MalaMala Sable Camp

distinctive Camp | Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa

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Adjacent to MalaMala Main Camp, within the legendary MalaMala Game Reserve, Sable Camp is the perfect option for discerning travelers looking to combine world-class wildlife viewing with private and exceedingly comfortable accommodations. Continuing MalaMala’s long tradition of extending warm hospitality and first-rate service to its guests, Sable Camp is a truly exceptional African home away from home.

Photo of Wendy Klausner

Our Expert Says

A safari in South Africa is not complete without visiting the Kruger. MalaMala is one of the best options in this area offering seclusion from other travelers and a 95% success rate for seeing the Big 5 in one day! Amazing! MalaMala Sable Camp has the traditional feel of old world Africa without sacrificing creature comforts.

– Wendy Klausner

Photo: The Camp

The Camp

Location: Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Number of Tents: 7

Imbued with the classic safari spirit of MalaMala, Sable Camp is a more intimate version of the Main Camp and the perfect choice for guests seeking a more private safari experience. Situated at the southern end of MalaMala Camp in a prime elevated position overlooking the Sand River and surrounding bushveld, Sable Camp accommodates a maximum of 20 guests, and it may be reserved exclusively for private groups of 14-20 guests. The charming thatched-roofed suites are spacious and comfortable and provide sweeping views of the wild African surroundings. Guests can also enjoy magnificent views while cooling off in the large infinity pool or relaxing on the shaded deck. The common areas include a traditional boma-style dining area and an air-conditioned library with satellite television, Internet connectivity and DVD player. Massage service is available upon request, and the restaurant offers a fully stocked wine cellar that features some of South Africa’s finest wines.

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Photo: Facilities & Amenities

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with tub and shower
  • Shampoo, soap and lotion
  • Hair dryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Room fan
  • Mini bar
  • Tea/coffee in room
  • 220v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • Central pool
  • Massage treatments (extra cost)
  • Fitness center
  • Wi-Fi in main area
  • Laundry included
  • Credit cards accepted (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express)

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

MalaMala Game Reserve is justifiably renowned among safari aficionados for its abundant wildlife, stunning scenic beauty and diversity of habitats. The Big Five -- lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, elephant and black rhinoceros -- are nearly guaranteed here, where the Sand River winds its way through the old-growth riverine forests, providing animals with a plentiful supply of water year round, but especially during the dry winter months. The reserve is particularly renowned for the quality of its leopard viewing. According to the reserve’s painstakingly recorded wildlife viewing statistics, 99% of guests who spend two nights at MalaMala experience more than one leopard sighting a day. Twice-daily nature drives and night drives are conducted in open 4x4 safari vehicles within the 40,000-acre private reserve. Guests can also explore the area on guided nature walks in the company of a highly knowledgeable naturalist guide, seeking out the more than 200 species of animals that thrive here.

The Sabi Sand is known for great leopard viewing, healthy rhino populations and the rest of the Big Five, making it a great wildlife destination for all levels of safari experience. The below chart helps to illustrate major wildlife sightings often experienced here. Other typical sightings may include warthogs, baboons and a number of other mammals, birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on weather and wildlife movements.

Country Park/Reserve
Black Rhino
Greater Kudu
Sable Antelope
White Rhino
Wild Dog
South Africa Sabi Sand Reserve

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Month Max Min Rainfall
January 84° F 68° F 3.86 in
28° C 20° C 98 mm
February 88° F 70° F 6.54 in
31° C 21° C 166 mm
March 88° F 68° F 5.24 in
31° C 20° C 133 mm
April 84° F 61° F 1.85 in
28° C 16° C 47 mm
May 81° F 50° F 0.43 in
27° C 10° C 11 mm
June 81° F 43° F 0.12 in
27° C 6° C 3 mm
July 77° F 43° F 0.16 in
25° C 6° C 4 mm
August 82° F 48° F 0.16 in
27° C 8° C 4 mm
September 82° F 57° F 0.55 in
27° C 13° C 14 mm
October 81° F 61° F 1.77 in
27° C 16° C 45 mm
November 84° F 66° F 6.61 in
28° C 18° C 168 mm
December 84° F 63° F 9.41 in
28° C 17° C 239 mm

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Photo: Conservation


MalaMala was the first privately owned nature reserve in South Africa to pursue sustainable tourism as an alternative to hunting as a land-use practice. The reserve employs cutting-edge ecological management policies with input and assistance from top scientists in the field. These policies include a low guest-to-land ratio, which minimizes negative impacts on wildlife and the environment, as well as cutting-edge wastewater, soil erosion, invasive species eradication, mosquito control and fire management programs. On the social side, MalaMala has designed and implemented policies that benefit and empower local communities. For example, MalaMala actively sources goods and services locally and gives preference in hiring to community members. In addition, MalaMala supports the Pfunenani Trust, an initiative that provides development assistance to local communities. MalaMala also actively supports governmental and private initiatives that provide HIV-infected staff and their families with ARV drugs and vitamin replacement therapies.

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