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Royal Malewane Lodge

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  • Single supplements and child discounts may apply
  • Price varies with seasonality and room options
  • Indicative price is for low season

The exclusive Royal Malewane African Safari Lodge is set on a private reserve and exudes the romance and beauty of a bygone age whilst offering every modern-day convenience. Providing a unique, personalised adventure that offers detailed insight into the complex and fascinating ecosystem of the bush, expert guides and trackers ensure intimate game experiences and close sightings of the Big 5. Easily accessible by air and road, this magnificent game lodge is a haven of old-world charm and splendour.


Experience the wild heart of Africa’s bushveld with luxury beyond compare. Hosting a maximum of 20 guests in supreme style, the luxurious suites offer complete seclusion and stunning views, while the Lodge itself has dining and sitting areas with fantastic views onto the bush. Sumptuous dining is a signature feature and meals are abundant and celebratory, with the exuberant spirit of Africa very much in evidence. Enchanting, energizing and indulgent, Royal Malewane is geared exclusively for those who value privacy, personalised service and the best game viewing in Africa.


The Thornybush Private Game Reserve is 11 500 hectares of prime big game habitat consisting of open savannah woodland with patches of tangled thicket and thorny scrub, situated adjacent to the Kruger National Park. With an astounding variety of wildlife as well as more than 500 species of birds, game viewing in the reserve ranks as some of the best in Southern Africa and visitors to Thornybush are virtually guaranteed to see the Big 5 within a day or two. The incredible biodiversity of the area makes it a special destination for the serious nature-lover, and there are plenty of striking trees and beautiful flowers to delight the eye and satisfy the keenest botanist. 

The Lodge

Linked to the main lodge by elevated walkways, and boasting unparalleled views, the six palatial suites are the pinnacle of refinement and opulence, featuring private wooden decks, rim-flow pools, thatched gazebos, and additional outside baths and showers. Only the wildlife will witness you relaxing in this private, luxurious surrounds.

The Royal Suite and the Malewane Suite each sleep four guests and provide an even more secluded luxury African safari experience, featuring their own spacious lounge and dining areas, kitchen and chef, not to mention butler, guide, tracker and personal game drive vehicle. A huge outside deck complete with pool allows you to make the most of the wild beauty of the surroundings in complete privacy. 

Situated a short drive from the main Lodge, Africa House is a totally self-contained bush paradise where you can relax in the most opulent and easy-going style, making it the perfect option for families or groups of up to 12.


The elegant game lodge dining area and lounge overlook the waterhole, often resulting in some spectacular mealtime game viewing. Special gourmet dinners are one of the highlights of the Royal Malewane experience, and personalised service of the highest order means that you will never want for anything.  Royal Malewane also offers the only fully kosher safari in Africa. 

Serenaded by frogs and crickets, and entertained by traditional singing and dancing, delicious flame-grilled dinners may be enjoy under a canopy of stars in the boma. Dinner in the Bedouin tent, bedecked with Moroccan lanterns, is equally special, as braziers blaze high and an exotic feast of flavours is complemented with a handpicked selection of South Africa's finest wines.

Gym and spa facilities offer the chance for exercise and relaxation between game drives. Take a dip in the pool or relax on one of the sun loungers. Watch television in the comfort of your suite or retire to the air-conditioned library, surrounded by books that can be perused in peace and quiet. Browse the extensive selection of jewellery, clothing and other souvenirs in the Curio Shop.


Game drives at dawn and dusk form the basic rhythm of the day at Royal Malewane, and are tailored to suit your interests, so you can track your favourite animal and see the birds, flowers or trees that you love most. 

Photography is a passion for all the game rangers at Royal Malewane and they have numerous awards amongst them. A state-of-the-art photographic vehicle has been fully customized to suit both amateur and professional, designed with two swivel armchairs for the utmost comfort, and adjustable camera gimbals to allow you to get the perfect shot. This vehicle can be booked on a request basis.

To engage with the landscape even more intimately, explore the bush on foot with expert guides and trackers at your side. All game rangers hold the highest qualifications, including Special Knowledge and Skills – Dangerous Animals as well as advanced rifle handling certificates to ensure guests enjoy an exceptional game experience on the bush walk. As guest safety is a priority, all safari guides and game trackers receive on-going on-site wilderness emergency training from experts in the field.

Trackers also have extensive knowledge of the constellations of the African night skies, to make your stargazing experience complete.


  • Helicopter flights offer thrilling views of canyons, waterfalls and rock formations.
  • Hot air balloon flights provide a leisurely overview of the reserve.
  • Playing golf on the exclusive Leopard Creek Championship Golf Estate.