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South Africa

Rattray’s on MalaMala

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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.

Daily game drives are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon in open 4×4 safari vehicles. The rangers are in constant radio communication with one another to keep each other informed about the location of wildlife. Night drives, with the aid of powerful spotlights, bring the bush to life at night. Bush walks led by an armed ranger provide a more intimate look at the flora and fauna as well as lessons on animal tracking. Of course, the big draw to MalaMala is the photographic safari. A dedicated photographic safari vehicle features three rows of two bucket seats, a sliding camera mount per row, bean bags for camera stability, under-seat lighting, and the expert knowledge of a photographic ranger.

The camp is the epitome of regal colonial safari-style and is the most luxurious of the MalaMala properties. Decorated in crystal and leather, with beautiful furnishings the camp evokes the romance of Karen Blixen’s Out of Africa. The pride of the camp’s common area is the sophisticated library. There is also an elegant African-themed dining room, historic bar, safari boutique, fitness center, and wine cellar. A large infinity pool has stunning views of the river.

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South Africa

Rattray’s on MalaMala

PLAN MY TRIP

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.

Daily game drives are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon in open 4×4 safari vehicles. The rangers are in constant radio communication with one another to keep each other informed about the location of wildlife. Night drives, with the aid of powerful spotlights, bring the bush to life at night. Bush walks led by an armed ranger provide a more intimate look at the flora and fauna as well as lessons on animal tracking. Of course, the big draw to MalaMala is the photographic safari. A dedicated photographic safari vehicle features three rows of two bucket seats, a sliding camera mount per row, bean bags for camera stability, under-seat lighting, and the expert knowledge of a photographic ranger.

The camp is the epitome of regal colonial safari-style and is the most luxurious of the MalaMala properties. Decorated in crystal and leather, with beautiful furnishings the camp evokes the romance of Karen Blixen’s Out of Africa. The pride of the camp’s common area is the sophisticated library. There is also an elegant African-themed dining room, historic bar, safari boutique, fitness center, and wine cellar. A large infinity pool has stunning views of the river.

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