Malala Lodge 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.
Malala 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 Lodge 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!
Malala Lodge Accommodation:
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.
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).
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.
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.
Deposit forfeited if cancelled within 14 days of arrival.
DIRECTIONS TO MALALA LODGE:
From Durban take the N2 highway north past Stanger, Richards Bay, Empangeni, Mtubatuba and Charters Creek. Approximately 20 km after Charters Creek take the Bushlands off-ramp and turn right at the top, across the highway. After approximately 1,5 km (onto a dirt road) you will reach a junction where you will turn left. After approximately 1,2 km you will see the entrance to Malala on the left hand side. Approximate travelling time from Durban is 2.5 to 3 hours.
From Johannesburg take the N17 east past Bethal to Ermelo. At Ermelo take the N2 south past Piet Retief, Pongola, Mkuze and Hluhluwe. 10 km past the Hluhluwe off-ramp you will take the Bushlands off-ramp and turn left at the top. After approximately 1,5 km (onto a dirt road) you will reach a junction where you will turn left. After approximately 1,2 km you will see the entrance to Malala on the left hand side. Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg is 6 to 7 hours.
Arrival time is from 13h00 (1pm) to 18h00 (6pm) and departure time is before 10h00 (10am), unless prior arrangements have been made.