Did you know?
Royal Malewane was voted as the 3rd best hotel in the world by Travel & Leisure (USA) magazine's World's Best Awards for 2011.
The Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa is like everything else at this incredible lodge − exclusive, intimate and designed with great attention to detail. The spa gets its name from the healing power of water as its hydrotherapy treatments make use of the mineral-rich water that is sourced from an underground stream flowing through the private reserve. Enjoy front seats at nature's matinée as you relax around the heated pool in the central courtyard in between treatments.
The treatment rooms are situated around this tranquil courtyard, and there is also a fully-equipped gymnasium, a jacuzzi, hot and cold African baths and a steam room. This spa at Royal Malewane has an extensive treatment menu including massage therapies, hydrotherapies, hot stone treatments and skin care therapies, however, the highlights are the Signature Treatments that last for three glorious hours.
Enjoy the African Awakening treatment − a stimulating and soothing treatment using indigenous fynbos; The Royal Treatment which utilises the healing properties of the indigenous marula tree to nurture the body; the African Renaissance treatment aimed to rev those energy levels and leave the toxins way behind.
At this exclusive African Spa there are also a number of African Rituals in which you can partake, treatments that utilise essential natural oils to invigorate and revitalise. There's the Moru (African Forest Ritual) to rebalance the body, the Sefako (African Storm) ritual that will encourage one to ‘experience the subtle fragrances of the African Savannah after a cloudburst', the Tula (Calmness) treatment that combines the aromas of tangerines, lavender and sandalwood, and don't miss out on the Uvuyo (Happiness) ritual that will send any fatigue on its way − a great ritual for those suffering from jetlag.
The Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa is the place to reconnect with yourself as natural treatments weave their magic.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Royal Malewane Bush Spa:
Tel: +27 (0)15 793 0150
How to get here
SA Express flies daily from Hoedspruit Airport and from there road transfers can be arranged by Royal Malewane. From Cape Town, visitors can fly directly to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) followed by a quick 25-minute charter flight to the Royal Malewane airstrip. If you are driving from Johannesburg or Pretoria to Royal Malewane, detailed directions are available on the website.
Best time to visit
During winter game viewing is at its best in the Kruger National Park. September and Autumn are also good times to visit. Summer has long, hot days and warm evenings.
Around the area
Game viewing in this Big Five private reserve is always a highlight – either on foot or in an open game viewing vehicle. There are a number of attractions nearby including a cheetah project, a wildlife rehabilitation centre, golf courses, horse riding safaris and community tours.
Tours to do
A community tour.
What will it cost
This is not a budget holiday! See the website for current pricing details.
Length of stay
There are two notable Spa packages available, namely the five-day Royal package and the three-day Malewane package.
What to pack
The usual bush gear such as sunblock, sun hats, binoculars and camera. Comfy gear for walks and lounging about.
Where to stay
There are six elegant suites at Royal Malewane each with a fireplace, Victorian bath, four-poster bed and every creature comfort. There are also the Royal Malewane suites which consist of two en suite rooms, each with private rim pool, private lounge and dining area.
What to eat
Dining areas overlook a watering hole so you can view game as you dine on the finest gourmet cuisine accompanied by the best of South Africa's premier wines.