Royal Malewane, Timbavati South Africa

Game Lodge, Kruger


Perfect for safari virgins and luxury-lovers alike, spectacular Royal Malewane was one of South Africa's first-ever small safari camps – and still ranks among its best.  Not only are you virtually-guaranteed Big Five sightings, but guests will  delight in one of the six mammoth Luxury Suites. We can assure that you’ll be treated like a celebrity – hence why past guests include Elton John and Bono.


Decorated in a grand colonial style with silks and four-poster beds, chambers feature teak decks, bathtubs and outdoor showers.  And that’s just the two-person Luxury Suites; the pair of secluded Royal Suites throw in a plunge pool and gazebo. They also include a private chef, butler, devoted guiding team and four daily massages – as does the segregated Africa House villa, whose six bedrooms ring a courtyard and dining boma.


The same interior skills which characterise her other South African jewels – including the Winelands’ La Residence and Birkenhead House – result in a sophisticated tone here at owner Liz Biden’s original property.  Persian rugs and exotic artefacts dot not only the library and lounge, but also the various al-fresco sitting areas.  There’s also an extensive spa and a large heated pool.  After dark, haute-cuisine dishes are served outdoors in a Bedouin-style tent, supported by numerous wines and whiskies.

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Royal Malewane

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