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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 September 2014

Out of the three lodges we stayed at during our visit to South Africa, this was the most relaxed and had, by far, the best food! Jane, Pete and their various animals were extremely welcoming. We were fortunate enough to be the only visitors there, which made it a very tranquil location. The lodges are well separated, so I do...

Thank IzzyA W
Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 16 July 2014

This is our second stay at the peaceful, tranquil private Malala Lodge. The meals are good and the accommodation clean, comfortable and everything we needed is provided, one cannot ask for more. We'll be back.

Thank LInda V
Reviewed 5 June 2014

A safe haven for animals and guests, with fantastic facilities, well located for sight seeing (Cheetah park, St Lucia, Umfolozi Game Park and any more attractions. The staff are fantastic, personable and very private/friendly. Not to mention the absolutely delicious 3 course meals and hearty breakfast. This place was the highlight of our trip (and we stayed at some pretty...

Thank Timarrah
Chiddingfold, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 June 2014

We have just returned from a 3 night stay here. They couldn't have done more to make us feel welcome and accommodate our needs - and there were many with two young children. Using them to tour the Hluhluwe park was the best decision that we could have made. If we go back to the area we wouldn't think twice...

Thank Andy J
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 May 2014

Jane, Paul and Pete made this a stay to remember. It scores top marks for everything. The food was absolutely delicious, the rooms were clean and had everything we could have needed and the safari was magical. We'll certainly be returning to Malala Lodge and have already recommended it to friends.

Thank Stuart945
Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 16 May 2014

We have stayed at Malala twice now and each time it has been an awesome time. A place where you can relax prior to visiting the game parks. The hospitality is GREAT, the rooms are rustic and oh so clean. The friendships of Peter, Jane and Paul just put the finishing touches to a suburb venue to visit and linger...

Thank Sandstorm2014
München, Deutschland
Reviewed 9 May 2014

At first i have to say "thank you for everything " ! Thank you Jane for the best homemade chicken in the World , on the first evening ! Thank you Pit for the best Game-drive in Hluhluwe national Park and for your chat at the bar! Thank you Paul for answer Emails and for booking us in at your...

Thank romario1973
Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 6 May 2014

My husband and I have recently returned from Malala Lodge where we took advantage, for the third time, of the 2 night Safari Special, and we can hardly wait to do it again. It gets better every time and is fantastic value. Thank you Jane, Pete and Paul, we hope to see you soon.

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Paul H, Owner at Malala Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Marjorie and Jan, Thanks for the lovely reviews you have written over the past few years. You have always been an absolute pleasure to host, frankly making it easy for us. We do hope to see you again next year (and the years after that!). Kind Regards Paul

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 18 April 2014

Recently a friend from the UK visited Africa for the first time and so we spent some time touring the Game parks and one f the places we chose to stay was Malala Lodge, and what a fabulose place it is, clean, good value for money and most of all each challet being totally private was an absolute bonus, and...

Thank Elizabeth G
Ipswich, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 March 2014

My boyfriend and I recently stayed at Malala Lodge and partook in the 2 night safari special, which is incredible value in both Rands and Pounds, however you look at it. The lodge is just lovely and has a rustic African air to it:) Loved the local, seemingly 'tame' wildebeest who casually greeted us at the entrance of the lodge...

Thank Jlille

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Malala is a bush lodge on a 140 hectare (340 acre) private nature reserve, accommodating a maximum of only 18 guests, thereby ensuring a tranquil African bush atmosphere and experience.
Our lodge is located in the Hluhluwe area, in the centre of the Elephant Coast in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. We are ideally positioned between the world-renowned Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, Mkhuze Game Reserve, Sodwana Bay and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
Malala has been owned and managed by the Harvey family since 2001 and we, together with an enthusiastic team of staff, are always on hand to provide the personal attention one would associate with a small intimate lodge.
Our property has a variety of vegetation types, including lowland forest, woodland, grasslands and wetlands. You can enjoy a leisurely stroll through these diverse habitats on well-maintained and marked walking trails. You may come across some of our game, which includes Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Nyala, Reedbuck and Red and Grey Duiker.
In addition, Malala Lodge is at the centre of the birding hotspot of KwaZulu-Natal with over 500 species of bird having been recorded in the Elephant Coast area. The Malala Lodge birdlist currently has over 270 recorded species.
The main thatched lodge is centrally positioned within the camp and overlooks indigenous forest. Here guests can enjoy a relaxing drink in the cosy bush pub or take a dip in the palm-fringed swimming pool.
Meals are available, by prior arrangement, in the lodge dining room:
- Dinner is a home-styled three-course set menu with cheese and biscuits and tea/coffee; and
- Breakfast is a full English breakfast including cereals, fruit salad, yoghurt and tea/coffee.
Adjoining the dining room is a small reading lounge where a variety of magazines and books are available for your interest.
Malala Lodge can accommodate guests on a self-catering basis or, if you would prefer, indulge yourself in genuine home-cooked meals in the attractive thatched dining room.
Our accommodation, which nestles within the forest fringe, comprises:
- Four private, thatched, open plan chalets all with en-suite shower facilities. The chalets are 1-bedroom units which can accommodate 2 adults, or 2 adults and a child. All the chalets come with fully equipped kitchenettes, ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities.
- A semi-detached chalet equipped with en-suite shower facilities, separate lounge, kitchenette and ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities. The chalet accommodates two adults sharing.
- Two family cottages each comprising two bedrooms (en-suite), lounge and kitchenette and equipped with ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities. These units accommodate family groups of up to 4.
- A family cottage comprising two bedrooms, bathroom, lounge and kitchen and equipped with ceiling fans and braai/barbeque facilities. This large unit accommodates a family group of up to 5.
All of the accommodation units are supplied with tea/coffee facilities and all linen and towels are provided.
We provide game drives, by prior arrangement, in our open game-viewing vehicle into the world renowned Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, providing guests with a superb opportunity of viewing a multitude of mammals, birds, reptiles and plants.
Other activities include:
- Self-drive day trips to the parks and beaches of St. Lucia, Sodwana Bay and Cape Vidal for boat cruises, kayaking, snorkelling, diving and whale watching.
- Walking and horse trails through nearby parks and reserves.
- Cultural Zulu Village tours - gain firsthand knowledge of traditional Zulu culture and lifestyle.
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Address: Bushlands Road, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Price Range: $72 - $111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
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“All rooms are private from each other”
 of 5 bubbles ChrisW311, 3 Jan 2017 | Read review
“all the rooms are world class. you can choose any.”
 of 5 bubbles thabanimelo, 20 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Ability to drive up to your room and not walk is a big plus”
 of 5 bubbles louisbeaumontlb, 2 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Your "room", in every case, is a separate thatched roof cabin, with a porch with chairs and table.”
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“All the cottages appear to be quiet and well-located”
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