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An exclusive colonial-style getaway, Royal Malewane is set in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve and offers the ultimate in safari luxury along with with total privacy, personalised service and sensational game viewing.

Adjacent to the Kruger National Park, Royal Malewane is simple to access by road or air from Johannesburg. Its sublime forest suites offer panoramic views and you will feel like a king or queen with the amenities offered at the lodge, which include private game drives, butler service and a personal chef. Just call on the attentive staff to take care of your every need: the staff to guest ratio is four to one.


  • Fantastic game-rich Kruger reserve
  • Opulent, luxurious yet relaxed safari retreat
  • Unbelievably spacious safari suites - with a big emphasis on privacy
  • The best safari spa in South Africa - fantastic treatments available
  • Magnificent dining experiences with a distinct safari flair
  • Excellent guides making your safari extra special

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The African thatched-roof main complex is the heart of Royal Malewane where you will find the library, a shop and the dining areas. Furnished with rich antiques and Persian carpets, every fitting creates the feel of original colonial elegance.

There is also a swimming pool, a gym and spa facility offering health and skincare therapy by an internationally qualified in-house therapist.

You can enjoy a treatment of your choice at the luxurious spa or in the sala surrounded by nature. Alternatively, you can relax with a treatment in the complete privacy of your safari villa.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool


Dining is a grand affair with the very best china, silver and crystal set against crisp white napery. The dining area and lounge overlook the lodge's waterhole and provide a thrilling backdrop to the fabulous cuisine, complemented of course by fine wines.

You can also choose to have your dinner in the boma or in the lamp-lit Bedouin tent. Head chef John Jackson has been a name behind some of South Africa's most sought-after restaurants and the award-winning cook joined Royal Malewane in 1999 and has since delivered great culinary experiences to guests.

Luxury Suite

Each of the six freestanding and private suites has a wooden terrace, thatched gazebo and spillway pool.

The colonial style of the lodge is especially noticable inside the suites which feature a palatial air-conditioned bedroom/sitting room with a fireplace, antique furniture and a canopied king-size bed with Ralph Lauren linen.

Each suite has an extravagant bathroom with a window-side Victorian bath and indoor & outdoor showers.

Luxury Suite AMENITIES

    En-suite bath and shower
    Outdoor shower
    Outside area
    Mini Bar
    Private plunge pools

Other Room Types

The Royal and Malewane Suites are the largest in Africa at 210 square metres.

With a private lounge and dining facilities, these ultra-luxurious private hideaways each accommodate four guests in two en suite bedrooms. Complimentary services include a private butler and chef, up to four massages a day per suite and private game drives.The air of exclusivity and privacy is absolute: only the wildlife witnesses guests relaxing on their viewing deck or in the private rim flow pool.


  • Birding
  • Day tours
  • Elephant interactive experience
  • Golf
  • Helicopter flights
  • Horse-riding
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Local village visits
  • Specialist guides
  • Game drives
  • Picnics
  • River cruises
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Oct 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 $1175 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Nov 2015 - 14 Dec 2015 $1100 Fully Inclusive
  • 15 Dec 2015 - 31 Dec 2015 $1175 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Jan 2016 - 30 Jun 2016 $1355 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Jul 2016 - 31 Aug 2016 $1430 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016 $1355 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016 $1430 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Nov 2016 - 14 Dec 2016 $1355 Fully Inclusive
  • 15 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016 $1430 Fully Inclusive

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Royal Suite Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • The service there is top class and the rangers are all exceptional. Everyone is friendly and nice, but maintain their professional behaviour at all times. Food was abundant and very good. The booze was plentiful and top shelf. We liked it very much at Royal Malawene.

    Shannon Mc Carthy, January 2015
  • Royal Malewane was just the best, perfect in every way and if I tried, I could not find anything that wasn't just fabulous. The Ranger that we had, Juan, was so knowledgeable, personable etc.,game viewing, breathtaking, the lodge pure magic and the food fantastic.

    Nancy Allen-Blum, November 2012
  • The trip was magical - great place and beautiful. The staff are wonderful.

    Lesley Norman, August 2010
  • It was amazing, game viewing was great - Royal Malewane is a notch. Food, service and rangers were brilliant.

    Gill Holland, November 2008

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Lisa Liprini

Lisa Liprini

Africa Safari Expert

"For the ultimate, exclusive safari experience, Royal Malewane is the perfect destination. Room Tip – All the rooms are fantastic but the Royal Suite is my personal favourite!"



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Royal Malewane was just the best, perfect in every way and if I tried, I could not find anything that wasn't just fabulous. The Ranger that we had, Juan, was so knowledgeable, personable etc.,game viewing, breathtaking, the lodge pure magic and the food fantastic.

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