MalaMala Main Camp is located between Sabi Sands and the famous Kruger National Park. MalaMala was the first privately owned game reserve in South Africa to offer eco-tourism as an alternative to hunting. Guests regularly spot the Big 5, as well as cheetah, wild dog and an incredible variety of birds.
Shady trees and manicured lawns on the banks of the Sand River provide the setting for MalaMala Main Camp, world-famous for its exceptional game viewing and luxurious accommodation. Located at the heart of the MalaMala Private Game Reserve, it's one of South Africa's most exclusive and rewarding safari destinations, and is equally at ease delivering superlative safaris for families, honeymooners and wildlife enthusiasts.
MalaMala is a wildlife paradise situated on the Sand River, in the south of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. It shares a 50km unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. It is renowned for providing some of the best game viewing in South Africa.
The reserve has a dense concentration of wildlife, including over 330 plant species, 45 fish, 30 amphibians, 110 reptiles, 500 bird species and 145 mammals. It is home to the Big 5, and is probably the best place in the world to get up close and personal with the elusive leopard. Extensive flora and fauna lists are available.
MalaMala is the largest private game park in the immediate vicinity of the Kruger National Park and has built up an internationally acclaimed reputation. It regularly plays host to professional photographers, and film crews from around the world have filmed here due to the abundance of game within the reserve. The reserve is 18 000 hectares in extent, and lies strategically sandwiched between the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve.
For over four decades, MalaMala has remained focused on its objective to preserve and protect the land it occupies. Allowing nature to move to its innate rhythm, guests experience today what the forefathers of the African Safari would have experienced at the turn of the century. This philosophy has paid off, as experienced by a veritable collection of photojournalists and filmmakers who have made MalaMala their destination of choice over the years.
Every aspect of the Main Camp is designed for guests to appreciate and enjoy the view of the surrounding wilds. Pathways wind their way along the perimeter of the camp to reveal individual ochre-coloured units tucked into the greenery of the Sand River. Massive trees and rolling green lawns are filled with birdsong, with the occasional antelope or elephant seeking out the succulence of greenery.
A maximum of 36 guests can stay at Main Camp. Accommodation consists of 8 luxury suites, 10 luxury rooms and a single room. The accommodation is of the highest standard and comprises spacious, thatched rondavels that feature African-style artwork and prints. Family rooms are able to accommodate a third adult, or two children upon request.
Children of all ages are welcome.
MalaMala is a comfortable camp with traditional safari-style décor, including original bronzes, works of art and animal trophies on the walls.
Delicious breakfasts and lunches are served in the air-conditioned dining room. The lodge's elegant dinner service has been a tradition for over 60 years and is complemented with fine wines from the camp's well-stocked cellar.
Early morning and afternoon game drives in 4x4 vehicles are the highlights of each day, when a team of knowledgeable rangers accompany guests on their safari adventure.
Besides morning and afternoon safaris, guided bushwalks are on offer daily. Enjoy the pristine wilderness of the bushveld on foot, and discover the wildlife of the area from a different vantage point.
When guests are not out exploring the bush, the spacious lounge leads onto an expansive wooden deck where they can spend a relaxing afternoon watching animals down by the river. Other facilities include a bar, library with satellite television and internet connectivity, a well-stocked safari boutique and wine cellar.
The swimming pool is perfect for cooling off while taking in the beautiful scenery, and a gym, steam room and massage service complete a well-rounded range of facilities.