Shady trees and manicured lawns on the banks of the Sand River provide the setting for Mala Mala Main Camp, world-famous for its exceptional game viewing and luxurious accommodation. Located at the heart of the Mala Mala Private Game Reserve, it's one of South Africa's most exclusive and rewarding safari destinations and equally at ease delivering superlative safaris for families, honeymooners or wildlife enthusiasts.

Bordering the Kruger National Park, Mala Mala was the first privately-owned game reserve in South Africa to offer eco-tourism as an alternative to hunting - and it shows: guests regularly see the Big 5 as well as cheetah, wild dog and an incredible variety of birds. And although game drives are the undoubted highlight at Mala Mala, guests can also go on guided walks to discover the environment's smaller details.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Condé Nast Traveler - #17 in Top 20 Safari Lodges & Camps in Africa: Readers' Choice Awards 2014


  • Exclusive setting in private reserve bordering the Sabi Sands & Kruger National Park
  • Sole-use reserve, no other lodge vehicles
  • Amazing Big 5 game viewing & birding
  • Virtually guaranteed leopard sightings  
  • Family rooms & kids programmes

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Mala Mala is a classically comfortable camp with traditional safari-style décor including original bronzes, works of art and animal trophies mounted on the walls.

The spacious lounge leads onto an expansive wooden deck where you can spend a relaxing afternoon watching animals 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 while a gym, steam room and massage service complete a well-rounded range of facilities. Families with children of all ages are welcome at Mala Mala and are catered for with family rooms and specially-designed and professionally run Junior Ranger programmes for children under 12. A baby sitting service is also available.

General Facilities

    Babysitting service available
    Swimming Pool
    Wi-fi available
    Computer facilities
    Children's Club
    Laundry service


Delicious breakfasts and lunches are served in the air-conditioned dining room while the lodge's dinner service has been a tradition for over 60 years and is sure to be a highlight of your Mala Mala experience.

Choose a fine wine from the camp's well-stocked cellar to enjoy with venison specialties and bush haute cuisine served in the grand old African safari manner in the camp's reed-enclosed boma.

Afterwards, finish off the day with your favourite nightcap from the bar and swap game drive stories with fellow guests around a blazing log fire.

Luxury Room

In accordance with the reserve's conservation policies, a maximum of 36 guests stay at Mala Mala at any given time. Accommodation consists of eight Luxury Suites, ten Luxury Rooms and a Single Room (no single supplement levied). The accommodation is of the highest standard and comprises spacious, thatched rondavels (round bungalows) that feature African-style artwork and prints.

Complete with a mini bar, room safe and tea and coffee-making facilities, each bungalow is air conditioned and has high ceilings, large beds, 'his and hers' bathrooms and glass sliding doors that open onto a private veranda for guests to enjoy wildlife viewing from the comfort of their own room.


    Air conditioning
    Mini bar
    Safe in room
    Tea & coffee-making facilities
    Twin bed available
    En-suite bath and shower

Other Room Types

Family rooms that accommodate a third adult or two children are available on request, and note that Mala Mala is one of the few safari lodges to offer a fully-equipped suite for disabled guests.


  • Bird watching
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Night drives
  • Photographic safaris
  • Specialist guides
  • Guided walking safaris
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $740 Full Board Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Luxury Suite,Single Room Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • The Mala Mala Main Camp was great. I heard that there are more luxurious places but given that we are here for a safari, this was ideal. After a hot morning, the pool was a refreshing respite, and being able to view the wildlife from the pool was an amazing experience.

    Ryo Noda, January 2016
  • Our time at Mala Mala was the high point. The rooms were wonderful, the staff very competent and our rangers most knowledgeable. We were amazed that the Land Rover was virtually invisible to the animals thus allowing us to get very close to them.

    Michael Brown, July 2015
  • Tuningi, Mala Mala, and Mashatu were absolutely amazing in all aspects. Fantastic service and great game viewing. We did see everything, including wild dogs and black rhinos.

    Hakan Erdogmus, October 2012
  • Mala Mala Main Camp - a great location and having a guide to ourselves (Lucky) gave us many more opportunities to see the animals and appreciate the environment. The two young Cheetahs we tracked and saw were just incredible and extremely photogenic.

    Peter Webb, July 2012
  • Mala Mala in short words was great.

    Miguel Chaves, April 2012
  • I had a great time in South Africa and particularly at Mala Mala. Everything ran like clockwork and I would unhesitatingly recommend Mala Mala to friends.

    Peter Shaw, February 2011
  • Mala Mala was magical and we saw much more than before, also a cheetah with a fresh kill on our first day and wild dogs on our last day. Again we had a great ranger who also shared our interest in birdlife so we saw a great many birds as well, 82 different kinds over the four days.

    Marjorie Needham, December 2009
  • Mala Mala lived up to its exceptional reputation for game viewing and hospitality and remarkably the owners were there while we were and very engaging. Our ranger was terrific and my daughter greatly enjoyed his company over our 4 days and in fact I suspect they will stay in touch. We were very glad it worked out to finish the trip with the Safari, as it was definitely the highlight

    Annette Wilkinson, September 2009
  • I was really impressed with Mala Mala. Our ranger and tracker were just super, and we spent more "quality viewing time" with leopards than I could have ever imagined. They are beautiful, and so graceful.

    Ruth Parent, August 2008
  • Mala Mala was unbelievably wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone. Your instructions were great and everything was so easy

    Bob Gresh, August 2008

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Ramona Cilliers

Africa Safari Expert

"A beautiful setting overlooking the Sabi River. This lodge is known for the high calibre of its guides and exceptional Big 5 game-viewing."



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Mala Mala Main Camp - a great location and having a guide to ourselves (Lucky) gave us many more opportunities to see the animals and appreciate the environment. The two young Cheetahs we tracked and saw were just incredible and extremely photogenic.

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