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Thornybush Private Game Reserve, Kruger Park

In South Africa’s northernmost province of Limpopo, against the backdrop of the Drakensburg Mountains, Royal Malewane sits among the bushveld of the Thornybush Private Game Reserve.

Supremely luxurious and exclusive, Royal Malewane can house twenty guests in its main lodge, which has six double suites and two two-bedroom suites. A few minutes’ drive away is the self-contained six-bedroom Africa House, which can house a further twelve people in one private group.

In the main lodge, the six colonial-style suites have their own infinity pools and thatched gazebos and are linked to the main lodge by elevated walkways. The enormous two-bedroom Royal and Malewane Suites have large outdoor decks and private pools, and come with their own dedicated team; chef, butler, guide, tracker and personal safari vehicle.

Eat and drink in the dining area or lounge overlooking the waterhole, in the ‘boma’, or by lantern-light in the Bedouin tent.

The Royal Malewane Bush Spa rivals any within an urban hotel, with its heated lap pool, Jacuzzi, gym and private casitas.

Each of the six bedrooms in Royal Malewane’s Africa House has a private deck and outside shower. The villa is decorated in a colourful and eclectic style, with four-poster beds, free-standing baths and draped silks contributing to a generously decadent vibe. Rooms are arranged around a central courtyard with cooling fountain, the swimming pool, and a covered veranda. Africa House has its own team of staff, and even its own private ‘boma’.

Royal Malewane is part of The Royal Portfolio, which also includes La Residence in Franschhoek.

Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Kruger Park into a greater South Africa holiday. Take a look at Nature, Wildlife & City as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.

Royal Malewane Information

  • Location: Kruger National Park, 35mins drive from Hoedspruit Airport.
  • Accomodation: 6 Double suites, 2 Four-person suites (Royal and Malawane), 1 six-bedroomed Africa House (sleeps 12)
  • Facilities: Royal Malewane Bush Spa includes gym, sparkling heated lap pool, steam room, Jacuzzi, hot and cold African baths and private casitas
  • Activities: Game drives, photographic safaris, spa treatments
  • Weather: The best time of year to visit Royal Malewane depends very much on your preferences. The summer months (September to February) see more rain which means there are more insects about. Temperatures can be extremely hot. The bush is luxuriant and green which does make game viewing more tricky. Game vehicles are not driven off road if more than 25mm of rain falls. But for bird lovers, there are many more birds to see at this time of year as well as all the migrant species and the bush itself is alive with sounds of crickets, frogs and birds. There are also many baby animals born around this time which can be the highlight of a game drive.
    The winter months (May, June, and July) are a great time for good game viewing as the bush is quieter, drier and more open. Temperatures are more moderate, you are more likely to be able to go off road for close-up viewing and there are no insects to bother you!
  • Children: Children of all ages are welcome in the Royal Suite and the Malewane Suite if booked on an all inclusive basis (i.e. private chef, private butler, 4 complimentary massages and private game drives).

Royal Malewane Price Guide

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