Rattray’s on MalaMala

Rattrays' on MalaMala is a colonial-styled farmstead safari lodge depicting the romance of early 1900s Africa. MalaMala is a vast and pristine private game reserve inside the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park area.

Our rating: 5/5 Stars
Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa

Accommodation Description

Rattray’s on MalalMala is the flagship luxury safari lodge in the MalaMala Game Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park . Eight vast private suites - each with twin bathrooms, private decks and heated plunge pools – are shaded by ancient trees and look out over the Sand River in the 65,000ha Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve.

Rattray’s is a colonial-styled lodge with exquisite finishes in leather, crystal and all the finery of British aristocracy. The lodge has been built in the traditional farmstead style of early southern Africa settlers with corrugated iron roofs, colonnaded walkways and massive wrap-around verandahs.

This elegant safari lodge has eight elevated bungalows - they cheekily call them khayas, which means home in the local Zulu language. Each suite has a large private deck with a heated private plunge pool with views over the Sand River; twin bathrooms with an outdoor shower; and private indoor and outdoor dining areas for the last word in romance.

The main house at Rattray’s on MalaMala features a sumptuous leather-bound lounge and cosy bar area; the large verandah leads down to the main swimming pool and the whole lodge faces the river and a scene of African bush like you’ve always dreamed of.

With 20km of river frontage and a vast expanse of uninhabited wilderness, the wildlife and nature experiences at MalaMala are some of the world’s most spectacular. Wildlife activities include daily game drives, bush walks, night drives and stargazing.

MalaMala is famed for its leopard and you are almost assured of seeing this beautiful predator on a two-night stay. In addition to fascinating insight into the trees, reptiles and smaller creatures, frequent wildlife sightings include lion, rhino, buffalo and elephant, numerous antelope species, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hyena, jackal and the endangered wild dog and cheetah.

Facilities

Eight luxury suites; double bathrooms; private heated plunge pool and game viewing deck; air conditioning and temperature control; private garden; private dining areas (inside and out);  mini bar, safe, direct-dial telephones, hairdryers, tea/coffee; and wi-fi, DVD player and cable TV on request.

The living area has a dining room, lounge, bar, library, al fresco dining area and game viewing deck, swimming pool, curio shop, gym, massage treatments and wine cellar.

Activities

Twice daily game drives with maximum of four per vehicle; custom open-topped safari vehicles; game guide and tracker

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