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Richards Bay, South Africa
Reviewed 18 July 2013

We took our adult daughters and a friend from Johannesburg for a one night stay at Malala, inclusive of a game drive in the Hluhluwe Park with Pete as our guide. The stay at the lodge was excellent again (this being our second visit) with delicious home-cooked food in abundance. Our hosts were perfectly attentive, yet gave our group a...

Thank Lindy N
Reviewed 16 July 2013

I choose Malala after reading all the positive reviews in this forum & they are true.we choose the safari package which offers a 3 hrs game drive by Pete & a 2 hrs boat cruise on St Lucia. I had requested veg diet for myself & am really happy that Jane catered to my need for all three days with...

Thank pragati9
Lucerne, Switzerland
Reviewed 10 July 2013

We enjoyed our stay with Jane and Paul very much. They are excellent houstes and served very good food. The small private game reserve is in good shape and close enough to the Hluhluwe National Park. The game drive with Pete was very intersting and he knew the places where the animals hide. Thanks a lot for this wonderful stay!

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 July 2013

Jane and Paul were welcoming and very attentive. Overall, we were very well looked after. Food was of a very high quality and plentiful. Lovely private reserve to explore and plenty of sightings of monkeys, kudu, nyala and Steven the wildebeast. Pete was inspirational, so knowledgeable when he took us on our first game drive. The 3 day stay was...

Thank Robin R
Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 29 June 2013

Yet another fabulous few days at Malala, with my family. This was my 4th stay there (and 3rd review) and my daughter and son-in-law's 1st stay and they said they can see why I love the place so much. It was my granddaughter's 2nd visit and has fast become one of her favourite places to be. It is a lovely...

Thank Isabel V
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Reviewed 4 June 2013

My wife and I recently made use of the 3-night special offered by the Harvey family at their Malala Lodge near Hluhluwe, Kwazulu-Natal. The offer include a 3-hour game drive, hosted by co-owner and dad ('007') Pete through the Hluhluwe Park and a boat trip through the St Lucia estuary. We could have walked through their game reserve, with numerous...

Thank Cor B
Durban North, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Reviewed 20 May 2013

My first ever trip to a game reserve and I was really happy to have picked Malala. It felt like our hosts really cared, and my french visitor and I were treated like royalty. Great home cooked meals and warm friendly hosts with awesome scenery and a stones throw away from all the major attrations in the area. An excellent...

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Long Island
Reviewed 7 May 2013

This is a family-owned and run lodge and is convenient to many attractions. We loved the food, the strolls on the grounds, drinks with Pete in the bar and the very special ambience. This is private comfort with every amenity one needs in modest cottages. I can't say enough about the game drive with Pete. He is incredibly knowledgeable, energetic,...

Thank fancinan
Dorking, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 April 2013

My husband I spent 3 wonderful nights at Malala Lodge and were looked after superbly by Jane Paul and Peter. The rooms were very comfortable and the food was excellent Jane's cooking was second to none. We would highly recommend this lodge we loved it.

Thank libby a
Reviewed 9 April 2013

We spent 3 days in Malala Lodge, for the Easter holiday. The lodge was very clean, comfortable and pretty, eventhough there is not much light. Grazers roam the property, so it is very exotic for Europeans! We loved having our own cottage and having the impression of being miles away from everything and everyone - yet the bar was only...

Thank Berivan P

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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: $74 - $114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Malala Lodge Hluhluwe, South Africa - Zululand
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“All rooms are private from each other”
ChrisW311, 3 Jan 2017 | Read review
“all the rooms are world class. you can choose any.”
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“Ability to drive up to your room and not walk is a big plus”
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“Your "room", in every case, is a separate thatched roof cabin, with a porch with chairs and table.”
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