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Avoca Road, Thornybush Reserve, Limpopo Limpopo Province, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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#5 of 182 Speciality lodging in Kruger National Park
Royal Malewane is an exclusive private safari lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park. The guiding team is one of the most qualified in Africa which means that your Big 5 safari experience will be unsurpassed. Royal Malewane has 6 luxury suites, 2 Royal Suites and Africa House. The Royal Suites each have 2 bedrooms while Africa House is an exclusive use, 6 bedroom bush villa. As part of The Royal Portfolio, Royal Malewane offers guests the highest levels of luxury, exceptional cuisine and personalised service.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Free airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Meeting rooms
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Butler service
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans


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Avoca Road, Thornybush Reserve, Limpopo Limpopo Province, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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Johannesburg Intl Airport344 kmSee all flights
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JSJNY wrote a review Jun 2021
NY87 contributions65 helpful votes
Comfy king bed, luxury linens & pillows, and plush towels (changed every few hours) are top notch. Both terry and silk robes are provided. Slippers, tote bag, snacks, and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are provided and plentiful. The outlets have multiple plugs to accommodate USA, UK, etc. No need to bring adapters. The jeep provided blankets and binoculars. There is daily laundry service included. This is all crucial given luggage limitations on our charter flight to the lodge. Our guide, Andre, was overflowing with helpful information and encyclopedic commentary. Our tracker, nicknamed Mumps, had eagle-eyes. From 100 yards away he could spot an owl sitting in a tree. We felt very safe in the bush with these 2 professionals around. Other staff was superb in every way & knew our names, preferences, interests, etc. They functioned very well as a team. KOSHER FOOD OPTION: Chef Michael’s separate kosher kitchen is divided in half (dairy and meat). Utensils are unique from each other and from the regular items used elsewhere in the lodge. Kosher chicken, steak, rack of lamb, gourmet cheeses & mevushal wines (Beth Din or OU). We turned on the stove/oven and inspected the fresh eggs. Chef Michael takes this very seriously and was most diligent. The food was Manhattan-quality gourmet. Every meal was a culinary masterpiece prepared to our precise specifications with individualized menus/options. Yes, he will prepares custom service for one.
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Date of stay: June 2021
1 Helpful vote
Permanenthoneymoon wrote a review Apr 2021
Dallas, Texas308 contributions178 helpful votes
Royal Malewane made all my safari dreams come true. The location is stunning, and the rooms are majestic-you feel like royalty. The staff are so exceptional, they don’t feel like employees but more like a loving family sharing their love for the place with you. Each meal is a feast, and the chef Jimmy will tailor the food to your tastes. The safaris are magical - Riann and Shadow were our ranger and tracker, and they went to great lengths to make sure we found all the animals we wanted to see. They also stopped at the most beautiful locations for coffee/cocktails and made sure we felt safe and enjoyed our experience. I learned so much from Riann, who was not only safari ranger of 2019 but knew the stars, plants, and just an encyclopedia of knowledge. There were several managers who took care of us, Tyrren, Melinda, Jasmin - all who make sure that your every want was taken care of within minutes. Ramos loved to share his heritage and family stories at night around the fire pit and just transported us to a fantasy land and time. We look forward to going back and making it a family tradition.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Per F wrote a review Jan 2021
15 contributions19 helpful votes
Spent 4 days at Royal Malewane in January 2021 after a tour of the other Royal Portfolio hotels in December 2020. Although I thoroughly enjoyed all the other hotels in the group, Malewane was truly impressive and the experience one of a kind, given the location in the Greater Kruger Park and the safari experiences. Service, food, spa, gym etc was 5-star, as expected in a Royal Portfolio resort. The bungalow had a very luxurious African “feel” to it, located just by a watering hole which elephants, buffalos etc routinely visits - very picturesque! Besides that, we had private Landcruiser safaris every morning and afternoon, and our guide Rudi Hulshof was very informative and able to find a wide array of interesting animals and plants on every trip. He was invaluable for us as first time safari tourists and really made the experience so much more enjoyable, and his patience with us as first time safari tourists was applaudable! I think we saw all the “Big 5” on almost all safaris, apart from the elusive and rare white rhinos which we “only” saw twice in four days. But generally, there are tons of fascinating animals around Malewane. There were so many amazing encounters during our safaris I cannot give proper credit - how do you describe what it is like to sit in a open car, 3 meters from a leopard that is feasting on an impala!?!? Overall, Malewane was a fantastic experience that I can greatly recommend.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Lraep wrote a review Feb 2020
West Vancouver, Canada1884 contributions260 helpful votes
This was our 1st Safari & celebration of our 25th Anniversary. Definitely wanted to arrange the best, and Royal Malewane did not disappoint! An enjoyable Safari experience definitely depends on quality of the Game Drives. Royal Malewane has the most qualified guiding team. We’re so privileged to have a knowledgable, friendly & handsome Ranger, Andre, partnered with one of the best Trackers in the World, Lucas (there’re only 7 Master Trackers, Royal Malewane has 3 & Lucas is one of them)! Managed to track down all of the Big Five! The day right before our departure, a herd of elephant strolled past our cottage. It was amazing. Absolutely enjoyed our stay!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Meryl R wrote a review Jan 2020
Toronto38 contributions27 helpful votes
We recently returned from a family trip to South Africa celebrating my husband's milestone birthday. Our 4 days/3 nights at Royal Malewane was truly unforgettable & set the stage for an incredible trip that we will always treasure (we also stayed at two other Royal Portfolio properties following Royal Malewane - all exceptional). Our time in the bush & seeing the big (& some of the small) five was a pinch me/bucket list experience. Wayne (our Ranger) & Herman (our Tracker) were fabulous and went out of their way to ensure that we saw all of the big 5 as well as some of the small 5, flora, birdlife, had perfect settings for morning coffee, sundowners etc. etc, The lodge is absolutely gorgeous & set unobtrusively. To say that the meals were delicious & plentiful is an understatement & enjoyed swimming in the long & beautiful lap pool & had the best massage ever at the spa. The warmth of the team is so very special & from the moment we arrived we felt like we were being greeted like family versus guests & this continued throughout to the point that when we left we were already dreaming of returning. A huge thanks to the very special Royal Malewane team for making this an experience that exceeded our already very high expectations.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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US$3 055 - US$3 787 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Royal Malewane
What are some of the property amenities at Royal Malewane?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Royal Malewane?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Royal Malewane?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Royal Malewane?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Royal Malewane?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Royal Malewane have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Royal Malewane offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Royal Malewane?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Royal Malewane offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Royal Malewane?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Is Royal Malewane accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.