Thornybush Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa
At a Glance
The gym and spa facility offer health and skincare therapy by internationally qualified in-house therapists
Expert guides and trackers ensure intimate game experiences and close sightings of the big five
Sumptuous dining -the lodge boasts a Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Blazon for cuisine
Boasting unparalleled views, all suites are the pinnacle of refinement and opulence
The six bedroom Africa House is perfect for a large family group
Best time to Visit
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There is no bad time to go on safari in the Kruger National Park. The experience does, however, change from month to month. In the summer months (October to March), it gets very hot. The verdant vistas are all the more spectacular because of the rains, but this means that the foliage is denser, water is more abundant and game is therefore trickier to see. There are lots of beautiful migratory birds during the summer months. While the daytime temperature in the winter months (May to September) is ideal, it does get a little chilly at night and in the early morning.
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Set on the Thorneybush Private Game Reserve in one of South Africa's most game-rich areas, Royal Malewane offers some of the best luxury safari accommodation around, sleeping only 20 guests in very private suites.
Luxury meets the wild in the heart of Africa’s finest bushveld, where Royal Malewane's expert guides and trackers ensure intimate game experiences and close sightings of the big five.
Elegant walkways lead to eight suites decorated in high colonial style, each featuring a fireplace, antique furniture and canopied king size bed, as well as a large bathroom with Victorian claw foot bath and indoor and outdoor showers. There are six beautifully furnished one-bedroom suites. The Royal and Malewane Suites are some of the largest rooms in African lodges and offer an exclusive private hideaway with private chef, butler, sole-use game vehicle and four massages offered per suite per day. You can also relax in your own private pool, decks and gazebos.
There is also the beautiful spacious six-bedroom Africa House, which is perfect for groups or families. Each of the bedrooms has a private outside shower and deck. Antique furniture, carved four-poster beds from Mombasa, plush silk furnishings and Persian rugs create an exotic and luxurious feel. All of the rooms are air-conditioned and en-suite with twin vanity cabinets, a generous Victorian-style bathtub and walk-in shower. Each room also has its own private deck and outside shower with spectacular views of the bush.
In the main area of Royal Malawane there are plenty of inviting open air lounge and dining areas which sit below vaulted thatched roofs decorated with English furnishings, Persian rugs and African artefacts, in keeping with the colonial feel. A luxurious spa positioned around the courtyard features treatment rooms, a fully equipped gymnasium, steam room, hot and cold African baths, jacuzzi and casitas where you can enjoy the treatment of your choice.
In addition to daily game drives the lodge offers regular visits to local rehabilitation and community projects, hot air ballooning and helicopter flights.
Royal Malewane offers six Luxury Suites, one Royal Suite and one Malewane Suite as well as the six-bedroom exclusive use Africa House. Decorated in high colonial style, each featuring a fireplace, antique furniture and canopied king size bed as well as a large bathroom with Victorian claw foot bath and indoor and outdoor showers. The Royal and Malewane Suites are some of the largest rooms in African lodges and offer an exclusive private hideaway with private chef, butler, sole-use game vehicle and four massages offered per suite per day. You can also relax in your own private pool, decks and gazebos.
Each of the 6 luxury suites are privately situated and have a deck and private pool as well as being fully en-suite there are complimentary bar drinks and snacks.
There are 2 suites with 2 bedrooms accommodation 4 people. These have private sitting and dining areas.
There is one private safari house with 6 bedrooms accommodating 12 people.
Due to the location and amenities available at Royal Malewane, only children over the age of 12 years are welcome to come and stay.
Facilities at the Royal Malawane include a luxurious spa featuring treatment rooms, a fully equipped gymnasium, steam room, hot and cold African baths, Jacuzzi and casitas. There are also a comfortable lounge and attractive dining areas, so if you fancy spending a day at the camp you will be far from bored.
There are several activities which you can partake in during your stay at Royal Malewane. Game drives with expert guides and trackers are complimentary at Royal Malewane. Local tours, horse riding, helicopter flights, hot air ballooning, golf at the Hans Meretsky Golf Estate are all charged additionally.
Royal Malawane has the most stylish and effective spa in Africa is completely surrounded by the open splendour of the bush. Its not unusual to find a passing antelope gazing in fascination as you shift position on your massage bed. And while there are big brands such as Dermalogica to draw on, its the indigenous oils and traditional ingredients (rooibos, marula, lemongrass and avocado) that really make this a cut above the norm. Treatments are inspired by ancient African rituals and you can even consult a sangoma a healer who uses herbal remedies to rid you of evil spirits. Hydrotherapy treatments use the mineral-rich waters from an underground stream and there are Vichy showers, a heated lap-pool and a gym. All this mixed with the thrill of expert game drives and eight extravagant, colonial-style bedrooms. The food is incredible too Elton John had the wholemeal bread flown home.
Location & directions
Thornybush Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa
Royal Malewane is situated in the heart of Africa’s finest Bushveld, on a private game reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park and is approximately 50km (30miles) from Hoedspruit.
How to get there
Royal Malewane is easily accessed from Johannesburg by air or by road. From Johannesburg, fly to Hoedspruit, where the hotel can provide a 35-minute transfer. From Cape Town, fly to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, and Royal Malewane can then arrange an air transfer to its private airfield (25 minutes in a light aircraft). Guests can also charter their own flights directly onto the private airstrip. For self- drive the estimated journey time from Johannesburg is 5 hours.