Royal Malewane is located in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve, within the Greater Kruger National Park. Comprising three individually styled luxury lodges, the property is blessed with a number of outstanding features – including an outlook over a waterhole that is regularly frequented by herds of elephant. Guests can choose between the classically furnished suites of the The Lodge, the chic and intimate Farmstead or the vibrant freestanding suites of Waterside.
Early morning and late afternoon game drives are the highlight of the Royal Malewane experience, offering opportunities for memorable wildlife sightings (including all of the Big Five), in the company of experienced rangers and trackers, who between them have over 350 years of experience. In addition to game drives, guests can also enjoy guided bush walks, during which your ranger will explain how to ‘read’ the bush and get up close to the park’s flora and smaller fauna.
Drives are rounded off with either a delicious breakfast in the bush or sundowners by the vehicle as the sun dips below the horizon, with inviting dips in the pool or pampering spa treatments just some of the options for downtime in between. Pre-dinner drinks in the bar inspire lively conversation as guests swap tales of the day’s excitement. Evening meals in varying locations can take the form of a decadent five-course tasting menu, an informal braai or a bush dinner by candlelight.
At the heart of Royal Malewane, The Lodge’s lavish, thatch-roofed suites are furnished in a classically elegant style and all offer expansive decks with private plunge pools. Luxury Suites provide an intimate hideaway for couples, with romantic freestanding bathtubs and indoor and outdoor showers, while Royal Suites can accommodate up to four people in their two en-suite bedrooms and separate living area. For larger parties, the six-bedroom Africa House offers sublime private villa accommodation for a self-contained stay, but with all the amenities of the main lodge within easy reach.
The three-bedroom Farmstead is styled in a fresh and contemporary way, with light-filled interiors, and a private pool that lends itself to spotting wildlife in the surrounding bush. Being a 12-minute drive from the main lodge, the feel here is one of tranquility and exclusivity.
Accessed by a floating entrance bridge, this colourful and inviting new addition to Royal Malewane’s portfolio boasts a front-row view of the waterhole, an exclusive bar and restaurant, and a dedicated spa. Waterside also features a remarkable sunken hide which offers an utterly unique view of the waterhole, and the opportunity to photograph visiting buffalos and elephants from a privileged ‘incognito’ position. The accommodation itself – furnished in vibrant and uplifting colours – is divided between a selection of eight one-bed and two-bed suites, scattered around Fever tree-filled grounds (and all featuring private heated plunge pools), plus the four-bedroom private bush villa Waterside House. A games area with arts and crafts, television, pool table and other activities make Waterside a particularly attractive venue for those travelling with children – who can also join The Royal Ranger’s Club to learn how to track wildlife and identify flora and fauna in a fun and interactive way.
- Wildlife enthusiasts.
- Classic safari lovers.
THINGS TO DO AT THE LODGE:
- Admire the stunning bush views from your outdoor deck.
- Relax in your private plunge pool.
- Swim in the 25 metre pool.
- Unwind with a relaxing Spa treatment, in the ‘Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa’.
- Enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the bar.
- Dine at various locations around camp, enjoy a five-course tasting menu, braai or bush dinner by candlelight.
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
- Venture out on early morning and late afternoon game drives with experienced rangers and trackers.
- Enjoy a hearty bush breakfast.
- Admire the sun setting over the savannah, whilst enjoying a sundowner.
- Go on guided bush walks and learn more about the smaller fauna and flora.
- Helicopter ride over the panorama route.
- Hot air balloon flight at sunrise over the Blyde River.
- Visit the local community – Sigagule Creche.
- Canyon cruise on the Blyde Dam.
- Play some golf at Leopard creek.
- Go Horse riding at Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate.
- Visit Moholoholo wildlife rehabilitation centre.