Rattray’s Camp on MalaMala offers a glimpse of an era when travellers from far away saw Africa’s wild magic married to elegance and refinement. It exudes a colonial grandeur with Victorian-style metal roofs, verandahs and slowly swinging ceiling fans (nevertheless being air conditioned throughout).
EXCLUSIVE GAME DRIVES
Game drives are super-exclusive, normally limited to 4 people (unless you are in a group of 5-7). This allows you to take your time at sightings and pursue anything of specific interest on the way.
Morning walks are superb and take place in small groups under the expert guidance of an armed ranger.
The lodge is situated on the bank of the Sand river with an indigenous private garden, a haven for birds. Game frequents the river below.
8 ELEGANT SUITES
The eight luxury Suites are called “khayas”, meaning “homes” in Zulu. They function exactly as that, resplendent with lavish his-and-her bathrooms featuring a ball-and-claw-footed bath and a double shower. You can ask for satellite TV and a DVD player, if you must, and there is wireless internet. The suites are temperature controlled 24 hours a day. Each has a DDI phone, mini bar and safe.
VERANDAH, PLUNGE POOL
Outside your suite, a private verandah with grand river views offers a secluded outdoor shower and a private heated plunge pool.
The central building contains an elegant, African-themed dining room and bar, featuring photographs of the early pioneer days. The beautifully appointed library contains rare African books and magnificent works of art.
When weather allows (which is most of the time) meals can be served on the large wooden safari deck with game visiting the river below.
An attractive closed boma offers an alternative dining option Or you can eat in your khaya – indoors or out – if you prefer.
A large filtered infinity pool offers magnificent views across the river.
GYM & BOUTIQUE
There is a small fitness facility with stationary bicycle, treadmill, multi-gym machine, sit-up benches, free weights, mats and steam room. A massage service is available on request. A boutique offers quality clothing, jewellery and artefacts.