MalaMala Game Reserve 

Top wildlife reserve in South Africa!

MalaMala has been rated as the top game reserve in South Africa and ranked second of the “50 best safari parks in Africa” according to an international survey that recently conducted a thorough analysis of over 3000 reviews, in order to find the top game reserves in Africa. Overall, 138 parks in the 8 major safari countries in Africa were taken into consideration.

This in-depth study was based on a combination of reviews by both tourists and experts from renowned guidebooks (Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommer’s, Bradt and Footprint). These reviews contributed to the final results of the top 50 best safari parks in Africa. The reviews were based on the wildlife, scenic beauty, bush vibe, and birding.
MalaMala Game Reserve‘s overall rating was 4.81 out of 5!  
MalaMala is the largest private Big 5 game reserve in South Africa. MalaMala’s world-wide renown is due to its uncompromising high standard of service, sound conservation management policies and the finest, most consistent game viewing on the sub-continent. 

The superior game viewing is a direct result of the:

  • Vast area of land owned - 13 200 hectares (33 000 acres)
  • 19km (±12 miles) unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park
  • 20km (±13 miles) of river frontage (Sand River), ensuring a plentiful supply of water at all times
  • Exclusive access / no shared traversing
  • Position of the camps on the western side of the river, ensuring no human habitation on 95% of the property

Top 10 safari parks

MalaMala favoured by photographer Greg du Toit

One of Africa's best photographers and winner of the 2013 BBC World Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Greg du Toit favours MalaMala as his best wildlife region in Africa. Find out what he has to say in 'A visual journey' by Scott Ramsay. Read more

BLOG STORY: Airstrip male vs warthog cue hyena

One thing MalaMala teaches you as a guide when it comes to looking for wildlife, is to pay attention to what all the animals are telling you. Monkeys chattering, impala snorting and kudu barking are all good signals that something is going on in the bush.... Read more

AWARDS: MalaMala in finals!

MalaMala is shortlisted for the Best Family Educational Holiday category in the Family Traveller Awards 2015! The Awards are now open to reader and public votes, and we are calling for our fans to show their support by voting online... Read more or click here to vote for us

2015 Guest Photographic Competition

Sabi Sand Gate Fee Increase

Effective from 01 January 2016 the Sabi Sand Entrance fee will increase as follows:
  • Vehicle entrance fee from ZAR 190 to ZAR 250
  • Per person entrance fee from ZAR 50 to ZAR 110
As a result of these increases, the following transfer rates will be applicable, 01 Jan – 31 December 2016:-
Road transfer from Skukuza Airport (SZK) to and MalaMala Game Reserve (and vice versa):
2016: R 400.00 nett per person one way. This rate includes the SSW entrance fee.
Road transfer from Nelspruit Airport (KMIA/MQP) to MalaMala Game Reserve (and vice versa):
R3000.00 nett per VEHICLE (maximum 7 people) ONE WAY and ZAR 110.00 per person Sabi Sands entrance fee: 2 - 3 Hours travelling time.
Road transfer from Nelspruit Airport (KMIA/MQP) to MalaMala Game Reserve (and vice versa):
R4010.00 nett per VEHICLE (maximum 8 - 14 people) ONE WAY and ZAR 110.00 per person Sabi Sands Entrance Fee: 2 - 3 Hours travelling time.

Mpumalanga’s Mount Anderson Reserve – a little-known treasure

Legendary South African statesman Jan Smuts wrote nearly 100 years ago that the magnificent escarpment around Mount Anderson contained some of “the most magnificent scenery of the whole African continent”... Read more
MalaMala Game Reserve
Telephone: +27 – 11 – 442 2267