MalaMala Camp, set amidst shady trees and manicured lawns on the banks of the Sand River, is considered one of South Africa’s most exclusive and best-loved safari destinations. This exceptional retreat offers its guests stylish lodgings, exceptional service and fantastic wildlife encounters. Luxurious thatched suites boast separate his and hers ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, personal bars and private verandas which overlooks the meandering river.
Guests can savour delectable meals, which are accompanied by an excellent selection of South African wines, in the breezy outdoor boma. Those in need of relaxation can sink into the cool depths of the sparkling swimming pool to escape the sweltering heat, or head to the well-stocked library to quietly enjoy a good book. The spacious sitting area leads onto an expansive wooden deck, where guests can spend a delightful afternoon watching giraffe, elephant and buffalo amble over to the river to slake their thirst. A boutique store, private wine cellar and safari bar all add to guest delight. Adventures include exhilarating, twice-daily game drives and guided bush walks through the wildlife-rich reserve. Game drives through the MalaMala Private Game Reserve tend to be longer than in other private reserves, allowing guests even more time for incredible wildlife-viewing.
What we love about MalaMala Camp
- Ask some of the staff, a number of whom have worked for the family for over 30 years, to tell you the history behind the old sepia photographs of the area that hang in the safari bar.
- Sit beneath the massive Jackalberry tree in the boma and imagine what it has seen and witnessed in the years since the lodge was built.