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Reviewed 2 November 2015

Once in a lifetime experience....First class and then some all the way. Accommodations are more like mini houses rather than rooms; the food was gourmet all the way and every meal; and the staff were top rated. I cannot say enough about this place....it was just over the top! Rattray's at Mala Mala was a once in a life time... More 

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Great Falls, Virginia
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

Rattrays combines "over the top accommodations" with spectacular game viewing and a personally attentive staff to deliver a uniquely memorable experience. Not only did we see a large heard of sable, but we saw the Big Five early and often during our six game drives over four days. We even had a great view of wildlife from the deck off... More 

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Reviewed 19 October 2015

This was our 5th time at MalaMala but our first stay at Rattray's - what a place! From the excellent accommodation with a private plunge pool on the deck overlooking the river to the amazing game drives, this has to be the best game reserve in South Africa! We have never failed to come here without seeing the Big 5.... More 

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Reviewed 14 October 2015

We spent four nights and had 10 game drives. This was an exceptional experience and we feel privileged to have had this opportunity. The wildlife was extraordinary, our ranger (Morne) was amazingly knowledgeable, the atmosphere was perfect, the food was delicious, and the service was unmatched. I cannot think of a single thing that could be improved upon. We used... More 

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Reviewed 10 October 2015 via mobile

From start to finish you will not be disappointed. We stayed 3 nights in villa 3. ( perfect location to main house.) Wonderful viewing of the animals off of the deck overlooking the Sand River. Food was excellent, service was great. Trevor serves a great greyhound. ( absolute and grapefruit juice. ) As for the game, this is Africa and... More 

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Reviewed 9 October 2015

I don't know what I can say that hasn't already been said. This is one of the truly great places at which I have ever stayed. Our villa (khaya) was just wonderful. Large and comfortable with plenty of luxurious amenities. More than enough room. His and hers bathrooms/dressing rooms/showers. Private pool and large deck overlooking the Sand River. Gordon was... More 

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Reviewed 29 September 2015

Just returned from our South African vacation. This is absolutely a beautiful, first rate experience to view the incredible wild life up close and personal. Mike was an excellent ranger, very knowledgeable, and made sure we were comfortable at all times. The rooms are amazing, the food delicious, a very nice atmosphere and would very much recommend them.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 14 September 2015

We cannot say enough good things about the extraordinary Rattray’s on MalaMala. Our khaya (home) had spacious sleeping and sitting areas, and a large veranda with a private outdoor shower and plunge pool, and an expansive view of the Sand River, where we watched a herd of elephants walk through the trees one afternoon right below where we were sitting.... More 

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Reviewed 30 August 2015

There are no words to describe the incredible experience this haven provides. Our guide, Murray, was knowledgeable and keen and had almost as much fun as we did. Our unit was gorgeous and the food sublime. Game drives gave us the opportunity to claim the "Big Five" all within the first 36 hours. Upscale, for sure, but well worth it.

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Reviewed 26 August 2015

We have had the joy of staying at Rattray's on MalaMala twice. My husband is a native South African, so he enjoyed growing up going to the game parks. The rangers are the best in the business. Dean Wraith was our ranger in 2008, Matthew and Greg Baldwin were rangers in 2013. All magnificent fun, glorious game drives, and memories... More 

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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: $1,735 - $2,716 (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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“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
“All the rooms are the same, with great views over the watering area. Everything is quiet at night, so don't worry about what room you get.”
  • View from our deck
 of 5 bubbles Honeymoonforever, 16 Jul 2016 | Read review
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