Malala is a bush lodge in a 140 hectare (340 acre) private nature reserve, accommodating a maximum of up to 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. The location map provides a good picture of where we are relative to these attractions.
Malala has been owned and managed by the Harvey family (Paul, Jane and Pete) 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.
Instead of providing you with a string of adjectives describing our lodge, the purpose of our website is to describe clearly what the Malala Lodge experience is (and isn’t), so that you can easily decide whether what we have to offer will meet your needs.To this end, we have provided a summary of the comments from our guestbooks and various online reviews, highlighting the experiences of many of our past guests:
iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formerly the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park), South Africa's first Natural World Heritage Site, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 as a result of its unique ecological processes, superlative natural phenomena and exceptionally rich biodiversity.
The Elephant Coast, with its rich diversity of wildlife, has many internationally renowned game reserves and parks and, while they range in size, they all provide the refuge necessary to support our region's wildlife and bird populations which have inhabited the area for thousands of years.
With over 500 species recorded in the area, and over 30 different established birding localities, the Elephant Coast is a birding hotspot. The region provides forest, grassland, wetland, bushveld, mountain, estuarine, coastline and open ocean habitats, making it South Africa's most diverse area for birding.