Royal Malewane

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.

Thornybush Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa
Royal Malewane
  • Again, designer Liz Biden, has masterfully created an experience which oozes luxury whilst creating the ultimate romantic and family atmosphere. 

  • Royal Malewane has the most experienced guiding team in Africa. They have 3 of 7 Master Trackers in their team (the only 3 in the Kruger area). You are sure to have the most incredible, intimate safari experience with great sightings of the Big 5. 

  • The award winning spa facility offers health and skincare therapy by internationally qualified in-house therapists. Using indigenous ingredients and an extensive menu to relax you between safaris in an incredible setting.

  • Sumptuous dining -the lodge boasts a Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Blazon for cuisine

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.

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A truly decadent safari - the spa treatments are fantastic.

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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.

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.


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