Royal Malewane is situated in the heart of Africa’s finest bushveld, on a private game reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park. It is approximately 50km (30miles) from Hoedspruit, a town which lies at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains, in the Limpopo, South Africa’s northernmost province.
No matter how you choose to travel, read our Royal Malewane directions below for details of how to travel to us.
Travel by Air
From Johannesburg International Airport:
SA Express Airways fly daily to Hoedspruit Airport. Bookings can be made directly with South African Airways, contact by telephone on +27 (11) 978 1111 or via their website at www.flysaa.com. Road transfers can be arranged by Royal Malewane and take approximately 35 minutes in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle.
From Cape Town International Airport:
SA Airlink fly daily from Cape Town to KMIA (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport) in Nelspruit. Contact South African Airways by telephone on +27 (11) 978 1111 or via their website at www.flysaa.com. Upon request we can arrange an air transfer with Cesszani charters from KMIA to Royal Malewane’s private airfield. The duration of the air transfer is 25 minutes by light aircraft and is not a private transfer. Please note that luggage is restricted to 20kg of soft luggage per person.
Private Charter Flights:
Guests have the option of chartering their own flights directly onto our private airstrip. Central Reservations can assist with booking private charters.
Travel by Road:
Guests have the option of travelling to Royal Malewane by road with the advantage of experiencing the small, scenic towns surrounding Royal Malewane and a backdrop of the spectacular Drakensberg mountains. We would be happy to provide Royal Malewane directions depending on where you’re coming from.
Temperatures in summer from November to end of February can reach between 16 degrees Celsius (61 degrees Fahrenheit) after a rainy cold front and climb up to a scorching 33 degrees celsius (91 degrees Fahrenheit) on a really hot day.
Temperatures in winter from the end of April through to the end of July can be as low as 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) on the morning game drives and climb up to a comfortable 18 degrees (64 degrees Fahrenheit) by lunch time.
The best time of year to visit Royal Malewane depends very much on your preferences. The summer months (September to February) see more rain which means there are more insects about. Temperatures can be extremely hot. The bush is luxuriant and green which does make game viewing more tricky. Game vehicles are not driven off road if more than 25mm of rain falls. But for bird lovers, there are many more birds to see at this time of year as well as all the migrant species and the bush itself is alive with sounds of crickets, frogs and birds. There are also many baby animals born around this time which can be the highlight of a game drive.
The winter months (May, June, and July) are a great time for good game viewing as the bush is quieter, drier and more open. Temperatures are more moderate, you are more likely to be able to go off road for close-up viewing and there are no insects to bother you!