Horseback safaris are a unique and promisingly extraordinary way to explore the wild. Knowledgeable guides will lead you across plains and through bushveld for game sightings that will leave a tingle down your spine. Both advanced and novice riders can enjoy the expedition and will be provided with a helmet and briefed on safety measures. For your own safety the horses will not get close to dangerous animals, but you will have plenty of opportunity to view zebra, giraffe, springbok, and eland from mere metres away. With no road restrictions, horseback safaris take you off the beaten track to explore exclusive paths and adventurous terrains.
A luxury Safari doesn’t only involve savouring every moment in nature, but also savouring every moment of life’s little luxuries, including outstanding wine. Boma dining, campfires and nights under bright galaxies just wouldn’t be the same without a glass of vino in hand to celebrate your experience. Cellars display a selection of world-class wines hand-picked for both the red, dry palette connoisseurs and the lovers of floral fruity tones. Whether lazing at the pool, relaxing at the Spa or snuggling up next to a fire, there is a never a bad time to enjoy the taste of fine wine.
Boma dinners take campfire dining to a whole new level of extravagance. With stylishly presented dining tables encircling a roaring fire, the mysteries and tales of Africa come alive in this romantic setting. The dancing flames of a crackling fire accompany you as you share your wildlife adventures over a glass of wine and gourmet meal. This is camping at its best with every luxury you may desire, yet still experiencing the authenticity of a true outdoor adventure under the night sky. Boma dinners are undoubtedly a highlight of every safari and the perfect way to end off a busy day out in the African wild.
Bush Dinners And Breakfast
A luxury safari undoubtedly needs to be paired with world-class wining and dining. High-teas while gazing onto endless wild plains and dinners under a glittering African sky lit up with galaxies of stars are what dreams are made of. Embrace the romance of the African bushveld while savouring each bite of your meal, expertly created by our in-house chefs. Local, seasonal and sustainable produce are at the forefront of each menu, showcasing the commitment to the environment in all details. It is a pleasure for our chefs to cater to special dietary needs by prior arrangement and still ensure each guests dining experience to be a highlight of their visit.
Some active relief from long hours of traveling and a fun way to enjoy Africa’s spectacular weather for outdoor activities, tennis provides an enjoyable activity for families and couples. Be sure to lather on the sunscreen, wear comfortable active wear and a cap. After your game, there is nothing better than heading to the pool deck. Take a dip, laze around on a comfy sunbed with a cocktail in hand and admire the wild bushveld at your fingertips.
With the advent of the night, you have a unique opportunity to listen to a lecture on astronomy in the open air, contemplating the starry sky. These lectures will help you to do fundamental research in astronomy and astrophysics and learn new things.
There are over 37 species of fish to be caught in the Sand River. Apart from the relaxing aspect of fishing, it is a glorious way to be at one with the bush, listening to the chirping of the various bird species or the sounds of Hippos in the distance.
The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is well known for its leopard sightings and you may well spot one of these elusive cats resting after a successful night hunt. In the company of a ranger and tracker team, they will attempt to track your favourite animals.
What better place to find peace, tranquility, and harmony than in the centre of nature. Experience the essence of natures living magnificence around you as you embark on a yoga ritual surrounded by African plains and gentle calls of the wild. A soft breeze over African sunrises will resonate in your soul as you align your body, mind, and spirit and find serenity in the stillness of the bushveld. There is no better way to start your day than appreciating every breath of nature and finding the reflection of its beauty in the movement of your own body.
Hot Air Ballooning
One of the most spectacular ways to safari is undoubtedly from the sky in a hot air balloon. A view from the top broadens your perspective, opens your eyes to new dimensions and most of all leaves you mesmerized at Africa’s magical plains. A massive, weaved basket, securely attached to a billowing balloon will float you across rivers, mountains, grasslands and dense bush. This thrilling experience and birds-eye view will leave you in awe of the lands ecosystems, herds of wildlife and expanse of nature in all its majesty.
Explore the rugged African landscapes on two wheels and venture out on a biking adventure in the wild. Dedicated paths are marked for mountain bikers and hikers to make the most of the outdoor expeditions, but also to ensure a safe ride. Traverse a variety of terrains, from picturesque mountain trails to easy flat rides through the game reserve plains. Ride at leisure taking in the beauty of the landscape and stopping at your peril to investigate intricacies of the surrounding flora and fauna.
A golfing holiday affords you the unique opportunity to combine your favorite sport with the unrivaled game viewing opportunities offered by the Kruger National Park, and with the possibility of looking in your game of golf, you won’t even need to venture far to view some of South Africa’s finest game.
Night Game Drives
As it gets darker your guide hands out some spotlights which you can use to track the animals with. You learn how to slowly scan the trees and shrubs around you and to pick out the shiny white reflections from the light on the animal’s eyes.
There’s no better way to get a glimpse into real African life than by visiting one of its rural communities. A trip to one of the villages surrounding the Sabi Sand Game Reserve provides a glimpse into the challenges, hopes, and dreams of this local community in a way that not only educates but also inspires.
With a pool deck and sun loungers overlooking the grandiosity of African plains, you would be forgiven for wanting to spend your entire vacation near the pool, with a refreshing cocktail in hand. Whether gazing out over the deck in search of wild animals, reading a book or swimming a few laps to cool down, the lodge pool serves as a welcome retreat from the heat of the day and an area for true holiday vibes and relaxation. Swimming towels are provided, however, it is advisable to bring sunscreen and a sun hat.
With indulgent world-class breakfasts, dinners and high-teas fitness lovers may feel the need to hit the gym for a workout while gazing out at safari landscapes. Whether you prefer a cardio session, weight workout or Pilates mat work, the dedicated fitness area is exclusive for the use of guests to take some time out and enjoy a leisurely fitness session. Gym towels will be provided at the facility for your comfort and hygiene.
Sabi Sands Game Reserve offers to view different types of birds. Africa’s highest level of endemism in the most accessible setting: 185 bird species are endemic or near endemic to southern Africa. South Africa contains two of Africa’s four biodiversity hotspots as defined by Conservation International.
Junior ranger programme
MalaMala Game Reserve offers now only proffesional programs for more experience rangers, but also for the begginers. You will be teached by true profi and will know all the details how to survive in wild nature of South Africa.
The true splendour of the Milky Way is a phenomenon lost to city dwellers, where light pollution prevents star gazing and clouds the view from our city landscapes. However, out in the wilderness where open plains are untouched by human construction, the night sky displays starry galaxies in all its glory. Stargazing is an opportunity that will allow you the unique experience of contemplating magnificently sparkling skies and vast galaxies on clear evenings. You may have the opportunity to engage in a lecture on astronomy and wish upon a star while absorbing the humbling enormity of the African night skies.
Volunteer Tourism Safari
Volunteer Tourism gives you the chance to experience the wildlife and beauty of one of South Africa’s top safari destinations, the Sabi Sands, while also getting more involved in African bush and the finer details of your surroundings.
Booking a specialised photographic safari allows you the opportunity to concentrate on photographing the animals, comfortable in the knowledge that the other guests around you are as keen to capture the perfect shot as you are.
Massages, skin & beauty Spa treatments, promises an aura cleanse, body balance & sensory experience. The perfect place to rest and relax, this haven of tranquillity offers the ultimate African Spa experience.
New Photographic Vehicle
We are excited to advise that we now have a dedicated photographic vehicle comprising: 3 rows of 2 bucket seats, a sliding camera mount per row, bean bags for camera stability, under-seat lighting, a dedicated photographic ranger.
Visitors may head out on foot with their armed ranger. The perspective of the bush is entirely different to that of a vehicle, and guests will learn to read the signs of the wild, and perhaps come into close contact with the different animal species on the reserve.
Rest your feet while going deeper and farther than you ever thought possible for up-close game encounters. The game drives leave just before sunrise, ensuring that you get to see the entire bush wake up. The feeling of excitement and being at one with nature is indescribable.
As the sun sets over the horizon, the African bush is awash with colours and sounds. The evening dawns and the nocturnal animals come out from their sleeping spots. Night time is when new adventures are to be had while on safari.
Weddings & Honeymoons
For the couple who seeks an intimate destination, without “frills” but with a heart of warm African hospitality, beautiful sunsets, panoramic views and beautiful accommodation – MalaMala is the place for romance. Escape to the place buried in the wild of Africa.
Off-Road Game Viewing
In national parks and some other reserves, rules prohibit leaving the designated safari paths. But the wildlife are not always considerate enough to stay nearby. Get better vantages (and better photos) by heading off-road.
This exhilarating flight swoops over deep canyons bursting with vegetation and color. The helicopter lingers above cascading waterfalls, allowing for spectacular photographic opportunities. Your flight will continue along the escarpment which offers awesome panoramic views.
Explore beautiful viewing of South Africa flora during your walks with professional rangers, who will tell you in detail about the nature. Your day time walks will take about 2-3 hours and after that you will be able to cool down with some cold drinks or in pool.