Guests per Safari Vehicle
Still, tranquil waters of the waterhole reflect sweeping blue skies, a backdrop to a grove of primal green fever trees, producing the perfect canvas for the calming elegance and colourful intrigue of Waterside at Royal Malewane. Waterside presents an immersive setting that will engage your senses, rest your mind and reawaken your soul. It is perfect for couples or families who value memorable experiences, personalised service and unrivalled game viewing.
The lodge provides a bold new African context for Liz Biden’s opulent, bright and breath-taking designs. It draws on the timeless luxury that Royal Malewane has become synonymous with while adding thoughtful innovations to complement its
own surroundings and anticipate every need of a modern luxury safari.
Waterside’s extra large luxury suites exude an effortless elegance. Jewel-toned oriental rugs cloak the floors, thatch peeks out between ceiling beams, private plunge pools beckon on expansive decks with views over the bush (and sometimes visiting elephants). All of Waterside’s luxurious freestanding suites are linked up to the lodge’s reception, dining areas, library and spa via paths that are illuminated at night.
Inviting unlimited opportunities to reconnect and experience a sense of togetherness in this pristine natural setting, guests can spend their days unwinding poolside, enjoying soothing wellness treatments, yoga and meditation, and relishing world-class wine tastings.
Adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park lies 11 500 hectares of pristine African bushveld, this is the Thornybush Game Reserve. The reserve is home to an abundance of species - 147 mammals including the "Big Five", 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 trees. The reserve is predominantly open savannah and with a near-perfect year-round climate, it is the ideal African safari holiday destination.
The classic bush landscape both absorbs and comforts you as if you’ve happened upon an old friend. A well-known destination for local and international visitors Thornybush has earned its reputation as one of the country’s finest bush experiences. Situated within 14 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Thornybush Nature Reserve is a true escape from the madness of city life. This haven, which is just over 5 hours’ drive from Johannesburg has scooped numerous world firsts, both for conservation and hospitality. Thornybush Game Reserve has evolved over the years into a visitor’s paradise. Bush lovers can saturate themselves, not only in the big five but also in the remarkable fauna and flora.
All ages welcome
4 Luxury Suites
1 two-bedroom Baobab Suite
2 Aloe Rooms
1 four-bedroom Waterside House
All ages welcome
6+ welcome on game drives
Hoedspruit – Eastgate Airport
5-hour drive from Johannesburg
40-minute flight from OR Tambo International Airport to Hoedspruit - Eastgate Airport followed by 40-minute road transfer to Waterside at Royal Malewane
2-hour, 30-minute flight from Cape Town International Airport to Hoedspruit - Eastgate Airport followed by 40-minute road transfer to Waterside at Royal Malewane
Royal Malewane, Thornybush Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit, South Africa
All ages welcome