Change is as good as a holiday at Rattray’s on MalaMala

Napoleon once said: “One must change one’s tactics every 10 years if one wishes to maintain one’s superiority.” Now that Rattray’s is 10 years old, we thought it appropriate to introduce some exciting changes and new initiatives.
Most notably, we have taken many of our travel partners' comments on board and with effect from 8 January 2017, the Rattray’s rate will be FULLY INCLUSIVE, including bar purchases. The rack rate for 2017 is US$1,025.00 pppn sharing which is unchanged from 2016. The Community Tourism Levy of US$12.50 will still apply. 
Rattray’s has employed a dynamic and experienced new executive chef – Nathan Thomas. Nathan has worked in the luxury safari industry throughout Africa and he has been tasked with enhancing the overall dining and culinary experience at Rattray's. This will include exciting new menus and innovative food presentation. “My brain is constantly thinking about food” says Nathan and guests will soon be sharing in the delights of a chef who has made Africa his kitchen.
The bed configuration is also changing in the khayas (rooms) and we are now able to offer two khayas with twin beds. These khayas will still have a day bed which effectively means that two triple khayas will be available. Please note that the triple khaya is only available in a reservation of two or more khayas.
Rattray’s now has new Land Rover safari vehicles (left), all fitted with ultra-comfortable bucket seats. We still offer a maximum of four guests per safari vehicle unless a triple room is booked as part of the group or the group comprises six guests or less.

A private vehicle is available at a cost of US$210 per empty seat out of four but please note that this is subject to availability on confirmation of booking.

A photographic vehicle (right), together with a specialised photographic guide, is also available at a cost of US$660 per day.
Finally, an upgrade of the massage facility has been planned for early in the new year. The addition of an experienced therapist and a greater range of treatments on offer will materially enhance the overall experience.
From humble beginnings

Nathan grew up modestly in an area of Cape Town, well-known for all the wrong reasons. In these neighbourhoods’, youths are often lead astray but young Nathan kept on the straight and narrow. His mother worked long hours and so the responsibility of cooking fell on his shoulders. Thus, his love for cooking stemmed not from desire but rather out of necessity. Under the guidance of his grandmother this new skill became a passionate obsession.
 
After graduating from culinary school Nathan yearned to gain more experience by working abroad but his studies had drained away every penny. Determined and driven, he decided to work locally for as many internationally recognised and world famous chefs as possible. Later his passion took him to kitchens across Africa and the Middle East. For Nathan, travel broadened the pallet as well as the mind.
 
Over the last few years Nathan worked in East Africa as the Executive Chef for one of the region’s most luxurious lodges. It was here that the city boy from Cape Town fell in love with the African bush. He recalls how the rangers taught him to appreciate wildlife and how the savannah’s calming influence helped make him a better chef.
 
Nathan has joined us during a time of change and enhancement. A time filled with excitement and great expectations. 

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MALAMALA TODAY: September 28th. Two lion sightings: the Eyrefield pride spent most of the day around the Tamboti Thickets and in the Sand River south of Rattray's Camp. The Styx pride were viewed in thick bush in the north - we could only see two cubs and their condition is not very good. Five leopards: baboons alerted us to the presence of the Bicycle Crossing male - we viewed him moving south along the Sand River close to Rattray's Camp. The Emsagweni female is still feeding off the remains of a buffalo carcass. The Kikilezi female and her cubs were seen just west of Main Camp - an amazing sighting in which we watched both cubs toying with an old buffalo bull. Many other buffalo were viewed as well as multiple elephant herds.
MALAMALA TODAY: September 25th. Lions: the Eyrefield pride were found with a buffalo kill in southern Flockfield - later in the day a small herd of buffalo inadvertently approached the area and the lions brought down another one! Seven leopards: the Kikilezi female and both her cubs were west of Main Camp. The Piccadilly female was in the southern most reaches of the Mlowathi River. The Island female was around the old airstrip. Two unidentified male leopards were viewed - one at Clarendon Dam and the other at Charleston North. Cape hunting dogs: the pack of 22 killed an impala north of Dudley Crossing. Cheetah: the two brothers were in Clarendon Open Area. Many elephants where seen including a blue-eyed leucistic calf. Three herds of buffalo were also seen.
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