Rattray's on Mala Mala is located on the banks of the Sand River in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, a private and exclusive conservation area which shares an open border with the Kruger National Park. A refined and elegant safari lodge with authentic quality furnishings and original works of art, Rattray’s on Mala Mala captures the spirit of a classic African Safari.

The emphasis is however firmly on excellent game viewing: with no children under 16 allowed in camp and only four guests per game viewing vehicle, guests can concentrate on the main attraction – the extraordinary wildlife of the reserve. Sightings of the Big 5 are common and there are plenty of opportunities to view animal interactions during your morning and afternoon/evening game drives and nature walks, led by superb and passionate guides.

Recent accolades & press

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


  • Classic colonial-style luxury safari lodge
  • 40-year tradition of big game safaris
  • Superb bird watching & all the predators
  • Focus on intimate game viewing
  • Top-class amenities & exceptional service

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The comfortable lounge with enormous leather sofas and an open fireplace has an air of classic sophistication, as does the extensive library.

You can also relax in the attractive bar which showcases the history of the area and adjoins the wine cellar, stocked with a wide range of South Africa's best wines.

The public areas open onto an extensive wooden deck with spectacular views of the surrounding wilderness and boasts a large infinity pool.

There is a small but well-equipped fitness facility, massages are available on request and a curio boutique can be browsed for reminders of your stay.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Computer facilities
    Beauty or wellness therapist


Meals at Rattray's on Mala Mala are served in the refined, air-conditioned dining room or on the large adjoining deck overlooking the river where animals frequently come to drink. Atmospheric dinners are also served around a roaring log fire in the traditional African boma, set under a magnificent jackalberry tree. Dining in your suite is an exclusive and personal experience, and will be a highlight of a stay at Rattray’s on Mala Mala.

Luxury Suite

Each of the eight suites at Rattray’s at Mala Mala occupies its own elevated site overlooking the Sand River with remarkable views from its private terrace and heated plunge pools.

The suites are tastefully decorated with a touch of classic African style and each features a large four-poster bed, a generous lounge and a small dining area. The his-and-hers bathrooms feature an indulgent bathtub and walk-in shower, although you may prefer to use the outdoor shower.

Luxury Suite AMENITIES

    Air conditioning
    DVD player
    En-suite bath and shower
    Mini bar
    Outdoor area
    Outdoor shower
    Private balcony
    Private pool
    Safe in room
    Tea & coffee-making facilities


  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Night drives
  • Star gazing
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $1025 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $1150 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

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

  • Rattrays at Mala Mala absolutely exceeded our expectations. Money well spent! The accommodations were luxurious and the service and personal attention from everyone we met was extraordinary. Rattray's experience was special.

    Sidney Rothberg, January 2016
  • The safari at Rattray's was unforgettable. It raised the benchmark so high.

    Sergey Kuznets, October 2015
  • Keep sending people to Rattray's!

    John Anderson, April 2008

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Ramona Cilliers

Ramona Cilliers

Africa Safari Expert

"A stylish and intimate lodge with probably the best game viewing of any reserve. Attention to detail is evident throughout the lodge."



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