The Ultimate African Safari Destination

MalaMala Game Reserve lies within the unfenced borders between the famed Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve, and is the largest private big-five game reserve in South Africa. Stretching over 13-mile is the Sand River, here you are at the center of one of the largest concentrations of free-roaming lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, rhinos, and hundreds of other animals. Apart from the two safaris that slowly and quietly wander through the wilds each day, with no more than six guests in each vehicle, MalaMala’s large 33,000 acres of land remain undisturbed. These are the few of the reasons why MalaMala is the choice of destination of photojournalists and filmmakers.

Animals in South Africa’s MalaMala Game Reserve

MalaMala LeopardCredit: hobby news onliineBesides the big five (lions, elephants, buffalo, leopardsand rhinos), guests can look forward to seeing many other mammals, these including blue impalas, wildebeests, tsessebes, kudos, and black-backed and side-striped jackals. MalaMala is also a habitat for chacma baboons, vervet monkeys, Burchell zebras, cheetahs, giraffes, and African wild cats.

Lodging at MalaMala Game Reserve

malamala elephantsThere are three camps which offer a selection of accommodations to meet any individual needs. All camps offer luxury suites, air-conditioning, viewing decks, swimming pool, historic bar, lounge, library, and gym. The main camp has 8 suites and 10 rooms hidden away in the greenery along the Sand River banks. From the camp’s observation deck, guests can witness the antelope or elephants looking for grazing spots in the lush surroundings. There is also a fully equipped suite for the disabled. The 5 suites at Sable offer a more intimate and private safari adventure. Guests at Rattray’s on MalaMala feel as though they have travelled back in time to Africa of a century ago. The 8 klmyas (Zulu for “home”) are furnished in colonial-style crystal and leather and each has its own private view deck.

Where is MalaMala Game Reserve?

Between Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve.

Map of MalaMala Game Reserve:

MalaMala Game Reserve MapCredit: Kruger National Park

Hours of Operation:

MalaMala Game Reserve is open all year-round.

Contact Information:

Reserve offices Tel: 270114422267; Fax: 270114422318;




The price of lodging at MalaMala Game Reserve varies from US$575-$925, this includes meals, snacks, game drives and walks, bush laundry services, and transfers to and from the airstrip.

On-Site Amenities:

The reserve conducts wildlife tours which is led by qualified rangers and experienced trackers. There are daytime and night-time game drives and game walks.

More Travelling Tips:

malamala lionDuring summer make sure you wear lightweight clothing for daytime, warm clothing for game drives, and swimwear. During winter keep clothing lightweight for daytime, with warm insulated jackets for game drives. The general dress code is casual but neutral colors are recommended on game drives. It is requested that men wear long pants to dinner in the evenings. Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars, cameras with plenty of film and/or memory cards (plus chargers, adapters and batteries). Anti-malarial prophylactics are always essential no matter what time of the year you visit. Children of all ages are permitted at the Main Camp. Children must be over 12 years of age to stay at Sable Camp and over 16 years to stay at Rattray’s.

How to get to MalaMala Game Reserve

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Sabie Park, South Africa