From the minute we arrived, we knew, we were in heaven. The staff, accommodation and game viewing were out of this world. I begin with the staff, amazing. Nothing was too much trouble and every staff member went out of their way to make us feel at home. We rarely come across the spirt, vision and purpose these guys have at the lodge, and boy did it shine through. Our field guides, Riaan and team, brilliant and amazing. Their knowledge, determination and fortitude was “out the top draw”. So pleasant, warm, passionate and knowledgeable it left us speechless. Upon departure, we were handed a USB with some pictures, again a beautiful touch to a beautiful experience. The way we feel about this lodge and the people cannot be described in words. In all our travels, we’ve never experienced hospitality in such a manner. These guys, starting from the bottom to the top are absolutely brilliant and dedicated.
O'Reilly & Lamb Family - South Africa, January 2021
This was our 1st Safari & celebration of our 25th Anniversary. Definitely wanted to arrange the best, and Royal Malewane did not disappoint! An enjoyable Safari experience definitely depends on quality of the Game Drives. Royal Malewane has the most qualified guiding team. We’re so privileged to have a knowledgable, friendly & handsome Ranger, Andre, partnered with one of the best Trackers in the World, Lucas (there’re only 7 Master Trackers, Royal Malewane has 3 & Lucas is one of them)! Managed to track down all of the Big Five! The day right before our departure, a herd of elephant strolled past our cottage. It was amazing. Absolutely enjoyed our stay!
Raep - Canada, February 2020
We recently returned from a family trip to South Africa celebrating my husband’s milestone birthday. Our 4 days/3 nights at Royal Malewane was truly unforgettable & set the stage for an incredible trip that we will always treasure (we also stayed at two other Royal Portfolio properties following Royal Malewane – all exceptional). Our time in the bush & seeing the big (& some of the small) five was a pinch me/bucket list experience. Wayne (our Ranger) & Herman (our Tracker) were fabulous and went out of their way to ensure that we saw all of the big 5 as well as some of the small 5, flora, birdlife, had perfect settings for morning coffee, sundowners etc. etc, The lodge is absolutely gorgeous & set unobtrusively. To say that the meals were delicious & plentiful is an understatement & enjoyed swimming in the long & beautiful lap pool & had the best massage ever at the spa. The warmth of the team is so very special & from the moment we arrived we felt like we were being greeted like family versus guests & this continued throughout to the point that when we left we were already dreaming of returning. A huge thanks to the very special Royal Malewane team for making this an experience that exceeded our already very high expectations.
Meryl - Toronto, January 2020
This was our 5th stay at Royal Malewane and we stayed at the new Farmhouse with friends for twelve days. As always it was five star service from game drives to excellent food. Ash our butler was outstanding as well as Kulu our private chef and Juan our game driver Patrick our tracker. So superb in every way. We are going back in May for my birthday for more days but we will be in the Royal Suite unit one but all the places to stay are great beautiful and well appointed. We have travelled Africa for seventeen years and this is best. Be prepared to be spoiled.
Miles - Florida , December 2019
Perhaps the best part of our stay was our twice daily game drives. Our guide, Jonathan, and master tracker Jonas, were dogged, knowledgeable, determined and accommodating. Jonas is one of only a few master trackers in South Africa and in 4 previous trips to Africa I don’t think we have ever encountered a guide with Jon’s depth of knowledge not only of the wildlife but the plant life, as well. They made our game drives especially wonderful and fruitful. A couple of bush walks added to the great variety during our stay.
Brent - Canada, January 2019
This was our first Safari and thanks to the team at Royal Malewane it will be something we will remember and cherish for the rest of our lives. The team treated us like royalty and when my girlfriend fell ill on Christmas day due to the long haul flights, the team at RM sprung into action and had her right as rain again by Boxing Day. We never missed a beat, two safaris per day with an amazing and educational Ranger (Nicola) and a skilful and friendly tracker (Bennett). The food was Michelin Star quality and the service was fantastic. All in all it was amazing and we will definitely go back soon!
Mark, December 2018
We are returning for the third time in a couple weeks after our visit to Big Mombo in Botswana. We are so excited to be there again for eight nights and enjoying every minute of our stay. Only two camps for us are rated over the top. One is Ol Jogi and of course Royal Malewane. You definitely cannot go wrong with either one. Royal Malewane has a special air to it outside of game viewing, it’s the entire staff and the excellent food and a great spa and attention to detail. Again we are so excited to go back.
Miles - United States, November 2018
My wife, our teenage grandson and I stayed in the Royal Suite. Four years ago we stayed at two of the top rated safari lodges in South Africa, but the Royal Malewane exceeded our previous accommodations. The room and deck and common facilities are exceptional. Each staff member knows your name and were the most helpful and friendly. Our guide and tracker were amazing and did a wonderful job of engaging our grandson. We arranged for Kosher meals and the chef created outstanding meals every day. When we return to Africa, we will definitely return to the Royal Malewane.
Bobolina - Connecticut, United States, August 2018
I just returned from a fabulous 3 night stay at Royal Malewane. Niclola was our guide along with Bennet as the tracker. They did an incredible job finding the animals! We saw Rhino, wild dogs, lions, cheetahs, a leopard and many other birds and animals. The rooms are beautiful and the food is wonderful! I visited the spa twice for a manicure and massage from Rochelle who was also the best. Special thanks to the entire staff for providing my husband and I with an experience we will never forget.
Cathrine - London, United Kingdom, August 2018
When our travel agent recommended Royal Malewane as the last stop on our month-long African trip we had no idea what awaited us… Total and complete luxury (amazing accommodations with a private pool), under the watchful eyes of our private chef (Kholo) and his assistant (Ivy), our butler/ attendant (Zama), and a team of others including our private guide (Riaan) and spotter (Shadric). What a great team, and what a fabulous safari experience (all of the Big 5 – every day). Go to Thornybush. Stay at Royal Malewane!
Brian - Alabama, United States, July 2018
Royal Malawane succeeds in personalising and making cozy what is opulent and extravagant. Excellent gastronomic cuisine, friendly and experienced management, staff and ranger team, beautifully designed and lavish villa interiors.
Haden - Brussels, Belgium, June 2018
Wonderful service, stunning lodge with private butler, chef and butler. Beautiful rooms, living room and bathroom. Super efficient laundry service. Luxury lodge for safari well above others. Magical experience! Excellent guide called Darrel and superb tracker Serbyl who would serve you an excellent ranger special for safari break!
Anna - Hamburg, Germany, April 2018
We were accommodated at Africa House, a superb luxury building appart of the main center. They provided a separate crew of chefs, waiters and maids to take care of us. Great cuisine – the chef trained by Gordon Ramsay. 5 luxerious suites with every comfort, great living room, own swimming pool. The attention to detail – outstanding. The excursions to the bush absolutely phenomenal. Lots of wild animals, outstanding hosting by professionals.
Brigitt - Bern, Switzerland, February 2018