The Bush Experience


Royal Malewane

The Kruger Park Area

Royal Malewane is situated in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger Area. Typical of Kruger Park lodges in this vicinity, the reserve boasts an astounding number of species of mammal, including the so-called ‘Big Five’, as well as more than 500 species of birds. The incredible biodiversity of the Kruger Park area makes it a special destination for the serious nature-lover. In addition, there are plenty of striking trees and beautiful flowers to delight the eye and satisfy the keenest botanist. The surrounding landscape has a rough, wild beauty that captivates and exhilarates; the Drakensberg Mountains loom large on the horizon. A sense of timelessness pervades. Leave civilisation as you know it and experience the liberation of the wilderness.

Game Viewing

Game Viewing and Game Drives at Royal Malewane

To view game is to lose yourself in a powerful and startling drama. During a game viewing excursion, your senses sharpen, excitement grows, you draw close to the most remarkable animals as they hunt, play and sleep. Game drives at Royal Malewane are tailored to suit your interests, so you can track your favourite animal or see the birds, flowers or trees that you love most. To engage with the landscape even more intimately, explore the bush on foot with our expert guides and trackers at your side. Game drives at dawn and dusk form the basic rhythm of the day and to be out in the fresh air as the sun rises and sets is to be realigned with a pattern of deep and ancient significance. In addition, no matter what the time of year, each season has something special to offer in terms of game viewing and game drives. The dry, gold-brown winter bush makes for excellent sightings but the lush green foliage of the summer months brings with it migrant birds and newborn animals. Embrace the unique opportunities of the moment, for nature is generous in her bounty.

Adding to the photographic experience, Royal Malewane has a state of the art photographic vehicle which has been fully customized to suit both amatuer and professional. The vehicle has been designed with two swizel armchairs for the utmost comfort, and adjustable camera gimbles allowing you to get the perfect shot. The vehicle can be booked on a request basis.

Game Rangers

Safari Game Rangers at Royal Malewane

All our game rangers hold the highest FGASA qualifications, including SKS-DG (Special Knowledge and Skills – Dangerous Animals) as well as advanced rifle handling certificates. These qualifications ensure guests an exceptional game experience; not only from vehicles, but also on foot. As guest safety is a priority, all our safari guides and game trackers receive ongoing on-site wilderness emergency training from experts in the field.

Photography is a passion for all the game rangers at Royal Malewane and they have numerous awards amongst them. They understand the joy of capturing the beauty of the bush in a photograph and are always happy to assist guests with their photographic requirements. In addition, they have extensive knowledge of the constellations of the African night skies.

Here are the game ranger/game tracker teams at Royal Malewane:

Nicola Jooste & Bennet Nyati

Nicola, together with Bennet, forms part of the youngest Ranger/Tracker team at Royal Malewane. She achieved a National Diploma in Nature Conservation from the Tshwane University of Technology in 2007, after which she gained practical experience working for South African National Parks in their game capture division. During this period she was especially involved in the well-published , large scale re-introduction of large herbivores into the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. Nicola Joined the RM apprenticeship program in 2011, and spent the next two years living in a tent as part of the apprenticeship. It was under the tutelage and guidance of the highly experienced RM guiding team that she showed great drive and commitment to a career in nature guiding, and the decision was made to offer her permanent employment at the completion of the apprenticeship. Whilst at RM, she attained several qualifications, including FGASA level2, Tracker Level1, Advanced Rifle Handling, and a Back-up Trails Guide qualification. Bennet came to SA from Mozambique in 1981, and started working as a tracker on the Thornybush Reserve in 1987. He is very well-known as a highly skilled tracker, having been on the reserve for more than 26years. Bennet joined Royal Malewane in 2013, and holds a FGASA Tracker level3 qualification.