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Royal Malewane

Royal Malewane

$1690 per person

Royal Malewane is a Big Five safari destination in Thornybush Private Game Reserve. It is one of several high-end luxury lodges which now fall within the Greater Kruger National Park (GKNP). The area is characterised by rolling Lowveld savanna grasslands and wooded thickets and is home to an abundance of antelope, predators and prolific birdlife.

Royal Malewane is a Big Five safari destination in Thornybush Private Game Reserve. It is one of several high-end luxury lodges which now fall within the Greater Kruger National Park (GKNP). The area is characterised by rolling Lowveld savanna grasslands and wooded thickets and is home to an abundance of antelope, predators and prolific birdlife.
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Royal Malewane is a 5-Star ultra-luxury safari lodge in Thornybush Private Game Reserve. It has featured in numerous local and international publications and received many prestigious accolades since it opened to the public in January 2000.

Famous people who have graced the threshold of Royal Malewane include the late Nelson Mandela; iconic struggle veteran, activist and humanitarian and former president of South Africa. Richard Gere and Elton John have stayed Royale Malewane as well as former president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy; and Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen Source.
Royal Malewane has the most qualified guiding team in Africa. Accumulatively, they have over 300 years of African bush experience and the perseverance and passion needed to treat guests to the ultimate safari experience.

Another exciting addition at Royal Malewane is an upgraded kosher kitchen. Fresh and delicious meals are prepared using the finest kosher ingredients created by a team of specially-trained chefs who have been trained on the subtleties of kosher requirements.

Royal Malewane is located within the Thornybush Private Game Reserve which is a premier safari destination for international tourists and has earned itself a reputation as one of South Africa's finest African safari experiences. The private reserve spans 14 000 hectares and lies adjacent to the Kruger National Park. It has earned numerous international awards for both conservation and hospitality.

Royal Malewane

There are three luxury safari suites. Each suite at Royal Malewane captures the vibrance, colour and energy of Africa. Designed with style and elegance in mind, Liz Biden has waved her style wand and given each suite its own unique sense of character and spirit. Wherever possible, Royal Malewane supports local designers and manufacturers so there are interesting features and rustic touches in each suite. Guests are enveloped in the warmth and comfort of the design style which feels more like home than a carbon-copy luxury safari lodge. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the safari lodge, including Africa House. Housekeeping and laundry services are provided by a team of professional staff; many of whom have been at Royal Malewane for years.

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royal malewane one of the africa house suite bedrooms

Luxury Suites –  The 6 ensuite Luxury Suites at Royal Malewane are air-conditioned, beautifully decorated and equipped with all the modern conveniences of a luxury suite. Elevated walkways link the Luxury Suites to the main lodge. Each suite is well-appointed to offer guests complete privacy. The bedrooms are decorated using exquisite dark wooden furniture and each suite has a canopied King-size bed with luxury linen. There’s a large Victorian-style bath in each bathroom and an inside and outside shower. There’s a fireplace in the bedroom for chilly winter evenings and for glorious sunny days, a private wooden deck with a rim-flow pool and thatched gazebo.

Connected by elevated wooden walkways, these suites are all strategically positioned along the banks of the seasonal riverbed. All the suite decks overlook the riverbed and the magnificent sycamore groves.

Royal Suites – There are two Royal Suites at Royal Malewane; offering guests an exclusive retreat from the main lodge. Each suite has a private sitting and dining area with a well-equipped kitchen. Guests staying in the Royal Suite have at their service a butler, private chef, professional guide and tracker and open safari vehicle for their exclusive use. The Royal Suites are all about space and splendor. Inside, the suite is spacious and comfortable with touches of elegance and opulence. Outside, a large wooden deck overlooks the stunning African bushveld; designed to create a sense that you’re the only guests staying at Royal Malewane. The suites are richly decorated, with a heady mix of old-world charm and understated elegance. Wonderful antiques and artwork adorn the room, collected by Liz Biden on her world travels. Each suite oozes romance and luxury while still capturing the vibrance and spirit of Africa.

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Africa House – Africa House is set apart from the main lodge at Royal Malewane and geared for guests who seek complete privacy and exclusivity. It is a self-contained villa that sleeps 12 guests; ideal for families with children or a small group of friends. The villa is beautifully decorated with a large living area and dining area which leads out onto a large veranda with a sparkling plunge pool. It?s a fully-serviced self-catering option with a private chef and staff available to assist with preparing meals during the day. Guests can choose to isolate themselves at Africa House and use the kitchen and barbeque facilities or make use of the restaurant and other facilities at the main lodge. Standard features include ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning and underfloor heating. There’s a large plasma-screen TV connected to South Africa’s satellite broadcasting facility. Guests have access to the spa and wellness centre at the main lodge and the choice of activities available to all visitors staying at Royal Malewane. This includes game drives and walking safaris.


Question: Best Time to Visit Royal Malewane

Answer: May-August and December


Question: Where is Royal Malewane Game Reserve

Answer: Royal Malewane is a Big Five safari destination in Thornybush Private Game Reserve. It is one of several high-end luxury lodges which now fall within the Greater Kruger National Park (GKNP).

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Royal Malewane Game Reserve

Renowned for its Big 5 game viewing and some of the best wildlife sightings in the Greater Kruger National Park, Royal Malewane offers guests the ultimate African safari experience. It is part of a collection of exclusive hotels, lodges and private residences called the Royal Portfolio and a proud masterpiece of the Biden family.

There are many indulgent moments at Royal Malewane; from contemporary cuisine prepared by a dedicated team of chefs to sumptuous suites fit for Royalty and luxurious pamper sessions at the lodge?s award-winning spa. Experience classic style and elegance with layers of warmth and old-world charm.

  • Included
    5 Star Accommodation
    Airport Transfers
    Entry Fees
    Personal Safari Guide
    Spa treatments and Laundry
  • Not Included
    Boutique purchases
    Departure Taxes
    Premium Brands and Cellar wines


Avoca Road, Thornybush Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit, 1380

Inclusions and exclusions

Rates Include:
  • Accommodation
  • All meals and snacks
  • WiFi
  • Full mini bar
  • Transfers to/from Jackalberry Airstrip
  • South African reserve wines & beverages  (excludes French Champagne)
  • All coffee and specialty teas
  • Laundry service
  • Tea/ coffee station in room
  • 2 daily game drives and bush walks
  • Guests have free access to a fully-equipped gym, indoor lap pool, steam room and hot and cold African baths.
  Rates exclude:
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Spa treatments
  • Private game drive vehicles, if staying in a Luxury Suite
  • Kosher kitchen and services
  • Outgoing phone calls
  • Day tours and other activities
  • Transfers to and from Royal Malewane

Facilities and Amenities at Royal Malewane Private Game Reserve

Description of Facilities / Amenities Royal Malewane Game Lodge
Royal Malewane Luxury Rooms | Number of suites6
Royal Malewane Royal Suites | Number of suites4
Royal Malewane Africa House Villa | Number of suites6
Back up ElectricityYes
Boutique Shop**Yes
Children | Luxury SuitesChildren 10 years and older welcome
Children | Royal SuitesChildren of all ages are welcome, staying with adult parents
Children | Africa HouseChildren of all ages are welcome, staying with adult parents
Full bar facilitiesYes
Handicapped SuiteYes
Meeting FacilitiesNo
Swimming PoolYes
Telephone/Fax FacilitiesYes
Wine CellarYes
Air ConditioningYes
En-Suite BathroomsYes
Lounge AreaYes
Private Pool / JacuzziYes
Safes in suiteYes
Tea/Coffee Making Facilities (Nespresso machines) Yes
King Size BedsYes
Private Pool / JacuzziYes


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Royal Malewane offers guests all the modern conveniences expected of a 5-star establishment. The luxury safari lodge caters for an array of guests; from high-end international travelers to corporate enterprises and groups of families and friends.   royal malewane royal suite pool


The Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa is an award-winning spa renowned as much for its magnificent setting as it is for its luxurious massages and body treatments. It is one of the most exclusive spas in Africa, providing world-class treatments in a remote corner of the African bush. Surrounded by untamed African bush, the spa at Royal Malewane is an oasis of calm and tranquility. Internationally-qualified therapists provide therapeutic massages, luxurious body treatments and calming hydrotherapy to guests seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. They use the spa?s own Healing Earth products which harness the natural healing powers of indigenous plants as well as a selection of international products such as Dermalogica, Gelish, Morgan Taylor and Essie for manicures and pedicures. Treatments are offered in the privacy of a private casita. Guests are treated to a selection of healthy juices and snacks and there is complimentary Wi-Fi in the spa. On hand is a qualified hair stylist who provides guests with the option of a hair wash, blow dry and hair treatment. Royal Malewane also has a wellness center where guests can work off a decadent meal and sweat out a bit of city stress. Facilities available include a fully-equipped gym, heated lap pool, steam room, and hot and cold African baths.


Guests are taken daily on an early morning and late afternoon game drive. Each safari tour is tailored to what guests would like to see and experience. This may be the Big 5 or birds, trees and archaeological sites. Guests are accompanied by a professional game ranger and experienced tracker. Royal Malewane employs the best in the industry; each possessing an intimate knowledge of animals, birds and vegetation and an intuitive feel for the bushveld. Royal Malewane has a number of open safari vehicles for the game drives which is a wonderful way to see game. A far more exciting and intimate experience is a bush walk with a professional game ranger.


Royal Malewane offers photography enthusiasts the chance to take that perfect shot of wildlife and birds; obviously, only with a camera. The game rangers at Royal Malewane are passionate about photography and more than happy to pass on their knowledge and expertise so you can capture the beauty of the bush and its wild inhabitants.  


Guests staying at Mala Mala have been treated like Royalty from the earliest days when Lady Campbell lent her genteel touch to the bushveld retreat. Some of the staff at Mala Mala have been with the family for more than thirty years. Service and Mala Mala is impeccable and personalized with every effort taken to create a unique safari experience.  


The Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa is an award-winning facility which has been voted ?Best Safari Spa in Africa?. Therapeutic massages, luxurious body treatments and hydrotherapy is on offer in one of the most spectacular spa settings in the country. 8 If you need a hard work out after a few indulgent meals or to sweat off the city stress; Royal Malewane has a fully-equipped gym as well as an indoor lap pool, steam room and hot and cold African baths.  


The professional guides at Royal Malewane are bird enthusiasts and will gladly re-focus a safari tour on birds if guests are birders. Thornybush Private Game Reserve is a birder?s paradise with an incredible array of birds of prey, water birds and regular bush birds.  


Another thing Royal Malewane game rangers are good at is star gazing. Spending so many nights out on game drives means the rangers are knowledgeable about star constellations. When you?re dining at The Bush Tent or relaxing at the Bush Bar, ask your ranger to spend some time pointing out constellations in the starry African night sky.  


Take a day tour to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and meet several of Africa's finest wildlife ambassadors. The centre is a safe haven for abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife and birds of prey; some of which are healed and re-introduced to the bush, while others take up permanent residency because they are too badly damaged to fend for themselves. You?ll see a wide array of animals at Moholoholo; from lion, leopard, serval, cheetah and hyena to Stoffel the famous honey badger as well as vultures, eagles and other magnificent birds of prey. The centre plays an extremely important conservation role, has a very successful breeding program and is actively involved in anti-poaching initiatives. The centre is entirely self-funded and relies on the support of visitors and generous donors. There is a small fee for guided tours which last about two hours. Your visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre helps keep this incredible facility going. Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is 36 kilometers from Royal Malewane; under 1 hour driving time  


HESC is a non-profit organisation which runs a successful breeding and research programme and plays a vital role in protecting endangered species in Africa. It is world-renowned for the role it has and continues to play in protecting dwindling predator populations in southern Africa. The centre provides a safe haven for orphaned, sick and injured animals and has set up an impressive education centre where the general public and school children can learn about endangered wildlife species and interact with them. HESC plays a major role in assisting anti-poaching initiatives, in particular, saving our precious rhino from extinction. HESC is based at Kapama Game Reserve which is a short drive from Royal Malewane. A visit to HESC exposes guests to the incredible work researchers and conservationists are doing in the field; it?s a chance to interact with the animals on a closer level and helps towards raising much-needed funds for conservation and anti-poaching initiatives. 9 HESC is 22 kilometres from Royal Malewane; just under 1 hour driving time.  


Owners of Royal Malewane, Liz and Phil Biden, set up the TRP Foundation which serves to raise funds for in a number of social and animal welfare project. Sigagule Creche is a small pre-primary school in the neighboring community which receives invaluable support from the foundation, with the help of generous donations from guests. This has included building an additional classroom, laying water pipes to the kitchen and building new toilet facilities as well repainting the creche, putting up new blinds in classrooms, building a jungle gym and play area for the children and establishing a vegetable and fruit garden which now supplies 80% of fruit and vegetables needed by the school. TRP Foundation has also introduced a ?Step-by-Step- teachers curriculum for Sigagule Creche and other rural schools in the area. Guests have the opportunity of visiting Sigagule Creche and spending time with the wonderful children and warm and friendly community. Transfers to Sigagule Creche are at no extra cost.  


Hoedspruit Helicopters is the only scenic helicopter charter company operating in the Hoedspruit. Contact them directly for a one-of-its-kind helicopter flip over the majestic Drakensberg mountain range and the Blyde River Canyon. Gain a different perspective of the lush Lowveld from high up in the air.  


Blyde River Canon is the third-largest canyon in the world and the largest ?green? canyon in the world. You?ll enjoy an interpretation tour of the canyon which takes you to the rare living Kadishi Tufa waterfall; a fascinating 200-metre high natural phenomenon which builds up and lays down tufa rock as a result of a chemical reaction which precipitates cultrate out of the reaction between plant, water and rock. A canyon cruise is awe-inspiring; the steep cliff faces tower above you while the boat cruises in the shadow of the Three Rondavels (a mountain landscape shaped like three small huts). The tour takes 1 hour 30 minutes and departs from the Blyde River Dam jetty which you get to from Swadini Forever Resort. Swadini Forever Resort is 50 kilometres from Royal Malewane; about 1 hour driving time  


Hoedspruit is the largest town in the region and a thriving tourism hub. It?s grown so much in the last few years that it?s now a destination on its own. A modern shopping centre has just gone up and you've got a choice of a number of great restaurants, coffee shops and pubs. It?s where the local farmers and game farm owners come to shop and meet friends and the town?s packed with tourists either passing through or spending a few days in town. 10Hoedspruit lies nestled in a fertile agricultural valley at the foot of the majestic Klein Drakensberg, which means ?Small Dragon Mountain? in Afrikaans. It lies on the railway line which links Tzaneen in the north-west with Kaapmuiden in the east. The town got its name - which means ?hat creek? in Afrikaans - from an intrepid explorer who allegedly made the long and arduous trek over the Drakensberg mountains, down into the scorching Lowveld. When he reached the cool waters of the Sandspruit River, he threw his hat into the creek and declared he would settle there. There's a lot to do in and around Hoedspruit; plan to spend at least a day exploring the area. Most trips to Hoedspruit end at one or other restaurant or pub where the locals will greet you warmly and convince you to drink up and stay awhile. Hoedspruit is 47 kilometres from Royal Malewane; just over 1 hour driving time  


If you are driving to or from Royal Malewane; one way at least should go via the Panorama Route. It?s an incredibly scenic route with spectacular views around every corner; taking you from Hoedspruit via the historic towns of Graskop and Pilgrim?s Rest to the town of Sabie. It tracks the ancient paths of gold diggers who came to the area during the gold rush to seek their fortune. An iconic feature along the Panorama Route is Blyde River Canyon. It?s the third-largest canyon in the world and the largest ?green? canyon in the world. Other highlights along the way include God?s Window, a breath-taking viewpoint on the Drakensberg escarpment; the Pinnacle, a rocky outcrop which some people call God?s Finger; and Bourke?s Luck Potholes, a beautiful and strange natural phenomenon where river water has over centuries eroded the rocks and created perfectly formed smooth potholes and unusual sculptures. Stop for pancakes at the legendary Harry?s Pancakes in Graskop or delicious craft beer at the Sabie Brewing Company. If you have time, enjoy the ride of your life on Misty Mountain?s Long Tom Toboggan which is located on Long Tom Pass. It?s a 1.7 kilometre track that winds down a mountain slope at speed; it?s the longest toboggan run in Africa and a huge amount of fun for children and adults. Graskop is 96 kilometres from Royal Malewane; just under 2 hours driving time.

Royal Malewane Game Lodge Rates 2019  Mid Season




Mala Mala Game LodgeRates and Tariffs
Luxury Suites | per night per person sharingZAR25 000
Luxury Suites | single rate per nightZAR37 500
Royal Suite | each Royal Suite has 2 bedroomsZAR125 000
Africa House | 1- 8 guests | includes 1 vehicleZAR205 000
Africa House | 9-12 guests | includes 2 vehiclesZAR225 000
All 6 Double Luxury Suites | per nightZAR300 000
Entire Safari Lodge | 6 x Luxury Suites, 2 x Royal Suites | sleeps 20 guestsZAR520 000
Exclusive use of Royal Malewane and Africa House | sleeps 32 guestsZAR745 000
Luxury Farm Suite | per night per person sharing | Opens 01 May 2019ZAR25 000
Luxury Farm Suite | single rate per night | Opens 01 May 2019ZAR37 500
The Farmhouse | per night | sleeps 6 adults & 2 children | Opens 01 May 2019ZAR170 000
Exclusive use of 3 x Luxury Farm Suites | per nightZAR150 000
Exclusive use of The Farmstead | per night | Opens 01 May 2019ZAR320 000
Exclusive use Royal Malewane Africa House & The Farmstead | per night | Opens 01 May 2019ZAR1 065 000
Pilot / Guide Room | per nightZAR8 700

Royal Malewane Game Lodge Rates 2019 Peak Season



Royal Malewane Game LodgeRates and Tariffs
Luxury Suites | per night per person sharingZAR26 500
Luxury Suites | single rate per nightZAR39 750
Royal Suite | each Royal Suite has 2 bedroomsZAR135 000
Africa House | up to 8 guests | includes 1 vehicleZAR220 000
Africa House | up to 9-12 guests | includes 2 vehiclesZAR250 000
All 6 Double Luxury Suites | 6 Luxury Suites and both Royal Suites | per nightZAR318 000
Entire Safari Lodge | 6 Luxury Suites, 2 Royal Suites | sleeps 20 guestsZAR551 200
Exclusive use of Royal Malewane and Africa House | sleeps 32 guestsZAR801 200
Luxury Farm Suite | per night per person sharing | Opens 01 May 2019ZAR26 500
Luxury Farm Suite | single rate per night | Opens 01 May 2019ZAR39 750
The Farmhouse | per night | sleeps 6 adults & 2 children | Opens 01 May 2019ZAR180 000
Exclusive use of 3 Luxury Farm Suites | per nightZAR159 000
Exclusive use of The Farmstead | per night | Opens 01 May 2019ZAR320 000
Exclusive use Royal Malewane Africa House & The Farmstead | per night | Opens 01 May 2019ZAR1 140 000
Pilot / Guide Room | per nightZAR9 300
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