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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To be a ranger (part 1)

Text: Ranger Pieter van Wyk What does it take to become a ranger? Do we study something ranger-related at university? Do we have to take special off-road driving courses? These are questions often asked by guests. We’ll try give you the ‘nutshell’ version but first it’s important to highlight the one, non-negotiable criterion… passion, for both […]

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