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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 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 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

Activities, Sports & Leisure

Wildlife 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)


Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 11:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Individual climate controlled room
  • Massage treatments
  • Porters
  • Safari drives
  • Secure parking
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
Children Policy
  • No children under 12 years can be accommodated at the Royal Malewane 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 R38640
Double Room R51520

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 R127680
Double Room R127680

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 in South Africa has been renowned for its superior safari experience.   Besides being featured in numerous local and international publications, the Royal Malewane lodge has also received many prestigious accolades.

Hotel Group(s)

  • The Royal Portfolio