MalaMala Camp MalaMala

A haven of understated luxury combining warm comfort and superb service with unrivalled views of the Sand River and surrounding bushveld

MalaMala Camp MalaMala is in the MalaMala Game Reserve and is the safari industry’s blueprint for the luxury photographic safari. In existence since 1927, this massive, thriving tract of land offers the most exciting wildlife experience this side of the equator. MalaMala Game Reserve is one of the largest private Big Five game reserves in South Africa. It covers 13 300ha (33 000 acres), shares a 19km (12 mile) unfenced boundary with the world-renowned Kruger National Park and lies strategically sandwiched between the Kruger and the Sabi Sand Reserve.

MalaMala Camp MalaMala, previously known as “Main Camp,” is the original camp on MalaMala Game Reserve. This iconic camp has been recently “re-imagined” and while the distinctly African character of the camp has been maintained, it has been inspired with a more contemporary edge. Importantly the history and soul of the camp has been preserved.

MalaMala Camp is a haven of understated luxury combining warm comfort and superb service with unrivalled views of the Sand River and surrounding bushveld. It is truly a place of legends where rare photographs, old maps and extraordinary mementos rub shoulders with the works of renowned contemporary wildlife artists. The camp is an unfenced oasis in the middle of the bush.

MalaMala Camp

Camp facilities

• A warm and inviting lounge area – an ideal place to relax or socialise
• An elegant, African themed air-conditioned dining room
• The iconic “Buffalo Bar” featuring historic photographs of the early days of MalaMala
• An expansive wooden safari deck, in the shade of a Jackalberry tree, overlooking the Sand River.
• An air-conditioned library with satellite television and DVD player – affectionately known as the “Monkey Club”
• A traditional reed “boma” for evening meals around the fire.
• A large filtered infinity pool with magnificent views across the river
• A well-appointed safari boutique with quality clothing, jewellery and artefacts
• A small fitness facility with stationary bicycle, treadmill, multi-gym machine, rowing machine, sit-up benches, pull-up bar, free weights, and mats
• A massage service
• Mobile phone coverage (MTN) and complimentary wireless internet connectivity are available at all the MalaMala Game Reserve camps

MalaMala Camp accommodation


• 10 luxury suites, 8 luxury rooms, 1 luxury single suite
• Luxury Suite: en-suite bathroom with bath, shower & outdoor shower
• Luxury Room: en-suite bathroom with a shower only
• Single Room – 40m2
• Luxury room – 55m2
• Suites – 85m2
• Decks – 15m to 20m2
• Age restriction: Children of all ages are accepted. Children of 5 years and younger are not permitted in the boma for dinner or on game drives (unless parents have booked a private vehicle). A babysitting facility is available at a nominal fee.
• Private decks or verandah with a view over the Sand River or a waterhole
• En-suite bathroom with private toilet – the suites have both a bath and a shower whilst the luxury rooms only have a shower
• 24-hour temperature control – air-conditioning, heating and overhead fan
• Direct dial telephones
• A mini-bar
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• A mini-safe
• Bathroom amenities, insect repellent and hairdryers
• Family rooms able to accommodate a third adult or two children are available on request.
• We are no longer able to confirm and guarantee the choice of a waterhole view or a river facing view and any individual room requests are subject to availability on check-in.

Guests with Disabilities

MalaMala prides itself on being one of the few safari destinations able to offer a universally accessible suite – designed in accordance with the Disabled People’s Information Service of South Africa and in line with international standards. Game drives are conducted safely in a suitably equipped Land Rover.

• Master bedroom with two en-suite bathrooms and an additional universally accessible bathroom that is able to comfortably accommodate guests who use wheelchairs. This includes a wheel-in shower with all the necessary fittings
• Desk/table surfaces specifically adjusted to the correct level at which a wheelchair is positioned
• No loose rugs/carpets that will impede the movement of a wheelchair
• A separate lounge area that can be converted into a bedroom should a disabled guest require assistance from an accompanying nurse/aid
• Ramp entrance to the room
• 24-hour temperature control
• Elevated deck overlooking the bush
• Ramp to the vehicle housing
Our Land Rovers are disability-friendly and cater for a wide range of needs. A ramp in camp is provided for wheelchairs leading up to the front seat next to the ranger. On the seat, necessary cushions, blankets and straps can be provided.

MalaMala game drive

The wildlife

“Not even Tanzania’s famed Serengeti Game Reserve or the awesome Ngorongoro Crater fills your camera viewfinder faster with Africa’s legendary Big Five – at MalaMala, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros and elephant appear magically, as if on cue,” says acclaimed wildlife photojournalist Geoff Dalglish in his Sunday Times review. “Nor could Hollywood script the wide-screen wildlife encounters any more dramatically or frequently than nature does routinely in the private game reserve that is arguably South Africa’s most famous internationally.”

Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros are the most sought after and dangerous of the world’s big game. Folklore and legend are rich regarding the Big Five, encompassing beliefs such as: “The Great One put the animals here for us to use wisely and respect, even as we hunted them. But he knew that without fear we might lose our respect for these creatures, so he put the five here to help us remember. The lion and leopard taught us fear of the night, that only the daytime was ours. The buffalo, the elephant and the rhino taught us to fear their strength, that we might respect the strength of nature.”

‘MalaMala Seven’

*Due to the vulnerability of rhinos as a result of rampant poaching in Southern Africa, MalaMala Game Reserve will not publish statistics of rhino sightings in the reserve. We are committed to doing what we can to see an end to this abominable practice.

MalaMala Wildlife


You will enjoy guided bush walks and game drives at Mala Mala. Capacity on game drives: six guests per safari vehicle.

Bush Walks: Two guides accompany you on bush walks – the lead guide on foot, and the back-up guide follows in the Land Rover in case of any potentially dangerous encounters with animals. The Land Rover is also at your disposal should you wish to take a break, but do not want to stop the walk altogether. The aim of the walk is not to encounter large and dangerous wildlife but instead to look at things you do not usually experience on game drives. These include tracks, birds, vegetation, as well as the other smaller, yet interesting, animals. The walk will be conducted on a road through an area that is relatively free of dense vegetation.

Photographic Safari

MalaMala Game Reserve offers some of the very best wildlife photographic opportunities on the planet. A photographic experience is at an additional cost.

The photographic experience includes a dedicated photographic ranger to guide you through your safari. Their intuitive knowledge of animal behaviour and skilled positioning of the vehicle affords one enhanced wildlife photographic opportunities. This, coupled with the option of either a sliding, cushioned camera rail or a fixed, cushioned camera rail, affords one the greatest comfort and stability when attempting to capture those quintessential wildlife images you’ve been waiting for.

The photographic experience can be booked for individuals, families or small groups travelling together. It is ideal for both enthusiastic amateurs as well as seasoned veterans.

Features of the photographic experience include the following:
• Three rows of bucket seats on the vehicle complete with inter-changeable storage boxes for your gear/sundry items.
• A sliding, cushioned camera rail or a fixed, cushioned camera rail attached to the vehicle.
• Bean bags for added camera stability.
• A dedicated photographic ranger.
• Packed breakfasts/lunches available to facilitate more time spent in the field in pursuit of your best shot!


MalaMala Camp welcomes children of all ages. Children under 12 sharing accommodation with full-paying adults pay the quoted child tariff.

A number of family rooms are available which can accommodate an extra bed for a triple share or 2 extra beds for a quad share. We also have 2 sets of interleading rooms with a sleeper couch for a 5thperson. Please liaise with our central reservations office for the availability of the family friendly units.

Children aged five and under are not permitted to dine in the boma in the evenings. Special dining arrangements can be made and babysitting services provided on request, at a nominal charge. Children aged five and under are unable to join game drives, unless their parents/party have reserved exclusive use of a game-drive vehicle at an additional cost – please discuss this with our reservations consultants.

A MalaMala backpack, which includes an interactive checklist, bird and mammal colouring books, lip ice and water, is given to each child between the ages of four and 12

The ranger who will be hosting the family during their stay at Malamala game Reserve will assess the age, enthusiasm and independence of the children and in collaboration with the parents and guardians, various activities will be offered.
• The tracking of various animals from their spoor markings
• Teaching basic survival skills (where to find water, what plants are good to eat, medicinal uses of plants, and the toothbrush and toilet-paper trees)
• Teaching warning signs of dangerous animals and first aid for emergency situations in the bush
• A bush breakfast that helps children learn how to make a fire and to participate in meal preparation
• Communicating on the radio (out of game-drive times)
• Special meals and “ration packs” for children can be provided on the game drives.

Please Note: Sable Camp does not accommodate children under the age of 12, unless the entire camp is reserved exclusively, while Rattray’s Camp does not accommodate children under the age of 16.

Private safari vehicles

Exclusive use of a safari vehicle can be arranged upon request, but is subject to availability. Only a limited number of exclusive safari vehicles can be guaranteed at any one time. This service attracts a fee per empty seat per day out of six at MalaMala Camp and Sable Camp, and per empty seat per day out of four at Rattray’s Camp.

MalaMala lion


R5900 per person sharing
R8850 per single adult
R3500 per child under 12 years sharing

Includes: All meals and snacks; Game drives in open 4-wheel drive safari vehicles conducted by an experienced ranger; Bushwalks; Transfers to/from the MalaMala airstrip; VAT

Excludes: Alcoholic beverages, Community Tourism Levy, Skukuza Airport transfers, Transfers to/from any other camps (excluding MalaMala Game Reserve camps), Sabi Sand Wildtuin entrance fee if travelling by road

• The SA Resident Rates are only available to South African passport/ID holders or permanent residents and proof of such must be presented on booking
• Accommodation is only available in luxury rooms with an upgrade to luxury suites subject to availability on check-in.
• Children of all ages are welcome but children younger than 6 years are subject to specific terms and conditions with respect to dining venues and safari vehicles. Family rooms able to accommodate a third adult or two children are available on request. The children’s rate is only applicable to children sharing a family room with an adult/s.
• No additional specials/offers can be used in conjunction with the SA Resident Rates.
• Private safari vehicles are available at a supplementary cost but cannot be guaranteed.
• The gym may only be used if pre-booked for specific times.
• All guests will be required to practice social distancing when in camp. Masks or face shields are compulsory in areas where social distancing is not possible.
• All guests will be required to complete and provide the following documents at least 72 hours prior to arrival: Indemnity Form and a copy of ID / Passport and on arrival, present a completed Health Questionnaire

Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. E&OE