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Royal Malewane

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Los Angeles, California
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Royal Malewane is a visually stunning property! The massive lounge/living room area is decorated with elegant furnishings. One of my favorite pieces was a spectacular, cut-velvet couch in a striking shade of green There are unique, gorgeous, regal looking, high-backed chairs. Compelling art pieces are everywhere you look. The guest suites are absolutely beautiful and immaculately clean. General Manager, Edward... More 

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Thank Judesworld
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Royal Malewane was quite possibly the nicest experience we have ever had traveling as a family. Our two teenage girls, my wife and I had an amazing time. The lodge is intimate, with few rooms, amazingly friendly staff and beautiful surroundings. The twice daily game drives were to be remembered for a lifetime. The food was to die for... More 

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Thank Mike S
TheRoyalPortfolio, General Manager at Royal Malewane, responded to this review

Dear Mike S Thank you and your family for writing this wonderful review of your stay at Royal Malewane. We love having families to stay with us and it is always fun when the elephants drop in for drinks. Thank you again for staying with us and we hope that we can welcome you back to Royal Malewane or one... More 

Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow! Amazing! Fabulous! Royal Malewane is a great Lodge to stay at while you experience the South African Bush. Our suite was fabulous, the house staff amazing. Grace-your soups are to die for Michael- the meals were amazing Mbuso-thank you for taking such good care of us. Peti and Patrick- our driver and tracker-can't say enough about these 2, we... More 

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TheRoyalPortfolio, General Manager at Royal Malewane, responded to this review

Dear indi12324 Thank you for your effusive words about Royal Malewane which we have shared with the entire team who are delighted. We are certainly very lucky to have such an amazing team - thank you for acknowledging them. And we hope to welcome you back to Royal Malewane in the not too distant future. Kindest regards Edward Morton General... More 

Los Angeles, California
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62 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last year we visited Royal Malewane and fell in love with its many wonderful features. If this is your first Safari (our third year in a row) please understand that the greatest danger is not the animals, rather it is the very large thorns abundant on the ever present Acacias. None of us had a problem, but one must be... More 

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TheRoyalPortfolio, General Manager at Royal Malewane, responded to this review

Dear GaryFleishman Thank you very much for taking the time to write this insightful review into your stay with us at Royal Malewane. We are delighted that you once again enjoyed your stay and that you had a good wildlife experience with Mumps and Ryan. That bond between a ranger and a tracker is a very special one indeed. We... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Royal Malewane provided the ultimate safari experience. We saw the "Big Five" every day, thanks to our amazing tracker and guide. We also had the experience of a lifetime when 12 elephants took a drink from our plunge pool while we were sitting on the deck! In addition to the amazing bush drives, we indulged in total luxury when back... More 

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TheRoyalPortfolio, General Manager at Royal Malewane, responded to this review

Dear kmparent Thank you very much for your wonderful review and for staying with us - it's a rare treat when the elephants stop in for a drink. We're so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us at Royal Malewane and we hope that we can welcome you back to the bush one day soon or to one of... More 

Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Royal Malewane was a dream come true.. The staff was amazing. The service, the food, the game drives were beyond top notch!! For those wanting a true luxurious African experience; you will not be disappointed.. It was eyond my expectations!!!

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Thank Review027
TheRoyalPortfolio, General Manager at Royal Malewane, responded to this review

Dear Review027 Many thanks for your kind words about Royal Malewane and our team. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kindest regards Edward Morton General Manager | Royal Malewane Royal Malewane is a member of The Royal Portfolio More 

Los Angeles, California
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116 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

It is very hard to know what to expect on one's first safari. The website photos can only tell so much. We were sort of "in the know" as to the level of service, having stayed in a sister property in Franschhoek. But providing the service, attention to detail, and amazing safari experience in the African bush is was simply... More 

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TheRoyalPortfolio, General Manager at Royal Malewane, responded to this review

Dear terimbi Thank you so much for your very kind review of Royal Malewane and for choosing us for your first safari experience. We have shared this with the entire team who are delighted. We loved having you to stay and we can't wait to welcome you back to the bush. Perhaps for your next trip you can come and... More 

Dublin
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

While the property is a very special and intimate place, with private villas, gourmet dining and watering hole (visited daily by big-5 game) - the staff and service are without parallel. I have been fortunate to have travelled all over the world to 5* resorts, hotels etc. and this was head and shoulders above anywhere I have experienced. I am... More 

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TheRoyalPortfolio, General Manager at Royal Malewane, responded to this review

Dear neilojeilo Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review about your stay with us at Royal Malewane. We have shared your kind words with the entire team who are delighted and can't wait to welcome you back to your home in the African bush. With best wishes and kindest regards Kielan Kallis Deputy General Manager |... More 

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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Royal Malewane is family-owned, and it shows, in the best ways possible. The lodge staff created an unforgettable, priceless trip of a lifetime! (It did cost a pretty penny, but it was so worth it because we got to see the Big 5 African mammals, and who knows when we’ll be able to get back to South Africa). Royal Malewane... More 

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TheRoyalPortfolio, General Manager at Royal Malewane, responded to this review

Dear Janice D Thank you for taking the time to write this truly amazing review about your stay with us at Royal Malewane. Your kind words about our staff will be shared with the whole team and they will be delighted that they each played a part in making your stay special including the elephants drinking from the watering hole... More 

Los Angeles
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

The Royal Malewane is fabulous! No words can describe the beauty, attention to detail, service, amenities, or the quality. They anticipate your every need! It's decorated in old world and opulent style that feels special. The meals are exquisite with beautiful presentation and table settings. The chefs are world class. The spa treatments and staff are great including my manicure... More 

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TheRoyalPortfolio, General Manager at Royal Malewane, responded to this review

Dear Kathy G Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review of Royal Malewane. It was a great pleasure having you stay with us - we have shared your kind words with the entire team and we hope that we can welcome you back to Royal Malewane or one of the other Royal Portfolio properties... More 

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Amenities

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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free Breakfast
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Free Breakfast
  • Laundry Service
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge
  • Conference Facilities
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Royal Malewane is an exclusive private safari lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park. The guiding team is one of the most qualified in Africa which means that your Big 5 safari experience will be unsurpassed. Royal Malewane has 6 luxury suites, 2 Royal Suites and Africa House. The Royal Suites each have 2 bedrooms while Africa House is an exclusive use, 6 bedroom bush villa. As part of The Royal Portfolio, Royal Malewane offers guests the highest levels of luxury, exceptional cuisine and personalised service. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Royal Malewane

Address: Avoca Road, Thornybush Reserve, Limpopo | Limpopo Province, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Price Range: $2,886 - $3,156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Royal Malewane 5*
Number of rooms: 10
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