Despite not being the cuddly of camps you are nonetheless welcomed warmly at Mala Mala, the staff offering a refreshing beverage and face towel upon arrival at the camp's entrance where there is a small body of water and some warthog statues in a rather tranquil setting at the centre of the forecourt. As well as a curio shop and the reception is the rangers' lodge where you can find all sorts of information about game viewing and the big cats within the reserve. This entrance is actually shared between Buffalo and Sable camps and in order to get to the latter you need to walk through the former which in part kills the idea of Sable being a more intimate camp. The main building resembles slightly a private home with warmly decorated hallways featuring sidetables, plants, lamps, locally made rugs and framed tapestries on the wall. The lounge area is a cacophony of bush memorabilia with animal print furniture, carvings, handicrafts, old rifles and watercolour paintings as well as a working fireplace. For those who wish to keep an eye on what's going on back in the 'real world' there is a television and PC for guests to surf the internet. Similarly to Buffalo, the décor is of a particular taste and looks quite dated, but works well in the context of the type of guest the lodge attracts. Out front of the lounge is the deck which has a great view of the bush and where one can relax between game drives with a drink or a book. Another place you can wind down is by the communal pool, solely for Sable guests' use. Situated just below the deck and boasting the same great bushveld views, it is surrounded by sun loungers and parasols and there is a hut under which you can escape from the sun during especially warm days. While there are no wellness or fitness facilities at the camp, guests are free to use the gym over at Buffalo Camp.
The camp as a whole is in a good condition and you'll find the staff to be friendly and efficient. It's true to say that while you are within the confines of the part of the camp that is labelled Sable you'll feel a world away from Buffalo however knowing that there is another camp right next door goes someway to spoiling the illusion.