The Perfect African Family Adventure

School vacations come around more often than not, and planning the perfect family getaway can be stressful – especially when the kids want activity-filled adventure and parents need the down-time. Waiting for that itinerary to plan itself when you have children is tantamount to it never actually materialising.

Unless you have thought of it all – from interacting with other kids and a plethora of activities, you can forget that R&R time you had planned. But what if we told you that you didn’t have to be the ringmaster to your own circus? Imagine a vacation where your kids are entertained, you get to have that full body massage and sip on cocktails you can’t pronounce while everyone gets to enjoy an indulgent level of sumptuous luxury!

Let us do all the planning so that you can have the best of both worlds – happy kids and a relaxed mind and body. We have taken a hands-on approach with our family vacation itinerary that keeps your children in mind and focuses on keeping your whole family happy.

 

Africa’s Family Getaway is the ultimate luxury bespoke family holiday. It is full of excitement, adventure and fun. It is also completely safe for young children. The One&Only Cape Town is perfectly placed and appointed to accommodate your family in luxury while being an excellent launch pad to the delights of the Cape. Lelapa is malaria free and by far the premier luxury safari camp for families with a quite exceptional children’s programme amidst gorgeous wilderness and opulent accommodation. Likewise Tongabezi is specially equipped and staffed to delight the modern family with adventure and fun in complete safety and extravagance.

ITINERARY

DAY 1-3: VIBRANCY AND FRESH LUXURY FAMILY REFUGE

The One & Only is a modern and energetic, hotel in the heart of Cape Town. The suites all have sweeping views out over Table Mountain or the picturesque working harbour.

Every possible modern convenience completes the opulence of the space and the commodious bathrooms boast huge baths and showers.

Cape Town and its surrounding Winelands are packed full of fun for the whole family.

DAY 4-7: AFRICA’S SEAMLESS SAFARI FAMILY RETREAT

Lelapa, meaning family is another of the More family’s sublime properties. Situated in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve and with a great children’s safari, Lelapa is the ideal destination for a family safari.

The secluded deck with private plunge pool is an excellent place for you and your family to cool off in the heat. On colder nights, you might like to sit by the fire in the sumptuous lounge and enjoy dinner in your suite.

DAY 8-10: THE PERFECT VICTORIAN FALLS FAMILY SANCTUARY

Tongabezi is situated about 30kms upstream from the magnificent Victoria Falls.

It is the perfect place for families with children – with two delightful two-bedroom houses with private lounges, play areas and plunge pools. There are endless activities for the whole family surrounding the mighty Zambezi and the lodge boasts private decks and terraces where families can relax in privacy with breath-taking views of the river.

Some of the suites come with a private valet, chef, guide, boat and vehicle for exploration.

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The Romantic Getaway of a Lifetime

Africa is synonymous with an old-world charm and romance; where passion is created or rekindled. There is something dreamy and intoxicating about adventurous escapades in Africa’s wilderness, whether on safari or relaxing away from all the distractions of this world. What better way to show your better half how special they are than under the warm sun and blue skies, with endless beaches, breath-taking sceneries and excellent cuisines?

We have infused all of this into one unmistakable Royal Romance Package and have combined the beauty, wilderness, adventure and pioneering excitement of Africa with four destinations that define supreme luxury permeated with complete privacy and opulent romance.

Royal Malewane

There’s no way you can get it wrong this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re planning a romantic gesture or celebrating a special anniversary, we have you sorted! Three luxury accommodations in exotic settings will have your partner swooning – book a relaxing spa treatment in the great outdoors or plan a candle-lit dinner under the stars…

Be seduced by the perfect itinerary that will inspire your wanderlust and spoil you and your partner rotten:

Africa’s Southern Africa Luxury Romance Package is a grand tour of this inspirational region at the bottom continent. From cosmopolitan Cape Town to the timeless winelands of Franschhoek, the Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls – we offer you the most luxury and that Africa has to offer. Ellerman House is the definition of modern sophisticated living on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the marvels of Cape Town all around. La Residence is the jewel of Franschhoek – abject indulgence suspended in an impossibly beautiful valley of vineyards. Royal Malewane is impeccably tasteful grandeur surrounded by the majesty of the African wilderness. Royal Chundu is the ancient mystery and magic of the Zambezi in luxurious island seclusion.

THE ROYAL ROMANCE TOURS & SAFARIS ITINERARY

DAY 1-4: EDWARDIAN PASSION, LUXURIOUS EXTRAVAGANCE

Ellerman House is a sumptuous Edwardian mansion resting on Lion’s Head Mountain, above the ultramarine waters of the Atlantic Ocean. No expense has been spared; it truly is a Relais & Chateaux haven of unparalleled luxury. Ellerman House boasts arguably Africa’s greatest art collection as well as a world-class wine selection and cellar. Cape Town’s endless sights, activities and beauty will keep you enthralled.

DAY 4-6: AFRICA’S MAJESTIC WINELANDS

Nestled in the vineyards and plum orchards of Franschhoek, La Residence is the most gorgeous boutique hotel in the most picturesque valley in South Africa. The hotel is infused with colour, fabulous antiques, luxurious finishes and vaulted ceilings from which Indian chandeliers twinkle. The little village of Franschhoek is the undisputed culinary capital of South Africa and boasts great exceptional wine and delicious food. Here you really have the best of both worlds: an unmatched view combined with the pleasures of being in a hotel.

DAY 6-9: AFRICA’S WILD ROMANCE

At Royal Malewane, a private concession bordering the world-famous Kruger National Park the Biden’s Royal Portfolio has achieved perfection again. A marvel of wilderness, romance and seclusion blends seamlessly into this ancient land. It is by far the most private and romantic accommodation in the concession with the best views.

Enjoy gourmet, starlit dinners under the giant Leadwood trees or step foot in The Royal Malewane Spa – world-renowned and the ideal way to unwind with a uniquely healing African treatment.

Royal Malewane’s guides and trackers are some of the most highly qualified in Southern Africa.

DAY 9-11: THE ROYAL VICTORIA FALLS RETREAT

Royal Chundu is Zambia’s first Relais & Chateaux property – defined by sumptuous luxury that blends seamlessly into the private stretch of the Zambezi River Bank. Island Lodge is set on its own private island in the languid waters of the Zambezi, offering just four exclusive and indulgent villas that will make your heart soar. Each palatial haven boasts a private deck suspended over the river. A little down river from Royal Chundu, the Zambezi falls over the Victoria Falls to create one of the greatest demonstrations of nature’s power on planet earth.

For a selection of our other Tours and Safaris please click here. 

Leopards in the Sabi Sands – by Graham Wood

A Collection by Graham Wood

What better way to start the New Year than with a remarkable collection of wildlife photographs by our very own, great friend and photographer, Graham Wood. His every picture is always worth a thousand words. Let this inspire the wanderlust in you to make your first trip or your return to Africa a reality.

Presenting a story through the eyes of Graham Wood – ‘Leopards in Sabi Sands’.

A big thank you to Graham for sharing these exquisite pictures with us.

For more of these incredible photographs follow Graham on Instagram – @grahamwoodphoto

Traveller Review – Bob and Judy Sell

Bob and Judy Sell have returned from a whirling trip around Southern Africa – from Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp to Victoria Falls and Londolozi – and have captured their trip in detail for us. With great planning came a delightful vacation that satisfied all their requests and so much more. Already planning another visit to Africa again, this experience was truly a trip of a lifetime for this wonderful couple.

Beginning their journey in Windhoek, Namibia, Bob and Judy changed up the traditional Johannesburg-layover most travellers choose. Flying on a small plane, it was a great way to move on and not lose time on the things they wanted to see.

“It was a good change to add getting to Windhoek on our first night in Africa rather than staying in Johannesburg for 24 hours to catch an early morning flight. It was a great idea to spend a night here to reduce the next day’s journey, allowing us to adjust to the time difference and prepare for all the safaris in front of us.”

Scroll down to read snippets from their travel diary…

A big thank you to Bob and Judy for sharing this with us – we look forward to having you back on African soil soon.

HOANIB SKELETON COAST CAMP

This was our request, and this camp didn’t disappoint.  It truly was worth spending three nights here. The all-day trip to the coast was the highlight – seeing so many different environments in a matter of hours. This was a great start to our visit and a nice introduction to camps in Africa and game drives.

ONGAVA TENTED CAMP

A great location overlooking a watering hole that attracts various game all day.  Solomon, our guide took us out to Etosha National Park which was one of the highlights! We viewed the watering hole there for over an hour, seeing all sorts of game come and go.  It seemed like each species had a reservation – as the zebra would go, the springbok would follow, and then the wildebeest, etc.

OLD DRIFT LODGE

The camp is recently opened and very relaxing. The staff was great, the food fantastic, and the rooms beyond expectation.  Being on the river it was great that we could just walk down to the dock, get on their private pontoon boats, and enjoy evening water safaris and sunset cruise with no crowd.

VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT

Victoria Falls Airport is a new and lovely airport.  We took a Wilderness Air flight to Botswana.

DUMA TAU CAMP

We had a great visit in Botswana.  Our guide, Mocks, was one of the best we had on our trip. A highlight was our afternoon boat cruise, where we watched a huge herd of elephants cross the river.  The food was excellent, the staff was friendly, and the animal viewing was great.  Above all, Mocks was a terrific guy who took us to see unique sightings in the area, including watching wild dogs on a hunt, sunset over the water while we watched water buffalo roam.

Vumbura Plains Sunsets

LITTLE VUMBURA

This unique camp is situated on an island.  The water around the area in the delta made the difference. We did three activities, all unique.  The first was a boat safari thought the delta, appreciating the birds and foliage of the area.  In the morning we went on a game drive – driving through water covered roads was unique, and the sightings were great.  The Mokoro trip was unique and enjoyable – it was so peaceful in the water. Food was good, and trip was overall enjoyable.

QUEEN VICTORIA HOTEL

We were pleasantly upgraded to the Manor House adjacent to the hotel.  We were given a suite with butler service – an unexpected pleasure. The location is great, just a short walk to the Waterfront area, yet away from the noise of the busy streets. The hotel was superb, the room great, and the restaurant excellent.

CAPE TOWN

The boat trip to see the seals; the drive to the Cape of Good Hope; the trip to the penguin colony; the visit to the Natural History Museum, and the golf cart tour of the gardens – all made the trip to Cape Town a wonderful experience. We really enjoyed the Mother City.

ROVOS RAIL    

Talk about a first class experience, this was it.  It was great having two comfortable chairs where we could watch the scenery without having to go to the lounge or observation cars.  The meals were all elegant and tasteful.  The stops were popular; one of them being at the Big Hole which was worthwhile seeing – especially learning about the area’s diamond trade history.  This was a wonderful luxury experience.

LONDOLOZI

They say you should save the best for last, and that truly was our case.  Our stay at Varty Camp was a true highlight (though we enjoyed every camp and game drive, this was just the best).  Nick and Ray, the ranger and tracker, made a great team and insured that we saw everything we wanted, and more.  From finding a leopard three times, to tracking a male lion for well over an hour, to all the other game sightings (and there were many), it was fantastic.  The staff was extremely pleasant and helpful; it felt like you were welcomed into their home. The “tent” was fantastic, with a comfortable bed, air conditioning, and a great porch to sit on in our spare time with a private pool.  The meals were great too!  If (when) we travel back, this location will definitely be on our “do-it-again” list.

Londolozi Tree Camp Deck Iconic Africa Safaris

 

 

 

Stargazing in Southern Africa

We all love catching flights, meeting new people and seeing new places; but have you ever thought that maybe there was a different, perhaps better form of travel? Once in a while we should all move beyond the urban noise and light pollution and look up – you’ll be surprised what you can see! From here you will embark on a spectacular journey, going through space and time. It doesn’t matter whether you’re only spotting little speckles up above or simply looking at moon craters… what you’ll find will be equally intoxicating, and even sentimental.

Many travellers may associate South Africa’s little treasures with the Big Five, pristine private coves and great food. But travel beyond the city lights and just two hours later, in one of the semi-remote areas that’s free of air and noise pollution you will have no distractions from what’s twinkling in the sky.

Despite frozen toes and cold noses, winter evenings are our particularly favourite time to discover the artistic blotchy sky.

Next time you’re visiting, take a moment to look up – whether you’re looking to find the brightest star, Earth’s closest neighbouring galaxy or just want to see a brightly-lit sky with the naked eye or a giant telescope, here are our top five locations where stargazing conditions couldn’t be better to see scattered diamonds:

  1. Madikwe Game Reserve

If you’ve been to the North West Province, you’ll know that there’s very little availability in the reserve at one time. While this is primarily perfect for those seeking privacy, it is also the perfect location for some stargazing. Easily spotted star formations include the Southern Cross and the Milky Way. And if you want a closer look, Royal Madikwe allows guests to use their telescope.

  1. Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is synonymous with iconic game-viewing – South Africa’s favourite travel destination and the second-largest park in Africa.  This unpolluted expanse of sky is perfect to see celestial constellations with the naked eye. So while you’re out on one of your night drives, glance up at the star-studded skies.

  1. Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind

Just two hours from Johannesburg is Maropeng, the visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although it is considerable close to the bright lights of the city, it is still a great stargazing location. So you don’t have to travel far to go on a celestial safari! And the next time you layover in Johannesburg, be sure to include stargazing to your to-do-list.  Maropeng has regular overseen stargazing sessions presented by astronomer, Vincent Nettmann.

  1. Sutherland

Sutherland holds the southern hemisphere’s largest telescope and offers extraordinary views of the Milky Way. This small Karoo town is on every list of prime stargazing locations. The dry climate and cloud-free nights means unparalleled observations 80% of the year.

  1. The Cederberg

Just two hours from Cape Town and protected from light pollution, the Cederberg is a haven for professional and amateur stargazers. Guides will show you how to trace over constellations with a powerful emerald laser so you’ll always remember where to find them.

The Celestial Big Five

Did you know that the African sky has its own big five? They are the amazing star clusters, gas clouds and galaxies visible from Africa. The Celestial Big Five are the Southern Pleiades, the Omega Centauri star cluster, the Eta Carinae nebula, the Coalsack Nebula, and the Southern Milky Way. They can all be seen with the naked eye, but are more spectacular when viewed through binoculars or a telescope. We’ve named just a few of our favourites – South Africa is full of remote spots that are ideal to see brightly-lit skies. Make that magical connection between you and the amazing universe and let us know where you’ve been!

Azura Benguerra – In Pictures

Have you ever dreamt of vacationing on a remote and undiscovered island? Where the pristine beaches, swaying palms and quietude keep you in a constant sense of serenity… Azura Benguerra completely removed from the rest of the bustling world.

On Benguerra Island you will find Africa’s most luxurious private hideaway that only few have discovered. Azura is the first luxury eco-boutique retreat in Mozambique. The hotel is small and privately owned and managed making your stay personalised and authentic. Experience an unimaginable and authentic island stay where standards are not compromised. While you receive 5-star treatment, Azura still protects the environment and gives back to the local community.

Only accessible via boat or helicopter speaks to the exclusivity of this accommodation… Stay in one of 16 secluded luxury eco-chic villas, dine the finest foods and enjoy an expansive list of adventure and relaxation activities.

Our favourite part about this rustic beach resort is the look and feel of the hotel and rooms. Imagine airy, thatched-roof villas with uninterrupted views of the beachfront and twinkling ocean. And if superbly designed and decorated rooms hasn’t got your passport out yet – think of your own butler service, private pool, and a Nespresso machine. While we can’t guarantee that George Clooney will get up from a lounger or appear from behind a palm tree – what Azura Benguerra has to offer is even better!

If long, white beaches, snorkelling or dhow sailing doesn’t tickle your fancy, the villas also offer iPod docks and flat-screens TVs for those who want a different kind of island vacation. Enjoy a romantic bubble bath or the outdoor showers and you can even go star gazing…

It’s time to explore this island gem. This Indian Ocean escape is beyond the ordinary and after submerging yourself in our hand-selected images, you will definitely consider Mozambique’s rising star.

Please do let us know if you’d like to find out more about this sensational property.

Africa’s Greatest Water Attractions

Africa, sometimes referred to as the mother continent, has an abundance of beautiful water bodies. Whether you’re interested in canoeing, swimming, fishing, cruising on a boat or simply capturing extraordinary photographs – there’s a river, lake or ocean waiting for you! Our water attractions are home to over 500 fish species; contributes to fertile land that sustains croplands; and witnesses wildlife spectacles such as the Great Migration and survival of the fittest. Here are our top 9 African water attractions, from freshwater and man-made lakes to African Great Lakes to majestic cascades:

The Mara River, found in the Mara Region in Kenya and Tanzania, cuts across the migration path of big game in the Masai Mara/Serengeti Game Reserve. The river sees the cycle of life and death and has become one of Africa’s most perilous sites during the Great Migration. One of Earth’s most spectacular wildlife events culminates at this very river.

Victoria Falls is a cascade of water in Southern Africa. This world-renowned waterfall lies on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. First known as Mosi-oa-Tunya which means “The Smoke that Thunders”, the falls is 1 708 meters wide, and is the largest in the world.

Lake Kariba is the world’s largest fresh water, man-made lake and reservoir. It lies 1,300 kilometres upstream from the Indian Ocean, along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Lake Kariba spread over the Zambezi River valley and is a special place of incredible beauty for all nature and photography lovers.

The Okavango Delta is an expansive inland river delta in northern Botswana. One of Africa’s last remaining great wildlife habitats that provide refuge to huge concentrations of game, this water body is a maze of sparkling lagoons and meandering channels. Explore the Okavango Deltaby mokoro, on foot or on game drive; or navigate past hippos, elephants and crocodiles in a dugout canoe.

The Zambezi is the fourth-longest river and the longest east-flowing river in Africa and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean from Africa. Known as Southern Africa’s “River of Life”, it drains seven countries and supports millions of people who make use of its fisheries, forests, water, and rich floodplain soils.

Lake Victoria is one of the African Great Lakes, named after Queen Victoria. It’s so large it extends significantly into Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Among the freshwater lakes of the world, it is only exceeded by Lake Superior in North America.

Lake Turkana is situated in the Kenyan Rift Valley, in northern Kenya. It is the world’s largest permanent desert and alkaline lake.

The Olifants Riveris one of Southern Africa’s most important catchments – its water irrigates farming in western Mpumalanga and is a source of electrical power.

The Sabie River in South Africa forms part of the Komati River System and is one of the most biologically diverse rivers in South Africa.

 

Our Year in Review – A Collection of 2018 Newsletters

As the pendulum swings, we say goodbye to 2018. We reflect on the most fantastic moments of this year – in order to carry forward a much needed awareness and gratefulness into the next. We want you to remember this year as more than just extreme politics and weather – so we take a look the year’s biggest moments and fabulous highlights so that we can begin looking forward to a fruitful 2019.

There’s no better time than now… to take a minute, look back and see all the amazing work we have created for you over the past year – from lodge visits to features to takeovers to wonderful reviews and much more.

We’d like to thank everyone who has inspired and contributed to such interesting content. From January to November, there’s bound to be something for everyone.

Catch up on everything you may have missed out on in one place! We’ve highlighted all the important stuff for you so that you can get up to speed on the entire luxury African safari and epic wildlife must-knows. Check out our top-rated stories right here, right now:

January

Dulini Lodge Entrance
Giraffe Manor Breakfast 2
Here’s to many more breath-taking African moments in 2019!

Property of the Month – Ngala Safari Lodge

Timbavati is a 53 000 hectare private game reserve which sits on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park. Here you will find an abundance of wildlife and ecosystems, especially for nature lovers who want to see the famous Big Five. Timbavati Private Game Reserve was founded nearly 70 years ago when conservationists decided to transform unsuccessful farmland into a private game reserve. This successful story continued when the fences between the private reserve and the Kruger National Park were dropped to allow the area to form part of a much larger wildlife sanctuary.

Now couples, families and wildlife enthusiasts flock to this bountiful reserve on exciting bush breaks, family safaris and photographic expeditions – staying at this month’s property of the month, Ngala Safari Lodge. Situated in Timbavati Private Game Reserve, this lodge offers spectacular big game viewing because of the unfenced border. Guests celebrate the sightings of elephants, rhinos, buffalo, leopards, cheetahs, African wild dogs and Timbavati’s very own rare white lions moving through the expansive land!

This is what makes Ngala Safari Lodge so special – the possibility of catching a glimpse of these rare beauties. But this isn’t the only reason this lodge is our property of the month… Ngala Safari Lodge is perfect for first-timers. Guides will take guests on sensitive off-road drives to get close-up game sightings. If you’re more of a night own or your to-see list is filled with nocturnal animals, late afternoon game drives can continue into the dark expanse of the night. Not only will you see animals roaming freely between the Kruger National Park and Timbavati, but guest areas overlook a private waterhole that provides exiting sightings from the comfort of your deck chair.

And if you place more emphasis on where you will rest your head than what you will see, the thatched cottages provide a classic old-world charm taking inspiration from colonial-style design and décor. Tastefully decorated, your attention is drawn to the antiques. Ngala Safari Lodge is renowned for its excellent accommodation and service, offering guests that Silver service from a time gone by, perfectly complimenting the gracious atmosphere.

The magic and mystery of this quaint lodge creates a feeling of both nostalgia and romance. Time stands still at this royal property as the cottages fuse effortlessly with the rugged natural setting as the manicured lawns merge with the raw African bush, Mopane thickets and wildlife. Relax on your private veranda and soak up the romantic ambiance before ending your night around the boma or under countless lanterns and candles nestled between the trees.

Before you leave, take the opportunity to properly distress with a relaxing massage at the lodge spa or embark on scenic helicopter flight and soar over the picturesque landscapes.

Getting to Know Victoria Falls

If you’re having an internal battle deciding on whether to visit Zambia or Zimbabwe, don’t fret! Either way, you will witness and experience the great Victoria Falls, and that’s what will make your trip that much more special and memorable! So if you’re staying at Tongabezi Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Hotel, Royal Chundu, the Royal Livingstone Hotel  or Elephant camp – you will hear and see why this Natural Wonder of the World is known as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’.

Mosi oa-Tunya was first discovered by foreigners in 1855. It is almost perfectly positioned along the mighty Zambezi River! You’ll find this mist-creating phenomenon half way along the 2700 km river from its source to the sea. David Livingstone stood upon what is now known as Livingstone Island in 1855, a small outcrop of land at the edge of the Falls, in Livingstone, Zambia to view the falls.

The sheet of water is 1,708 metres wide and 108 metres high. Despite it being the largest curtain of falling water on earth, it is neither the highest nor the widest. However, it is one and a half times wider than Niagra Falls and twice as high.

Elephant Camp Vic Falls Safari

The best time to visit Victoria Falls is between March and June. Throughout these months the falls is in peak flow. Unfortunately, if you also want to experience the Devils Pool, it will be closed during this time.

If you’re more inclined for an adventure than some R&R, visit between August and December when the water is low and white-water rafting is at its best. Or make your way from July to October for great wildlife safaris when the bush is dry and the animals congregate around fewer waterholes.

Did you know:

Without the Zambezi River, the falls would not exist?

Every minute, over 5 million cubic metres of water pour over the falls?

Sunset at Victoria Falls is a magical site… Look out for that full moon as the light from the moon refracts off the sprays, creating a rainbow, except at night! The spectacle lasts from sunset to sunrise.

On the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls lies The Victoria Falls Rainforest. This special place is the only place on earth where it rains all day, every day; a direct result of the water vapour rising from the falls.

For our pick of the most luxurious and awe-inspiring accommodation Victoria Falls has to offer click here. 

Coming Soon – The Farmstead

The Farmstead, Royal Malewane

We are thrilled to announce that The Royal Portfolio is welcoming a wonderful and exclusive new addition at Royal Malewane – The Farmstead. This new safari lodge is a short 12 minute drive south of the existing lodge and will open on 1 June 2019.

This homely, yet luxurious lodge overlooks a watering hole frequented by an abundance of popular wildlife and offers unobstructed views of the Kruger National Park. The character of The Farmstead can be described as rustic luxury with the finest service and remarkable cuisine that guests have come to expect over 20 years at Royal Malewane and synonymous with The Royal Portfolio’s excellent standard. Guests are guaranteed the same incredible safari experience with the most qualified guiding team in Africa.

You’ll finally know what it’s like to be transported to a place with old-world charm and elegance. The land is elevated leaving you feeling like you are soaring above dramatic canopies, showing you a bird’s-eye view of the rolling plains and savannah grasslands. What better place to enjoy the ultimate Big 5 with the whole family.

The Farmstead

The Farmstead at Royal Malewane consists of three Luxury Farm Suites and The Farmhouse on either side of the main lodge area. Three times a day you can meet up here to relax and enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner in the most elegant and comfortable space with fantastic views of the abundant wildlife. This is just a taste of the Kruger’s grandeur – until the stars start coming out and you are welcomed around the fire pit to reflect on the days adventures. And if you need some downtime from all the amazing outdoor activities, the main lodge area has a world-class double spa treatment room Guests can choose between one of four individual units or the exclusive use of The Farmstead which is ideal for up to 14 guests.

Exquisite Décor

Liz Biden, owner of The Royal Portfolio, has already acquired much of the eclectic furniture and original art. Commenting on the unique style, Liz Biden said, “Expect light oak, tin rooves, wrought iron, original artwork and gentle hues of blue and white with Royal Blue, Indigo and Turquoise patterns adorning the fabrics of the comfy sofas on wide verandas that echo a bygone era where time moved slowly and days evolved with the natural rhythm of the African wilderness.”The Farmstead will redefine luxury safari accommodation with a completely different design and style to other lodges in Africa.

Luxury Farm Suites

There are three Luxury Farm Suites, each with a royal-sized bedroom and an en-suite bathroom with under-floor heating for those chilly mornings, a bath for those needing to submerge themselves under some bubbles, as well as a romantic outdoor shower. There are large front and back verandas as well as a beautiful deck and a private pool overlooking the bush where animals roam freely. Children over 10 are welcome in the Luxury Farm Suites.

The Farmhouse

The Farmhouse is a three and a half bedroom private villa which is ideal for families or a group of friends. The Farmhouse has its own private services including a chef, housekeeper and butler. Guests will have their own private safari vehicle with their own private Ranger and Tracker ensuring the ultimate luxurious experience. There are three main bedrooms as well as a children’s room. There is a magnificent deck with a large swimming pool flowing out into the bush. Children of all ages are welcome in The Farmhouse.

Community & Conservation

In keeping with The Royal Portfolio’s Purpose and Values, The Farmstead is part of a broader project to uplift local communities. Supporting the community and ensuring conservation of the environment are inextricably linked. It’s important to involve and educate the local community about the value of protecting Africa’s animals and plant life. The aim is to show people how sustainable tourism can uplift communities and the irreparable damage subsistence poaching and trophy hunting does. The Farmstead land is leased from the local community and will employ, train and develop locals. After the long-term lease, The Royal Portfolio has ensured that the land and asset will revert to the community with the option to continue working with The Royal Portfolio. The Royal Portfolio will also involve the local community in conservation efforts to preserve our precious fauna and flora of South Africa.

Access to Royal Malewane  

The Farmstead is easily accessible by road or by air. Iconic Africa suggests an easy flight from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport and a short 35 minute road transfer in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Alternatively, an easy flight from Cape Town into Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport followed by an air transfer directly into Royal Malewane’s private airfield can be arranged. The Farmstead is a short drive south from the main lodge at Royal Malewane.

Why The Farmstead:

  • Children over 10 are welcome in the Luxury Farm Suites while children of all ages are welcome in the Farmhouse.
  • Enjoy starlit evenings around the sunken fire pit.
  • The Farmhouse offers private services and includes a dedicated chef, butler, housekeeper, safari vehicle, ranger and tracker.
  • The Farmstead is ideal for the exclusive use of up to 14 guests.
  • There is a double spa treatment room at The Farmstead for couple’s down-time.

For more on the Farmstead contact us here. 

 

Our Year in Pictures

Walter Benjamin understood that photographs could “meet the beholder halfway”. For those who cannot make it to Africa’s bush right now, we can deliver masterpieces straight to your screens! Carefully packaged in digestible form to examine over a morning coffee or in between dreary meetings – we’ve put together a select list of some of this year’s best captured wildlife, adventure and luxury moments. This is Africa for you – it’s the stuff dreams are made of!

Feel intoxicated with wildlife images so perfect it appears almost staged; or travel the world in a lunch break through the eyes of our talented photographers! These raw, candid pictures transport us every time to a different place.

This year provided us with jaw-dropping sunsets, meaningful wildlife moments and classic African landscape views. The power of these images can storm our consciousness and start transporting us to open savannahs, sparkling oceans and mountain tops. What starts off as an iridescent distraction soon remoulds our thought processes and invokes wanderlust in us.

Capturing some of 2018’s most iconic moments, we have seen a fantastic collection of photographs these past few months. Here are a few of our favourites selected just for you: