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Accommodating guests in the utmost colonial splendour, Royal Malewane is an exclusive getaway for those who value privacy, personalised service and the best game viewing Africa has to offer. Set on the private concession of Thornybush Game Reserve—13,000 hectares of Africa’s finest bushveldt—this place is home to elephant, lion, leopard, endangered black and white rhino, and many more, as well as over 250 bird species. Spectacular game, extensive flora and never-ending African skies…it’s all here.
Each of the eight freestanding suites combines all the most modern comforts with traditional extravagances, like Victorian claw-foot tubs and cozy fireplaces. The piece de resistance? Unmatched views. The caring and experienced staff knows what you want even before you do, and they’ll make you feel wonderfully at home. Elevated walkways link the suites to the main camp, below which animals cavort and graze. Privacy is paramount here, and the only neighbors within sight of your private veranda are the elephant and giraffe herds that amble around the property.
And for families and groups of friends, Royal Malewane's Africa House is absolutely ideal. Situated just a few minutes drive from the main lodge, this fully-staffed house provides all the comforts of home for up to twelve people, including a courtyard and veranda, generous living and dining area, large pool, boma for dinners under the stars, and a private chef, butler, ranger and tracker.
Wildlife is so abundant here that we may wish to spend all of our time on action-packed game drives, snapping photos of cavorting elephants, lion stalking kudu, and giraffe fighting by hitting each other with their necks. It’s a fantastic and enthralling world.
To view wildlife from a different angle, we might visit the Cheetah Project, learning how they rehabilitate these stately and rare predators and return them to the wild. While there, why not experience the thrill of petting a cheetah, too? Or view animals from above, on a hot air balloon safari, watching the drama of the wilderness unfold below us and touching down for a champagne breakfast.
Perhaps we explore the Reserve on horseback, eye-to-eye with the wildlife we pass. We may even go golfing—not your average golf trip, the unique bushveldt atmosphere of the surrounding area’s three golf courses means that it’s not uncommon for visitors to share their tee-time with resident giraffe, hippo, crocodile and more—making this experience a golf safari in a very literal sense! If you prefer to simply relax, then the Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa fits the bill perfectly.
Royal Malewane boasts some of the best game rangers in all of Southern Africa. All of their rangers hold the highest FGASA qualifications (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa), including SKS-DG (Special Knowledge and Skills—Dangerous Animals) as well as advanced rifle handling certificates. These qualifications mean that guests are ensured an exceptional and safe game experience, whether in a vehicle or on foot. All the guides at Royal Malewane are also avid photographers, with numerous awards among them, so they’re invaluable at assisting guests with their photographic requirements. The guiding staff here is so excellent that Royal Malewane has partnered with Louis Liebenberg (world renowned tracker and teacher) to start the Wilson Masiya Tracking School—an education facility for trackers right on the Royal Malewane property.
A note for families & children:
Children under 12 are only admitted if either the seperate Africa House or the entire lodge are booked.
A romantic dinner for two in the Royal Malewane lodge
Supreme comfort on a private deck at Royal Malewane
Spacious en-suite bathroom at Royal Malewane
Vibrant and cheerful Royal Malewane's Africa House
Old Africa meets new Africa in a Royal Malewane bedroom
Poolside at Royal Malewane's renowned spa, Waters of Royal Malewane
Elephants and other animals are the only source of "traffic" on these roads
Relax with a soothing massage in the bush
Get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures at the Cheetah Project