- Style Safari cool
- Setting African bush veld
Enter a 24-hour safari at Royal Malewane hotel, where huge windows overlook the wilderness of Kruger National Park in South Africa. This boutique lodge has touches of luxury surrounded by pristine nature – including a private watering-hole frequented by local giraffes. Expect colonial-style rooms with four-poster beds, open fireplaces (maintained nightly) and decadently oversized bathtubs.
Need to know
- Rooms Six luxury suites, one Royal suite and one Malewane suite.
- Rates Double rooms from $1900.68 (ZAR19,737), excluding tax at 14 per cent.
- More details Rates include meals, local drinks and game drives. Royal and Malewane suite rates include a daily massage, a private chef and a private butler.
- Facilities Spa, gym, library, gift shop, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: air-con, open fireplaces, mosquito nets, minibar with free bottled water, roll-top baths and Molton Brown toiletries. Royal and Malewane Suites have flatscreen TVS and DVD/CD players.
- Poolside Each room has a private pool. There is also a 25-metre pool at the spa.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible depending on occupancy. Guests are welcome to use the hotel facilities until their flight leaves. Check-in, 2pm.
Children Over-12s are welcome. The Royal and Malewane suites are suitable for under-12s, or if the lodge is booked in its entirety. An extra bed and babysitting can be arranged free on request.
- Eco‐friendly An on-site water purification system recycles waste; the hotel is dedicated to preserving the art of tracking in the bush with a programme of instruction for junior trackers.
- Also You can rent the whole lodge (eight suites) for R162,000 a night. Smoking is allowed outside on the decking.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The Royal and Malewane Suites accommodate four people in two en-suite bedrooms and includes the services of a private chef, private game drives and four daily massages for the suite. The luxury suites are ideal for couples, and include open fires, indoor and outdoor showers and large decks with private pools.
- Packing tips There is a low malaria risk, so pack some pills. Practical shoes, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are a good idea, as is a zoom lens for you camera.
- Also The Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa is located in a serene natural setting and offers a wide range of indulgent body treatments and hydrotherapies using local minerals.
Food and drink at Royal Malewane
- Hotel restaurant The Afro-Mediterranean menu makes use of local ingredients such as delicious game and rainbow trout. Meals are served in several locations around the lodge, from silver service in the dining room, to Bedouin tents and bomas. Meal times are flexible.
- Dress code Light-weight tropical.
- Top table In the boma, under the stars.
- Room service The kitchen endeavours to accommodate all guests' wishes.
- Hotel bar There is a complimentary minibar in all rooms.