MalaMala is the largest privately owned game reserve in South Africa. Renowned for the frequency and consistency of its big game sightings, MalaMala draws visitors from across the globe and most leave again having seen all of Africa’s famed Big 5 – sometimes within a single game drive!

MalaMala has been run by the Rattray family for over four decades, and was one of the first tracts of private land to switch from hunting to photographic safaris. Still today international and local photojournalists and film makers (including National Geographic) choose MalaMala as a prime destination to capture wildlife footage, and many of these documentaries have won international accolades.

While MalaMala has three comfortable camps, what it’s really known for is phenomenal game viewing. Game drives tend to be longer than in other private reserves, and are conducted on open safari vehicles: MalaMala Main Camp and Sable Camp only accommodate 6 guests per vehicle whilst Rattray’s on MalaMala limits the number of guests to 4 per vehicle.

MalaMala’s highly qualified, formally trained guides are thoroughly conversant with all aspects of ecology, and most have a university degree in the sciences. Above and beyond this, our clients always tell us how their MalaMala guide made every effort to understand what they wanted out of their safari and then went out of his way to ensure they had the best experience possible.

MalaMala safaris

MalaMala Main Camp

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Kruger Private Reserves, South Africa
The expansive wooden deck is the place to be - you can spend a relaxing afternoon watching animals by the river. Mala Mala Main Camp infinity pool view Sleep soundly in your king-sized bed. The lounge boasts traditional safari-style décor including original bronzes, works of art and animal trophies mounted on the walls. Mala Mala Main Camp landscape view Finish off the day with your favourite nightcap from the   bar. Guests are welcome to enjoy a private outdoor shower to rejuvenate after a game drive.
Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Bird watching Game drives Guided walking safaris Guided walks Night drives

MalaMala Sable Camp

From $1,165 per person sharing
Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Biking Bird watching Cultural visits Game drives Guided walking safaris

Rattray's on Mala Mala

From $1,655 per person sharing
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Luxury Suite 1 Indulge in a rejuvenating treatment at the spa Your lounge and private veranda The inviting lodge swimming pool Rattray's lodge reception Game drives at Rattray's Reception at Rattray's
Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Game drives Guided walks Night drives Star gazing

MalaMala accommodation

MalaMala accommodation comprises three lodges ranging from the classic and comfortable Main Camp with its traditional safari-style décor to exclusive Rattray’s on MalaMala overlooking the Sand River.

Browse our recommendations below or simply contact one of our African Safari Experts for assistance with planning your South Africa safari at MalaMala.

MalaMala Main Camp

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Kruger Private Reserves, South Africa
The expansive wooden deck is the place to be - you can spend a relaxing afternoon watching animals by the river. Mala Mala Main Camp infinity pool view Sleep soundly in your king-sized bed. The lounge boasts traditional safari-style décor including original bronzes, works of art and animal trophies mounted on the walls. Mala Mala Main Camp landscape view Finish off the day with your favourite nightcap from the   bar. Guests are welcome to enjoy a private outdoor shower to rejuvenate after a game drive.
Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Bird watching Game drives Guided walking safaris Guided walks Night drives

MalaMala Sable Camp

From $1,165 per person sharing
Kruger National Park, South Africa
MalaMalaSableCamp-Dining-DeckPatio MalaMalaSableCamp-Exterior-ArealView MalaMalaSableCamp-UpperLevelBedroom-DeckPatio MalaMalaSableCamp-Dining-Lunch MalaMalaSableCamp-Interior-CommunalArea MalaMalaSableCamp-Interior-Lounge MalaMalaSableCamp-UpperLevelBedroom-Lounge
Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Biking Bird watching Cultural visits Game drives Guided walking safaris

Rattray's on Mala Mala

From $1,655 per person sharing
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Luxury Suite 1 Indulge in a rejuvenating treatment at the spa Your lounge and private veranda The inviting lodge swimming pool Rattray's lodge reception Game drives at Rattray's Reception at Rattray's
Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Game drives Guided walks Night drives Star gazing