Avoca Road, Thornybush Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit, 1380, South Africa
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Sun - Sat 6am - 12am
Royal MalewaneRoyal Malewane is a five-star lodge located on the 14,000 hectacre Thornybush Private Game Reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park region. The already galmorous property underwent refurbishment in 2018. In addition to structural upgrades, a new gin and whiskey bar has been dedicated to late Wilson Masiya, one of the original trackers who started working at the lodge when it was founded in 1999. The Kosher kitchen was also upgraded.
All of the ranger guides at Royal Malewane have obtained Field Guide Association of South Africa certifications and most have been working in the Greater Kruger National Park area since the early to mid '90s, which is a point of distinction. Two of the rangers are Master Trackers, a qualification only seven rangers in the world currently hold. The organization is so focused on quality guiding, they started an apprenticeship program in 2008. Students study for two years under the tutildge of Royal Malewane's senior team before being graduating and moving on to work at other safari lodges in the region. The goal of the apprenticeship program is to raise the overall quality of guiding in South Africa.
Amazing food and high-quality wildlife experiences aside, what truly makes a stay at Royal Malewane unique is its style. Owners Liz and Phil Biden have seamlessly melded custom contemporary furniture with classic colonial style accommodations in the middle of the South African bush. It's a characteristic of all of their Royal Portfolio properties in South Africa, but it all started with Royal Malewane - the family's private home turned safari lodge.
The Farmstead at Royal Malewane, a new lodge on the property, opens in 2019. Royal Malewane is part of the Royal Portfolio collection, a distinctive group of luxury accommodations in South Africa. See also The Silo Hotel in Cape Town, La Residence in Franschhoek, and Birkenhead House in Hermanus.
about 4 years ago
Luxury Safari Lodge
This is an amazing way to experience a safari (from a beautiful private lodge). There are great opportunities for animal sighting, but also for relazing, eating delicious meals, experiencing African Dancing and a meal in the bush. They provide and amazing experience (and spa and pool) -- could not be more beautiful. Elephants will walk past your backyard as you lounge in your dipping pool.
over 2 years ago
This was the first stop of two safari's and right off the plane it was incredible. The ride to the property AMAZING. I could not wait to explore more. Saw the Big 5 in one day and I could not believe it! Place is just breath taking! ROMANTIC for SURE! Loved everything about it. Was able to workout, go for a swim and just relax and loads of cocktails after the first AM drive! Oh and get a massage outside by the pool deck!