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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.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 3 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Safari
  • Sleeps: 18
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 59 Reviews


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

Willem Van Den Brink, Netherlands
29 November 2015

We spend five days in a wonderful cottage (Tamboti) in this oasis in the woods. A perfect stepstone to explore the surroudings from Hluhluwe-Umfolozi to the Indian Ocean. And all day you can look forward to the dinners that Pete and Jane are serving. Thanks for everything.Atie en Wim van den Brink, Berkenwoude, The Netherlands

Claude Super, Switzerland
17 November 2015

Malala lodge is a great place to discover the bush! We enjoyed the warm welcome of Jane, the wonderful diners prepared by Paul and the great drive we had with Peter.The forest trail is a good way to discover antilopes, zebras, nyalas, monkeys and many birds living in this wonderful "garden".Really an enjoyable place for taking a rest.Thank you for such a delightful stay :-)
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Bjoern Szostak, Germany
08 September 2015

We had an amazing Time! Everything was great!

Gail Mossop, South Africa
31 July 2015

We have just had a mid-week break at Malala and thoroughly enjoyed it.  The warm hospitality of Pete, Jane and Paul and the delicious home-cooking made our stay a most memorable one.  We loved the chalets, tucked away in the bush and found Pete's game drive most informativeThank you.  Gail and Mike Mossop

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Malala Lodge Map

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

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