Wildlife & Animals – Mala Mala GR
Philip lives in South Africa and is the author of many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.
Philip lives in South Africa and is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.
Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.
Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.
Mala Mala offers superb wildlife viewing of all large safari animals, especially the Big Five. Lion, cheetah and leopard are easily seen, and off-road driving in open vehicles assures that sightings are of the highest quality. Mala Mala is part of the Greater Kruger ecosystem, which makes for a very authentic wildlife experience.
Mala Mala's main attraction is the habituated leopard. Being able to follow these normally elusive cats provides fantastic opportunities to see very rarely witnessed behavior. Buffalo and elephant are common as they are attracted to the Sand River. White rhino is often spotted, but black rhino sightings are very rare. Wild dog travel in and out of the reserve, but tend to give good sightings when they are around.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
The optimal time to view wildlife in Mala Mala is the Dry season (June to September). The end of the Dry season (from August to September) is especially good since temperatures are warmer than in mid-winter and wildlife concentrates at predictable water sources.