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

Accommodation in Mala Mala Game Reserve

Mala Mala Sable Camp

Sable Camp is an extension of the well known Mala Mala Main Camp. This smaller camp, which lies on the banks of the Sand River, is more luxurious than its Main Camp neighbour and offers more exclusivity and intimacy. A large Jackalberry tree grows through the elevated deck, shading the main living area which has enchanting views of the pool…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Rattray’s on Mala Mala

Rattray's on Mala Mala, which has replaced the old Harrys’ Camp, is the most elegant camp on the Mala Mala Game Reserve. The rooms are huge, private and lavishly decorated, with a touch of historical charm. There are comprehensive facilities and accessories in every room, including his-and-hers bathrooms, an outdoor shower, a plunge pool and walk-in cupboards. Although not noticeable,…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Mala Mala Main Camp

The world renowned Mala Mala Game Reserve was the original private safari destination on the continent making the transition from a hunting camp to a safari camp almost fifty years ago. The wildlife viewing on the property is exceptional. Main Camp still has a hunting and colonial feel with skins and trophies of wildlife displayed on the walls of the’…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.
Species list Map Info Recent Sightings
Where

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

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


Wildlife Ratings

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