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About Malala Lodge

Malala is a bush lodge on a 140 hectare private nature reserve, accommodating a maximum of 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.

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 two adults, or two 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 four. and 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 five.

All of the accommodation units are supplied with tea/coffee facilities and all linen and towels are provided.

Activities and 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 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 and Cultural Zulu Village tours - gain firsthand knowledge of traditional Zulu culture and lifestyle.

Safari: Malala is situated on a 140 hectare private nature reserve, centrally located in the Elephant Coast. The world renowned Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve is 20 minutes away and open vehicle game drives are provided for those seeking the "Big 5".

  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Safari
  • Sleeps: 18
  • Check-in: 13:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • Reviews: 70 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Cosy

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • 3 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
* Please enquire for further details.

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              Reviews for Malala Lodge

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              Ben Boshoff
              31 December 2018

              The only problem is the lights cant sit and read and no plugs neer the table for charging phones. The rest was 100% value for your money

              Denise Bouah
              02 May 2018

              Thank you for your email. To be honest, we did not enjoy our stay at Malala Lodge. The facilities were outdated, the bed and pillows were not comfortable, the oven was dirty and filled the place with smoke when we used it and the toaster kept tripping the switches when we tried to use it and the crockery and cutlery were dirty. We actually left a day earlier because of the above reasons. Someone should be checking the facilities to ensure that everything is in working order for the next guest(s).

              Carol Xaba
              02 May 2018

              The hosts Paul, Lesley and Pete were absolutely amazing. They were so warm and welcoming and went the extra mile to ensure we are comfortable and happy. We really enjoyed our time at Malala Lodge.

              Anja van Kempen
              18 August 2017

              Dear Paul, Lesley and Pete, We enjoyed our stay in the Malala lodge very much. We have had a wonderful time and loved the breakfast and diners.We have also great news, we have found the leather jacket in our car. It was somehow partially hidden in the trunk/wheel compartment.Best wishes from the three of us!

              08 February 2017

              We had such a pleasant stay at Malala. It felt good to be around people who are full of generosity. The place is neat and clean and we also enjoyed Jane’s dishes, she’s quite a cooker. If you are looking for a nice quite get away with your loved ones Malala Lodge is the place to be.

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              Malala Lodge is 8km from the centre of Hluhluwe , the nearest airport 96.4km (Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Airport).
              *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling