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Bushveld Travel Experience with Kyla

Rissington Inn

The two Hillside Suites are situated at the top of the property. From here one can look out across the beautiful land surrounding the property, and allow for a perfect view of the sunset. Both suites have a balcony, where one can lounge around and drink coffee and tea.

Upon walking in, you have a coffee and tea station to your left, with a mini bar. On the left is a twin bedded room, ideally suited for children. This room has a shower only, and no bath. On the right, is the lounge area with TV. The second room is situated at the back of the suite. This has a large bed and a bathroom with a bath. There is also an outdoor shower, which is built in for privacy. Both suites share a private pool.

The budget rooms and larger rooms are situated to the left of the main building /reception area. The building is two stories. The budget rooms are simply decorated but beautiful. The rooms are perfect for clients who will be sightseeing and won’t be spending much time inside the room, and like simplicity. The larger rooms are slightly bigger and offer more living space. Each room has their own private lounging area for a morning coffee or tea, or for relaxation.

The Garden Suites are situated at the bottom of the Rissington Inn property and are more secluded. These rooms have spectacular views of the landscape and sunsets. These are ideal for honeymooners and couples.

Breakfast is a buffet – There is an amazing variety of fruit, warm breads and delicious juices. A hot breakfast is also served.

Dinner is a la carte. There is a great variety of food, and the portions are big and very filling. You can either sit outside or inside. In high season it is best to pre-book a table if you want to sit outside, as outside dining is popular with guests, and there is limited space. In winter there are heaters outside for the guests to keep them warm.

Kapama River Lodge

Kapama River Lodge is ideal for groups, or for clients who like to interact with other people – it is the biggest Kapama Lodge in terms of rooms.

Kapama River Lodge has 64 suites situated along the Kapama River, which is dry for most of the year. I was in a Standard River Suite, which was situated on the first floor, near the staircase. My room was very peaceful and quiet, and from the bed, I looked out onto a beautiful landscape. The rooms are very light with large windows, and the bathroom is open-plan, but can be closed off with sliding doors. In the bathroom there are his and hers basins, and a huge bath and a shower. Sitting in the bath with the window open you can relax and look out over the bushveld. Rooms are equipped with an air conditioner for those hot summer days, and the normal amenities including mini-fridge.

The pool is situated next to the outside bar. It has loungers for clients to relax on. The bar has the only TV in the lodge – in case you want to catch up on sports or the news.

The spa is a 5 minute walk from the reception area, and is absolutely stunning. When you enter you look out over the pool, and then on to the river. From here you are very likely to see many animals. Around the pool there are also loungers. Clients that have an appointment at the spa can spend the rest of their day at the pool, which is exclusively for spa clients. Elephants often wander to the pool to have a drink, and you may be lucky enough to find hippo or lions there! There are five spa rooms. The gym is also by the spa and has a great variety of excersizing machines., which are available to all clients. There is also a beauty shop for customers, where you can buy products to do your own treatment. The ladies at the spa will gladly assist in choosing the right products for your skin.

Kapama’s breakfast, lunch and dinners offer great variety in their food. The food can accommodate any dietary requirement, but it is best to notify the lodge before arriving so that they can cater for your specific requirements. Dinner is usually served in the boma, which is huge, and has a great festive feeling. It is a great highlight of your stay.

The service at Kapama was absolutely amazing. The staff were always there to lend a helping hand. They were always smiling and interacting with the guests. The ranger and tracker are very well informed in what they do and try their best to show the clients everything there is to see, from animals to the nature. Drives are always interesting as they focus on nature, and not just the animals which you may or may not see.

Kapama Karula Lodge

Karula is the biggest lodge, in the sense that it is very spread out. It is ideal for mature people who like peace, quiet and solitude. The camp is situated along the Klaserie River, and is very peaceful. There are 10 Superior Suites and two Family Suites. The suites are well spaced and allow for great privacy. Each suite is decorated in white and they are very luxurious. The rooms are open plan, and from the bed you can look out the open windows onto the river. There is a long deck where you can lounge, and you have your own private plunge pool. The rooms have his and hers basins, an indoor bath and shower as well as an outdoor shower. The rooms have a stocked mini bar and tea and coffee facilities. They also have a safe, Wi-Fi, a telephone, air-conditioner and a gas heater.

Kapama Karula often has antelope wondering through the camp – they seem to love hiding out here.

Their spa is also stunning and has a heated pool that is open to all guests. They also allow guests from the other camps to spend time here. Their boma is small and it is only really used for private dinners for the clients on request.

Kapama Southern Camp

Southern Camp is very beautiful. This camp is also ideal for groups or families. They have 15 suites, 7 luxury suites and 3 family suites. The rooms here are very big and quite beautiful. The rooms also have a beautiful view of the landscape, and they have private patios to enjoy bird watching. They all have air-conditioner, mini bar, and tea and coffee facilities.

They also have a great pool with it’s own bar and lounging area for people to relax at.

Buffalo Tented Camp

Buffalo Tented Camp has 10 tented suites. The tents are built above ground level, and are situated along the riverbank on wooden decks. The lounge and bar area are also directly on the river bank.

The tents are very spacious, and are equipped with an air-conditioner for summer and a heated blanket for winter. They have a mini bar, nespresso machine and a safe. They only house a total of 20 people, offering a more personal and intimate experience.

Ulusaba Rock lodge

Ulusaba Rock Lodge is amazingly located. From the lodge there are spectacular views of the bushveld. It is situated on a hilltop, therefore offering wonderful panoramic views. This is a family lodge, which offers childcare services. There is even a room equipped with a TV and PlayStation, as well as board games for the kids.

Ulusaba Rock Lodge offers 8 rooms, therefore offering a more intimate experience. Each room has a mini bar, air-conditioning, and usual amenities.

There are 4 Rock Cliff rooms, situated next to each other. These rooms all have a private balcony with plunge pool.

There is one Rock Suite, which is a two bedroom suite, consisting of a master bedroom and then a smaller second bedroom. This unit is ideal for families, and takes two adults and two kids. The master bedroom has spectacular views of the bushveld.

The Master Suite has three levels. This suite offers a private balcony with plunge pool, and the living area also has a terrace, which is great as a look out point. This Suite is ideal for couples or honeymooners.

Finally, there are two Makwela Suites, also offering private balconies and plunge pools. These suites also have a study room / library.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are spectacular. Lunch is usually served on the outside deck and dinner inside. Dinner is a three course meal, which is absolutely amazing. A lot of effort goes into the plating of their dishes. Private dinners can also be pre-booked in the wine cellar.

MalaMala Main Camp

MalaMala is a unique unfenced safari lodge offering one of the most authentic safari experiences available. Many animals wander through this camp, and at night, hippo, lion, antelope, buffalo and other wildlife will happily wander past your room and through the gardens of MalaMala!

Lunch and breakfast are served on the wooden deck alongside the Sand River. From here you will be able to spot many animals. I was able to see waterbuck, kudu and rhinos. If you are lucky you may even see lions!

MalaMala offers rooms that are inter-leading, which are ideal for families. The Luxury Suites can take an extra bed to accommodate a child. The Luxury Suites are all suited along the Sand River and the Luxury Rooms along the waterhole.

I was in Room 4, a Luxury Suite. From the bed I could look out over the Sand River. The room has a mini lounge area and an outside sitting area. The rooms are very spacious, making the camp ideal for families.

Each suite has two bathrooms – it was believed back in the day, that to lead a successful business, you need two bathrooms, one for him and one for her! One bathroom has a shower and the other a bath. The rooms have air-conditioning, overhead fans, mini bar and other amenities.

Dinners are mostly served in the boma, around a huge fire. After a starter served by the staff, the main course is aa buffet. Guests eat dinner and breakfast with their ranger.


We would like to remind you of the renovations which are taking place at MalaMala Game Reserve starting in October 2017 .

MalaMala Main Camp Renovation

We are very excited to share the “re-imagination” of MalaMala, a complete refurbishment process which will begin October 2017 and is due to be completed June 2018. Kindly take note of the below detailed update as provided by MalaMala – we have no concerns over guests being inconvenienced during this process and will continue to offer MalaMala as a prime Safari Lodge, especially unique in the quality of game viewing, throughout this time.

A quick update first on Mala Mala Rattrays:

  • With immediate effect the existing Rattray Rates include all local Drinks (not Premium/Importated Brands)
  • Two Rooms are able to accommodate Twin Beds
  • Two Rooms are able to accommodate Triples
  • And very unique to Mala Mala – Rattrays continues to offer a maximum of 4 guests per safari vehicle

Here then the MalaMala Main Camp refurbishment plan as issued by MalaMala:

Michele Throssell Interiors (MTI) has been appointed as the design team on the project. Michele's vision for the project is "a celebration of MalaMala's rich heritage through a contemporary revisioning of the romantic colonial era – mixing animal print, bold graphics and tribal patterns, and local object d'arts with a nod to traditional luxury." This is aligned with our objective of creating a fresher and sharper feel for the camps while at the same time preserving the unique history and soul of MalaMala.

Our project team is busy finalising the building plans and scope of works which will determine the timing of the re-imagination project. We have been reluctant to commit to actual dates before receiving the final plans but we can now disclose the following proposed timetable for the re-imagination:

Phase 1: 01 October – 15 December 2017: 5 rooms at the southern end of the camp including Sable Camp.

Phase 2: 15 January – 15 March 2018: MalaMala Main Camp central facilities area (lounge, dining room, bar and safari deck) and 8 rooms. Guests will utilise the Sable Camp facility over this period.

Phase 3: 16 March – 30 June 2018: Continuation of 8 rooms on a rolling basis until all rooms are completed.

The start date of 1 October 2017 has been set to ensure that we are completely ready for the project and are not surprised by any unforeseen delays. We also wish to avoid any disruptions during the high season winter months of June to September.

Based on the timetable above:

  • Sable Camp will only be available until 30 September 2017 (at Sable Camp rates).

  • Sable Camp will be available again from 01 July 2018.

  • For the first 6 months of 2018, Sable Camp will be used to accommodate Main Camp 'over-bookings' (at Main Camp rates).

We are confident that there will be minimal inconvenience to our valued guests during the important re-imagination of the camps. During this period, we will endeavour to accommodate a maximum of only 4 guests per safari vehicle, whenever possible.