Rattray’s on MalaMala

Kruger National Park, South Africa

About Rattray’s on MalaMala

Located in South Africa’s largest private big five game reserve, which shares a 19 km unfenced border with Kruger National Park camps, Rattray’s on MalaMala sits on the banks of Sand River, enveloped by trees.

Exuding colonial charm, the camp offers guests unparalleled immersion into the African bush, with exceptional game viewing opportunities.

The first reserve to switch from rifles to cameras, MalaMala is renowned for its photographic safaris. Experienced rangers know how to run sightings, and it is common for guests to encounter sleek cats up-close, especially lions and leopards, along with wild dogs with their distinctive markings and comically large ears.

The camp consists of luxurious khayas (a Zulu word meaning ‘home’), positioned along the gently running waters of the Sand River. A gym, infinity swimming pool and beautifully appointed library delight guests, along with an expansive wooden deck that plays host to the most sumptuous meals while also presenting an optimal spot for leisurely game viewing.

Why We Love Rattray’s on MalaMala

  • The unfenced border with Kruger National Park means game viewing is rich and diverse. Game vehicles generally only take four guests to ensure an intimate experience with nature.
  • History buffs will enjoy spending time in the bar, where a number of photographs, newspaper clippings, letters and more all weave together the storied tales of Rattray’s on MalaMala’s history.
  • Photographic opportunities abound with helpful rangers on hand to orchestrate sensational sightings to help guests capture the perfect picture during their safari adventure.

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Activities at Rattray’s on MalaMala

  Safari game drives

  Night drives

  Photographic safaris


  Five-star cuisine

Our Favourite Memories from Rattray’s on MalaMala

  Catching sight of six endangered Southern ground hornbill.

 Watching a pack of Wild Dog laze about in the morning sun.

  Learning a number of amazing wildlife facts from Adam.

Walking safari through the Kruger National Park
Leopard sighting during safari game drive at Rattray’s on MalaMala
Breakfast on the deck overlooking the bush at Rattray’s on MalaMala
Luxury Kaya at Rattray’s on MalaMala
Pool overlooking the bush at a kaya at Rattray’s on MalaMala

Enjoy your stay at Rattray’s on MalaMala

Rattray’s on MalaMala boasts unrivaled game viewing opportunities, allowing guests to come face to face with some of Mother Nature’s most beautiful creations during a number of magical early morning and late evening safari game drives.

Leopard caught on a photographic safari at Rattray’s on MalaMala

Photographic Safaris

Guests are advised to take extra memory cards as there’ll be endless opportunities to snap a ‘winning’ shot of a leopard dragging a kill up a tree, a lioness stealthily stalking an impala or a Cape buffalo framed against the setting sun.
Dining on the deck at Rattray’s on MalaMala

Exceptional Cuisine

From tucking into decadent meals in the elegant dining room to delighting in casual snacks on the on the expansive deck, guests can also enjoy sampling some of South Africa’s superb wines in the bar.
The library at Rattray’s on MalaMala

Rattray’s Library

For those seeking some downtime, the Rattray’s on MalaMala library is well stocked with a collection of incredible books, including African literary rarities. The library itself is beautifully adorned with works of art.

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