A MalaMala Story

Text: Ranger Pieter van Wyk Behind the smiling faces that helpfully engage with guests in Main Camp’s reception area is a frequently used door. Behind said door are several offices and a boardroom, mostly occupied by senior management; it’s the proverbial ‘belly of the beast’. Now, that sounds a lot more sinister than is deserved but, […]

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Sayonara Sudan

Text: Ranger Pieter van Wyk The world was recently captivated by the death of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino. At 45 years old, Sudan was elderly for his species and passed of age-related complications in Kenya. With only two females of this subspecies left on earth the northern white rhino is staring down the […]

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The Sand River

Text: Ranger Pieter van Wyk For 25 picturesque kilometers this precious liquid pathway flows through MalaMala Game Reserve. Along the way it nourishes and quenches an incredible array of flora and fauna as well as being home to 36 different species of fish. It has in fact been scientifically proven to be one of the richest […]

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Every dog has its day

Text: Ranger Pieter van Wyk Every dog has its day. However, for one particular Cape hunting dog, Thursday wasn’t the type of day referred to in the popular idiom. Whilst viewing 4 members of the Kambula pride and numerous elephants in the Sand River, a commotion was heard upstream. Closer inspection revealed something quite incredible. A […]

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The ‘New’ Sable Camp

The re-imagination of MalaMala is progressing well, with the completion of phase 1, and we’re delighted to share the first “official” images of the new-look Sable Camp with you. We’re thrilled with the outcome, and we believe we’ve achieved a delicate balance of old and new, classic and contemporary. Most importantly, we’ve succeeded in preserving […]

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Hidden gems

Text: Ranger Pieter van Wyk On the 4th of June 1900, a day before the British forces occupied Pretoria, a vast amount of gold was removed from the SA Mint and National Bank. It was supposedly done on the order of President Paul Kruger to avoid it being captured by the British. The stash is still […]

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On the double!

Text: Ranger Pieter van Wyk A key part of any bar experience is that welcoming presence behind the counter. At Rattray’s on MalaMala that presence comes in the form of Trevor Lazarus. With smoky-white hair and a wizened demeanor, Trevor oozes experience. His warm smile and infectious laugh make him easy to like. Of course, Trevor […]

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