on MalaMala (Sabie Sand Game Reserve) South Africa
At nearly 40,000 acres (16,000 hectares) MalaMala Game
Reserve is by far the largest piece of land within the Sabi
Sand Game Reserve - the oldest conservancy of private game
reserves in South Africa. Situated in the fabled Lowveldt of
Mpumalanga Province, MalaMala Game Reserve became the first
of the tracts of privately owned game land to make the
transition from hunting to photographic safaris.
Rattray's on MalaMala offers a glimpse of an era long
past when distant travellers to Africa married the magic of
the wild with an elegance and refinement that have been
immortalized in the epic tale of Karen Blixen in 'Out of
Africa'. The epitome of regal colonial safari-style, the
newest addition to the MalaMala portfolio is a culmination
of over 40 years of experience within the Rattray Family.
at Rattray's on MalaMala
The new Rattray's on MalaMala camp is built on the site
of the old Harry's Camp (Harry's Camp no longer exists).
Rattray's on MalaMala represents a classical “into Africa”
safari experience in keeping with MalaMala’s history of
presenting an authentic view of wildlife in Africa to the
discerning traveler. Rattray's on MalaMala's bears the style
of crystal and leather, with beautiful furnishings that are
a treat to the connoisseur of the finer things in life,
captured over generations on a land that remains as old as
time. Each suite or khaya (Zulu for "home") functions as an
inclusive home, resplendent with hand-selected furnishings,
lavish his-and-hers bathrooms, a secluded outdoor shower and
a private heated plunge pool.
The Rattray’s camp experience is exclusive, with each of
the eight comfortable suites occupying its own elevated site
overlooking the Sand River. Filtered plunge pools complete
each of the secluded verandahs and an outdoor dining area
provides the ideal vantage point from which to enjoy bush
cuisine in complete privacy. Each guest has the choice of
remaining connected to the outside world from the sanctuary
of their room via continuous internet connectivity (512k
wireless link via satellite connection) and satellite
Rattray's has a maximum capacity of 16 guests, utilizing
8 luxury suites called "khayas". Each khaya has wooden
floors with under-floor heating in the winter months and
wooden ceilings. All khaya include separate his and hers
luxury en-suite bathrooms and King-sized beds.
The Khayas also include: • King-sized beds ONLY • 24-hour
temperature control • Individual satellite television •
Laptop computer and 24-hour email / internet connectivity •
Private, secluded garden area • Wooden deck overlooking the
Sand River • Private heated plunge pool • Additional outdoor
shower • In-room dining on request (within your suite or on
the deck area outside) • Full range of guest amenities
including bar, safe etc.
Facilities within the elegant main building incorporate a
viewing deck, an air-conditioned library providing a refuge
for the literary devotee, an attractive bar showcasing the
history of the area and an adjoining wine cellar stocked
with a wide range of South Africa’s best wines.
Other facilities: • Dining Room with adjoining covered
deck for outdoor dining • Open-air veranda overlooking the
Sand River • Swimming pool with change room facilities •
Bush gymnasium • Massage room • Traditional African boma •
Golf Carts for guests who do not want to walk back to rooms
• Laundry Service • Private, secluded garden area. Dining
Breakfast and lunch are served in the air-conditioned dining
room or on the adjoining deck, whilst the traditional reed
boma under a magnificent jackalberry tree is the ultimate
outdoor evening venue. Private dining in your suite is
available on request.
Age restrictions do exist and are applied in the
interests of personal safety as well as the comfort of other
guests. We regret to advise that no children under the age
of 16 years may be accommodated at Rattray's Camp.
Activities / Wildlife
The focus of the Rattray’s safaris will continue to
reflect the ethos of the reserve over the past forty years –
game viewing. Sound conservation management has ensured an
environmental sanctuary for an impressive density and
diversity of wildlife. With a maximum of 4 guests per safari
vehicle, this wildlife wonderland that is MalaMala unfolds.
Sightings of the Big Five and the interactions of the
various species along the food chain from ants to elephants
provides visitors with a glimpse of Africa as it has always
been – untouched by the modern human hand.
Only guests accommodated in one of the three MalaMala
Game Reserve camps may traverse the immense tract of
privately owned game land within the Sabi Sand Reserve. Game
drives are conducted in open 4-wheel drive safari vehicles
in the 40,000 acre MalaMala portion of the Sabi Sand Game
Reserve. The rangers are in constant radio communication
with one another to keep each other informed about the
location of the game. Headsets are used for this purpose so
as not to disturb the sounds of the African bush.
A special game drive feature at Rattray's is a maximum of
four guests per safari vehicle. The 4-wheel drive safari
vehicles enable the rangers to leave the road and provide
guests with close up game viewing and fantastic photographic
opportunities. Night drives, with the aid of powerful
spotlights, bring the bush to life at night.
After dark, spotlight safaris provide the opportunity to
view nocturnal creatures and carnivores on the hunt and
walking safaris with an armed ranger can be arranged on
request. The success of our safaris can be measured by the
fact that more than 76% of MalaMala's guests have had
contact sightings of the Big Five.
From $925 per person per night sharing. Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary.