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Establishment Description

Royal Malewane caters to the discerning traveller, who wishes to experience a complete safari in luxurious accommodation and pampering at their award winning spa. Royal Malewane is the only African Safari Lodge of its kind to have been awarded the prestigious Chaine des Rotisseurs Blazon for outstanding cuisine, facilities and hospitality.Escape to the wilderness and experience the timeless magic of the bushveld.Situated on a private reserve within the Greater Kruger, Royal Malewane offersunparalleled luxury amidst a setting of incredible natural beauty. Extraordinarygame viewing, fine cuisine and an award-winning spa make this a destinationthat will stir your heart and thrill your senses.Royal Malewane Safari Lodge and Spa provides the ultimate getaway for those who value privacy, personalized service and the best “Big Five” game viewing Africa has to offer. Accommodating a maximum of 20 guests in the utmost colonial splendour, this privately owned 10-suite lodge is situated on a 30 000 acres reserve in the Greater Kruger region of South Africa.


Elevated walkways link Royal Malewane’s luxurious freestanding suites to the lodge’s reception and dining areas, library and world-renowned Bush Spa. With a staff to guest ratio of 4:1, Royal Malewane is able to offer service of the highest order. Royal Malewane is the only African Safari Lodge of its kind to have been awarded the prestigious Chaine des Rotisseurs Blazon for outstanding cuisine, facilities and hospitality.

Accommodation is full of old-world grandeur. Six spacious air-conditioned suites enjoy complete privacy with rim-flow pool, wooden deck and thatched gazebo and magnificently appointed bathrooms.For the ultimate indulgence, the Royal and Malewane Suites are palatial, stylishly decorated havens: each sleeps four and enjoys private dining facilities, chef, butler, private game drives and a complimentary spa treatment per suite per day.

Africa House

Africa House, sleeping 12, is a private bush paradise two minutes from the main lodge, filled with vibrant colours and an eclectic mix of antiques. A central courtyard with fountain, spacious veranda with infinity pool and striking collection of artwork make this ideal for the discerning lover of the exotic and the exclusive. Private chef, butler, housekeepers, ranger, tracker and game drive vehicle ensure that service is tailor-made to guest requirements. Children of all ages are welcome.

Area activities

Game viewing at Royal Malewane with our expert rangers and trackers provides guests with the thrilling opportunity to see the natural abundance of game on the Reserve, including the ‘Big-Five’ - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Royal Malewane is home to the only Master Tracker currently working in Southern Africa. Off-reserve there are tours to the Valley of the Olifants,hot air ballooning, scenic helicopter trips or even a visit to see the Mapusha weavers and their villages. Trips to the Hoodspruit cheetah Breeding Project at the Mohololholo animal rehabilitation centre can also be arranged.

Expert rangers and trackers make every game drive an adventure. Gain firsthandinsight into the cycle of life and death playing out daily amidst the wildbeauty of the landscape.

The Spa soothes, refreshes and revitalizes in a setting of stillness and tranquillity. Heated pool, gymnasium, hot and cold African baths and casitas are designed for relaxation and enjoyment of the highest order.


Completely surrounded by the African bush, The Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa is a veritable oasis of calm. With internationally qualified therapists on hand to provide therapeutic treatments, this is the ultimate refuge for those seeking to refresh and restore the mind, body and spirit.The Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa philosophy draws on the healing powers of water. All hydrotherapy treatments make use of mineral-rich water sourced from an underground stream that flows through the reserve. Filtered through limestone and granite, these are the waters after which this incomparable Bush Spa is named.Positioned around the central courtyard are the beautifully appointed treatment rooms, as well as a fully equipped gymnasium, a steam room, hot and cold African baths and bush casitas where guests can enjoy the treatment of their choice.

Check in times

Check in : 

14h00 (2 pm)

Check out:

11h00 (11am)

Children Policy

No children under 12, unless at Africa House, Royal & Malewane Suites or the entire lodge are booked with all the private services.

Deposit Terms

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm a reservation. On-line reservations to be paid immediately with credit card when making a reservation. When paying your deposit by EFT (Electronic fund transfer) the deposit is required within 4 days of confirmation.
All reservations must be guaranteed by a valid credit card.
A reservation is not secure until such time as a deposit has been received and TRP Hotels reserves the right up until that time to cancel such reservations without prior notice. Payments must be made in South African Rand (ZAR) via wire transfer, nett of bank charges.
Remaining balance payable 4 weeks prior to arrival.

Cancellation Terms

The following cancellation fees will be applied should a booking be cancelled within the following period:

* 8 to 4 weeks before arrival – 25% of total accommodation fee.

* 4 to 2 weeks before arrival – 50% of total accommodation fee.

* 2 weeks before arrival – 100% of total accommodation fee.There is also a 25% non-refundable deposit associated to all bookings made between December 15 and January 15.

Travel Insurance

We suggest that guests are covered by travel insurance in the event of an unforeseen cancellation.

Room Types & Descriptions

Luxury Suites:

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. Each suite accommodates two guests and enjoys private wooden decks, rim-flow pools and thatched gazebos. The main room contains a fireplace, beautiful dark wooden furniture and canopied king-size bed. Bathrooms are extravagantly sized, full of light and the epitome of indulgence. Enjoy the huge Victorian-style bath and shower inside or out. Elevated walkways link the suites to the main lodge. Only the wildlife will witness you relaxing in this ultra-private, ultra-luxurious game lodge accommodation.

Royal & Malewane Suite:

Space and splendour characterise these two suites. Each one of our suites can house four people in fine safari accommodation style, with acres of room for relaxing, dining, sleeping and bathing. A huge outside deck complete with pool allows you to make the most of the wild beauty of the surroundings 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. Wonderful antiques, paintings and curios are richly evocative of a leisured and luxurious past, whilst the secluded location provides a dreamy romantic escape unsurpassed in its peace and tranquillity.

Africa House:

Africa House, sleeping 12, is a private bush paradise two minutes from themain lodge, filled with vibrant colours and an eclectic mix of antiques. A centralcourtyard with fountain, spacious veranda with infinity pool and strikingcollection of artwork make this ideal for the discerning lover of the exotic andthe exclusive. Private chef, butler, housekeepers, ranger, tracker and gamedrive vehicle ensure that service is tailor-made to guest requirements. Childrenof all ages are welcome.


Each day is punctuated by an abundance of fine and flavoursome food, every meal a celebration, the lavish hospitality creating experiences that linger long in the memory. Whilst feasting under the stars with bush melodies playing in your ears, the power of the wild to enrapture takes hold.

CSI Profiles

Royal Malewane

Food Philosophy

Created with flair by Executive Chef, John Jackson, the food at Royal Malewane game lodge in a private reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park, is imaginative while simple, thoughtfully prepared and elegantly served.

“The food at Royal Malewane is sun food,” says Jackson, “bright and colourful with full flavours, the freshest of ingredients and careful preparation.” The look of the food not only has to reflect the sun and blue skies of South Africa’s bush veld in the Northern Province, but also the style of the lodge, which is ultra luxurious.
Jackson’s Mediterranean and fusion food tastes make use of the abundant tropical fruits, local salmon and rainbow trout, game, vegetables and herbs from the area. The very best local ingredients are matched with the finest South African wines and imported chocolates and cheeses.
Due to the number of food experiences each day, Jackson focuses on imaginative but light food. The cuisine encompasses food experiences ranging from home-made muffins, rusks and biscuits for early morning game drive, lavish and extensive breakfasts and brunches either at the lodge or in the bush, light lunches on the cool verandas, teas featuring only home-made sweets, to grandiose dinners.
In the evenings at Royal Malewane, renowned chef John Jackson serves sumptuous dinners in different outdoor locations.
Guests can be assured of a variety of gourmet delights for instance; venison roasts slowly basted in the huge open fireplace of the semi-sheltered dining area. There is also the leisurely enjoyment of seven courses served with starched white napery, silver cutlery and crystal glasses. The pure luxury and elegance of this dinner creates an awesome contrast to the rustic surroundings of the African bush and makes the “silver and crystal” evening unforgettable.
A Boma dinner overlooks the water hole, while local singers and dancers entertain and guests enjoy the sumptuous traditional dishes around the fires and under the open African sky.
Imagine the surprise, when after your evening game drive, you arrive at a clearing in the bush to a magnificent Bedouin tent bedecked with Moroccan lanterns and Persian cushions. The aromas of light curries cooked under the stars greet you.
With the mesh of trees outlined against the lanterns, the air is thick with sounds of the wildlife, but still with a sense of quiet, which makes you feel as if time is standing still. Truly magnificent and unforgettable!

Chef's Profile

royalmalewane 1.jpg resizedJohn’s career in the hospitality industry commenced in the 1970’s with business partner Keith Blake and their rash purchase one weekend of a tea and coffee place in the country outside Johannesburg. Within a year, the leading restaurant reviewer of the time, “The Rand Daily Mail” listed ‘The Country Restaurant” as one of Johannesburg’s Top Ten Restaurants, which led to a tripling of the restaurant’s seating capacity within a year.
Four years later John and Keith purchased the most esteemed Restaurant in the Cape “Rosenfontein” in the town of Paarl, close to Cape Town, and John went off to Roger Verge at his famed 3 Star Michelin restaurant in the South of France near Cannes called “Moulin des Mougins” for further training. “Rosenfontein” now continued to draw critical acclaim with features in every South African publication as well as a feature article in the British “House & Garden”.
Due to a chance encounter John discovered the derelict ruins of the original homesteads of Valkenburg Manor House, one of the original nine Free Burger farms granted in the Cape by Jan van Riebeeck. This was now restored to feature a quartet of restaurants “Rosenfontein”, “The Wild Fig”, “L’Orangerie” and “Rosenfontein Bistro Theatre”. The new Rosenfontein continued to draw even more critical acclaim from nearly all South African publications as well as overseas publications such as the Italian “La Nuova Cuccina”. Rosenfontein was recognised as one of the Top Ten Cape Restaurants every year, as well as in the National Top Ten on occasion.
Next followed “John Jackson at The Peninsula”, with the Cape’s most stylish restaurant at one of its most prestigious hotels and a nine-year stay at The Peninsula (when the restaurant’s name was shortened just to “Jackson’s”) as Executive Chef of the restaurant, together with the more casual “Café Bijou”. “Jackson’s” also drew critical acclaim with Cape Top Ten status every year and again National Top Ten status on occasion.
John is the General Manager and Executive Chef at Royal Malewane, what many are calling Africa’s finest game lodge. The luxury of the lodge and the excellence of the food are fast drawing critical acclaim in publications such as “Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report”, “Condé Nast Traveller” and local magazines such as “Getaway” and “Condé Nast House & Garden”. Royal Malewane has been awarded the coveted Blazon from the Chaine des Rotisseurs.

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Directions from Johannesburg to Royal Malewane
From Johannesburg take the N12 to Witbank (now calledEmalahleni)
Take the N4 from Witbank (Emalahleni) Via Middleburg
Turn left off the N4 to Belfast and drive through Belfast onto Dullstroom
Drive through Dullstroom, Lydenburg (now called Mashishing) and Ohrigstad
Drive through Ohrigstad through the JG Strydom Tunnel
Drive on past the Tzaneen turn off on the left
At the Khamai Reptile Park turn right onto the R531
Follow that road, past Bombyx Mori Silk Farm on your left and
Moholoholo further down on your right
Drive under the railway bridge and pass the Hoedspruit turn off to the left
Turn left onto the Orpen Road
Travel for a total of 12,5 km on the Orpen Road, you will bepassing the Guernsey gravel road on the left as you go
Turn left into the Avoca gravel road
There is an access control gate here to sign you in (no fees are payable here)
Travel along the Avoca Road (dirt road) for 5,2 km and turn left into the Royal Malewane Main Gate


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Nearest Airport

KMIA ( Kruger Mpumalanga international Airport)

Transfer Options

ROAD TRANSFER ( From Hoedspruit Airport to RM,subject to change )
AIR TRANSFER (From KMIA – RM, subject to change)

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