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Family Safaris at Royal Malewane

There is something magical about introducing children to nature from an early age. Encouraging a lifetime of discovery and wonder at the earth's great and small creatures.

The Biden family started The Royal Portfolio in 1999 at Royal Malewane. The land used to be their family bush home where the children spent many happy years growing up close to nature and that’s why it was so important to Liz that children could experience the magic of safari.

Children over 10 are welcome in the six Luxury Suites and in the three Luxury Farm Suites, while children of all ages are welcome in the two Royal Suites, at Africa House and at The Farmhouse.

The Royal Suites each have two bedrooms, with acres of room for relaxing, dining and sleeping. A huge outside deck complete with a crystal-clear pool allows guests to make the most of the surrounding wild beauty and enjoy the warmth of the sunshine in complete privacy. For larger families and groups of friends, we would recommend our spacious exclusive-use villas.

Africa House is a luxurious six-bedroom private villa with vibrantly eclectic furnishings. Light floods into the en-suite bedrooms, each of which has a private outside shower and deck. The Farmhouse at The Farmstead is a three-and-a-half-bedroom private villa. There are three main bedrooms as well as a smaller children’s room. Each room also has its own private deck and outside shower with spectacular views of the bush. There is an additional guide’s/pilot’s room at The Farmstead for those accompanied by a private guide, nanny, pilot or photographer.

The Royal Suites, Africa House and the Farmhouse have a private chef, butler and a dedicated ranger and tracker team. Guests will have their own private safari vehicle ensuring complete flexibility around game drives and bush walks which can be made a little shorter for younger children.

The expert rangers and trackers at Royal Malewane love to share their knowledge with kids of all ages and are masters at making that knowledge accessible to future rangers.

We have a number of goodies and activities designed for kids such as a kiddies’ amenities range, bush backpack (with sun cream, a chapstick and a water bottle), activity booklets, The Royal Cubs Spa Menu, kitchen activities (baking and homemade play-dough) and an animal checklist with pictures.

For slightly older children we have a Junior Rangers course which includes:

  • Scatalogue
  • Moulding and identification of animal tracks
  • Bird watching (10 common birds and identifying sounds)
  • Plant identification and uses
  • Play book (animal pictures, common facts and an introduction to the local language)

For further information or to discuss your specific requirements simply speak to a member of our reservations team.

Thornybush Private Game Reserve is a low-risk malaria area. We do nevertheless recommend that you consult your GP or local travel clinic before travelling to Royal Malewane in relation to anti-malaria precautions and prophylactics for your family.