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Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Our three day stay at Malala Lodge is the memory of a lifetime. We were greeted by Lesley, Paul and Pete as if we were old friends, from far away. Our cottage was quiet and private, clean and comfortable and the common areas were just as welcoming--lovely grounds and garden areas and a lounge area full of local interest books...

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Paul H, Owner at Malala Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks, Caprice and John, for a lovely review. You certainly have encapsulated the Malala experience. Having enthusiastic and interested guests like you, makes it a pleasure for us! We do hope you get the opportunity to make the trek back to Malala again sometime. Kind Regards Paul Harvey

Eschborn, Germany
Reviewed 16 June 2016

We had three wonderful night at Malala in February 2016. The team Paul, Lesley and Pete was excellence, especially the dinners cooked bei Paul and Lesley and the wonderful safari with so much animals, especially the 8 Rhinos an the herd of buffalos, as well as the elephants and the giraffes. Very good service at night in the bar by...

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Dudley, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 June 2016

Had an absolutely amazing time with all our family at Malala Lodge we were all made to feel extremely welcome and at home, the accommodation was excellent with a beautiful pool and braai area, a cozy outside bar and wonderfully friendly hosts. If you're looking for a really relaxing time surrounded by Wildlife in the African Bush then Malala is...

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Paul H, Owner at Malala Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks, Gary. We really enjoyed hosting your enthusiastic family - making our job very easy. We do hope you get another opportunity to visit us. Regards Paul

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 2 June 2016

If you are looking for a place to unwind and commune with Nature, then Malala Bush Lodge is the place. Situated about 10 kms from Hluhluwe it offers very comfortable accommodation for self catering with a fully equipped kitchen. Our unit had a very comfortable double bed and a single bed. The room was tastefully furnished with rustic mats for...

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Paul H, Owner at Malala Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks, Elly and Grahame. I think you have captured the essence of Malala in your review. We hope to see you both again soon. Kind Regards Paul Harvey

Staines, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 May 2016

This was a return visit and whilst the accommodation was of the same high standard, we felt the meals had slipped a bit. Having said that, Paul, Lesley & Pete were very accommodating of our various requests, of which there were several, both before our arrival and whilst we were there. We had an enjoyable game drive with Pete, who...

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Paul H, Owner at Malala Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Janice, Thank you for your review. We’re very glad to hear that your group enjoyed their stay with us, but are surprised to hear that you weren’t completely happy with certain aspects. We are sorry you were not entirely satisfied with one of the evening meals. We do try hard to cater for the different tastes and preferences of...

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 6 April 2016

We stayed at the lodge some time ago. What a little hidden gem next to Hluhluwe game reserve! Only one hour away from St Lucia, neighbouring Dumazula cultural village (we liked it so much better than Shakaland!) and on a small game reserve where you can have a nice walk. Very nice self catering units but with the option of...

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Bella Vista, Arkansas, United States
Reviewed 3 April 2016

Really enjoyed the privacy and bush veld experience of the room and the rest of the facility including the bar for sun-downers and the pool to cool down on hot days. Our game trip with Pete was excellent and we look forward to doing it again but for a full day next time. The home-cooked meals were outstanding. Overall, an...

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Richards Bay
Reviewed 3 April 2016

Our hosts Lesley and Paul were very welcoming. The heat really calls for air-conditioning and I missed that, but other than that the rooms very neat and basic Situated centrally close to the town of Hluhluwe we travelled to Sodwanna, St Lucia and the game parks within an hour and a half. Lesley and Paul's breakfasts and dinner were superb,...

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 2 April 2016

The rooms were good, offered privacy in the bush, the morning walks at the property were awesome and the owners were hospitable, making me feel at home. I enjoyed the home cooked food. I will definitely stay here again.

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Canyon, Texas
Reviewed 19 February 2016

Our overall experience at the Malala Lodge was superb. We were greeted by Lesley upon arrival and the service, accommodation and food was excellent. We drove up to Malala after some business in Durban and were treated to real African hospitality. The meals were tasty and the details on the preparation and service were more than expected. The rooms were...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Malala is a bush lodge on a 140 hectare (340 acre) private nature reserve, accommodating a maximum of only 18 guests, thereby ensuring a tranquil African bush atmosphere and experience.
Our lodge is located in the Hluhluwe area, in the centre of the Elephant Coast in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. We are ideally positioned between the world-renowned Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, Mkhuze Game Reserve, Sodwana Bay and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
Malala has been owned and managed by the Harvey family since 2001 and we, together with an enthusiastic team of staff, are always on hand to provide the personal attention one would associate with a small intimate lodge.
Our property has a variety of vegetation types, including lowland forest, woodland, grasslands and wetlands. You can enjoy a leisurely stroll through these diverse habitats on well-maintained and marked walking trails. You may come across some of our game, which includes Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Nyala, Reedbuck and Red and Grey Duiker.
In addition, Malala Lodge is at the centre of the birding hotspot of KwaZulu-Natal with over 500 species of bird having been recorded in the Elephant Coast area. The Malala Lodge birdlist currently has over 270 recorded species.
The main thatched lodge is centrally positioned within the camp and overlooks indigenous forest. Here guests can enjoy a relaxing drink in the cosy bush pub or take a dip in the palm-fringed swimming pool.
Meals are available, by prior arrangement, in the lodge dining room:
- Dinner is a home-styled three-course set menu with cheese and biscuits and tea/coffee; and
- Breakfast is a full English breakfast including cereals, fruit salad, yoghurt and tea/coffee.
Adjoining the dining room is a small reading lounge where a variety of magazines and books are available for your interest.
Malala Lodge can accommodate guests on a self-catering basis or, if you would prefer, indulge yourself in genuine home-cooked meals in the attractive thatched dining room.
Our accommodation, which nestles within the forest fringe, comprises:
- Four private, thatched, open plan chalets all with en-suite shower facilities. The chalets are 1-bedroom units which can accommodate 2 adults, or 2 adults and a child. All the chalets come with fully equipped kitchenettes, ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities.
- A semi-detached chalet equipped with en-suite shower facilities, separate lounge, kitchenette and ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities. The chalet accommodates two adults sharing.
- Two family cottages each comprising two bedrooms (en-suite), lounge and kitchenette and equipped with ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities. These units accommodate family groups of up to 4.
- A family cottage comprising two bedrooms, bathroom, lounge and kitchen and equipped with ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities. This large unit accommodates a family group of up to 5.
All of the accommodation units are supplied with tea/coffee facilities and all linen and towels are provided.
We provide game drives, by prior arrangement, in our open game-viewing vehicle into the world renowned Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, providing guests with a superb opportunity of viewing a multitude of mammals, birds, reptiles and plants.
Other activities include:
- Self-drive day trips to the parks and beaches of St. Lucia, Sodwana Bay and Cape Vidal for boat cruises, kayaking, snorkelling, diving and whale watching.
- Walking and horse trails through nearby parks and reserves.
- Cultural Zulu Village tours - gain firsthand knowledge of traditional Zulu culture and lifestyle.
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Additional Information about Malala Lodge

Address: Bushlands Road, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Price Range: $71 - $110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
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Malala Lodge Hluhluwe, South Africa - Zululand
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