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MalaMala Rattray’s Camp

Nestled in the forest on the banks of the Sand River, lies MalaMala Rattray’s Camp.  This Sabi Sands safari 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.  An infinity pool at MalaMala Rattray’s Camp 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.


MalaMala 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, MalaMala Private Game Reserve lies between Sabi Sands and the Kruger National Park.  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.


  • Game drives
  • Guided bushwalks
  • Photographic safari
  • Bird watching
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  • 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

Rattray’s Camp at MalaMala welcomes children over 16 years.


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 Suites

Sleeps 2 Adults

Eight luxurious suites exude elegance and refinement within the lush seclusion of the bush. Each freestanding unit features scenic views of the Sand River where wildlife gather to drink. Private verandas with plunge pools offer exclusive relaxation. Read moreUnits further offer ‘his and hers’ bathrooms with bathtub, double shower, outdoor showers, private outdoor and indoor dining area, air-conditioning, a minibar and coffee facilities. Less

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

Price US$1 320 per person, 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