Within Greater Kruger National Park, this exclusive new safari lodge is the latest addition to The Royal Portfolio, a collection of iconic hotels in South Africa.
Royal Malewane is one of South Africa’s grandest safari lodges and its new extension, The Farmstead, now offers an intimate safari experience for up to 14 guests. Accommodation includes three luxurious Farm Suites and The Farmhouse – a three-and-a-half bedroom villa offering private services.
Antique doors from Zanzibar welcome guests into the comfortable interiors that are a marriage of contemporary style and opulence. Fabrics from Ardmore & Clarke cover the plush sofas and designer chairs. Light oak, wrought iron and gentle hues of blue and white define the style with lively splashes of emerald and ruby. In the main lodge area a vintage North African banking kiosk is repurposed as a serving hatch for the delicious cuisine of executive chef Brandon Souris. After dinner guests can relax around the fire pit and reflect on the day’s wildlife adventures.
Despite the extravagant space there is a rustic homeliness to The Farmstead which offers the same incredible safari experience with the most qualified guiding team in Africa as well as the same exceptional service and cuisine that guests have come to expect over 20 years at Royal Malewane. Outdoor living is encouraged on the deep verandahs replete with hanging day-beds custom made for The Farmstead.
Support for the community and conservation of the environment are inextricably linked. The Farmstead land is leased from the local community. Not only will The Royal Portfolio employ and develop members of the community, but at the end of that long lease both the land and the asset will revert to the community with the option to continue working with The Royal Portfolio in perpetuity.