Mala Mala or Londolozi?

Jun 17th, 2008, 04:07 PM
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The Mala Mala staff made it a point that they don't pump water, but don't know about the other SSGR spots.

Andy Biggs
Are you going to give us some details and observations about your most recent trip to Mala Mala?
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Jun 17th, 2008, 05:23 PM
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"Andy Biggs
Are you going to give us some details and observations about your most recent trip to Mala Mala?"

Second this. Especially with your extensive experience in East Africa.

regards - tom
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Jun 17th, 2008, 07:50 PM
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Looks like time has whizzed by without my writing up a quick Mala Mala report. I will try and do so tomorrow, as I am shutting down for the night. if you don't see a report tomorrow, that means that Leslie has gone into labor with our second child.
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Jun 18th, 2008, 05:03 AM
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Hi All,

Last December I had 3 nights in Londolozi and 3 nights in Mala Mala and I think my ideal safari would be a combination of the two. Both sites are wonderful and I would be happy to stay at the two camps again anytime. If I had to compare then I would say that the lodge hospitality and atmosphere is much more my idea of a 'classic safari' at Londolozi. The rooms are exquisite and the Varty's attention to detail is second to none. All the Londo lodges have that jaw-dropping instant Wow factor! Main camp at Mala Mala was a little more 'mainstream' and had a chain hotel-like feel about it. The food wasn't as good at MM and I'm not the sort of guy who likes the ranger staying by your side in the evenings and at all mealtimes. But I was really there for the wildlife and while out on the drives at MM nothing was too much trouble. I had a vehicle to myself the whole time (not requested) which was much appreciated. I was keen to see the new cubs of the Ngoboswan female during my stay so we stayed out the whole day near her den and I was rewarded with some fantastic views of mother and cubs. We sat there in silence for hours with no other vehicles around - the ranger even radioed out for lunch to be sent to our vehicle. I found this incredibly impressive and that day is my one overriding memory of what was a fabulous trip.

Kaye, I'm very envious of you there right now.


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Jun 19th, 2008, 07:09 AM
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I should have been clearer, MM does not do any pumping, they did repair the old Matshapiri dam this year that had been damaged by the floods of 2000, thats all. I was referring to Singita that has at least one pumped water hole, and the various properties without river access, that pump ground water. The easier access to water must have changed animal movement patterns, in fact it's probably a major reason why Sable are so infrequently seen in the SSGR.
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