Mala Mala Review

by Jack Eads

Female leopard

Female leopard

Saw all the big five on the first day and every day thereafter. This safari was my trip life experience, well beyond a vacation. Being able to be within reach of all the big five will always be remembered.

Safari Operator Performance

Extensive knowledge of both the USA guide and African guide. They anticipated our every need.


Mala Mala Camp, situated in the Sabi Sands private game reserve.

All the meals were plentiful, well prepared, had a mix of native and traditional fare and an excellent variety.

We had one breakfast in the bush. How perfectly everything went.


All the animals had their own distinctive aura. The majestic pose of the leopard was hard to surpass.

Typical Day

Awakened @ 5:30 AM, Coffee, fruit, pastry.
6AM – 9:30-10 AM morning Drive
10-11 AM – Full Breakfast made to order
11AM-1:30 PM free time optional wildlife walk
2-3 PM Lunch
3-7/8 PM Second Drive
8PM on Cocktails and Dinner in a traditional BOMA


The Free wildlife photography e-book was excellent. Most important and beneficial is to know your camera and be completely comfortable using it prior to leaving home. Certainly well before you reach Africa.

Tips and Advice

What isn't there you don't need. Travel light.

Safari packing list ...

Pick an experienced tour company and follow their advice to the letter. Don't second guess.

Carefully choose the time of year you go based on weather preference, foliage amount, potential rainfall.

Consider carefully your tour company suggestions/advice.

Jack's Safari Details:

Rating: 12/10 - beyond perfect

Safari company used: T.I.G.E.R.S. Myrtle Beach, SC

Parks visited: Mala Mala in South Africa

Date of safari: November 16-26 (10 days)

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