Overview of MalaMala Main Camp

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 equally at ease delivering superlative safaris for families, honeymooners or wildlife enthusiasts.

Bordering the Kruger National Park, MalaMala 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 undoubtedly the highlight at MalaMala, guests can also go on guided walks to discover the environment’s smaller details.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • 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

Bird watching

Game drives

Guided walking safaris

Guided walks

Night drives

Photographic safaris

Specialist guides

General Facilities

MalaMala 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 MalaMala 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.

Babysitting service


Children's club

Computer facilities


Laundry service


Swimming pool

Wi-Fi available


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 MalaMala 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 evening with your favourite nightcap from the bar and swap game drive stories with fellow guests around a blazing log fire.

Expert Opinion

We know because we go
Ramona Cilliers

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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