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Canyon, Texas
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 19 February 2016

Our overall experience at the Malala Lodge was superb. We were greeted by Lesley upon arrival and the service, accommodation and food was excellent. We drove up to Malala after some business in Durban and were treated to real African hospitality. The meals were tasty and the details on the preparation and service were more than expected. The rooms were... More 

Thank Huntstravels
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Reviewed 14 January 2016

Lovely people and gorgeous food in a lovely environment. A beautiful swimmingpool on the property and lots of activities in the area. Discover Imfolozi National Park together with Pete. Or visit St Lucia (coast) and Cape Vidal (lovely beach). Really worth visiting!

Thank Christel T
Nanaimo, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 7 January 2016

Such a lovely place tucked away in the bush. Beautiful accommodation with all the amenities. We took the 3 day special where we enjoyed superb breakfast and dinner as well. Pete is a great safari guide, Paul a great and sociable cook and Jane is 'everywhere' making sure all your needs are met.

Thank cruising46
Durban, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 29 December 2015

It was a great 3 days. The inclusive trip into Hluhluwe was fantastic as well as the boat trip on lake St. Lucia. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and the meals are outstanding.I would not hesitate to return there.

Thank Cliff T
South Africa
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Reviewed 17 November 2015

What an unimposing, quiet and peaceful place to stay. The personal touches are there but for the most part you are alone with your own thought, totally at ease with the natural environment. Breakfasts are more than adequate and very satisfying. We never had dinner but I'm sure they would be awesome given the dedication to the lodge and it's... More 

Thank Larni V
Champery, Switzerland
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Reviewed 12 November 2015 via mobile

Malala lodge is a great place to discover the bush! We enjoyed the warm welcome of Jane, the wonderful diners prepared by Paul and the wonderful drive we had with Peter. The forest trail is a good way to discover antipopes, zebras, nyalas, monkeys and many birds living in this wonderful "garden". Really an enjoyable place for taking a rest.... More 

Thank Claude S
Durban, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 13 October 2015

This was our 9th time staying at Malala in the past ten years. Has been a favourite of our kids and they constantly ask when we are going to go back. Paul, Jane and Pete are excellent hosts. I'm sure we'll be back again!

Thank Glenn B
Paul H, Owner at Malala Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks, Glenn. We've literally watched your children grow up over the years! And, even though they're obviously much older now, they have retained their love of the Zululand bush and wildlife which they had when they were small. Look forward to seeing you all again next year. Kind Regards Paul Malala Lodge More 

New Mexico, USA
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Reviewed 9 October 2015

We stayed in one of the nice cabins - bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. We had breakfast and dinner in the dining room. The food was prepared by the owners and was very tasty. Peter took us on the game drive. He is a great guide and we had a fantastic experience and got to see many animals.

Thank NouvelleMexique
Heidelberg, Germany
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Reviewed 8 October 2015

Very nice place to stay. Great service with great food. We enjoyed very much the very private and familiar atmosphere. The lodge is perfectly located for a visit to St. Lucia. We definitively would come back.

Thank Andreas B
Los Alamos, New Mexico
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Reviewed 7 October 2015

You are in the bush, fighting you way through the sandy road, what experience! Owners are friendly, food delicious and game ride out of this world. Due to small acreage and fencing is possible to go for a walk through the bush and any time.

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

Thanks, Walter - much appreciated. I think that by the end of your stay you had become a complete pro on the sandy road! Thanks for raising the point about our property. We have a 140 hectare (340 acres) reserve which, unlike many others, has no dangerous animals on it so one is able to walk everywhere and enjoy the... More 

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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: RM245 - RM378 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
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“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”
 of 5 bubbles csoames, 26 Jun 2016 | Read review
“the rooms are simple, but good”
 of 5 bubbles Dotte001, 16 Jun 2016 | Read review
“All Rooms/Chalets were self contained with a Lounge Area located near the main Lodge in the surrounding Bush”
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