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Rattray's on MalaMala
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Reviewed 10 March 2012

We stayed at Rattray's for four nights on our third safari vacation and it was nothing short of exceptional. The rooms are fantastic, the game viewing is second to none and all of the staff were very attentive. I would definitely recommend them as a great place to stay on safari.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

From the moment we arrived to when we left we were treated like royalty.The facilities are fantastic and the game drives guaranteed to thrill and amaze. The staff are brilliant and make sure you want for nothing? We will certainly return some time in the future and would recommend to anyone,

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Reviewed 3 January 2012

That says it all - wonderful experience - probably the best 3 days of holiday i have ever had.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 December 2011

This was our first stop on the safari portion of 15 days in southern Africa and the property was by far the nicest that we visited. The rooms are spacious with two full bathrooms, flat screen tv and wi fi. Our guide was Gordon and he was fantastic: knowledgable way beyond his years. Overall an A+ experience.

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Reviewed 24 March 2011

Ratrays was our fourth safari experiance in South Africa. In summary we were staying in a luxury hotel in the bush with lots of animals around to see and enjoy. Our bedroom was outsatanding, overlooking the river with two bathrooms and so much space to relax plus our own plunge pool. The Lodge facilities were excellent - fitness equipment (not for us), lovely pool and good indoor and outdoor eating areas with excellent varied food at all three meals.
The four game drives were each outstanding in different ways. We saw 'the big five' up close; the only absentee was cheetah. The rangers were well informed and caring and the resriction to four guests per vehicle and only two vehicles per find meant that you were able to get really close to the animals. The off road experiance justified a holiday on its own! I am amazed at where you can get to in a Landrover!
We will return for more of the same.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Spencer007
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Additional Information about Rattray's on MalaMala

Address: P.O. MalaMala, Skukuza, 1353, Kruger National Park 1353, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve > Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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Ranked #2 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
MalaMala Game Reserve is the Safari Industry's blueprint to the luxury photographic safari. In existence since 1927, this massive thriving tract of land produces the most exciting wildlife experience this side of the equator. MalaMala Game Reserve is the largest private Big Five game reserve in South Africa. Comprising 13 300 ha (33 000 acres), MalaMala shares a 19 km (12 mile) unfenced border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, and lies strategically sandwiched between the National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve. For over four decades, Michael Rattray has remained focused on his objective to preserve and protect the land over which he is custodian. Allowing nature to move to its innate rhythm, guests experience today what the forefathers of the African Safari would have experienced at the turn of the century. This philosophy has paid off, as experienced by a veritable collection of photojournalists and film-makers who have made MalaMala their destination of choice to capture footage of wildlife viewing that would rival any Hollywood production for thrilling and breathtaking animal encounters. MalaMala's Camps (MalaMala Main Camp, Sable Camp and Rattray's on MalaMala) are the embodiment of an authentic safari experience pioneered at a time when the safari was simple - unassuming camps, vast sweeping plains, the African sky and the bush in all its splendour. Wellness was the feeling after a long day in the wild. Cigars were shared without pomp and ceremony. Guests to MalaMala will still spend hours beneath an inky sky in the traditional boma exchanging stories from the wild - a sumptuous meal, good company and relaxed faces warmed by the crackling fire, accompanied by the nocturnal symphony of sound. ... more   less 
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Rattray's On MalaMala Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

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