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Rattray's on MalaMala

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Montrose, Colorado
Reviewed 30 May 2016

This was our 5th visit to Mala Mala, second visit to Rattray's. The accomodations are extraordinary, beautifully furnished, very comfortable, lovely patio overlooking river so very often you will view animals from your room. Private pool, great to relax in warmer weather. The lodge is beautiful with excellent staff, meals on lodge patio and in Boma in evening, always very...

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MalaMalaGameReserve, General Manager at Rattray's on MalaMala, responded to this review

Dear Lynzsa, It is with great disappointment that we read this review of your most recent experience at Rattray’s on MalaMala. Please accept our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience caused, your unfortunate unhappiness and dissatisfaction at your experience whilst at MalaMala Game Reserve. We are pleased to know you once again enjoyed the accommodation, facilities and dining experience and only...

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Reviewed 28 May 2016

We arrived having landed at the private airstrip about 10 minutes away from the camp. We were met by Alex, Nerine and David our hosts for the two days. David Landey, our ranger walked us to our room - number 8. The room was wonderful and so well appointed with a his and hers dressing area on either side of...

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Australia
Reviewed 22 May 2016

If wildlife photography is your mission, expecially of big cats, then it does not get any better than at Mala Mala. Some of the best male lion images ever captured in South Africa have been from this area. You will obtain some excellent elephant photography as well. Accommodation is available at three different camps/lodges on the property; check the difference...

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United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 May 2016

A unique place to in Mala Mala for a luxury safari experience, you are pampered, each room overlooks at the river bed and the wildlife experience is amazing. you get up close to the wildlife. Rooms are spacious and has a plunge pool. If you are looking for luxury in Mala Mala this is your place. Alex and Narine are...

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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 18 May 2016

My husband and I stayed here for three nights on our honeymoon. Our stay was just magical. Our guide, Dan, was awesome! A very knowledgeable guide who showed us the Big 5 and the Big 5's babies! We also one day got to do a walking safari tour with him - he showed us all of the different animal tracks,...

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Edmonton, Canada
Reviewed 10 May 2016

We booked at Mala Mala because during our research, we'd found that the reserve is large and well established. Additionally, they allow very limited traversing rights with other camps. This meant that the viewing would be limited to a very small number of vehicles at any one time. We expected some excellent sightings, but Mala Mala far exceeded our expectations!...

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Bellevue, Washington
Reviewed 28 April 2016

The 2 of us highly enjoyed our 3 days safari experience at Rattray's on MalaMala. This is my fourth African Safari and the Rattray's on MalaMala stands out for the beauty of the suites (khayas), the ability to get incredibly close to a wide variety of wild life and overall excellent quality. Our guide Morne Coetzer took care of all...

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Incredible experience in this wildlife wonderland! The guides were amazing. Thank you Gordon: you showed us such respect, love and appreciation for the animals and the environment!!! We have literally come back changed people from this experience. The animals were amazing: we saw the big 5 by the end of our 2nd drive. We just saw so much, so many...

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Florida
Reviewed 25 April 2016

At first when booking Rattrays I was not sure that I wanted to spend the extra money to stay at this camp versus Mala Mala main camp. I am so glad we did. First off there is never more than 4 people in the vehicle, second no children allowed at this camp so it offers more intimate if that is...

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Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

Our three night family trip to Rattray's was incredible. Our guide, Lucky, was an absolute pleasure to spend time with. He was smart, funny and very informative and reassuring. The grounds are beautiful. The pool is chilly but refreshing. We saw hippos, elephants and many other species while actually swimming. The rooms are huge and well thought out. The outdoor...

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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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 over four decades, Michael Rattray has remained focused on his objective to preserve and protect the land over which he is custodian. 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 breathtaking animal encounters. MalaMala's Camps (MalaMala Main Camp, Sable Camp and Rattray's on MalaMala) are the embodiment of an authentic safari experience pioneered at a time when the safari was simple - unassuming camps, vast sweeping plains, the African sky and the bush in all its splendour. Wellness was the feeling after a long day in the wild. Cigars were shared without pomp and ceremony. Guests to MalaMala will still spend hours beneath an inky sky in the traditional boma exchanging stories from the wild - a sumptuous meal, good company and relaxed faces warmed by the crackling fire, accompanied by the nocturnal symphony of sound. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Rattray's on MalaMala

Address: P.O. MalaMala, Skukuza, 1353, Kruger National Park 1353, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve > Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $2,678 - $2,740 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Mala Mala Rattray`s Camp Hotel Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
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“All of the rooms overlook the river”
 of 5 bubbles RHofBath, 13 Mar 2017 | Read review
“all rooms are the same i think”
 of 5 bubbles stesw, 7 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Ask for Room 7 or down”
 of 5 bubbles 42markbriggs, 13 Nov 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in villa 8 which is at the end. The side of our villa was a natural pathway for much wildlife to go down to the riverbed.”
 of 5 bubbles jmiglin, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Each of the eight "homes" face the open bush so all have same view.”
 of 5 bubbles loiso90, 22 Oct 2016 | Read review
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