We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Rattray's on MalaMala

Show Prices
Enter dates for lowest prices
powered by PriceFinder
Prices from our online travel partners are not available
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
View Map
Add a photo
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

163 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 146: English reviews
Start your review of Rattray's on MalaMala
 Click to rate
california
Reviewed 1 week ago

From the moment we arrived at Skukuza airport to the moment we were driven away from Rattray's at Mala Mall, things could not have been more perfect. Food and drink service was impeccable and very well presented. Our game drives exceeded expectation, and it was especially interesting to drink wine at sunset while observing a newly found nest of hyenas.Ranger...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank luggageliza
MalaMalaGameReserve, Marketing at Rattray's on MalaMala, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Many thanks for the lovely review on MalaMala, we are pleased to hear you truly enjoyed your safari stay with us. We are also happy to know you got to see the Big 5 under the wing of our experienced ranger Daniel, we will definitely pass your compliments to him. We hope to welcome you once again for...

Cairns
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautifully appointed lodges. Privacy at its best. Amazing game drives with Daniel our ranger always searching and tracking the best opportunities to view the host of wildlife. Alex and Nerine headed up the very courteous team to ensure we had a fabulous stay and especially making our 25th wedding anniversary memorable. Thank you

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Alanna S
MalaMalaGameReserve, Marketing at Rattray's on MalaMala, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Such a wonderful review on MalaMala, we are ecstatic to know you had a 'vacation' with us and to top it all, your 25th wedding anniversary was made special by our team, thank you for celebrating it with us. We will definitely pass your compliments to Daniel, your ranger and hope to welcome you again to MalaMala for...

Bath, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 March 2017

How to describe. Three nights at the wonderful Rattray's. Two full days and two half days with Joe the Ranger. A perfect few days. Our suite / villa / lodge - difficult to know what to call an 8 room home - a huge bedroom and living room with a view out over the river, a his and hers suite...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank RHofBath
MalaMalaGameReserve, Marketing at Rattray's on MalaMala, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Many thanks for the lovely review on MalaMala Game Reserve, it gives us pleasure to know you enjoyed your safari experience with us . We will definitely pass your compliments to all the staff, especially Joe, your ranger who gave you priceless moments with the diverse MalaMala wildlife on your game drives . We look forward to welcoming...

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 22 January 2017

the staff at Rattray's are fantastic! The ranger guides are very competent, informative, enthusiastic and dedicated to making our visit incomparably exciting for viewing the wildlife and all the beauty of the region. The rooms are very comfortable and well thought out, the dining room and the informality of the lodge are genuinely geared to the maximum care of the...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Stephen G
Auckland
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

We recently spent 3 nights here on our first safari in Africa . The game viewing was fantastic, saw the big five and more on our first game drive. Our ranger Joe is very knowledgeable and passionate about the animals and the environment. He is polite and helpful, and we are very grateful to have him as our ranger. The...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank SewChek
MalaMalaGameReserve, General Manager at Rattray's on MalaMala, responded to this review

Dear Guest , Many thanks for taking time to write a review on MalaMala, we do always appreciate feedback from all our guests. You will be delighted to note that Rattray’s on MalaMala is now inclusive of all non-premium drinks, bottled water and sparkling water. This was introduced in January 2017.Thank you for your feedback and we will certainly pass...

Reviewed 7 January 2017

Our two boys are now in their mid-20's and we thought we'd push the boat out for a last big family holiday and this was just the most perfect 4 nights. Everything about this place is high class, without being stuffy, and for us it was made extra special by our Ranger Brendon. His friendly personality, knowledge, interest, and willingness...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Stes W
MalaMalaGameReserve, Marketing at Rattray's on MalaMala, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Many thanks for taking time to write such a wonderful and very informative review about MalaMala. We are thrilled to know you had a fabulous game driving experience and your accommodation exceeded your expectations. We thrive to always meet our guests needs at MalaMala and i will definitely pass on your compliments to Brandon, your ranger and the...

Raleigh, NC
Reviewed 19 December 2016

We visited Rattrays at Mala Mala in mid November for 2 nights after starting our Safari at another lodge in the Timbivati region of the Kruger area. On arrival we had a basic check-in process as our reservation was pre-paid and we met our host/ranger Jacques. We also met the other couple on our vehicle for the safari. After that...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank wine_moose
MalaMalaGameReserve, General Manager at Rattray's on MalaMala, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for submitting your comments on Rattray’s on MalaMala via Trip Advisor – we are always saddened to read when our valued guests do not wish to return and have therefore given your report serious consideration and review. We are delighted to advise that the food style has changed considerably since your visit with both breakfast and...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Rattray's was extremely well appointed, "His" and "Her's" bathrooms are great to have as was the private plunge pool and outside shower. Great thought has gone into the ample facilities. The suites were spaced apart nicely and every suite provides good privacy. The ample desk was a nice touch. Meals from chef Nathan were outstanding.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Eugene K
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 8 December 2016

The game viewing at Mala Mala Reserve was FANTASTIC! The Rattray's lodge is a real luxury gem in the African wilderness. Our ranger Fritz was an excellent tracker-driver-teacher-entertainer. We saw all the "big 5" animals plus much, much more. Beside the numerous animal encounters during our morning (6-9 a.m.) and afternoon (4-7 p.m.) safaris, we also had an opportunity for...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Gregory K
MalaMalaGameReserve, Marketing at Rattray's on MalaMala, responded to this review

Dear Traveler, Thank you for writing such a wonderful review about MalaMala. We are pleased to know that your safari stay with us has been a highlight of your life and you got to enjoy an exceptional game-viewing experience. We are looking forward to welcome you back once again for another FANTASTIC! experience.

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 13 November 2016

This is the World famous Mala Mala Game Reserve. It provided everything a Gues could need. Service is impeccable and the Ranger's are not only there to tke Game Drives, but also to look after every need a guest could want. The main lounge is huge and Reception is available at any time to arrrange whatever a Guest may need....

 Report
Helpful?
Thank 42markbriggs
MalaMalaGameReserve, Marketing at Rattray's on MalaMala, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Many thanks for taking time to write a review on MalaMala Game Reserve. We are pleased you had a great stay with us and all your expectations were exceeded . It is such an honor for us to be rated the best by our guests, we will definitely pass your compliments to our dedicated staff. We look forward...

243 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (217)
Viewed
Room/Suite (46)
Viewed
Dining (6)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (7)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (37)
Viewed
View from Room (6)
Viewed
Family/Play Areas (10)
Viewed
Bathroom (7)
Viewed
Other (98)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (26)
Viewed
Other (26)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
17.1 km away
MalaMala Main Camp
MalaMala Main Camp
#1 of 3 in Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
292 reviews
20.7 km away
Londolozi Private Game Reserve
Londolozi Private Game Reserve
#2 of 42 in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
433 reviews
9.7 km away
andBeyond Kirkman's Kamp
andBeyond Kirkman's Kamp
#10 of 42 in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
478 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
13.7 km away
Lion Sands River Lodge
Lion Sands River Lodge
#11 of 42 in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
759 reviews
27.6 km away
Simbambili Game Lodge
Simbambili Game Lodge
#13 of 42 in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
324 reviews
11.9 km away
Notten's Bush Camp
Notten's Bush Camp
#5 of 42 in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
526 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free Internet
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry Service
  • Room Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
MalaMala Game Reserve is the Safari Industry's blueprint to the luxury photographic safari. In existence since 1927, this massive thriving tract of land produces the most exciting wildlife experience this side of the equator. MalaMala Game Reserve is the largest private Big Five game reserve in South Africa. Comprising 13 300 ha (33 000 acres), MalaMala shares a 19 km (12 mile) unfenced border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, and lies strategically sandwiched between the National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve. For over four decades, Michael Rattray has remained focused on his objective to preserve and protect the land over which he is custodian. Allowing nature to move to its innate rhythm, guests experience today what the forefathers of the African Safari would have experienced at the turn of the century. This philosophy has paid off, as experienced by a veritable collection of photojournalists and film-makers who have made MalaMala their destination of choice to capture footage of wildlife viewing that would rival any Hollywood production for thrilling and breathtaking animal encounters. MalaMala's Camps (MalaMala Main Camp, Sable Camp and Rattray's on MalaMala) are the embodiment of an authentic safari experience pioneered at a time when the safari was simple - unassuming camps, vast sweeping plains, the African sky and the bush in all its splendour. Wellness was the feeling after a long day in the wild. Cigars were shared without pomp and ceremony. Guests to MalaMala will still spend hours beneath an inky sky in the traditional boma exchanging stories from the wild - a sumptuous meal, good company and relaxed faces warmed by the crackling fire, accompanied by the nocturnal symphony of sound. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Rattray's on MalaMala

Address: P.O. MalaMala, Skukuza, 1353, Kruger National Park 1353, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve > Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $2,609 - $3,427 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Mala Mala Rattray`s Camp Hotel Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Rattray's On MalaMala Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Rattray's on MalaMala staff and other travellers.
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Rattray's on MalaMala staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“All 8 rooms face the river. All are very private.”
luggageliza, 11 Apr 2017 | Read review
“All of the rooms overlook the river”
RHofBath, 13 Mar 2017 | Read review
“all rooms are the same i think”
stesw, 7 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Ask for Room 7 or down”
42markbriggs, 13 Nov 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in villa 8 which is at the end. The side of our villa was a natural pathway for much wildlife to go down to the riverbed.”
jmiglin, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
5 of 5