• Considered to be be one of the most luxurious and opulent safari lodges in Africa, the iconic, award winning Royal Malewane exudes the romance and beauty of a bygone age.
  • This intimate and exclusive lodge only sleeps up to 20 guests at a time and all suites are the pinnacle of refinement and opulence, with private decks and pools, boasting unparalleled views.
  • The most qualified expert guiding and tracking team in Africa delivers an unrivaled wildlife experience providing fascinating insights into the complex ecosystems of the South African bushveld, ensuring intimate game experiences and close sightings of the big five.
  • Royal Malewane is home to one of the most exclusive bush spas on the continent, providing world-class treatments with comprehensive facilities in a natural environment.
  • The safari experience at Royal Malewane is synonymous with exceptional food and wine and dining is a unique and indulgent experience with a constantly changing menu and a wide variety of beautiful settings in which to savor the contemporary cuisine.
  • The exclusive use six bedroom Africa House is perfect for a large family group with private butler service.


We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.

  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
  • Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
  • Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
  • Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
  • Complimentary private airport transfers.
  • Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
  • Early check-in and late check-out.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.

A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.


Game Drives

Game drives are the signature activity on any African safari. On game drive, guests head out on a 10 seater specialised safari Land Rover with an expert ranger and tracker. The vehicles are optimised for game viewing and at Royal Malewane we take a maximum of 6 on each vehicle for optimal comfort.To view game is to lose yourself in a powerful and startling drama. During a game viewing excursion, your senses sharpen, excitement grows, you draw close to the most remarkable animals as they hunt, play and sleep. Game drives at Royal Malewane are tailored to suit your interests, so you can track your favourite animal or see the birds, flowers or trees that you love most. Game drives at dawn and dusk form the basic rhythm of the day, and you’ll find that to be out in the fresh air as the sun rises and sets is to be realigned with a pattern of deep and ancient significance. On a typical day on safari, guests will be woken by their ranger before sunrise. Sunrise and sunset are times when many animals are at their most active before and after the heat of the day arrives and chases much of the wildlife into repose. After a quick cup of coffee and a light snack, the morning game drive begins. Game drives usually last between 3 and 4 hours. After morning game drive, guests will be served a hearty breakfast following which guests can relax or enjoy other activities. Afternoon game drives set off at around 4pm and often go on after dark so that guests can see some of Africa’s nocturnal creatures. Guests will return to camp for a sumptuous dinner under the stars if the weather permits. No matter what the time of year, each season has something special to offer in terms of game viewing and game drives. The dry, gold-brown winter bush makes for excellent sightings but the lush green foliage of the summer months brings with it migrant birds and new-born animals.

Bush Walks

For those that want to get even closer to nature, our highly qualified rangers and trackers will lead guests on foot through the wild African bush. Stroll among the Big 5 (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos) and glean rare insights into our natural world, focusing not only on animals, but on the biodiversity of habitats and plant life.Bush walks generally leave after breakfast and your early morning game drive.

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Situated in the shadow of the majestic “Mariepskop” this unique conservancy is home to many wild animals. A visit to the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation centre is an unforgettable experience.A wide variety of birds and animals can be seen here, where Brian Jones and his team nurture the injured and orphaned, rehabilitating them for release back to the wild wherever possible. Those that are not so fortunate, due to the nature and extent of their injuries, are cared for in captivity to educate the many people who visit Moholoholo each year. Guided tours through the Centre bring visitors in close contact with both common and rare species such as the Crowned and Martial eagles, Owls & Vultures as well as Serval, Wild Dogs, Lions, Leopard and many other animals and birds. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre at Moholoholo contributes to the conservation of endangered species and the rehabilitation of injured and poisoned wildlife. Moholoholo also facilitates a number of successful breeding programs.

Hot Air Ballooning

Take an hour-long flight over the scenic, Lowveld section of the Blyde River, West of Hoedspruit. The terrain is a mixture of farmland and private nature reserves at the foot of the Drakensberg Escarpment.The mountains to the South and West provide shelter from the prevailing winds, thereby affording good flying weather on most days. On very calm days, balloons can fly over the Kapama Nature Reserve, South-East of Hoedspruit. The qualified pilots and crew will ensure a safe, enjoyable and informative adventure. Meet before sunrise and enjoy a coffee while you watch your eight-storey high balloon being inflated and prepared for flight. After a safety briefing you should be airborne in time to witness the sunrise. The height above ground will vary between skimming the tree-tops to as high as 2 000 feet as the pilot changes altitude in search of favorable wind directions and speeds.As the sun rises, the landscape, the vegetation and, if you’re lucky, some wildlife will provide great photo opportunities!

Helicopter Tours

This is our most popular external activity – a spectacular flight over some of the most scenic areas in the country like the Blyde River Canyon, Gods Window and the Pinnacle. En route we fly over some of the breathtaking waterfalls renowned in the area (which are even better in the summer months after the rains) like the Mac Mac, the Lisbon and Berlyn Falls. We stop at a private picnic spot where guests can experience the ambiance and are close to nature while enjoying their meal. Departs from the Royal Malewane Airstrip (15 minutes from the lodge).


Royal Malewane is situated in the wild and beautiful Greater Kruger National Park. The exclusive Leopard Creek Country Club, with its innovative course designed by Gary Player, is located on the southern border of the Kruger Park. Every hole is as picturesque and exciting as the other with the Crocodile River acting as an unusual water hazard on Leopard Creek’s signature hole, the par-5 13th. A scenic helicopter flight to the golf course, personalised fitting of golfing equipment and the chance of sighting animals on the course makes for a truly memorable round.

Sigagule Crèche

The Royal Portfolio believes passionately in community involvement and upliftment. At Royal Malewane we therefore decided to focus on children and education. Our mission was to create a meaningful change in the lives of the children of the Sigagule Crèche, by creating an environment where they could learn and have fun in a safe and healthy environment. The Sigagule Crèche had 86 pupils who were housed in a class room only big enough for 30 children and who only receive a grant from the Government sufficient to feed 38 children. They had no running water on the property and two very primitive toilet facilities.

Horse Back Trails

The horse trails are conducted on the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate. The reserve is home to a vast variety of birds and animals such as giraffe, kudu, wildebeest, warthog, impala and many other plains game.Beginners, intermediate and advanced riders are welcome. The excursion is around one and a half hours and you will be transferred by road to the Wildlife Estate which is 45 minutes from the lodge.

Canyon Cruise

Take a stunning cruise on the Blyde Dam situated in the breathtaking Blyde River Canyon. The cruise includes a light lunch or picnic on board and an opportunity to learn about the geology, wildlife and biology of this unique area. The cruise lasts about an hour and a half and departs after morning game drive and breakfast.

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Royal Malewane Lodge Suite

The Royal Malewane is an award winning, elegant and opulent safari lodge in South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park that exudes the romance and beauty of a bygone age while offering every modern comfort and convenience. Set on the Thorneybush private game reserve in one of South Africa’s most game-rich areas, Royal Malewane offers some of the best luxury safari accommodation around, sleeping only 20 guests in very private suites. The classic safari experience is unsurpassed with the most qualified guiding team in Africa, ensuring unrivalled game viewing experiences and close sightings of the big five. The lodge is easily accessible by air and road and is located in Thornybush Private Game Reserve on the Western Border of The Greater Kruger National Park.

This intimate and luxurious safari lodge has just six Luxury Suites, two Royal Suites (which each have two bedrooms), and Africa House – the exclusive use bush villa with six bedrooms. Guests can indulge in sensual treatments at one of the best Bush Spa’s in Africa – the tranquil Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa and in nightly feasts under the African stars, catered by an excellent team of chefs. The safari experience at Royal Malewane is synonymous with exceptional food and wine and dining is a unique and indulgent experience with a constantly changing menu and a wide variety of beautiful settings in which to savor the contemporary cuisine prepared by Executive Chef, Brandon Souris and his dedicated team.

Royal Malewane is an intimate and luxurious safari lodge with just six Luxury Suites, two Royal Suites (which each have two bedrooms), and Africa House – the exclusive use bush villa with six bedrooms. Decorated in high colonial style, each featuring a fireplace, antique furniture and canopied king size bed as well as a large bathroom with Victorian claw foot bath and indoor and outdoor showers. The Royal and Malewane Suites are some of the largest rooms in African lodges and offer an exclusive private hideaway with private chef, butler, sole-use game vehicle and four massages offered per suite per day. You can also relax in your own private pool, decks and gazebos.

Royal Malewane Luxury Suite
Royal Malewane luxury suite bathroom
Royal Malewane Luxury Suite Deck
Royal Malewane Luxury Suite Deck and pool

Luxury Suite

Boasting unparalleled views, the Royal Malewane’s six palatial suites are the pinnacle of refinement and opulence in game lodge accommodation. Luxuriously appointed and fully air-conditioned, they provide an elegant colonial-style refuge in the heart of the bush.

Royal Malewane Royal Suite
Royal Malewane Royal Suite Bathroom
Royal Malewane Royal Suite
Royal Malewane Royal Living Room
Royal Malewane Private Suite Pool

Royal Suites

A huge outside deck complete with crystal-clear pool allows you to make the most of the surrounding wild beauty and enjoy the warmth of the sunshine in complete privacy. Inside, the décor is classic colonial bush style, brimming with old world elegance that is perfectly suited to luxury safari accommodation.

Royal Malewane Africa House Suite
Royal Malewane Africa house Suite
Royal Malewane Africa House Bedroom
Royal Malewane Africa House Bedroom
Royal Malewane Africa House Lounge
Royal Malewane Africa House Dining
Royal Malewane Africa House Pool
Royal Malewane Africa House pool elephants

Africa House

Africa House is a spacious and elegant exclusive use bush villa with six bedrooms. Each has vibrant and eclectic furnishings. Light floods into en-suite bedrooms, each of which enjoys a private outside shower and deck. Antique furniture, carved four-poster beds from Mombasa, plush silk furnishings and Persian rugs create an exotic and luxurious feel. Africa House has a private swimming pool on the sundeck that is positioned adjacent to the nearby riverbed. Occasionally visited by thirsty elephants, this is the ideal place for the kids to have fun, while adults socialise over cocktails.

Dining at Royal Malewane is a unique and indulgent experience with a constantly changing menu and a wide variety of beautiful settings in which to savor the contemporary cuisine prepared by Executive Chef, Brandon Souris and his dedicated team. Exquisite plating is second nature to the chefs at Royal Malewane for whom cuisine is certainly an art. When that art is served in one of Africa’s most breath taking locations, the dining experience becomes truly sublime. The cuisine is complemented by a natural canvas to savour as much as the delicate flavours with the dining area overlooking the Malewane River where a variety of curious creatures great and small venture to slake their thirst. All meals, soft drinks, spirits and wines are included in the accommodation rates at Royal Malewane allowing our guests to completely relax and enjoy the endless temptations available.

Royal Malewane Bush Dining
Royal Malewane Boma Dining
Royal Malewane Boma Dining

Bush Dinners & Boma Dining

The Bush Tent at Royal Malewane provides a feast in the heart of the African wilderness. A truly remarkable and romantic experience with glowing lanterns casting a gentle light among the brightly burning braziers. The sounds of the wild and the local village choir provide the soundtrack to a very special evening where guests can enjoy being out in the bush with the convenience of flushing toilets And where better to enjoy a night cap than by the fireside under the African stars as your ranger recounts the stories of the day.

Royal Malewane Africa House Dining

Dining Experience

Royal Malewane offers complete flexibility to our guests – we can tailor a menu to your personal tastes and dietary requirements in consultation with our Executive Chef. Whether you feel like a light salad by the pool in the privacy of your Luxury Suite or a decadent six-course dinner paired with fine wines, the dining team at Royal Malewane will ensure that you are carefully looked after. And that goes for drinks too – have what you want, when you want, whether it’s a Bloody Mary to ease yourself into the day, a delicious flat white or a bottle of vintage red wine from our cellar.

Royal Malewane Main Lodge Lounge

Fine Wines

All drinks are included in the rate at Royal Malewane. We have an extensive wine list showcasing a wide variety of South Africa’s finest wines – from flagship red blends to boutique producers of lesser known varietals. Select from the wine list or allow our trained wine stewards to guide you in a food and wine pairing. With over 60 different whiskies from around the world to choose from, Royal Malewane offers the largest whisky selection of any safari lodge. Join our team of whisky enthusiasts for an informative tasting or simply kick back on the deck with your favorite tipple.

Royal Malewane Kosher Kitchen

The Kosher Kitchen

Royal Malewane offers a kosher compliant kitchen. The chefs source the finest kosher ingredients and can therefore prepare fresh orthodox meals of the highest quality should a Mashgiach or Rabbi be present to supervise proceedings. Our team has been trained to understand the subtleties of kosher requirements and the kitchen has been fitted with the necessary equipment including separate crockery and cutlery. Please speak to our reservations team for further information about the Kosher Kitchen as there is an additional cost for these services depending on whether the services of a Rabbi or Mashgiach are required.

Royal Malewane Masiya Bar
Royal Malewane Masiya Bar
Royal Malewane Masiya Bar

Masiya Bar

The forefront of the refurbishment lies the beautiful new Masiya Bar. This tranquil addition pays homage to the history of Royal Malewane and its Master Trackers, in particular, Wilson Masiya. Wilson was a part of The Royal Portfolio family since we opened our doors in 1999 and was a formidable part of the guest experience at Royal Malewane, his incredible love and wisdom for the bush having a lasting effect on all he encountered. The Masiya Bar was built on the site of the existing boma, right on the water’s edge, and showcases our fabulous collection of gins and over 50 whiskies.

The Waters of Malewane Bush Spa is an award winning spa in the heart of the African bush in complete harmony with its natural surroundings. Facilities at the safari spa are comprehensive and include a fully-equipped gym, a heated lap pool, steam room, hot and cold African baths and private casitas for relaxation or treatments. The Royal Malewane Bush Spa is dedicated to your well being on every level, offering an experience to complement and enrich your stay.

Royal Malewane Lodge Pool
Royal Malewane Photography Spa Pool
Royal Malewane Pool


Relax around the heated lap pool in the central courtyard and take in the tranquility of your surroundings.

Royal Malewane Photography Spa Treatment Room
Royal Malewane Photography Spa Private Room
Royal Malewane Bush Spa


Royal Malewane is home to one of the most exclusive spas on the continent, providing world-class treatments. Completely surrounded by the untamed African bush, The Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa is a veritable oasis of calm. With internationally qualified therapists on hand to provide therapeutic massage, luxurious body treatments and hydrotherapy, this is the ultimate refuge for those seeking to refresh and restore the mind, body and spirit in harmony with nature.

Royal Malewane Photography Spa Gym


Facilities at the Melwane are comprehensive and include a fully-equipped gym.

Royal Malewane Photography Spa Salon


We also have a small hair salon where we offer wash and blow drys as well as hair treatments.

Area & Location

Area, Country
Hoedspruit, South Africa
Nearest Airport
Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Nelspruit
Local Currency
South African Rand (ZAR)
Time Change
GMT +2:00
Afrikaans, English
Best time to go
April to September

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