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
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 Lodge
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.
- 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.
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
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.
Activities & Attractions
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
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.