MalaMala Re-imagination Update

We are delighted to report that Phase 1 of the MalaMala re-imagination is on track and the installation of the sanware, lighting and decking commenced last week. The Sable Camp central facility area and 5 Sable suites will be completed by 20 December 2017 and we are very excited to showcase the “new” camp.

There will be no activity during the busy Christmas and New Year period and Phase 2 of the re-imagination will commence on 15 January 2018.

Artist's impression of the new MalaMala bathroom

MalaMala moments
captured by Johannes Welman

Baboons: The rivalry between the two troops that hang around Main Camp has escalated recently. Here, two males give chase.
The daughter of the Kikilezi female: Three months have passed since the death of her mother and this female has defied all odds. Not only has she survived… she has thrived.
Elephant: The dry months always come with increased foot-traffic to the Sand River, especially elephants. A multitude of sightings were recorded daily in September with several involving over 100 individuals.
Hyena: The hyena den south of Styx Waterhole has been providing us with some exceptional viewing. The setting couldn’t be better for photography and the seven youngsters ensure we’re always thoroughly entertained. 
Kambula pride: The six lionesses of the Kambula pride have taken center stage in the lion dynamics recently. A power struggle is on the go and at least five different male coalitions have set their sights on the pride.
Manyeleti male: The three aging Manyeleti males have been lured back to their original territory by the Kambula pride. They’d been absent from MalaMala for a long time… it’s good to have them back!
Marthly pride: The Marthly pride is in trouble. A run in with the Manyeleti males saw the pride split up… they have yet to regroup.
Misty mornings: Misty mornings provide a somewhat surreal game drive experience. They also allow for mystical photo opportunities. 
Saddle-billed storks: A pair of Saddle-billed storks in the Sand River. Fortunately for us this is common sight at MalaMala as these birds are classified as ‘endangered’ in South Africa.
Sunrise: Every sunrise is different in this little corner of paradise.

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MALAMALA TODAY: 20 - 22 Nov: 14 lions: The 3 nomadic males from the Marthly pride have been spending time with the youngest lioness from the Eyrefield pride. She was seen mating with all 3 males over the course of 2 days near Calabash Crossing. This lioness has never fallen pregnant, perhaps these up-and-comers can change her long run of bad luck. Members of the Kambula pride were viewed everyday. The Scar-nosed Manyeleti male was initially mating with a Kambula lioness north of Rattray’s Camp. The next day a second lioness was mating with the Matshapiri male close to Main Camp. Today, the same Manyeleti male was viewed with 4 Kambula lionesses south of Main Camp. The 2 Avoca males were seen in Jakkalsdraai Open Area. 12 leopards: The Lookout female and her 2 young cubs were viewed at their den- both cubs are doing well. The Teardrop and Ndzilo females were both seen in the south with their respective cubs. The Island female was south of Maxim’s Lookout. The Piccadilly female has an impala kill north of Campbell Koppies. The Senegal Bush male was along the lower reaches of the Mlowathi River. The Split Rock male was moving south from the confluence of the Rock Drift Donga and the Sand River.

MALAMALA TODAY: 17 - 19 Nov. Lions: The recent movements of the Gowrie males to some extent adhere to an African proverb that reads; “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” When viewing these lions in the comfort of their territory we often see them in ones and twos but every time we’ve seen them pushing south, all four have been together. This was the case again on both Thursday and Friday when they were all near Matshapiri Open Area. Venturing south as unit is wise as a run in with the Mantimahle males is a possibility. They have since returned to the north and we’ve had sightings of 2 males on their own. The 2 Avoca males were viewed on the 17th and the 19th in western and central Charleston respectively. Interestingly the 3 nomadic males from the Marthly pride were seen with an Eyrefield lioness at Calabash Crossing today. The Matshapiri male was in eastern Flockfield. Leopards: The Lookout female and her two young cubs were seen at their new den- she was found today with 2 young impala kills near Drum Crossing. The Teardrop female and her 2 cubs were south and west of Jakkalsdraai Open Area. The Emsagweni female was at Ostrich Koppies. The Senegal Bush male has been feeding on an impala kill of his own north of Campbell Koppies. Cheetah and Cape hunting dogs: A MalaMala 7 day topped off the weekend! We viewed the 2 cheetah brothers in Clarendon Open Area today and a pack of 3 Cape hunting dogs at Buffalo Bush Dam.

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