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Tucked away in a forest of green, on the banks of the world-renowned Sand River, lies a special place. MalaMala Rattray’s Camp offers an intimate glimpse into an era long lost, when travellers from afar married the magic of the African bush with elegance and refinement. Combining humble opulence and romantic exclusivity with unrivalled game viewing, MalaMala Rattray’s Camp is the premier safari destination for those seeking to experience the wild heart of Africa.
MalaMala Rattray’s Camp is the epitome of classic style and good taste. Each luxurious, freestanding and spacious suite offers an atmosphere of lush seclusion and boasts spectacular views of the Sand River where wildlife of all shapes and sizes can be viewed whilst taking a dip in the private plunge pool, cooling off in the outdoor shower or enjoying a massage on the deck.
At MalaMala Rattray’s Camp, wildlife safaris are our number one priority. A maximum of only four guests per safari vehicle is the norm and a flexible operation ensures your adventures into the bush will be intimate and unforgettable. An experienced and proficient ranger will serve as your guide and host, offering a level of service second to none.
Sumptuous meals can be enjoyed in a variety of locations including the “boma,” the deck, the dining room or in the privacy and comfort of your own suite.
Rattray’s hosts sixteen guests in eight luxury “khayas” (the Zulu word for “home”). Each acting as an exclusive home with hand-selected furnishings, crystal and leather, Rattray’s is a treat of the finer things in life. Khaya’s boast a private verandah with grand river views and a private heated plunge pool, a private indigenous garden, en-suite bathrooms with double vanity, ball-and-claw bath and double indoor shower and outdoor shower; outdoor and indoor dining area, air-conditioning, heating, overhead fans, hairdryer, minibar, tea and coffee facilities. Satellite television, DVD player and laptop with wireless connectivity are available on request.
The guest areas include an elegant African-themed air-conditioned dining room, a historic bar featuring photographs of the early days and its pioneers, a large wooden safari deck for outdoor dining and game viewing, a large infinity pool with river views, fully stocked wine cellar, small fitness facility and well-appointed safari boutique.
MalaMala Game Reserve has plenty of thrilling safari activities on offer for a range of travelers, from those seeking a unique adventure, to children exploring the bush for the very first time. Guests can enjoy daily game drives in open Land Rovers, where they have the opportunity to view the Big 5, as well as a variety of other wildlife including giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and more. Photographic safaris are a popular activity, and with a dedicated photographic safari vehicle offering bean bags for camera stability, storage boxes for the equipment, under-seat lighting and a camera mount, guests are ensured a brilliant experience. Children’s activities include animal tracking (using spoor), a bush breakfast, special movie nights and basic survival skills training.