We and some others in the lodge were upgraded here from the Jackalberry Lodge because it was overbooked (seems to happen a lot). We met some others who had stayed part of the time at the Jackalberry and part of the time at the Royal Legend. They said the rooms at the Royal Legend were much nicer but that they saw a lot more animals at the Jackalberry because Thornybush, where Jackalberry is located, is a fenced in reserve.
As the other reviews have stated, the rooms here are amazing. The beds are huge and very comfortable. The rooms and especially the bathrooms are VERY large. We saw a couple of ants in the bathtub, but you're in the middle of the bush, so what do you expect? Our friends had more ants in their bathroom, though.
The food was very good and had a lot of variety. We were treated to the outdoor dinner in the boma on our last night, with the staff performing some traditional songs and dances after the meal.
The safari drives were also very good, and we had a chance to see 4 of the Big Five (no leopards). The tracker and ranger did their best to make sure you were able to see as many animals as possible.
The watering hole and outdoor pool next to the dining area was also a great place to view wildlife. There we saw vervet monkeys, elephants, warthogs, giraffes, zebras, and impala, all from the safety and comfort of the dining area deck. We also saw monkeys and waterbok from our room.
I would caution people not to leave any food out in their rooms, though. We had heard stories of baboons and monkeys going into rooms when people left their doors or windows ajar so we made sure ours were always closed. However, one night we heard a paper bag rustling in our room at night and in the morning saw that something had taken a bit out of a piece of (wrapped) candy we had on our counter.
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- Royal Legend Safari Lodge And Spa
- Royal Legend Safari Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
- Royal Legend Safari Lodge & Spa South Africa/Timbavati Private Nature Reserve