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Mala Mala Main Camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Exceptional Big Five viewing
- Family friendly
- Specialist rangers
- Traditional luxury safari

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Overview

Mala Mala Main camp is the largest of three related camps in the Mala Mala private game reserve, in Sabi Sands, Kruger. Something of an institution, the main camp is one of the oldest safari destinations and can offer some of the best game in a historical setting.

The camp offers impressive communal facilities including a large lounge with a viewing deck across the bush, a dining room, the ‘Monkey Club’ library and an infinity pool with beautiful views across the river. Many of these areas are as they originally were when the camp was founded in 1962 and are therefore very traditional in style. The unfenced reserve has the benefit of game moving freely across from Kruger National Park, and therefore this is one of the best locations for ‘Big Five’ viewing. Each day offers a morning and evening game drive led by highly knowledgeable and educated rangers; with traversing rights over the whole reserve the Big Five are often all spotted in one day.

The exclusive accommodation at Main camp is limited to 10 suites providing 9 luxury rooms. Each en-suite room is large and traditionally furnished featuring ‘his and hers’ bathrooms, outdoor showers and including all expected amenities. Private decks overlooking the wilderness provide game viewing from the comfort of your own room. Family rooms are also available for two adults and two children or alternatively three adults. The rooms are spacious and comfortable but relatively basic; the focus is clearly on the excellent game opportunities to maintain the camp’s popularity.

Mala Mala is open to children of all ages; however the minimum age for game drives is 4 unless the vehicle is booked for sole use. This is a younger age than many nearby camps and with a babysitting service available, this is a unique opportunity for young families to experience a real safari together.

Whilst Mala Mala Main camp is no longer the height of luxury, the exceptional location and quality of game makes this a unique place, still producing some of the best safaris.

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  • A fabulous and memorable holiday to Africa and a big thank you to Lisa at Tourdust for her in depth knowledge and for designing our once in a lifetime trip.

    The original thoughts were to stay in Cape Town and then go on safari. After many discussions and a lot of patience from Lisa we settled on Capetown, a safari in Botswana and Victoria Falls. It turned out to be the most special and amazing holiday that we have been on.

    Cape Town accommodation was great, modern, clean, spacious and close to the V&A. The views at the back were of Table Mountain! We opted for guided tours to Cape of Good Hope and whale watching. Our guide called Chris was excellent, he was very knowledgeable and chatted to us alot and was great with my children.

    Next was Botswana and Muchenje Lodge. The location was fantastic with views over the Chobe river. Right from the start we were looked after so well and the staff were so friendly and welcoming. We went on lots of different safari drives from early morning, late evening and all day ones and my favourite was on the river itself as we were able to get really close to the elephants, hippos and crocodiles. Our guides were brilliant (particularly Rambo) and helped us to find all the animals we wanted to see, even the elusive wild dogs and leopards.
    Meals were at set times, which was lovely as it meant we could talk to the other guests and hear about their day and it was nice that some of the guides joined us as well. We also loved the singing and dancing that the staff did after one meal.

    Final destination Zambia and Victoria Falls, where we stayed at Waterberry Lodge on the banks of the Zambezi. An amazing location right on the river bank.
    We did a guided tour to Victoria Falls and yet again we had a brilliant tour guide.
    From our lodge we did a river cruise, saw a magnificent sunset and we tried our hand at fishing which was great fun.

    I would love to go back to Africa again to visit some other countries and I will definitely use Tourdust again. Thank you so much Lisa.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Cape Town, Kruger and Victoria Falls on 19 January 2017

  • Service rating : Brian and Lisa made sure everything was taken care of on our South African trip. We didn't have to worry about anything, but showing up and enjoying our trip. Thank you, Tourdust!
    Product : We has a great time and everything met our expectations.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 19 September 2016

  • We had a fantastic trip thanks to your organisation! No problems encountered at all! Simbavarti were a joy to stay and explore with; the hotel in Capetown perfectly positioned to allow us to walk to the conference, and Camps bay accommodation was just lovely. The flights, transfers and staff we met along the way we're all very friendly and helpful. Having a car at the end was a perfect finale. My 10 yr old daughter came home with new insights on the world.
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    I have sung your praises to friends and family!

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