Now this really is a gem. Royal Malewane is located in Thornybush Reserve, which sits to the east of the Timbavati and Kruger National Park. The lodge has been finished to the very highest of standards, but remains elegantly understated.
Each of the six private suites is beautifully appointed, all facing out over a local spillway and open plain. The suites have large wooden decks, private plunge pool and deck, private sala and large en-suite bathrooms. They are absolutely lovely, but if you are looking for the ultimate in safari indulgence, then there are two private suites at Royal Malewane – the Royal Suite and the Malewane Suite. Twice the size (220sq metres) of the standard suites, they include two bedrooms, kitchen and lounge area, and lead out through large glass fronted walls onto a vast open deck furnished in Persian carpets, plunge pool and sala. Each of the two suites is best suited to a family or group of four, who are also able to enjoy private chef, private butler and private game drive vehicle with guide and tracker.
Activities include game drives, guided walks, visits to the cheetah centre, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, ballooning, golf, riding and community visits. The 11,500 hectare Thornybush reserve is home to the big 5 and wildlife quantity and quality is not a concern. One of South Africa’s three master trackers works for Royal Malewane. In addition to the above, Royal Malewane also do a twice a week Bedouin Camp eat out.
In-house, the spa facilities are excellent. Completed in October 2005 the new Royal Malewane Spa is first rate. There is a fully equipped gym, treatment rooms, superb central swimming pool (which you can actually do proper lengths in) and reclining beds.