Royal Malewane

Kruger, South Africa

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    Exceptional luxury in Big 5 territory

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Why we choose Royal Malewane

This is where celebrities and heads of state go to “rough it” on safari

  • Travel + Leisure voted Royal Malewane third best hotel in the world
  • Each accommodation has a private outdoor pool
  • Dinner is served in a different venue every night

The rustic-luxurious combo of Royal Malewane offers a truly unique experience for people who’ve seen and done it all. For example, the lodge has an open plan with thatched roof—but it’s furnished with jaw-dropping antique pieces. Now there’s something Paris and London don’t offer.

Each suite is housed in its own lodge for absolute privacy. Spacious marble bathrooms, expansive outdoor terraces, private infinity pools all come as standard. And don’t forget your own team of butlers, drivers, trackers, chefs... This is safari like you never imagined.

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We suggest

All accommodations are desirable but Africa House is a great favorite for families or groups.

What you need to know about the hotel

The most complete, luxurious safari experience in Africa with the top rangers and trackers

  • The hotel stocks some of the finest and rarest wines in South Africa—the perfect treat after a successful safari
  • One night of your stay includes a Bedouin tent dinner under the African stars
  • Africa House, perhaps the ultimate safari villa on the continent, is two minutes’ drive from the lodge for phenomenal privacy

Yes, “safari” and “luxury” can exist side by side, and the proof is Royal Malewane. This opulent South African safari lodge—with only nine accommodations—exudes the romance of a bygone era while offering every modern-day comfort imaginable. Plus, it has incredibly qualified guides and trackers. Going on safari isn’t like a trip to the zoo, so you want people who know their stuff to guide and, ultimately, protect you. No wonder this is the most sought-after address for safari vacations.

Royal Malewane is a haven of old-world charm and stylish splendor. The classic safari experience is unsurpassed with unrivaled game viewing, the best guide teams in Africa and detailed insights into the complex and fascinating ecosystems of the South African bushveld. Indulge in sensual treatments at the tranquil Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa and let the passion of their chefs delight you with nightly feasts under the African stars.

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We suggest

For safari first-timers this is the best introduction you’ll find.

Where is it and what's nearby

Malewane is in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve adjacent to South Africa’s Kruger National Park

  • Go off road a bit with a walk through the African bush with the resort’s highly trained, knowledgeable guides
  • The area is famous for high-quality produce and beef, and seafood is easily acquired from the Mozambique coastline
  • In addition to animals, safaris include striking trees and diverse flora for botany enthusiasts

Located in Limpopo, South Africa’s northernmost province, Royal Malewane has pride of place in what’s considered Africa’s finest bushveld. There’s really nothing else around the reserve—which is kind of the point—though the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains is about 30 miles away. People come to this extremely out-of-the-way spot surrounded by 14,000 hectares of African bush because it boasts an astounding number of mammals, including the “Big Five.” It’s a good thing the food’s so good because it’s a loooong drive to the nearest restaurant.

How to enjoy Kruger

There is no where quite like a safari park to bring together the past and the present. Echoes of a bygone age where big game hunting was the elite sport of choice hang in the air, replaced today by the whirr of a telephoto zoom

  • See the bushveld from a hot air balloon. Enjoy a Bustard’s-eye view of grazing antelope or zebra and curiously-shaped baobab trees
  • Savor a bush braai. This South African barbecue, usually sizzling over a fire-pit, grills local specialities such as the spiced sausage, boerewors
  • After a day or more spent in the heat and dust of the bush, refresh yourself amid the indulgent luxury of a spa or idle laps of a cool pool

The Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves, stretching more than two hundred miles north to south and over 40 miles across. The Big Five, that is to say the five most difficult game animals to hunt on foot, can all be found in the park: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino. With luck you will catch sight of giraffe, zebra, hippos and wildebeest too.

Explore the park by whatever method most appeals. There are plenty of opportunities for trekking, 4WD vehicles and even elephant-back tours. In addition to bird watching, big and little game spotting and just soaking up the thrill of the African bush, you can enjoy cultural highlights. Visit the 15th century archaeological remains at Thulamela Hill and see the stone age artifacts uncovered at the Masorini Heritage Site.

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    When to visit Kruger

    The Kruger Park is a year round destination. Game viewing can be at its best during the dry winter months when the vegetation is less dense and less likely to hide animals. That said, the summer rainy season fills waterholes (excellent viewing galleries), shows off newborn and baby wildlife and welcomes the season’s migrant birds.

  • We say

    Expect to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

  • A word from the hotel

    We grow our own greens and vegetables in order for us to serve the freshest quality produce to our guests.
    Nathan, Executive Chef

  • We say

    About as exclusive as you can get and still call it a ‘lodge’.

  • A word from the hotel

    I’m known as the orchid doctor as I bring hundreds of orchids back to life in my little ’hospital’.
    John Jackson, General Manager


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When you book with us

Because of our special relationship with Royal Malewane, we include these exclusive benefits when you book through Protravel:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • 10% off spa treatments and products & 15% off all curio shop purchases
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Luxury Suites also receive: A choice of ONE of the following: a 30min photographic lesson, a talk on wildlife at Royal Malewane, or a local pre-school visit
  • Royal Suites & Africa House also receive: A choice of TWO of the following: a 30 min photographic lesson, a cooking course, a talk on wildlife at Royal Malewane or a local pre-school visit

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