Royal Malewane in the Greater Kruger National Park is nothing short of a luxury escape. Seen is the spa pool. Pictures: The Royal Portfolio.

With a string of awards under its name, Royal Malewane in the Greater Kruger National Park is nothing short of a luxury escape. The safari lodge recently won South Africa’s best safari lodge at Africa and Indian Ocean leg of the World Travel Awards.

Here is what guests can expect:

Location: The lodge is located in Thornybush Private Game Reserve, on the Western Border of The Greater Kruger National Park.

The Masiya Bar at Royal Malewane is a spectacular new space on the water's edge where guests can relax over a cocktail and watch animals drinking below.

Price: A luxury suite can cost from R24 500 per a person, per a night. The cost is inclusive of accommodation, all meals, beverages and wines, game drives and laundry.

Rooms: Royal Malewane has six Luxury Suites at R25 950 per a guest a night, two Royal Suites with two bedrooms at R130 900pn, and Africa House, a bush villa with six bedrooms at R245 000pn. The villa accommodates up to 12 guests.

Each bedroom at Africa House adopts a unique colour scheme and offers its guests private access to the balcony.

Africa House.

Dining:  The lodge offers a unique dining experience. The ever-changing menu coupled with stunning table settings and sceneries make it an one of a kind experience. Make sure you have a bush dinner experience. Set in the wilderness, the only light that emanates is from the lanterns and braziers. The team are at hand to create anything from a simple salad to a six-course dinner for those who want to dine in privacy.  There is also a kosher kitchen on site.

Their meals are paired with the finest selection of wines.

Guests can also indulge in an afternoon high tea experience.


Experiences: Their safari experience is among the best in the country. Guests will be able to see the Big 5 in all its glory.

Sunset impala silhouettes. Wildlife encounters are a treat at the lodge.

There is plenty of wildlife wandering around, so do not be surprised if you get to see elephants drinking from your plunge pool. The Masiya Bar, named after their first Master Tracker Wilson Masiya, is the perfect place to get in tune with nature and enjoy a drink.

The Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa were voted one of Africa’s best spas.  Set in the heart of the African bush, guests should indulge in their Royal Thaba Massage, an invigorating deep tissue massage incorporating the African “Knobkierrie” stick. The 90-minute-massage is meant to revive stressed muscles and relieve tension.

Guests can also take a swim at the heated lap pool, unwind inside the steam room or indulge in one of their hot and cold African baths.  Other experiences include birding safaris, star gazing and bush walks to track the Big 5.

Guests can tuck into a boma dinner.

What's next? The Farmstead at Royal Malewane will open in  May 2019. It is a 12-minute drive south of the existing lodge with views over the canopies of the Greater Kruger National Park.

The Farmstead at Royal Malewane consists of the main lodge area, three suites, The Farmhouse, a double spa treatment room offering a variety of indulgent treatments and a gym.