Kruger National Park
MalaMala Camp

The grandfather of all safari camps sits proudly amongst the rolling green hills and huge trees of this wild, pristine pocket of Africa, providing welcome shade and playground for the inquisitive elephants and not-so-shy leopards.

The first of its kind, the camp provides the original blueprint for safaris of today and still manages to be the destination of choice for all kinds of wildlife enthusiasts, ranging from multi-generational families to top-notch documentary film makers – who flock here for the extraordinary sightings of ‘The Big Five’ from just a whisker distance away thanks to the relaxed attitude of the wildlife to the vehicles. The camp is a beautifully constructed oasis to ensure you enjoy the best view of the surrounds and its wild inhabitants, just be careful you don’t disturb them with the clink of ice in your glass…..

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While the camp itself is luxurious and beautifully built to compliment the landscape, it is all about the wildlife here. Lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant meander past without so much of a flicker of an eyelid at the safari vehicles and their excited occupants, thanks in part to being 6th or 7th generation and well used to the film star attention. The river, running north to south on the reserve, provides a near constant stream of wildlife and crucially with the no ‘time limit’ or queue system, the opportunities for sightings here are unsurpassed. In fact 97.5% of visitors staying 2 nights or longer leave having seen all members of the Big Five in the wild.

Back at the camp, the shaded wooden safari deck overlooking the river, provides the perfect ‘alternative’ safari viewing – this time with a crisp gin and tonic in hand – while you watch the four legged inhabitants at the water’s edge. When it’s time for your own dip, then the sparkling infinity pool also provides great views out over the river. Relax in the library, do a spot of safari shopping in the boutique or just perch at the bar and swop exhilarating sighting stories with your neighbours (and if you feel the need to show off to other friends and family, then WI-FI is also available here – essential for the teenage traveller).

MalaMala prides itself on being one of the few safari destinations in the Kruger/Sabi Sands area that offers a wheelchair friendly suite at its MalaMala Camp and a suitably equipped Land Rover with ramp access.

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You certainly won’t go hungry. The day starts with steaming cups of coffee and biscuits before heading out on daybreak safaris and returning home to a hearty home cooked breakfast. Buffet lunches are savoured overlooking the river and light snacks and sundowners during the afternoon safari will keep you topped up till home time. And then it’s a feast beside the warming boma under the starry African skies. All dietary requirements will be catered for, just have a chat with the friendly staff.


The ochre coloured suites and rooms are an oasis in the middle of the bushveld. Pathways leading to them wind their way amongst the greenery and overlook the Sand River. All rooms are beautifully decorated with African tones of creams, taupes and oranges and provide a relaxing haven at the end of a busy day.

There are 10 Luxury Suites (choice of river view or waterhole), 8 Luxury Rooms and a Single Room, all with two bathrooms – providing plenty of choice for guests. And of course, the all-important decks outside from which to enjoy the lilting birdsong and the spectacular views.
Adults or those with older children also have the option of Sable Camp or Rattrays.
There is a wheelchair-friendly suite available.

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MalaMala is a great safari experience for children and all ages are welcome. However, 5 years and younger are not allowed to join the game drives (unless you have a private vehicle) or permitted in the Boma for the evening meal. That said, special dining arrangements will be made and babysitting is available (providing you with the perfect excuse?).

There is plenty of room choice for families and certain rooms are able to accommodate a third adult or two children by converting the sitting room area into another bedroom, and there are also several sets of connecting rooms for even further space. And all rooms and suites provide two bathrooms as standard.
Your personal, highly skilled Ranger will tailor all activities to all ages and stages and they’ll love the MalaMala backpack complete with colouring books and interactive check lists. Activities range from tracking animals, learning survival skills, communication via the in-house radio and delicious bush breakfasts cooked over the fire by the children themselves. And in the evening, while you enjoy a relaxing sun downer, they’ll be happily occupied with movies (filmed on site) and board games.


MalaMala is involved with several community projects including Prints for a Purpose, Conservation and Anti-Poaching and Community Projects with local villages. MalaMala operates in partnership with the N’wandlamhari Community – they are shareholders in the business and over half of MalaMala’s employees are community-based.


Sandwiched between the National Park and the Sabi Sands Reserve, MalaMala also shares a 12 mile unfenced border with world famous Kruger Park which allows the wildlife to move completely freely. It also holds the accolade of being the largest private Big Five Game Reserve in South Africa and lies just a 6 hour drive from Johannesburg (due to the secluded location, it is essential you telephone first to ensure the best route in, it can be weather dependant). Alternatively fly to Nelspruit or Skukuza and take a 2 hour transfer, or Federal Air operate a twice daily shuttle flight directly to the reserve from Johannesburg.

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