MalaMala’s ochre colored buildings are clustered beneath shady trees and overlook the Sand River. The camp consists of ten suites and nine luxury rooms, each under traditional thatch with en suite bathroom, mini-bar, air conditioning and a private deck to enjoy views of the waterhole or Sand River. Despite these modern comforts, MalaMala retains an authentic camp atmosphere.
A tradition for over 60 years, dinner is served in the reed enclosed boma, and features African specialties and haute bush cuisine. The Buffalo Lounge, displaying bronzes, works of art and animal trophies, leads onto an expansive wooden deck. This elevated deck provides views of the Sand River and visiting game.
The camp also features an infinity pool, boutique and small workout room. Activities include morning and afternoon/night game drives with a maximum of six people per safari vehicle and guided walks.
"The lodges were outstanding and thank you very much for the upgrade at Mala Mala, the Rattray’s Lodge made the whole trip worthwhile for our wives. They were WOWED at the extravagant furnishings and decors, but the guides, Fritz and the whole Rattray’s team, were exceptional. We could not believe how close we could be to the wildlife. We experienced eight leopard sightings in the four days that we were there and so close we could literally reach out and touch them, but we didn’t. "
"Mala Mala – What a wonderful place! Main Camp was my dream location for our safari. Teddy Roosevelt would have felt quite at home and I kept expecting him to walk through the door. Lovely guide – Robin Nester - took exceptional care of us. Brought drinks at dinner, arranged early morning coffee in the room before breakfast, scouted for leopards like a maniac. Charming and interesting guy. Last night there we ate with the owners and heard lots of local and English stories that were fascinating to us Americans. Nice people, lovely room, terrific food and we loved eating in the kraal. The whole style of the camp was perfect for us."