Location: Thornybush Game Reserve
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 In the Thornybush Private Game Reserve you will find the Royal Malewane Safari Lodge.  This is without doubt one of the most luxurious safari experiences in South Africa, if not the entire African Continent. Set in the Lowveld, Thornybush is a private game reserve covering 28,750 acres adjoining the Kruger National Park. The landscape is very much of the open Savannah type, and the climate is near perfect all year round. 


Frequented by famous who’s who of the world, Royal Malewane is just an hour’s flight from Johannesburg into Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit), and from Eastgate a short 1/2 hour’s drive to the Lodge.  Royal Malewane Safari Lodge is a top luxury safari lodge where you will be pampered, served wonderful cuisine,wines, and of course the service is impeccable.

Royal Malewane Accommodation

No expense has been spared in the detail that has been afforded to the accommodation at Royal Malewane. With 6 Suites, 2 Two bedroomed Suites and 1 Six bedroomed house suitable for families, the décor has been beautifully executed by owner Liz Biden, to fit in with the natural colours of the bush and its surroundings. All Suites are air-conditioned and enjoy their own private pools and viewing decks – this makes for the most intimate safari experience possible where you will be totally absorbed by the bush and its surrounds.

Royal Malewane

Royal Malewane

Game viewing

Apart from the beauty of reading a book on your own private deck to look up and see a group of Impala or a strolling elephant, Royal Malewane offers early morning and late afternoon game drives (or walks) with highly qualified rangers and trackers. Each game drive will be broken in the middle by a tea/coffee and biscuits break at sunrise, or a bar beverage at sun-set, all prepared in a beautiful location in the bush.

Dining at Royal Malewane

Dining at Royal Malewane is taken no less seriously than the game viewing. Prepared with the freshest ingredients, and Kosher on request, each meal is a gourmet adventure in itself, whether enjoyed on the large dining deck overlooking the waterhole, or in the Boma, accompanied by the clicks of frogs and crickets, or in the Bedouin Tent, lit up by hanging lanterns – all venues add to the warmth and atmosphere of this beautiful property.

Royal Malewane bathroom

Royal Malewane bathroom

Other special activities at Royal Malewane

  • a visit to the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation center to view and experience, first hand, and at very close quarters, rehabilitation of everything from birds to leopards
  • visit the Hoedspruit endangered species center to view wild dog, wild cat, black-footed cat, sable antelope to mention a few
  • hot air balloon flights over the savannah
  • a canyon cruise on the Blyde River dam
  • a round of golf at the famous Leopard Creek golf course where game such as impala, giraffe and hippo roam
  • enjoy a horse-back riding safari through the bush

For wine enthusiasts interested in the Cape Wine Region, Greatest Africa are specialists in private wine tours. Our exclusive tours are guided by boutique wine producer Richard Hilton, of Richard Hilton Vineyards, who is also the founder and MD of Greatest Africa.

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Royal Malewane Flight