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. 


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