Royal Malewane is located in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve, within the Greater Kruger National Park. This boutique and intimate safari lodge exudes colonial style and overlooks a watering hole frequented by elephant. Eight luxurious, thatch-roofed suites feature spacious outdoor decks and private plunge pools with views over the wilderness. Their classic safari lodge inspired interiors have been carefully blended with bold, contemporary colours to imbue a touch of flamboyance. While for those wanting a more intimate space The Farmstead at Royal Malewane is just a 12 minute drive from the main lodge and features three Farm Suites and a three-bedroom villa, all decorated in a contemporary style.
Early morning and late afternoon game drives are the highlight of the Royal Malewane experience, offering you the chance of excellent 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 you up close to the park’s flora and smaller fauna.
Drives are rounded off with either a hearty breakfast in the bush or sundowners by the vehicle as the sun dips below the horizon, before heading back for a swim in the 25 metre pool or a relaxing spa treatment in the award-winning ‘Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa.’
Pre-dinner drinks in the bar inspire lively conversation as guests swap tales of the day’s excitement. Dinner in varying locations can take the form of a decadent five-course tasting menu, an informal braai (grill) or a bush dinner by candlelight.