Mala Mala is set in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the perennial Sand River. Thatched ochre colored chalets are clustered amid shady trees and manicured lawns overlooking the Sand River. The spacious rooms enjoy spectacular views and are all equipped with “his” and “hers” bathrooms, 24 hour temperature control, insect proofing, direct dial telephones, a mini-bar and a mini safe. Dinner under the stars in the reed enclosed boma, has been a MalaMala tradition for over 60 years. Seated around a log fire, guests enjoy traditional bush food and outstanding South African wines. The spacious, beautifully decorated Buffalo lounge displaying bronzes, works of art and animal trophies leads onto an expansive wooden deck which provides an elevated view of animals watering in the Sand River. Photographic safaris are conducted in open 4-wheel drive vehicles which allows for total freedom of movement and the ability to leave the road and track down Africa's Big Five - Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo. MalaMala Game Reserve comprises 16000 hectares of pristine game viewing land, making it the largest privately owned game reserve in South Africa, with human density and impact on the land being kept to an absolute minimum, because only guests accommodated at one of the MalaMala camps may traverse this immense tract of privately owned game land. Another reason for the typically excellent game-viewing is the unfenced border between with the Kruger National Park, which allows herds of animals to migrate unhindered to the perennial Sand River which flows north to south through the MalaMala Game Reserve for 13 miles. After dark, spotlight safaris provide the opportunity to view nocturnal creatures and carnivores on the hunt and walking safaris with an armed ranger can be arranged on request.