? We’ve only seen one… There is a place in Mala Mala Game Reserve in South Africa called Buffalo Pans. It is an area of shallow pans and wallows fringed by tall trees and shrubs, which offer marvellous shade during the heat of the day and in summer… Read more

Just another day at MalaMala

Just another day at MalaMala

Written by: Julie Yack | Oct 20, 2015

When we arrive we see the two males sleeping. The lionesses are near but one is wide awake, like she’s on guard duty. We get a good position for photos. Our hope is that as the sun rises from behind us, the lions will go into the river for a drink and we’ll get good photos head on with the fresh morning sun… Read more

Wildlife photography at MalaMala

Wildlife photography at MalaMala

Written by: Africa Unlocked | Oct 30, 2015

This is now my second trip to MalaMala in a week. Birds are in full breeding swing and many of the migrants have arrived already, the most noticeable being the cuckoos which can easily be identified by call. Klaas’s, Diedericks, African Black, Red-chested, African and even a Thick-billed cuckoo… Read more

Photographic safari

Photographic safari

Written by: Africa Unlocked | Oct 19, 2015

After Mashatu and Tanda Tula it was off to Mala Mala, our last destination of the safari. This was my very first time at Mala Mala and, due to a reputation I can recall since childhood I arrived with high expectations. Let me cut to the chase immediately: It did not disappoint!! Read more

On safari: MalaMala Game Reserve

On safari: MalaMala Game Reserve

Written by: Traveling Safari Bugs | Sep 27, 2015

Ian and I thought the perfect first trip for mom and Ray would be to South Africa with four nights on safari at MalaMala and then a few days in Cape Town.  South Africa is a great place to go on safari for many reasons, particularly when you are only spending a few days on safari…. Read more

A bit of paradise

A bit of paradise

Written by: Susan L. Schwartz | Oct, 2015

October 25, 1981 was the exact date I was introduced to MalaMala. An article in the New York Times travel section by esteemed author Joseph Lelyveld entitled MalaMala: Posh in the Wild would come to embody my idea of the perfect luxury safari for the next few decades. Read more

Interview with photographer Douglas Croft

Interview with photographer Douglas Croft

Written by: Traveling Safari Bugs | Sep 16, 2015

At the end of a mere six days on safari at two of South Africa’s premier reserves, Ngala and MalaMala, we had filled much of a terabyte hard drive with photos of Africa’s Super Seven. Add to that Giraffe, Zebra, Hyena and multiple other game and bird species… Read more

Lessons in life

Lessons in life

Written by: Travelife with kids | Sep, 2015

Recently shortlisted as the Best Family Educational Holiday for 2015, MalaMala offers activities for young safari-goers and its rangers are trained to customize the experience to avoid boredom. MalaMala even prepares tuckboxes with snacks for the children to take on their game drives… Read more

Bringing home the buffalo

Bringing home the buffalo

Written by: Catherine Sherman | Aug, 2015

On a recent trip to Mala Mala Game Reserve in South Africa, my  husband and I were lucky to see lions in two prides. The lions in each pride were eating a Cape Buffalo that they had killed. Yes, it’s the Circle of Life, but I didn’t like that part. It was unnerving at first… Read more

More than the Big Five

More than the Big Five

Written by: Flora the Explorer | Jul 17, 2015

There were five more lionesses in the surrounding scrubland, Greg told us as we pulled up directly opposite these two creatures, both standing stock still in the tall grass. I couldn’t take my eyes off them; neither could anyone else in the car. We stayed there for what felt like seconds but must have been… Read more

Shortlisted in Family Traveller Awards 2015

Shortlisted in Family Traveller Awards 2015

Written by: Family Traveller Awards | Jul 16, 2015

MalaMala Game Reserve has been shortlisted for the Best Family Educational Holiday in the Family Traveller Awards 2015. The Awards are the first of their kind and have been devised by Family Traveller magazine and familytraveller.com to recognise the best of the best in family travel… Read more

A visual wildlife journey with Greg du Toit

A visual wildlife journey with Greg du Toit

Written by: Scott Ramsay | Jun 29, 2015

Greg du Toit is probably Africa’s most well-known wildlife photographer. In 2013 he won the BBC World Wildlife Photographer of the Year competion. But this award was long overdue. Greg has been taking some of the best wildlife photographs for almost 20 years… Read more

Top 50 best safari parks of Africa

Top 50 best safari parks of Africa

Written by: Safari Bookings | Jun 16, 2015

In total, 138 parks of the 8 major safari countries were in consideration for a place in the top 50. The analysis was based on 3,008 park reviews collected through the SafariBookings website. Of them, 2,234 reviews were contributed by safari tourists from 63 countries around the world… Read more

The thrill of the hunt

The thrill of the hunt

Written by: Norah Casey | Jun, 2015

An exceptional photo-safari game experience where you are guaranteed to see the big five. Still, few can claim witness, as Norah Casey did, to an up close and personal leopard kill. MalaMala proved to be by far the best game experience we encountered. This was in part because we had an exceptional ranger… Read more

A ranger’s picnic breakfast by the river at MalaMala

A ranger’s picnic breakfast by the river at MalaMala

Written by: Travelife Magazine | May 10, 2015

So there we were the other day in Africa, living a #Travelife, ready to go out for a three-hour morning game drive at the MalaMala Game Reserve when our ranger Greg Baldwin, who happens to be the head ranger for the entire MalaMala Game Reserve and its four lodges, made an interesting suggestion… Read more

Safari for beginners

Safari for beginners

Written by: Andrew Dent | Apr, 2015

MalaMala Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s best known and best loved places to view big game. It is also a leading light in the world of conservation, a fact that is not lost on most kids these days. It is the largest private Big Five (lion, elephant, bu alo, leopard, rhino) game reserve in South Africa… Read more

Distinguished South Africa

Distinguished South Africa

Written by: Linda Weber | Mar, 2015

A chorus of screams, oscillating between high-pitched shrieks and low-register bellows, blasts us out of sleepiness on an early-morning game drive. We spot a dozen irate baboons glaring at us from high branches. “There must be a leopard around,” the guide explains. “Baboons hate them.” Read more

A luxurious first-time trip

A luxurious first-time trip

Written by: Andrew Dent | Dec, 2014

The afternoon game drive ended with our following a leopard through a rough area of bushes, trees and gullies. Stopping to observe a glorious orange sunset, we snacked on chips, dried fruit and biltong and were offered adult beverages – quite a way to end off the day! Read more

Best hotel wildlife

Best hotel wildlife

Written by: Lonely Planet | May, 2014

MalaMala’s Main Camp is everything you could ask of Africa, and then some. Situated in the MalaMala Game Reserve, this renowned safari destination boasts animal sightings, and are unbeatable in their frequency and variety. This beautiful unfenced camp gives you wild South Africa up close and personal… Read more

Wild play

Wild play

Written by: Kamal Gill | May, 2014

Enjoy an intimate safari experience with discreet service, gourmet dining and exceptional hospitality at these game reserves in South Africa. MalaMala is one of SA’s most reputed game lodges with a luxury element that blends so totally into the environment that it appears as if you are at your natural best… Read more

Best hotel wildlife

Best hotel wildlife

Written by: Apple Gidley | Mar, 2014

Nearing Sable Camp at the end of the night drive, a call comes over Noldie’s headset and he switches the ignition and flashlight off, gesturing for silence. The quiet is all-encompassing and, then, an ammonia-like smell sweeps over us as a pride of lions pad around the vehicle… Read more