Malelane Accommodation

Malelane is a small farming town in Mpumalanga province, South Africa. While the town's economy is largely based on agriculture, tourism has played a significant role throughout the town's history, not least because of its proximity to the Kruger National Park. If you would like to stay near but not in the park itself, a stay in Malelane  with it's numerous private lodges, is a luxurious alternative. Malelane lies just outside the Malelane Gate, one of the main entrances to the Kruger National Park, and is naturally a draw-card for tourists in the area.

Where agriculture is concerned, the subtropical climate influences the type of produce grown in the area. As such, the warm, rainy summers and cool winter temperatures and dry conditions create good conditions for subtropical fruits such as mangos, avocado pears and citrus. Winter vegetables and sugar-cane are also grown in the region and there is a large sugar mill in the town which is of course the final destination for the raw sugar-cane crops.

The town's agricultural industry boomed in the late 90's after the upgrade of the N4, a national freeway which connects South Africa's interior cities with Maputo, Mozambique. This route is known as the Maputo Corridor, and is an important trade route. The increased traffic brought a little more action to the settlement, and now large chains like Spa and Pick 'n Pay provide a constant demand for produce and the hordes of visitors passing through to check out the Kruger Park gives Malelane a boost.

Although widely referred to as Malelane due to the name of the Kruger park rest camp, the town's official name is Malalane, a similar word but one which adheres to the traditional spelling. The name is said to either be a derivative of 'la-la' which means 'to sleep', a reference to the small town's sleepy nature, or 'eMlalani', which means 'Place of the Palms', in reference to the subtropical plants found in the area.

Malelane is located about 400 kilometres from Johannesburg and makes a good stop-over point for travellers to Mozambique.

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Hamiltons Lodge
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Hamiltons Lodge and Restaurant is ideally situated in the wondrous farming town of Malelane, on the outskirts of the Kruger National Park. The lodge comprises of eleven Luxury rooms and one family ... More Info

Buffalo Hotel
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Buffalo Hotel is the oldest hotel in Mpumalanga's "Wild Frontier" tourist region. It has always been a landmark in the Lowveld. It is located on the corner of First and Torchwood Street in Hectorsprui... More Info

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LeoLapa is perched on the scenic banks of one of the Kruger National Park's greatest rivers - the Crocodile River. Here you will observe raw Africa in all its magnificence and its many moods. LeoLapa ... More Info

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A gateway to the famous Kruger National Park. The guest house is a convenient base from which to cross the border to Swaziland/Mozambique. It is the ideal place from which to explore the Kruger Nation... More Info

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Welcome to Buffalo Brooke - Mjejane Game Reserve - The Kruger National Park. Buffalo Brooke is perched on the scenic banks of one of the Kruger National Park's greatest rivers - the Crocodile River - ... More Info

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Selati 103 has a large 1ha sub-tropical garden with a stunning swimming pool, big lawn areas and offer all you need for a comfortable stay within a security village. Our 9 luxurious, cottages with air... More Info

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Bezuidenhout B&B offers warm and friendly hospitality in tastefully furnished rooms located in Malelane, a mere 6 km from the Kruger National Park, 28 km from the Swaziland border, and 50 km from Moza... More Info

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Villa Langa is a 4 star graded, small, intimate, but exclusive owner-run Bed & Breakfast under thatch. Positioned in the Wild Frontier of Mpumalanga, the gateway to the Kruger National Park. Malelane ... More Info

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Brand New fully equipped self-catering chalets in Malelane. We are right in the borders of the Kruger National Park. The Crocodile River is what separates us from the Kruger. The chalets will ... More Info

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Gecko Cottage is a free standing fully fenced off private cottage, 19 km out of Malelane on the N4 towards Komatipoort. The garden is fully enclosed with deck and personal swimming pool for your e... More Info

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Malelane Reviews

Malelane
Convenient for Kruger park, Leopard Creek
- Claire Ellis-Cole

Malelane
Very interesting
- Zelda Fourie

Malelane
Didn't really stay long, but the Deck restaurant served us a good meal at night while we watched the hippos and waterbuck below us.
- Garry Taman

Malelane
Great gateway to the Kruger Park.
- Mpoti Ralephata

Malelane
Excellent stay, a place I will be visiting again.
- Delekile mmutlanyana