MalaMala Game Reserve

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

For nearly nine decades, the custodians of this land have remained focused to preserve and protect this special piece of Africa. Allowing nature to move to its innate rhythm, guests experience today what the forefathers of the African Safari would have experienced at the turn of the century. This philosophy has paid off, as experienced by a veritable collection of photojournalists and film-makers who have made MalaMala their destination of choice to capture footage of wildlife viewing that would rival any Hollywood production for thrilling and breath-taking animal encounters.


Rattray’s on MalaMala

Tucked away in a forest of green, on the banks of the world renowned Sand River, lies a special place.  Rattray’s on MalaMala offers an intimate glimpse of an era long lost, when travellers from afar married the magic of the African bush with elegance and refinement. Combining humble opulence and romantic exclusivity with unrivalled game viewing, Rattray’s on MalaMala is the premier safari destination for those seeking to experience the wild heart of Africa.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted by the collective smile of our passionate and professional team who are devoted to ensuring that our visitors cherish every moment of their time with us.

Each luxurious freestanding and spacious Khaya (Zulu word for ‘home’) offers an atmosphere of lush seclusion and boasts spectacular views of the Sand River where wildlife of all shapes and sizes can be viewed whilst taking a dip in the private plunge pool, cooling off in the outdoor shower or enjoying a massage on the deck.

The camp offers, amongst other things, a gym, an infinity swimming pool, a steam room and a massage service.

At Rattray’s on MalaMala, wildlife safaris are our number one priority. A maximum of only four guests per safari vehicle is allowed and a flexible operation ensures your adventures into the bush will be intimate and unforgettable. An experienced and proficient ranger will serve as a guide and host, offering a level of service second to none.

Sumptuous meals can be enjoyed in a variety of locations including in the privacy and comfort of your Khaya, or even experience a delicious bush breakfast.


Accommodation: 8 luxury suites (Khayas) for a maximum of 16 guests. No triple sharing.
•  Suites – 128 m2
•  Pool Deck – 51 m2
•  Pool – 6 m2
•  Verandah – 84 m2

Age restriction: No children under the age of 16.

Capacity on game drives: 4 guests per safari vehicle.
However, if a party of 5 – 7 guests are travelling as part of a group,
we reserve the right to accommodate the party on one safari vehicle.


MalaMala Main Camp

MalaMala Main Camp is the oldest and most historical private game reserve in South Africa and the first to make the transition from hunting to photographic safaris. It is the blueprint on which the South African safari industry was built. Every aspect of the MalaMala Main Camp is designed to appreciate and enjoy the view of the surrounding wilds. Pathways wind their way along the perimeter of the camp to reveal individual ochre colored units tucked into the greenery which flanks the Sand River. Massive trees and rolling green lawns are filled with birdsong, with the occasional antelope or elephant which seeks the succulence of greenery. The camp is unfenced – an oasis in the middle of the bushveld.


Accommodation: 10 luxury suites, 8 luxury rooms, and 1 single room
•  Single Room – 40 m2
•  Luxury room – 55 m2
•  Suites – 85 m2
•  Decks – 15 m2 to 20 m2

Age restriction: Children of all ages accepted. Children of 4 years
and younger are not permitted in the boma for dinner, or on game drives
(unless parents have reserved booked a private vehicle).
A babysitting facility is available at a nominal fee.

Capacity on game drives: 6 guests per safari vehicle.


Sable Camp

Imbued with the spirit of MalaMala, the Sable Camp is a more intimate version of the Main Camp and the choice for those seeking a more private and intimate safari. Situated at the southern end of the MalaMala Camp in a prime elevated position overlooking the Sand River and surrounding bushveld, Sable Camp accommodates a maximum of 14 guests. It may also be reserved exclusively for between 10 and 18 guests.


Accommodation: 5 luxury suites and the 2 bedroom Lion’s Den suite.
•  Suites – 85 m2
•  Decks – 15 m2 to 20 m2

Lions Den Suite: 2 en-suite bedrooms separated by a large sitting room.

Family rooms able to accommodate a third adult or two children are available on request.

Age restriction: No children under the age of 12.

Capacity on game drives: 6 guests per safari vehicle.


+49 151 70108888