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Thornybush Private Game Reserve is on the Western Border of The Greater Kruger National Park. The game reserve has a near perfect year round climate and is home to the Big Five of Africa and a variety of other African wildlife species. Because of the rich wildlife roaming around the reserve, it is considered a year-round destination for wildlife viewing and a perfect destination for a family safari. What made the Thornybush popular in recent years is the presence of the luxurious and exclusive Royal Malewane. The Royal Malewane will make you feel at home in the African wilderness with its luxurious accommodation, private safari experience, convenient onsite facilities and fine dining.

Royal Malewane Africa House

The Royal Malewane Africa House

Royal Malewane is a marvelous collection of lodges and game viewing experiences. The Royal Malewane offers a six-bedroom Africa House which operates as a secluded private-use safari home and balances a steady equilibrium between elegance, luxury, and adventure. The Africa House is a private villa which is just five minutes from the main lodge of Royal Malewane. It is available for a group of friends or families traveling together with a maximum number of 12 members. The Africa House is a magical place to stay, with its personalized beautiful design, extraordinary game viewing, exquisitely fine cuisine and an award-winning spa. It was built not only for the guest to experience the ultimate African safari but also to accommodate families with children or small groups wishing to spend quality time together. It is perfect for those seeking privacy, exclusivity, luxury.

Luxurious Magical Place

The villa’s magnificent interior design details which are a mixture of color, texture, history, and art were personally selected by the owner, Liz Biden. The Africa House was envisioned to be a luxurious magical place for the guest so they can make the most out of their safari experience. Each of the beautifully jewel-colored bedrooms has breathtaking high ceilings, beautifully decorated four poster bed, oriental rugs, plush silk furnishings, dramatic African touches, playful color palettes, and antique furniture which give an exotic and luxurious feel. The villa is luxuriously decorated and the guests can enjoy the fantastic views of the surrounding landscape.

Each of the six bedrooms features an air-conditioning, under floor heating, en-suite bathrooms with Victorian-style bathtubs, indoor and outdoor showers, exclusive complimentary toiletries, hairdryer, mini-bar, viewing deck overlooking incredible sweeping natural view of the bush and a plunge pool. The outside pool overlooks the gnarled Marula Tree forests and frequently attracts African elephants to its soothing waters so guests often get an authentic wildlife safari without going on game drives and bush walks.


In addition to the luxury and comfort, the Africa House of the Royal Malewane offers top-notch services of the exclusive butler and housekeeping staff, safari vehicle, ranger and tracker, convenient on-site facilities and incredible food prepared by their private professional chef. Guests can enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner by the pool with a special menu of superb cuisine, gourmet food, other delightful exotic dishes and fine wines prepared by the chef.

The Africa House has its own dining room, lounge, verandah, plasma screen TV, DVD player, satellite TV, sundeck, and bar. Guests can also avail full use of the amenities in the main lodge of the Royal Malewane like the air-conditioned library, lounge area, curio shop and the spa and fitness center. In addition, housekeeping and laundry services are also offered to make your stay more pleasant and comfortable.

To refresh and restore the mind, body, and spirit amidst the serenity and peace of the bush, the guests can have a relaxing spa treatment at the wellness center of the safari spa. The beautiful setting, health and skincare therapy, and the luxurious spa treatment which make use of some indigenous ingredients together with their internationally qualified in-house therapists are what the Royal Malewane Bush Spa is renowned for. Other facilities like the private casitas for relaxation or treatments, heated lap pool, steam room, Jacuzzi, hot and cold African baths and the gym are also at the safari spa.

Children of any age are welcome at African House so you can enjoy an ultimate family bonding like no other.

Safari Adventure

You can go on a group trip safari adventure with a private ranger who lends a hand to lead guests on a private game drive twice daily in shared six-seater vehicles. The game drives with expert guides and trackers are complimentary at Royal Malewane. Guests can also enjoy a walk into the scenic and magical, Big-Five-laden Thornybush Private Game Reserve. Get to experience an unforgettable sojourning into the wild with some of the best guides in Africa, including the countries only Scout, Master Tracker and the recently crowned Southern Africa Guide of the year.

The night drives in the reserve are superb and will give visitors a view to some of the less known but not sure to miss creatures of the African bush, such as the Honeybadger, Serval, Caracal and possibly even the elusive Aardvark. Enjoy a one of a kind seeking game while tracking the magnificent rhino or lion pride of the Kruger area. Local tours, horse riding, and elephant-back safaris, helicopter flights, hot air ballooning, golf at the Hans Merensky Golf Estate are all charged additionally, not bad at all for an experience of a lifetime. At night, you can go mellow and nostalgic while bird watching, star gazing, or nature walking. This would be an adventure anyone should not miss when going for an African Adventure.

There are free tours available for everyone. But there is more to enjoy in this safari. Get a perfect view of the wild from the top. A scenic helicopter flight with views of canyons, waterfalls and rock formations around the Drakensburg Range will surely enthrall every fiber in your body.  Who would miss the hot air ballooning? That feeling when you are levitating up in the sky overlooking the vast chocolate mountains while embracing the cold winds, reaching out for the clouds and enjoying the altitude.

Picnic Lunch

Aside from the aerial escapade, guests can also have fun venturing in a Blyde River Canyon Cruise with a picnic lunch. A picnic lunch would be as ideal as a textbook family outing. On land, blend sports with sophistication by going on a golf at the Leopard Creek Championship Golf Estate. Guests can be surrounded by giraffe, impala, and hippo along the Crocodile River while beating balls with style.

Make your vacations worth every penny and every drop of time. Nothing beats a family spree in the wild.