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Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Hosts made us most welcome. Really enjoyed the game drive with a knowledgeable guide in Peter. Pauls cooking was a real delight. What better than waking to early morning bird song and a walk and coming across various local fauna

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

Thanks, David and Heather. It was a pleasure hosting you, and we hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards Paul

Newick, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 September 2016

This is our fourth visit and is the same and as unspoilt as the first time we visited. Paul, Lesley and Pete were excellent hosts. Pete provided an excellent and very knowledgeable game drive. We stayed with our family in a two bedroomed cottage in the bushland and enjoyed doing our own barbecues. Good home cooked food in the restaurant...

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

Dear Clark family, Thank you for your lovely review - your enthusiasm for exploring this beautiful area has never waned in the 14 years you have been visiting us! Your note about having your own car is very useful - 1st time visitors to the area might also not realise that the area has developed to such an extent that...

Hillcrest, South Africa
Reviewed 13 September 2016

We're an elderly couple that wanted to visit the local game parks and not have to bother about self catering. The apart from the excellent meals and accommodation you can go walkabout on the estate and meet the locals (zebra,impala,duiker and wildebeest). Pete -behind the bar can answer any questions you might have on wildlife and Leslie and Paul are...

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

Thanks for the review, Terry and Sue. You were a pleasure to host, and we hope you'll return soon. Kind Regards Paul Harvey

Reviewed 4 August 2016

Nice and quiet place, the bungalows not that charming, but the people at the place are wonderful, food is just great and the safaris also. paul and lesly's cooking was the best we had in south africa. and the safari with pete was also great, we saw a lot of animals. the area if the reception, pool, dining room is...

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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Malala Lodge is a group of individual bungalows that can accommodate 2 to 5+ people each. Our family of 6 had a one bedroom cottage with mini kitchen for the "old folk" and a two bedroom cottage with full kitchen for the young family. Bungalows are thatched roof with a covered patio and separated by several hundred feet for privacy....

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

Thanks for taking the time to write such an informative review, Richard. We're also very glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed themselves at Malala. You are in fact the 200th review we've received, and we're particularly pleased to point out that, of these, 98% have rated us excellent or very good. We do hope you get a...

South Africa
Reviewed 22 July 2016

Ah - go for the 3 day Safari option or use it to build a longer package if you can. This DBB deal includes 2 game viewing treats and is excellent value for money. Start the experience with a delicious 3 course dinner prepared by warm and generous hosts, Paul and Lesley. This is a more than a notch above...

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

Dear Penny and Mike, Thank you for such a lovely and comprehensive review. I don't think we could've captured the essence of the Malala experience better if we had tried. Future readers will certainly be able to draw from your experience/descriptions in deciding if Malala is for them. Thanks, once again, and hope to see you both again soon. Kind...

Western Cape, South Africa
Reviewed 20 July 2016

We were a group of 15 people who booked the whole of Malala lodge. We had three nights with a wonderful three hour game drive with Paul into Hluhluwe national park which was really a highlight. As with other visitors, the personal touch of the staff and the home cooking are notable. The property itself is big enough to walk...

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Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 2 July 2016

This is a belated review - we stayed at Malala quite a while ago. But our children still talk about it and we'd love to go back. The cottages are fairly basic but have everything you need and are clean and comfortable. What stands out is the friendly family-style welcome, the helpful hosts and the wonderful home-style meals. Pete's game...

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

Dear Sue, Thanks for taking the time to post a review about your stay at Malala. You really have hit the nail on the head: our accommodation is simple, clean and comfortable. The thrust of the Malala experience is rather in the personal service we provide, the tranquil and comfortable atmosphere, the home-style meals and the opportunity to experience the...

Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 26 June 2016

Our three day stay at Malala Lodge is the memory of a lifetime. We were greeted by Lesley, Paul and Pete as if we were old friends, from far away. Our cottage was quiet and private, clean and comfortable and the common areas were just as welcoming--lovely grounds and garden areas and a lounge area full of local interest books...

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

Thanks, Caprice and John, for a lovely review. You certainly have encapsulated the Malala experience. Having enthusiastic and interested guests like you, makes it a pleasure for us! We do hope you get the opportunity to make the trek back to Malala again sometime. Kind Regards Paul Harvey

Eschborn, Germany
Reviewed 16 June 2016

We had three wonderful night at Malala in February 2016. The team Paul, Lesley and Pete was excellence, especially the dinners cooked bei Paul and Lesley and the wonderful safari with so much animals, especially the 8 Rhinos an the herd of buffalos, as well as the elephants and the giraffes. Very good service at night in the bar by...

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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: €52 - €80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
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“All rooms are private from each other”
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“all the rooms are world class. you can choose any.”
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“Ability to drive up to your room and not walk is a big plus”
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“Your "room", in every case, is a separate thatched roof cabin, with a porch with chairs and table.”
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