Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
Though the spirit of MalaMala Main Camp is rooted in a much simpler safari age, the camp has taken the essence of its history and translated into one of the finest experiences in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The sepia photographs on the lounge wall weave in a tale of exploration from decades past, which is still there for guests to experience in the present day.
The camp's 18 luxury rooms and suites are constructed in a traditional thatched bungalow style, providing a cozy respite from the excitement of each day’s events in the bush. All have en suite facilities, individual temperature control and direct-dial telephones. The common areas include a boma dinner area and an air-conditioned library with satellite television, Internet connectivity and DVD player – affectionately referred to as the Monkey Club.
The Big Five – lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, elephant and black rhinoceros – are nearly a guarantee in MalaMala’s large private concession, where the Sand River winds its way through the old-growth riverine forests, providing sustenance for diverse wildlife. Exploration on foot or by vehicle offers thrills at every turn. Afterward, guests return to the comfort of the lodge’s expansive lounge or sweeping deck with views of the river, or even a dip in the infinity pool – at each spot there are views to the bush, and you can continue your wildlife viewing even from the lodge.