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Royal Malewane Safari Lodge

Thornybush Game Reserve


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The joys of a bygone era await you at Royal Malewane, within the Thornybush Private Game Reserve, a 14,500 hectare Big 5 reserve just west of the Greater Kruger Park.

Accommodating a maximum of 16 guests in the utmost colonial splendour, Royal Malewane is an exclusive getaway for those who value privacy, personalised service and the best game viewing Africa has to offer. Royal Malewane prides itself on providing guests with a safari experience of a truly superior nature. This commitment to excellence has resulted in the lodge receiving international acclaim in the form of many prestigious awards.

The main camp complex is the heart of Royal Malewane. African thatched-roof buildings house the library, shop, dining and reception areas. Furnished with rich antiques and Persian carpets, every fitting creates the feel of original colonial elegance.

There is a wonderful gym and spa facility offering health and skincare therapy. Guests may enjoy a treatment of their choice at the luxurious spa or in the sala, or they may relax with a treatment in the complete privacy of their own suite.

Each of the private suites rest in harmony with its magnificent surroundings, with a rich deck wood terrace, thatched gazebo and spillway pool finding easy residence in nature.

The suites feature a palatial air-conditioned bedroom/sitting room with a fireplace, antique furniture and canopied kingsize bed as well as an extravagant bathroom with a window-side Victorian bath and indoor and outdoor showers.

Elevated walkways link the suites to the main camp.

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Our standard rates for a Luxury Suite
DatesPriceBasisTypeNights
1 September 2020 to 14 December 2020 GBP 1,330 USD 1,676 ZAR 27,271 EUR 1,463 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
15 December 2020 to 5 January 2021 GBP 1,423 USD 1,793 ZAR 29,168 EUR 1,565 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights

Prices are on a per person sharing basis (pps).

Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.

In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Thornybush Conservation Fee (pp per stay)
DatesPriceBasisTypeNights
1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020 GBP 22 USD 27 ZAR 445 EUR 24 pp per stayStandard1+ nights

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Rates Include

Luxury Suite: All meals; local beverages; the Thornybush Conservation fee; and shared game drives are included.

Malewane Suite: All meals; local beverages; private butler; private chef; the Thornybush Conservation fee; private game drives; and 4 complimentary massages per suite per day are included.

Royal Suite: All meals; local beverages; private butler; private chef; the Thornybush Conservation fee; private game drives; and 4 complimentary massages per suite per day are included.

6 Luxury Suites + Royal Suite OR Malewane Suite: All meals; local beverages; the Thornybush Conservation fee; and shared game drives are included.

Entire Lodge (6 Luxury Suites + Royal Suite + Malewane Suite): All meals; local beverages; the Thornybush Conservation fee; and shared game drives are included.


Children Policy

Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve.



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Royal Malewane Safari Lodge Location.

Directions For Drivers

From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport: Turn left and proceed along this road. After about 15 km, turn right at the Thornybush signboard into Guernsey Road, continue right down this road (going past the Thornybush and Jackalberry gates) until you reach a T-junction. Turn left onto the R531 towards the Orpen Gate and you will see the signs to Royal Malewane after a few kilometers. Turn left at the signs, and follow the road to the gate.

All visitors have to pay a cash Conservation fee of R50 per person (subject to change) to enter the reserve.

Once inside the gate, follow the signs to the lodge through the reserve. Allow about 20-30 minutes to drive from the gate to the lodge.

Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.

From Hazyview: Follow the R40 towards Klaserie. Turn right onto the R531 towards the Orpen Gate and follow the directions as above.

From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park, and continue along the R531. Turn right at the Royal Malewane signs, and follow the directions as above.

From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast/eMakhazeni and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 and then take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing.

Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad, go through the Strydom Tunnel and take the R527 to Hoedspruit. Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie, and continue along this road until you see the turning off to the left for Eastgate Airport. Turn left here and follow the directions as above.



General Information For Guests

If you are arriving/departing via FedAir, the lodge is a 15 minute drive away from the airstrip.


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