There is no such thing as an uneventful day at MalaMala!  As wintery weather approaches we move away from our summer schedule to our winter schedule and head out on safari a little later each morning.  Unaffected by the cooler weather, the wildlife at MalaMala remains as active as ever, providing no shortage of drama and excitement. The daily bush ‘soap opera’, starring a large cast of African wildlife, can be followed on our Facebook page
Rattray's on MalaMala

Tucked away in a forest of green, on the banks of the world renowned Sand River, lies a special place.  Rattray’s on MalaMala offers an intimate glimpse of an era long lost, when travellers from afar married the magic of the African bush with elegance and refinement. Combining humble opulence and romantic exclusivity with unrivalled game viewing, Rattray’s on MalaMala is the premier safari destination for those seeking to experience the wild heart of Africa. 
Upon arrival, guests are greeted by the collective smile of our passionate and professional team who are devoted to ensuring that our visitors cherish every moment of their time with us.
Each luxurious freestanding and spacious Khaya (Zulu word for ‘home’) offers an atmosphere of lush seclusion and boasts spectacular views of the Sand River where wildlife of all shapes and sizes can be viewed whilst taking a dip in the private plunge pool, cooling off in the outdoor shower or enjoying a massage on the deck.
The camp offers, amongst other things, a gym, an infinity swimming pool, a steam room and a massage service. 

At Rattray’s on MalaMala, wildlife safaris are our number one priority. A maximum of only four guests per safari vehicle is allowed and a flexible operation ensures your adventures into the bush will be intimate and unforgettable. An experienced and proficient ranger will serve as a guide and host, offering a level of service second to none. 

Sumptuous meals can be enjoyed in a variety of locations including in the privacy and comfort of your Khaya, or even experience a delicious bush breakfast.
Did you know?
  • Rattray’s on MalaMala is moulded around the expectations, feedback and experiences of countless guests from around the globe who have enjoyed the MalaMala safari since 1964
  • Rattray’s on MalaMala represents a contemporary colonial style of accommodation
  • All 8 Khayas face the Sand River offering guest the opportunity to observe the comings and goings of wildlife from the comfort of the deck
  • Each 128 square metre Khaya boasts 2 separate his-and-hers bathrooms
  • The private plunge pools can be heated on request
  • Rattray’s on MalaMala is the perfect retreat for discerning travellers and does not accept children under the age of 16 years old
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MALAMALA TODAY: May 25th. Two lion sightings: Five members of the Marthly pride remained separated today despite the two 'lost' sub adults walking within 50m of the other three. Six leopards: the Tslebe Rocks male has moved deeper into the Airstrip male's territory when the two fought near Lower Mlowathi Crossing. The former came out on top - the Airstrip male seems fine despite clear visible wounds. The Treehouse male was also seen nearby and he was literally on top of the den site of the Kikilezi female - one cub was viewed there later in the day. The cubs of the Emsagweni female were briefly seen near Emsagwen Waterhole. Cheetah: the two brothers were viewed at Clarendon Open Area. A herd of 16 sable antelope (including two youngsters and a huge bull) came to drink in front of Rattray's Camp. Many elephant and buffalo sightings were recorded. A honey badger was also seen this evening.
MALAMALA TODAY: May 21st. A fantastic day for leopard lovers with 11 different individuals seen today, including a mother and cub being chased around by a herd of 15 sable antelope! Three lion sightings: the Eyrefield pride spent most of the day in the Sand River south of West Street Bridge. The two Matshapiri males joined up later this evening close to Rattray's Camp. Three members of the Marthly pride were south of the Causeway. 11 leopards: the Lookout female and her cub were chased around twice by a herd of sable in eastern Flockfield. The Kikilezi female and her two cubs were at their den of Gowrie Trust Road. The DOKF 3:3 is at Lower Mlowathi crossing with an impala kill in a tree - she initially had hyenas for company before the Kikilezi female (her mother) came and chased her away. The West Street male, Flockfield female and an unidentified female were viewed together in the south. The Island female and Treehouse male were also viewed. Many elephants and buffalo were seen as well as a honey badger.
The MalaMala march

At 12:55 on Saturday the 8th of May2016 four MalaMala game rangers, Greg Baldwin, Matt Meyer, Theo York and myself, shuffled on blistered feet into the colourful pages of MalaMala Game Reserve history. We had just become the first rangers to walk around the entire 33000 acre game reserve, sticking to the boundary where and when we could. In total we covered 69.20 km over a period of two days (45.2 km in 11hours on day one and 24 km in 7 hours on day two) and spent the night on mysterious Misters Koppies; one of the prominent granite outcrops in the south. Throughout the walk we recorded 70 different species of bird (seen or heard), 24 different mammalian tracks (tracks of 3 different ardvaark, 18 different leopard and 8 different lion) and on 21 different occasions we encountered a potentially dangerous game species... read more

2015 ranger photographic winner

Well done Jo Welman for winning the 2015 ranger photographic competition. Click here to view the finalists.

All images were sent to our judges, in order to choose ten of their favourites each. Points were then allocated to each photo from 10 (their first choice) to 1 (their tenth choice). These points were then combined so that a winning image could be selected.

Our sincere thanks to the judges – all professional photographers – who were willing to assist us with this competition.

Judges: Mike Dexter, Greg du Toit, Stu Porter, Penny Robartes, Max Waugh, Gerald Hinde and Shem Compion.

MalaMala Game Reserve
Telephone: +27 – 11 – 442 2267