Nestled in the heart of the South African Lowveld, the MalaMala Game Reserve’s Rattray’s Camp harks back to a by-gone era of tourism that combined the magic of the African wild with an old-world elegance.
The camp’s eight luxury khayas can accommodate a maximum of 16 guests. The rooms feature en suite his and her bathrooms with both an indoor and outdoor shower as well as a bath. Spacious bedrooms come with large beds and elegant furnishings. A private veranda not only provides breathtaking views of the river, but leads into the private heated plunge pool and intimate indigenous garden. Other amenities include air-conditioning, heated towel rack, mini-bar, fans, bathrobes, heater, safe, television, fridge, and complementary Wi-Fi.
The camp is located on the banks of the Sand River within the private MalaMala Game Reserve which comprises 33,000-acres and is the largest private Big Five game reserve in South Africa. MalaMala shares a twelve-mile unfenced border with world-famous Kruger National Park. As the first commercial, private game reserve it’s the model for all others. The park is well-known for its frequent sightings of the Big Five game animals: lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, and elephant as well as cheetah and cape hunting dog. MalaMala’s river front running north to south is the lifeblood of the reserve, especially in the dry winter months. So concentrated are Africa’s big game in this reserve that in 2009 there were only ten days where tourists did not record seeing all of Africa’s Big Five.