Africa House at Royal Malewane. Greater Kruger National Park. South Africa
Why we love it
Africa House is in the Thornybush Reserve adjoining Kruger National Park and offers exceptional Big Five Game viewing, as well as precious opportunities to see endangered black rhino, wild dogs and cheetah. The lodge is the sister to the highly acclaimed Royal Malewane, and Africa House has access to it's incrediblely beautiful spa.
What to expect
There are 6 spacious en suite rooms with private decks and outdoor showers, generous living and dining areas with verandas and day beds. It accommodates a maximum of 12 guests and there is a fabulous swimming pool. The house has its own private chef, butler, ranger, tracker, night watchman and game drive vehicle. Expect fine dining coupled with premier South African wines.
What to do
The emphasis is on dawn and dusk game drives, as well as guided nature walks. Guests can also make use of the gym and most beautiful bush spa you've ever seen! There are day trips including helicopter outings to Blyde River Canyon, visits to the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, and a trip in a hot air balloon. Adults can enjoy access to Royal Malewane's facilities and restaurant.
Kids Africa House is perfectly designed for a family safari holiday, with plenty to amuse and delight everyone. The chef will happily discuss your children's needs, help bake some high tea treats or cook marshmallows on an open fire. We recommend a visit to the Moholoholo Centre for an afternoon of close-up interaction with animals and birds. Whether bird-watching, star gazing or sharing the pool with elephants, family safaris at Africa House really are what great childhood memories are made of.
Best time to visit
The summer rains (usually short lived thunderstorms) bring new life and exceptional birding from October to February, dry winters (May to August) make for icy mornings and evenings but phenomenal game viewing as animals head to available water sources and the grass is low.
How to get there
There are daily flights from Cape Town to Kruger International Airport followed by a 25 minute light aircraft flight to the lodge's private airstrip. From Johannesburg there are connections to Hoedspruit Airport and then a 35 minute road transfer to the villa.