Position of Mala Mala Camp, Sabi Sands Reserve

Mala Mala Camp is set in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the Sand River in the Mala Mala Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve.

The unfenced border between this private game reserve and Kruger National Park allows herds of animals to migrate unhindered to the perennial Sand River which flows north to south through the the reserve for 20km (13 miles). Today this area is known to have the greatest diversification of animal species on the African continent.

With a setting of low lying flat bush country, this region contains habitat types ranging from riverine thicket to the open savannah. Over 200 different species occur in abundance whilst the ever changing bird life provides even the most experienced ornithologist with rare finds.

The reserve is fully accessible by air and road and there are a number of options to choose from. Mala Mala Private Game Reserve falls within the Sabi Sands Game Reserve which is adjacent to the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

By Air

Direct Flight

Daily direct flights from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to MalaMala take 1 hour.

Flights to Nelspruit

There are scheduled flights from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban to Nelspruit (KMIA - Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport).

Flights from Nelspruit

Private charters can be arranged to transfer guests from KMIA to the reserve. This service requires a minimum of 2 people and takes about 30 minutes one way.

Private Charter

The reserve's private airstrip boasts an all weather surface and is equipped with aeronautical communication facilities. Private charters can be arranged from just about any airport. This service is ideal for guests who cannot fit in with scheduled flight times of standard carriers. The cost is dependent on the number of guests, type of aircraft requested and flying distance.

By Road

Road transfers from the airport can be arranged for guests arriving at KMIA. Alternatively, guests can arrive via a Panoramic Transfer or self-drive to the lodge.

Panoramic Transfer

This trip, with a qualified guide in a luxury air-conditioned microbus, travels through some of the most spectacular scenery South Africa has to offer. To fully appreciate and to take in the natural beauty of the Panorama Tour a full day is needed, however for those with limited time, a half day option is available.


The journey from Johannesburg takes about 6 hours. There are entrance fees (cash only) payable for admittance to Sabi Sands Game Reserve (per vehicle and per guest).

Directions From Johannesburg / Pretoria

  • Take the N12 / N4 towards Nelspruit From Nelspruit
  • Take the R40 to Hazyview
  • When you arrive in Hazyview, take the R536 towards the Paul Kruger Gate
  • Continue for 37.5km (23.3 miles)
  • At the Mala Mala Game Reserve sign turn left onto a gravel road and follow the road signs to the camp for 29km (18 miles)

GPS Co-ordinates

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