Royal Malewane Game Reserve in Thornybush
Royal Malewane Game Reserve. Luxury, in its purest form, transcends both the material and the sensual. It is a pannier for the soul, suspended quietly in space and time, high above life’s familiar course.
The joys of a bygone era await you at Royal Malewane Game Reserve, situated on a private reserve within the Greater Kruger Area in South Africa. Accommodating a maximum of 20 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.
Each of the eight freestanding and private suites rests in harmony with its magnificent surroundings with a rich deck wood terrace, thatched gazebo and spillway pool finding easy residence in nature.
The colonial style of Royal Malewane Game Reserve is especially visible inside the suites, which feature a palatial air-conditioned bedroom/sitting room with a fireplace, antique furniture and canopied king-size bed as well as an extravagant bathroom with a window-side Victorian bath and indoor and outdoor showers. The suites luxurious interior appointments draw inspiration from the grand colonial ethos; neo-classical refuge in the raw uncompromising bush. Here, after a long day of exhilarating game viewing, you can journey into dream’s domain draped in Ralph Lauren linen, as the lion-roars echo through your window of stars.
Elevated walkways link the suites to the main camp with the African sky your ceiling.
The main camp complex is the heart of the Lodge. African thatched-roof buildings house the library, shop, dining and reception areas. Furnished with rich antiques and Persian carpets, every fitting creates the feel of original colonial elegance.
There is a wonderful new gym and spa facility offering health and skincare therapy by internationally qualified in-house therapists. Guests may enjoy a treatment of their choice at the luxurious spa or in the sala, with only nature surrounding them. Alternatively, they may relax with a treatment in the complete privacy of their own suite.
Luxurious accommodations redefine the concept of solitude.
The Royal and Malewane Suites
The plains of Africa are stage to an age-old drama; the perpetual tale of the hunter and the hunted. Watch this gripping epic unfold before your eyes from the bushveld’s ultimate vantage point – The Royal & Malewane Suites.
Stretching out majestically in the shade of Acacia thorn and boasting panoramic views, the Royal & Malewane Suites are the pinnacle of refinement and opulence and are the largest in Africa at 210 square meters. These ultra luxurious private hideaways accommodate four guests each in two en-suite rooms, private lounge and dining facilities. Complimentary services include a private butler & chef, private game drives and up to 4 complimentary massages per suite per day. Dining is a grand affair with the very best china, silver and crystal set against crisp white napery. Only the wildlife witnesses guests relaxing in these private, ultra-luxurious suites.
Guests wishing to arrive incognito may request the use of a helicopter or executive jet.
Royal Malewane Game Viewing
Savage. Inspiring. Humbling. A myriad of emotions flow, as eyes and mind open to the revelations lying in wait among thicket and shadow. The Big Five. And a million more. Up close and intensely personal, the spirit of the wild utterly seduces your senses. Every beat of your heart rustles in thorn and thistle, every breath you take sways and bends the tall grasses. You are at one.
Game viewing at Royal Malewane provides guests with the best opportunities for seeing the natural abundance of big game on the 13 000 ha Reserve, home of the “Big Five” – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Over 300 recorded bird species are also to be found in the Reserve. Game viewing is tailored to guests’ individual needs, either by open Land Rover or on foot. Our expert and experienced rangers and trackers accompany the guests. Royal Malewane is privileged to have the only surviving Master Tracker currently working in Southern Africa.
The order of the day is usually: Early morning game drive followed by a leisurely breakfast. Thereafter, guests can enjoy the luxury of the camp before lunch is served. An afternoon game drive with sundowners, culminating in a night drive in search of exciting nocturnal game. Dinner is served under the African sky or with silver & crystal in the dining areas.