Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 9.5
Mammals: 9
Birds: 8
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 7.5

Lookout for

Dwarf Mongoose
White-tailed Mongoose
Elephant
White Rhino
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Spotted Hyena
African Wild Dog
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Nyala
Wildebeest
Zebra
Impala
Sable Antelope
Waterbuck
Warthog
Baboon

Formed in 1964, Mala Mala was the first private game reserve in South Africa and one of its most well-known safari destinations. The 13 500 hectare Mala Mala Game Reserve shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Mala Mala has a reputation for having some of the best game viewing in Africa, particularly the Big 5 and especially leopard, which is seen almost daily. Game drives are conducted by knowledgeable guides who traverse the exceptional reserve interpreting the bush and wildlife to guests, often driving off road to do so. The topography of the reserve is spectacular including perennial and dry rivers, rocky outcrops, savannah woodland and open plains. Apart from the Big 5, large numbers of general game can be seen as well as cheetah, wild dog, hippo and over 300 species of birds.

Why we like it

Exceptional game viewing; Elusive leopard seen almost daily; Abundant birdlife

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 13 500 Hectares
Reserve Type: Private Game Reserve
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: Leopard
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Hazyview

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Mala Mala Main Camp Super Luxury Full Board
Mala Mala Sable Camp Super Luxury Full Board
Rattray's on Mala Mala Super Luxury Full Board

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Species list Map Info Recent Sightings

Key Species

MAMMALS
Leopard
Lion
Elephant


BRIDS
African Fish Eagle
Bateleur Eagle
Saddlebill Stork
Ground Hornbill
Giant Eagle Owl


REPTILES
Nile Crocodile
Water Monitor
Giant Plated Lizard


TREES
Jackal Berry
Leadwood
Sausage Tree


HABITAT TYPES
Open Plains
Savanna Woodland
Thornveld
Riverine
Rocky Outcrops