South African Lodges
Royal Malewane Game Reserve
near Hoedspruit
South Africa
Lodge Type

The luxurious lodge nestles within the famous Timbavati, on the western fringe of the Kruger National Park in South Africa in proximity to Hoedspruit. Royal Malewane guests stay in imperial splendour, the Lodge offers an exclusive getaway for those who value privacy, personalised service and provides the best game viewing South Africa has to offer.

Elevated walkways link free-standing, luxurious suites to the library, shop, dining and reception areas. Each luxury suite features its private spectacular outdoor terrace with private pool and gazebo. The suites offer a palatial air-conditioned bedroom which is complete with fireplace, mini bar, canopied king size bed and extravagant bathroom with a large Victorian bath as well as indoor and outdoor showers.
The interior decor of the suites draws inspiration from the grand colonial ethos. Here, after a long day of spectacular game viewing, guests may relax in comfort in their spacious suites.

Stretching out majestically in the shade of Acacia thorn and boasting panoramic views, the Royal Suite, as well as the Royal Malewane Suites, are the pinnacle of refinement and opulence. These luxurious private hideaways accommodate four guests each with two en-suite rooms, which are complete with private lounges and dining facilities. Complimentary services include a private butler and chef, masseuse and individual game drives.


Dining is a grand affair for guests staying here. The world-class cuisine is served with all meals and local beverages inclusive. Guests are treated to a full breakfast, lunch, high tea and gourmet dinner all of which are expertly prepared by the award-winning chef, who is on hand to cater for any special preferences or requests, including a favourite dish for dinner under starlight in the boma or a pre-packed bush breakfast.

Health & Beauty Spa

The Spa is the perfect refuge for guests seeking relaxation and rejuvenation in a peaceful and tranquil environment. This natural sanctuary for the senses in the heart of wildest Africa offers guests an indoor and outdoor treatment area, gym, steam room and, the highest level of personalised service. Guests may enjoy a treatment of their choice at the luxurious spa with only nature surrounding them. Many different spa treatments are available including massages, aromatherapy, skin care and hydrotherapy.

For those who like to get closer to nature, the outdoor area consists of a Vichy shower and large spa bath. The Vichy shower has seven heads, which can be positioned to achieve simultaneously different therapeutic effects on specific areas of the body.


Game viewing here provides guests with the best opportunities for seeing the great abundance of big game on the 12 100 ha Reserve which is also home to the "Big Five": lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino. Over 301 recorded bird species are also to be found in the game reserve. Game viewing is tailored to guests’ individual needs, either by open Land Rover or on foot.

  • Game drives: early morning, late afternoon, night game drives
  • Bush Walks with guides
  • Swimming Pool
  • Health and Beauty Spa
  • Gym.

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  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Housekeeping


Dining at the Royal Malewane Game Lodge

Unforgettable dinners are one of the highlights for guests staying at the Royal Malewane Game Lodge in Limpopo, South Africa. The dining area and lounge of this five-star game lodge overlook the waterhole, which means that with some luck, spectacular game sightings can be observed during meal times.  The meals, local beverages, and house wines are included. Enjoy a full breakfast, lunch and gourmet dinner in the elegant setting of the main lodge while soaking up the picturesque surroundings.

Outdoor dining venues at the Royal Malewane Game Lodge allow guests to experience the incredible atmosphere of the bush at night.  In the Boma, serenaded by frogs and crickets as well as being entertained by traditional singing and dancing, guests at the Royal Malewane Game Lodge enjoy delicious flame-grilled fare under a dazzling sky full of stars.

Dinner in the lodge's Bedouin tent bedecked with Moroccan lanterns is equally unusual for guests, as braziers blaze high, and an incredible selection of gourmet dishes from an exotic feast of flavors.  The lodge provides a unique selection of South Africa's finest wines to complement each meal.

Spa Facilities

The Royal Malewane Bush Spa is world-renowned for its magnificent setting and the sheer luxuriousness of its wellness treatments.  Most of the available spa treatments make use of indigenous ingredients.   The Safari Spa at the Royal Malewane Lodge offers an oasis of refreshment, relaxation and restoration of the mind, body and spirit amidst the tranquillity of the African bush.

The private facilities at the Royal Malewane Bush Spa are comprehensive and include a gym from where scenic views can be enjoyed, sparkling heated lap pool, steam room, Jacuzzi, hot and cold African baths and private casitas for relaxation or treatments.  Guests are welcome to relax by the pool in the central courtyard. Healthy juices and snacks are available, and a computer room with full internet access make this unique safari spa that much more convenient.

The professional team of internationally qualified spa therapists provides a broad range of treatments for beauty, health and relaxation at the Royal Malewane Game Lodge, South Africa.  Massages ease away any tension while the hydrotherapy treatments use pure, mineral-rich water sourced from an underground stream which flows through the reserve.

The health and beauty spa at the Royal Malewane Game Lodge uses Dermalogica products for their treatments. Blissful sensory experiences with a great African touch are the speciality of the Royal Malewane Bush Spa.

Royal Malewane Bush Spa facilities:

  • Gym
  • Sparkling heated lap pool
  • Steam room
  • Jacuzzi
  • Hot and cold African baths
  • Private casitas for relaxation or treatments
  • Pool in the central courtyard

Game viewing

The exciting game drives at the Royal Malewane Game Lodge in South Africa are tailored to suit the interests of guests, which allows the opportunity to track a specific favourite animal or see the birds, flowers or trees which guests love most. Guests staying at the Royal Malewane Game Lodge may explore the bush on foot with the expert guides and trackers.

Game drives during sunrise and sunset are a fantastic adventure where up close encounters of Africa's untamed wildlife can be enjoyed.  Each season in the African bushveld has something special to offer regarding game viewing and game drives. The dry, gold-brown winter bush (May to October) makes for excellent sightings but the lush green foliage of the summer months (November - April) brings with it migrant birds and newborn animals. Embrace the unique opportunities of the moment, for nature, is generous in her bounty.
The game rangers at the Royal Malewane Game Lodge hold the highest FGASA qualifications, including SKS-DG (Special Knowledge and Skills – Dangerous Animals) as well as advanced rifle handling certificates. These requirements ensure guests an exceptional and unforgeable game experience; not only from vehicles but also during walking safaris. At the invitation safety is a priority, all safari guides and game trackers receive ongoing on-site wilderness emergency training from experts in the field.


Photography is a passion of the game rangers at Royal Malewane, and they have numerous awards amongst them. The qualified game rangers understand the joy of capturing the beauty of the bush in a photograph and are always happy to assist guests with their photographic requirements.

Spa treatments
  • steam room
  • Jacuzzi
  • hot and cold African baths
  • gym
  • sparkling heated lap pool
  • private casitas for relaxation or treatments
  • pool in the central courtyard
Star gazing

The game rangers at the Royal Malewane Game Lodge have extensive knowledge of the constellations of the African night skies and are happy to share their knowledge with guests.

Nearby attractions
  • Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Nearby activities
  • Helicopter Flights
  • Hot Air Balloon Flights
  • Canyon Cruise (Blyde River)
  • Golf on Leopard Creek Championship Golf Course
  • Horse Riding Safaris (Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate)

  • Boma
  • Curio Shop
  • Hotel Bar
  • Library
  • Outdoor patio
  • Restaurant
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wellness centre

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 11:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Individual climate controlled room
  • Massage treatments
  • Porters
  • Secure parking
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
Children Policy
  • No children under 12 years can be accommodated at the Royal Malewane Game Lodge unless, at the Africa House, Royal & Malewane Suites or the entire lodge is booked with all the private services.

Available Rooms

Luxury Suite

# Rooms:

Providing beautiful views, the six spacious and luxurious suites at the Royal Malewane Game Lodge are the supreme of refinement and opulence in game lodge accommodation. Comfortably appointed and fully air-conditioned, the Luxury Suites feature an elegant colonial-style refuge in the heart of the bush.

Each Luxury Suite at the lodge accommodates two guests and offers private wooden decks, rim-flow pools and thatched gazebos. The main room contains a fireplace, exclusive dark wooden furniture, and a canopied king-size bed. Bathrooms are extravagantly sized, full of light and the epitome of indulgence. 

Guests are invited to enjoy the large Victorian-style bath and shower inside or out. Elevated walkways link the Luxury Suites to the main lodge.  Only the wildlife witnesses guest relaxing in this private, luxurious game lodge accommodation.

Luxury Suite features:

  • Air conditioning
  • Wooden deck
  • Rim flow pool
  • Thatched gazebo
  • Large bathrooms
  • Canopied king size bed
  • Inside and outside showers
  • Large Victorian bath
Single Room R32400
Double Room R43200

Royal Suite

# Rooms:

For even more privacy and seclusion, the Royal Suite offers its private sitting and dining areas, kitchen and chef, not to mention butler, guide, tracker and personal game drive vehicle.  Guests may enjoy privacy and exclusivity in this luxurious hideaway at the Royal Malewane Game Lodge.

Space and splendour characterize the Royal Suite at the Royal Malewane Game Lodge in South Africa. The Royal Suite can accommodate four guests in elegant safari style accommodation, with comfortable space for relaxing, dining, sleeping and bathing. A large outside deck which features a pool allows guests to make the most of the wild beauty of the surroundings.

Inside, the décor of the Royal Suite is classic colonial bush style, reflecting old world elegance which is ideally suited to luxury safari accommodation. Wonderful antiques, paintings, and curious are richly evocative of a leisure and luxurious past, while the secluded location provides a dreamy romantic escape unsurpassed in its peace and tranquillity.

Single Room R108000
Double Room R108000

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Beaufiful lodge in the Timbervati, Beautiful Views and I had a great relaxing Time.







I enjoyed the colonial splendour at Royal Malewane, great gourmet meals and a lovely luxurious suite.

GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.517565

Longitude: 31.164258


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star


Since its opening in January 2000, the five-star Royal Malewane Game Lodge in South Africa has been renowned for its superior safari experience.   Besides being featured in numerous local and international publications, the Royal Malewane Game Lodge has also received many prestigious accolades.

These Royal Malewane awards include:

  •  No 3 - Travel + Leisure World’s Best Hotels 2011 (USA)
  •  Top 20 Lodges and Resorts in Africa and the Middle East - Travel and Leisure World’s Best -2010 (USA)
  •  The Best 100: Retreats in Africa - The Ultimate Chic Collection -2009 (SA)
  •  Best Safari Camp Spa - The Good Safari Guide 2009 (UK)
  •  Gold Achiever - AA Travel Guides American Express Accommodation Awards 2009 (SA)
  •  The Best Designer Retreat in Africa - Amarula: Best Retreats in Africa Awards 2008 (SA)
  •  Hotel of the year Nominee – Virtuoso Best of the Best 2008 (USA)
  •  "Reader’s Choice 2008” Grand Award Winner- Andrew Harpers Hideaway Report
  •  The 101 Best Spas in the World- Tatler Spa Guide 2008 (UK)
  •  Hotel of the year Nominee – Virtuoso Best of the Best (USA) 2008
  •  The 101 Best Spas in the World- Tatler Spa Guide (UK) 2008
  •  Best Safari Spa 2008- Les Nouvelles Esthetiques (South Africa)
  •  Top 101 Hotels, Big Hitters List - Tatler (UK) 2007
  •  “Hideaway of the Year 2007” Grand Award Winner- Andrew Harpers Hideaway Report
  •  The Worlds 100 Ultimate Escapes- Luxury Resorts Robb Report (USA) 2007
  •  Best Safari Lodge - Tatler (UK) 2006
  •  Top 101 Hotels - Tatler (UK) 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2006
  •  Top 10 Spas in the World - Tatler (UK) August 2003
  •  Top 57 Hot Spots of the World - Condé Nast Traveller 2001
  •  "Hideaways of the Year 2001" Grand Award Winner - Andrew Harpers Hideaway Report
  •  Best Destinations for 2001 - Forbes Magazine
  •  One of the top 150 places in the World - Harpers & Queen Travel Awards 2003
  •  Chaine des Rotisseurs Blazon for Cuisine
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