· The impressive lounge, air-conditioned dining room and historic bar are conducive to good companionship - safari style

· Air-conditioned library with satellite television, internet connectivity and DVD player - affectionately referred to as the Monkey Club

· A large wooden safari deck, in the shade of a Jackalberry Tree - the ideal vantage point from which to observe the steady flow of animal life at the Sand River's edge

· A large filtered infinity pool with magnificent views across the river

· A well-appointed safari boutique with quality clothing, jewellery and artifacts.

· A small fitness facility with stationary bicycle, treadmill, multigym machine, rowing machine, sit up benches, pull up bar, free weights, mats and a steam room

· A massage service is available on request

· A fully stocked wine-cellar houses a selection of some of South Africa's finest wines

 

 

 

 

Pricing

 

· One person $2349

· Two people sharing one room = $1799 per person

· Due to the Football World Cup pricing is $90 per person higher between June to July 2010.

· Additional nights $575 per person.

· If you prefer to stay at Rattray’s or Sable Camp just let me know and I can price those camps as well.

· 10% cancellation fee if cancelled more than 65 days prior to arrival, 30% less than 65 days prior to arrival, 60% less than 35 days, 100% cancellation fee if cancelled less than 21 days.  If accommodations can be resold cancellation fees will be refunded less a 10% handling charge and any non-refundable flight costs.

 

Included:

· Flights between Johannesburg (JNB) and MalaMala airstrip.  Transfer from airstrip to lodge.

· Two nights at MalaMala main camp in a luxury room.

· All game drives with open 4WD vehicles with expert driver and guide- in a private game reserve near Kruger National Park, nature walks.

· All meals and snacks, laundry (up to 10 items per room per day).

Not included:

· Bar purchases.

· Travel or health insurance.

· Discretionary gratuities.

Notes:

· There may be up to six guests per safari vehicle.

· Be sure to carry a warm jacket and dress in layers, the mornings and evenings can get very chilly, and the daytime will be very warm. And for any journey a rain jacket or poncho is always advisable.

· Luggage- There is a maximum baggage allowance of 20kg per person for the flights. A complimentary luggage storage facility is available with Federal Air.

 

This trip can also be combined with other Southern Africa tours, please inquire.

Day 2

 

A day at MalaMala Game Reserve combines exhilarating game viewing opportunities with a chance to relax and refresh the soul. The phenomenal wildlife, around which your experience revolves, is the priority at MalaMala, whilst the comfortable camps, wholesome cuisine and impeccable, friendly service complement this focus and we encourage our guests to immerse themselves in the experience. For many this will be a unique lifetime experience which will be cherished forever.

Game drives are conducted in open 4-wheel drive safari vehicles in the 40,000 acre MalaMala Game Reserve. The rangers are in constant radio communication with one another to keep each other informed about the location of the game. Headsets are used for this purpose so as not to disturb the sounds of the African bush. The 4-wheel drive safari vehicles enable the rangers to leave the road and provide guests with close up game viewing and fantastic photographic opportunities. Night drives, with the aid of powerful spotlights, bring the bush to life at night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While every experience is unique, in two days on my first trip to MalaMala I saw:  two lion encounters (to include one where they were feeding off a morning kill we just missed), a leopard walk right by our vehicle, a leopard in a tree at night with a kill, a cheetah with her young cub, a pack of wild dogs (the rarest predator to spot in Africa due to declining numbers), an elephant almost charge our vehicle, an elephant in the bush at night, elephant packs walking by...it was absolutely incredible.  If you see most of what you want to here, it helps to take away that anxiety on any future safaris as there is less pressure to “check off” multiple animals.

 

MalaMala is renowned internationally for the quality of its leopard viewing. 99% of guests spending 2 nights at MalaMala will experience more than one leopard sighting a day – many of which involve other predators and most certainly prey.

For the more experienced safari adventurer, you already know that anything can happen, so keep your camera ready here.  These are some of my pictures below, shooting with an old school film point-and-shoot film camera...

Day 3

Early morning safaris or nature walks are available.  Flights leave at 10:50 and 14:15 back to Johannesburg (about one hour).

No visit to Africa is complete without a safari, a chance to spot the Big Five. So join us as we go on game drives in search of lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos and elephants during the day, and relax in the comfort of a lodge at night.

 

In my opinion, for your first safari Kruger is THE place to go.  Based on my experience you should have chances to encounter the widest variety of animals, often close up and also at night.  Some of my coolest animal encounters have been here, and your odds of disappointment are low.

 

 

 

 

 

MalaMala promises the finest game viewing on the African sub-continent and regularly provides the subject matter for a veritable collection of international and local wildlife documentaries (including National Geographic). Many of these documentaries have won international accolades amidst critical acclaim.

Flying will save you about 7 hours each way to maximize your safari and lodge time.  MalaMala, South Africa’s largest private game reserve, shares unfenced borders with Kruger Park and has provided me my best game viewing experiences to date.

Itinerary

Day 1

CONTACT

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phone:   512-917-3720

 

 

 

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There is a complimentary meet and greet service at O R Tambo International Airport and you have the use of the Federal Air First Class lounge facilities.  Flights are 9:15-10:30am or 12:40-1:55pm.   On arrival at MalaMala Airfield guests will be met by representatives of the camp and transferred by road through the reserve, a journey of about 5 minutes.

 

At camp within the MalaMala Game Reserve, you will be introduced to your ranger team who will be your hosts, guides and educators during your stay with us. Whilst an itinerary will be suggested to take advantage of the more comfortable temperature ranges and the enhanced game viewing opportunities, it is also important to have time to relax and enjoy the camp surroundings and commune with the environment.

About MalaMala: Every aspect of the Main Camp is designed to appreciate and enjoy the view of the surrounding wilds. Pathways wind their way along the perimeter of the camp to reveal individual ochre colored units tucked into the greenery which flanks the Sand River. Massive trees and rolling green lawns are filled with birdsong, with the occasional antelope or elephant which seeks the succulence of greenery.  The camp is unfenced - an oasis in the midst of the bushveld .

Rooms are equipped with:  “his" and " hers " bathrooms, 24 hour temperature control, direct dial telephones, mini-bar, mini safe, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers, insect repellent.

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