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. Other smaller wildlife that may cross your path are Large-spotted Genet, various mongooses, Vervet Monkeys and dung beetles. You may even spot the rare Suni Antelope or the unusual Four-toed Elephant Shrew.
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.
- Lunch is not available at the lodge, but lunch options are available in the towns of Hluhluwe and St Lucia.
Adjoining the dining room is a small reading lounge where a variety of magazines and books are available for your interest.
No TV at Malala (in the units or the main lodge) – just the sounds of the bush!
Facilities & Services:
- Children under 12 years
- Honeymoon Couples
- Laundry Service
- Special Meals on Request
- Self-Braai / Barbecue
- Dining room
- Bar on the Premises
- Cots available
- Fax & Photocopy Machine
- Parking (off-street - open)
- Hiking / Walking Trails
- Swimming Pool
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.
Malala Lodge Activities:
Malala is ideally positioned between the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, Mkhuze Game Reserve, Sodwana Bay and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
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.
Malala Lodge Map:
Clothing & Accessories:
Bearing in mind which season you come in, the Elephant Coast has generally a very warm climate, though the odd cool snap (10°C - 15°C) can occur in winter. Therefore, light, cool clothing is recommended with a warm jacket for the odd cool morning or evening.
In addition, we suggest the following:
* Hat/cap * Sunglasses * Binoculars * Sun cream * Swimming costume+towel * Anti-mosquito spray (which can be bought at any supermarket).
Health & Climate:
The Elephant Coast has a sub-tropical climate with mild winters and hot summers. Summer temperatures are usually between 25°C and 30°C. December to February are the hottest months. Winters are never cold - temperatures rarely drop below 15°C during the day and 10°C at night.
Malala Lodge is situated in a low risk malaria area and therefore anti-malaria medication is not required while staying at the lodge, though this obviously remains a personal choice. The lodge has never had a case of malaria, amongst our guests or staff. Should you be planning to travel further north, however, anti-malaria medication may be recommended and advice should be sought in this regard.
We really enjoyed our time at the lodge. Our hosts were very accommodating and hospitable. We felt at home. The food was good home cooking. We will definitely recommend them and will hopefully be back soon.
Rating: Reviewed by MS Schoultz on 27 March 2017
Excellent stay at Malala Lodge. Paul, Lesley and Pete were extremely friendly and always willing to accommodate our needs. We were tremendously entertained by their stories during meal times. They were especially informative when it came to planning our day trips. The food was superb and we could not help but gorge ourselves at every meal opportunity. The only downside which we can think of is that the rooms are not air conditioned which makes the accommodation uncomfortable in > 36 deg C heat. There are too many wonderful moments to comment on, all we can say is that staying at Malala Lodge is an opportunity not to be missed.
Rating: Reviewed by Asheen Maikoo on 29 December 2016
Very comfortable accommodation and warm hospitality makes this a very good value for money stop-over.
Rating: Reviewed by Mark Dyson on 6 November 2016
We had a wonderful time at Malala and would definitely come back. Very clean, spacious and comfortable accommodation. the whole site is wonderful and cozy common areas. The best part were the animals right on the property so you get a true feel for the safari at any time of day. Food was tasty and plentiful. Our 16 month old also really enjoyed it and the place was very safe for him. The hosts were very friendly and great. the game drive was enjoyable - definitely wouldn't have learnt or seen as much as if we had driven ourselves.
Rating: Reviewed by Marta Toesev over a year ago
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