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MALA MALA GAME RESERVE – MPUMALANGA
mala.jpg Mala Mala Game Reserve is recognised as the premier safari destination in Southern Africa and is the leader in its field. Mala Mala’s diversified portfolio of camps has enabled this organisation to offer a vast spectrum of wildlife experiences to the discerning market. Family owned and managed for over 3 decades, this private and exclusive sanctuary has established the highest standards in all aspects of its operation.
Situated in Mpumalanga, South Africa and adjacent to the Kruger National Park, Mala Mala is part of a conservation gene pool that covers 5, 5 million acres of land with habitat types ranging from riverine thicket to open savannah. This area is known to have the greatest diversification of animal species on the African continent. Over two hundred different species occur in abundance whilst the ever changing bird life provides even the most experienced ornithologist with rare finds. Mala Mala Game Reserve is the largest privately owned game reserve in South Africa and offers unparalleled game viewing which has enthralled guests from all over the world since it embarked on its first photographic safari in 1962.
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• From Johannesburg to Johannesburg
• Drive in: 4 days, 3 nights
• Fly-in: 3 days, 2 nights
www.malamala.com

Mala Mala Main Camp is South Africa’s legendary and exclusive safari destination. Internationally acknowledged as the top safari camp of the world, it is set in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the Sand River. The ochre coloured buildings are clustered amid shady trees and manicured lawns overlooking the Sand River.

The rooms are spacious bungalows under thatch, each enjoying a spectacular view and equipped with “his” and “hers” bathrooms, air-conditioning, insect proof screens, telephone, mini-bar and mini safe. Individually decorated, they feature sets of animal or bird prints complementing the attention to detail for which Mala Mala is world famous. Despite the comfort offered, Mala Mala retains a camp atmosphere. The accommodation at MalaMala is of the highest standard available in the African bush. Dinner, where one may enjoy venison specialties and haute bush cuisine is served in the grand old African manner, under the stars in a reed enclosed boma, a MalaMala tradition for over 60 years. Seated around a log fire, under the starry African sky, enjoying superb food and outstanding South African wines is yet another highlight of the MalaMala experience.

The spacious, beautifully decorated Buffalo lounge displaying bronzes, works of art and animal trophies leads onto an expansive wooden deck which provides an elevated view of animals watering in the Sand River. The unsurpassed luxury and comfort in the camp combined with the exhilarating game drives and guided walks in beautiful unspoilt wilderness dramatised by the close encounters with Africa’s game, big and small, is incomparable.

Disabled Suite
- MalaMala Main Camp has a disabled suite complete with a fully functional bathroom with all the necessary fittings that are required by wheelchair users including a wheel-in shower. The Landrover used is equipped to comfortably and safely take disabled guests on game drives. The facilities were designed with the aid of the disabled people’s information service of South Africa and are in line with international standards.

Drive-in option:

Day 1

Depart from Johannesburg International Airport at 06H30 by chauffeur drive to the Province of Mpumalanga visiting the Panorama route tourist attractions; Gods Window and Blyde River Canyon. Estimated traveling time is 8 hours, including visits.

Enjoy lunch in the town of Graskop, with all its interesting arts and craft galleries. Continue the scenic drive towards the Lowveld area and Kruger National Park. Check into Mala Mala Game Lodge, where your hosts will start pampering you with first class service. Depart on the first game viewing experience on an open vehicle, followed by sundowners and a sumptuous dinner.

Mpumalanga is known as the place where the sun rises and is located in the north eastern part of South Africa. The province has a land surface of 78 370 square Km which is 6, 4% of South Africa’s land area. The estimated population of this province is 3 million people. The economy of Mpumalanga is through mining, steel manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, tourism and electrical power generation using coal powered plants. The capital of Mpumalanga is Nelspruit.

The Mpumalanga climate and topography varies from cool highveld grasslands at 1600m above sea level, through the middelveld and escarpment, to the subtropical lowveld plains towards the Kruger National Park.

The Panorama route boasts the Blyde river canyon (3 rd largest in the world), Gods Window, Bourke’s Luck potholes and numerous waterfalls. Not to mention the town of Pilgrims Rest that is declared as a museum. Rich history such as Jock of the Bushveld, Stafford shires bull terrier and his owner Sir Percy Fitzpatrick.

On arrival at MalaMala Game Reserve in the late afternoon, you will be met by the ranger who will act as your host during your time at the reserve. Following registration, you will be shown around the camp and to your allocated rooms.

Dinner is served in the reed enclosed “boma” under an ancient Transvaal Ebony tree. While seated around a log fire under the starry African sky, enjoy the superb food and excellent wines - yet another highlight of the MalaMala experience.

Day 2
You will be woken at 05h30 and tea, coffee or fruit juice together with a light snack is served on the deck at 06h00. The early morning game drive follows. 09h30: Approximate time of your return to camp. A hearty breakfast awaits you in the main dining room or on the safari deck overlooking the Sand River where animals regularly come down to drink.
Should you wish, a bush walk after breakfast will be organised by the rangers. Alternatively relax around the pool, browse through the safari boutique, work out in the small gym or perhaps take a siesta to make up for that early morning wake-up call!
Lunch is served at 13h30.
16h00: Once again meet for tea on the verandah before departing on another unforgettable safari.
As darkness settles over the bush, look out for the Milky Way - a truly spectacular sight - or try to find the Southern Cross.
Return to camp for a delicious dinner, prepared especially for you by the MalaMala chef and his culinary team.

Day 3
Programme as per Day 2.

Day 4
Depending on your flight departure time, depart on an early morning game drive OR enjoy a breakfast at the lodge and depart for Johannesburg.
Lunch on route. (Own cost)
Arrive in the afternoon at Johannesburg International Airport

Mala Mala Game Reserve Information
Meals Full Board and Game Activities
Accommodation
Luxury Wilderness Reserve
Departure Dates
On request
Transport Luxury vehicle with air-conditioning
Price Includes Meals, snacks, teas and coffees, two game drives daily in open landrovers, 1 hour nature walk accompanied by experienced armed trackers, laundry, vat and accommodation as above
Price Excludes International flights, visas, items of a personal nature, telephone calls, bar service, drinks, mini bar, gratuities, and meals not specified. Any activity not mentioned on the Itinerary.
Minimum Number
two
Climate Sub-tropical
Best time to go All year round but especially August to September
Health Requirements None. Sun block essential for most of the year. Malaria precaution- consult your medical practitioner.
Combines well with Gauteng Province
Other Ideas
Child Policy Child facilities available.
Clothing Cool, light clothing during daytime.
Long sleeve jacket for game drives and at night.
Light raincoat in case of rain on drives.
Things to remember Camera, Binoculars
Notes

Price Indication

Per person sharing
Single supplement
Drive-in R21 900 R7 450
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Fly-in option:

Day 1

Transfer from your hotel in Johannesburg to the airport, for the flight to Mala Mala.
On arrival at MalaMala Game Reserve, you will be met by the ranger who will act as your host during your time at the reserve. Following registration, you will be shown around the camp and to your allocated rooms.
A delicious buffet lunch is served from 13h30 in the attractive, air-conditioned dining room, or on the large safari deck overlooking the Sand River.
Relax, unwind and enjoy the beginning of a wonderful 2 days in the bush. Feel free to explore the camp but please do not walk beyond the camp perimeters unless accompanied by a ranger.
16h00: refreshments will be served on the safari deck followed by the afternoon game drive. Remember to bring along your windbreaker, cameras and binoculars.
The suggested maximum number of guests per Landrover is 6. Rangers and trackers will be assigned to host you for your entire stay in the camp.
At sunset, stop off in the bush, and while sipping your “sundowner” watch the sun as it sinks into the dusty horizon.
As darkness approaches, the tracker will scan the bush with a powerful spotlight and will point out the elusive nocturnal wildlife - a highlight of the day’s safari.
The Landrovers return to camp at approximately 20h00, allowing you time to freshen up before meeting your ranger for pre-dinner drinks in the cozy Safari Bar.
Dinner is served in the reed enclosed “boma” under an ancient Transvaal Ebony tree. While seated around a log fire under the starry African sky, enjoy the superb food and excellent wines - yet another highlight of the MalaMala experience.

Day 2

You will be woken at 05h30 and tea, coffee or fruit juice together with a light snack is served on the deck at 06h00. The early morning game drive follows. 09h30: Approximate time of your return to camp. A hearty breakfast awaits you in the main dining room or on the safari deck overlooking the Sand River where animals regularly come down to drink.
Should you wish, a bush walk after breakfast will be organised by the rangers. Alternatively relax around the pool, browse through the safari boutique, work out in the small gym or perhaps take a siesta to make up for that early morning wake-up call!
Lunch is served at 13h30.
16h00: Once again meet for tea on the verandah before departing on another unforgettable safari.
As darkness settles over the bush, look out for the Milky Way - a truly spectacular sight - or try to find the Southern Cross.
Return to camp for a delicious dinner, prepared especially for you by the Mala Mala chef and his culinary team.

Day 3

You will be woken at 05h30 and tea, coffee or fruit juice together with a light snack is served on the deck at 06h00. The early morning game drive follows.
Return from the early morning game drive at approximately 09h00 for breakfast. Your luggage will be collected prior to check-out at 11h00.
Transfer to the Mala Mala airstrip for your onward flight.

Mala Mala Game Reserve Information
Meals Full Board and Game Activities
Accommodation
Luxury Wilderness Reserve
Departure Dates
On request
Transport Open Landrover.
Price Includes Meals, snacks, teas and coffees, two game drives daily in open landrovers, 1 hour nature walk accompanied by experienced armed trackers, laundry, vat and accommodation. Return flights from Johannesburg and Mala Mala Game Reserve. Transfer to and from the airstrip at Mala Mala.
Price Excludes International flights, visas, items of a personal nature, telephone calls, bar service, drinks, mini bar, gratuities, and meals not specified. Any activity not mentioned on the Itinerary.
Minimum Number
two
Climate Sub-tropical
Best time to go All year round but especially August to September
Health Requirements None. Sun block essential for most of the year. Malaria precaution- consult your medical practitioner.
Combines well with Gauteng Province
Other Ideas
Child Policy Child facilities available.
Clothing Cool, light clothing during daytime.
Long sleeve jacket for game drives and at night.
Light raincoat in case of rain on drives.
Things to remember Camera, Binoculars
Notes

Price Indication

Per person sharing
Single supplement
Fly-in
R16 100 R4 950
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