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Rattray's on MalaMala

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Auckland
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia 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...

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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...

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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 4 weeks ago

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...

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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 4 weeks ago 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.

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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...

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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....

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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...

Burnt Hills, New York
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Unpretentious elegance is the only way to describe Rattray's. We were met on arrival by the managing couple, Nareen and Alex, who escorted us to our villa. Bigger than our house and couldn't get over the luxurious accommodations. When we were brought out to our private deck and plunge pool, we had a welcoming committee of a herd of elephant,...

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Dear Guest, many thanks for taking the time to write a review about MalaMala Game Reserve. We are pleased you had a wonderful time during your luxurious safari stay with us and that the wildlife viewing was in abundance . I will definitely pass your compliments to our Rattray's staff. We definitely look forward to welcoming you once again for...

Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 30 October 2016

We visited MalaMala in early October for 4 nights. We had previously stayed at Londolozi Granite Suites and also stayed 4 nights at Singita Boulder Lodge on this trip. I will try to do a comparison of the 3 as a separate post. Rattray's had really fantastic game viewing. Some of the best we have seen across 7 or 8...

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Reviewed 23 October 2016

This exquisite resort was easily accessible yet remote enough for a complete safari experience. Accommodations were luxurious, our Ranger Fritz was gracious, fun,knowledgeable,energetic,accommodating any and every request. From reception to departure Fritz provided a perfect safari adventure ensuring viewing not only The Big Five and additional animal wild life but educated us about the flora and fauna too. The Rattray's...

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Dear Guest, Many thanks for writing a review on MalaMala Game Reserve . We are pleased the MalaMala team managed to make your stay exceptional and memorable, and you got to view the best wildlife . We are looking forward to welcoming you again to MalaMala Game Reserve .

The Woodlands, Texas
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

The oldest & largest private reserve in South Africa, it shares a long open border with Kruger. The impeccable personalized service and 8 huge Kyahas will blow you away. With only 16 guests at a max, Rattray's is pre eminent game lodge in SA. With the best facilities and largest land mass, Rattray's attracts the most game and the best...

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  • Restaurant
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
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  • Pool
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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: $2,521 - $2,578 (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
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“all rooms are the same i think”
 of 5 bubbles stesw, 7 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Ask for Room 7 or down”
 of 5 bubbles 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.”
 of 5 bubbles jmiglin, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Each of the eight "homes" face the open bush so all have same view.”
 of 5 bubbles loiso90, 22 Oct 2016 | Read review
“By the watering hole so animals visit”
  • Villa with his and hers bathrooms and a huge back porch with views on the watering hole. Just be
 of 5 bubbles Tamigaga, 15 Sep 2016 | Read review
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