Mala Mala Main Camp

Mala Mala is the oldest and most historical private game reserve in South Africa and the first to transition from hunting to photographic safaris. Tucked behind the Sand River, Mala Mala Private Game Reserve lies between Sabi Sands and the Kruger National Park. Mala Mala Main Camp setting features an impressive lounge, air-conditioned dining room, cozy bar, library, fitness facility, and massage service. Expansive wooden decks provide a great space for relaxation from which to watch passing wildlife. A pool with a spectacular view is perfect for summer afternoons while meals are enjoyed under starlit skies, on the deck, or in the enclosed dining room. Mala Mala Main Camp is an unfenced oasis in the middle of the bush comprising 19 luxury suites and unrivalled views of the Sand River. Here couples and families can expect incredible scenery, delectable dining and world-class service.


With expert rangers and trackers, your twice-daily game drives promise to be unforgettable adventures filled with wild wonders. Africa’s Big 5 as well as giraffe, zebra, antelope, cheetah, wild dog, hippo, and warthog will leave you mesmerized and intrigued. When not traversing the bush on a 4×4 safari drive, join your guide on a walking safari. This gives you an opportunity to learn about the flora and see smaller mammals, insects, and birds up close, providing exclusive photo opportunities. In addition to Mala Mala Main Camp, the reserve is also home to two other luxury lodges, Sable Camp and Rattary’s Camp.


  • Game drives
  • Guided bushwalks
  • Photographic safari
  • Children’s program
  • Bird watching
  • Boutique
  • Fitness centre
  • Swimming pool


  • 5-star luxury
  • Uncrowded Big 5 game drives
  • Superb wine & cuisine
  • Scenic views

Closest airport

  • Mala Mala airstrip
  • Nelspruit Kruger
  • O.R.Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg)
  • Skukuza Airport

Children policy

MalaMala Main Camp welcomes children of all ages, however children of 5 More Details years and younger are not permitted in the boma for dinner or on game drives (unless parents have booked a private vehicle).

  • Children under 12 years sharing with an adult pay 40% less than the full rate
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2 x Game drives per day, guided bushwalks, all meals, soft drinks, selected alcoholic beverages, and transfers from Mala Mala airstrip.


Premium brand drinks, cellar wines, additional activities, spa treatments, private-use vehicles, community levy, and transfers.

Terms & conditions

  • Rates are per person sharing, per night
  • Single supplement of 50% applicable
  • Rates displayed are from 01 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2021

Accommodation Options

Luxury Suite

Sleeps 2 Adults, 2 children

Mala Mala Main Camp is home to 19 luxury suites featuring en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, coffee facilities, a minibar, and private veranda’s with spectacular wildlife scenery. Four inter-leading rooms are available for a luxury Read morefamily stay with babysitting services available at an additional fee. Less

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

Peak season CA$ 82 per per, per night

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Getting there

By Road

The reserve is a 5.5-hour drive from Johannesburg mostly on the N12 and N4 highway. Road transfers from Skukuza Airport take 45 minutes, and from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport take 2.5 hours.



Fly from major centres in South Africa to Skukuza or Kruger Mpumalanga airport. Alternatively, take a charter flight to Mala Mala Game Reserve private airstrip with a 10-minute game drive to camp.


Flight Duration

  • Johannesburg to Skukuza: 50 minutes
  • Cape Town to Skukuza: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Durban to Kruger Mpumalanga: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Johannesburg to Kruger Mpumalanga: 45 minutes
  • Cape Town to Kruger Mpumalanga: 2 hours 20 minutes