Pass through the fortress-like, studded doors into a fairytale safari house where up to a dozen of your loved ones can enjoy the thrill of the wild by day and the pampering of discreet staff by night.
Deeply individual with a palette that runs the gamut of the rainbow and a glorious collection of objet and furniture, Africa House is one of the most original self-contained holiday homes on the continent. Referencing the grandeur of safaris past while making the most of modern creature comforts, all six jewel-coloured bedrooms offer riveting views of the game-laden wilderness.
When you are not out on your private 4x4 vehicle quietly tracking a magnificent rhino or a pride of lionesses on the prowl, take a swim, nibble what your chef has whipped up, get in a workout in the gym or de-stress with a massage – all in complete privacy and tranquillity. Africa House is also ideal for children and Royal Malewane makes a special effort to welcome them.
|Location||Thornybush Game Reserve|
|Service||Fully Serviced by a team of staff|
“Africa House is luxury at its finest. A private villa in the middle of the African bush offers you ultimate exclusivity, top-notch service and incredible food! Africa House is a magical place to stay and, being in the Thornybush Game Reserve, game viewing is spectacular.”Ashley Groenevelt, Africa Safari Expert
Think ‘Baroque in the bush’: like an empress’s jewellery chest, Africa House dazzles with peacock colours, ornate detail and offbeat details. Wake up in a 4-poster bed that was hand carved in Mombasa and is now draped in a froth of muslin, and wallow in an old-fashioned slipper bath tub in your enormous en suite bathroom. In the morning, take breakfast on the pretty terrace next to the watering hole – where antelope and elephants will also be having their first drinks for the day – and, that night, stretch out on the tan leather sofas with a nightcap in the art-and-antique-adorned living area and swap stories about your day.
Royal Malewane is situated in the Thornybush Nature Reserve, a private game area in the greater Kruger Park in South Africa’s Limpopo province. Thornybush is home to the Big 5, as well as over 500 species of birds and 300 of trees. It is most set in open savannah, ideal for game tracking by vehicle or on foot. Royal Malewane has a top-notch spa with a gym, heated lap pool, steam room, Jacuzzi, and hot and cold African baths. All the hydrotherapy treatments use untainted, mineral-rich water that is sourced from an underground stream that flows through Thornybush.
Africa House is perfect for groups of up to 12 who want a ‘home from home’ feel but who also want to be spoilt with luxurious interiors and personalised service. Children are welcome and there are plenty of interesting and exciting diversions to keep them amused.
The greater Kruger area is considered a year-round destination but does have two distinct seasons, each with their own advantages. Summer, which runs from September to February, is hot and rainy, which makes for a humid climate. The vegetation is lush, green, thick and tall which can make game spotting trickier – but also more rewarding! The beginning of summer sees plenty of adorable newborns and the abundance of game makes the chance of seeing a thrilling kill much higher. In winter, from March to August, the dry, cold weather thins out the bush, making it easier to spot game. First-time safari-goers may enjoy the dry season because of the heightened chance of spotting game in the sparser vegetation.
Africa House falls within a malarial area so check with your doctor for precautions before travelling, especially in the wet and warm summer months. Please request special children’s meal or specific dietary requirements prior to travelling.
Your meals will be expertly created by your personal chef in a fully-equipped, up-to-the-minute kitchen. If you prefer to dine out, take dinner under the stars and next to the fire at Royal Malewane’s outdoor boma or tuck in under the brazier-and-lantern-lit Bedouin tent.
Dominated by a turquoise 4-poster king-sized bed, the master bedroom is riot of antiques, mirrors, chandeliers and pictures that opens up onto a large private deck that looks out over the gently swaying grass of the savannah. Do not be surprised to see a herd of dainty impala foraging nearby your private terrace. Air conditioning allows you ultimate temperature control.
The five other bedrooms are similarly furnished in brightly-hued quilts, percale bed linen, shocks of joyous colour and candy-floss mosquito nets. Rooms are flooded with natural light from the large sliding doors that open out onto private decks – perfect for a sunrise meditation or a sunset session with your diary.
All bedrooms have luxurious en suite bathrooms with free-standing slipper bath tubs, double vanities, oversized mirrors and spacious walk-in showers. Or get close to nature and luxuriate in the private outdoor showers.
Super-stylish without being fussy, the living areas at Africa House are decadent and comfortable, with plenty of conversation pieces, like unusual sculptures and Afro-Asian art. Patinated wood, plush tapestry and fresh flowers converge to create a welcoming space that encourages you kick off your shoes and throw off your worries.
The imposing front doors from north Africa open up onto a charming courtyard with a tinkling fountain. From the living areas, step out onto a floating timber deck with a shimmering infinity swimming pool. Top up your tan, catch up on your novel or drift off for an afternoon snooze on one of the comfy sun loungers around the pool.
Jenieen Van Den Heever