MalaMala Game Reserve 



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,

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