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MalaMala is the oldest and largest of all South Africa’s private game reserves, set in the Sabi Sands area bordering Kruger National Park. This traditional camp offers outstanding safari guides and trackers, with just seven guests per vehicle. The large suites are set on the banks of the Sand River and offer twin bathrooms.

On arrival each visitor is allocated a professional and qualified game ranger who will take care of every aspect of their stay and share an in-depth knowledge of the wild Africa. Game drives will be in open 4-wheel drive vehicles with a maximum of 6 guests per vehicle, guided by a highly qualified and experienced game ranger and tracker.

In the early 1900’s attempts were made to substitute MalaMala’s wildlife with cattle farming. A losing battle with lions and a constant struggle with wildlife, diseases and drought soon proved that it was not a viable option.

When Wac Campbell bought MalaMala in 1929, he explained that his intention was ‘the strict preservation of game with the object of handing this on as a legacy to my youngsters when I get old’. The site of Wac’s first MalaMala camp was in the area where the Mlowathi stream flows into the Sand River. It was soon found that the rains made the river difficult to ford and in 1930 the camp was moved to its present site, on the near side of the river. The camp was used exclusively in winter as a base from which to hunt, but even then guests were treated like royalty and royalty, such as Princess Alice and her husband the Earl of Athlone, were often guests.

When Urban Campbell took over the reins from his father in 1950, things started to change and by 1960 the camera replaced the gun. In 1964, MalaMala was purchased by the Rattray family who, by retaining the best of the past and adding the comforts and luxury of today, turned MalaMala Camp into the top safari lodge in the world.


Please call 020 7808 6780 for more information or to make a booking.

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