Waterside at Royal Malewane


Top of Class


  • Expansive river setting
  • Family-friendly lodge
  • In the heart of the game-rich Thornybush Game Reserve

Waterside at Royal Malewane offers calming elegance mixed with colourful intrigue. Its setting is sublime, overlooking the tranquil waters of the waterhole with a backdrop of primal green fever trees.

Waterside presents an immersive setting that will engage your senses, rest your mind and reawaken your soul. It is perfect for couples or families who value memorable experiences, personalised service and unrivalled game viewing.

The lodge provides a bold new African context for Liz Biden’s opulent, bright and breath-taking designs. It draws on the timeless luxury that Royal Malewane has become synonymous with. Whilst adding thoughtful innovations to anticipate every need of a modern luxury safari.

Inviting unlimited opportunities to reconnect and experience a sense of togetherness in this pristine natural setting, guests can spend their days unwinding poolside, enjoying soothing wellness treatments, yoga and meditation, and relishing world-class wine tastings. Other facilities a fitness Centre, library, outdoor bar and spa with hamman room.

On Safari

Enjoy twice daily game drives with the most accomplished guiding team in South Africa and discover the finer details of the bush while on foot during a morning bush walk. Waterside at Royal Malewana lies within the 12,000-hectare Thonrybush Game Reserve, adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park. The reserve with its savanna plains and riverine tributaries is home to a host of larger predators, including the Big Five, and an abundance of bird and other mammal species.


Waterside’s four expansive luxury suites exude an effortless elegance. Jewel-toned oriental rugs cloak the floors, thatch peeks out between ceiling beams. Whilst your, private plunge pool beckons with views over the bush (and sometimes visiting elephants).

Each luxury suite is 100m2 inside plus a private deck, gazebo, outdoor shower and plunge pool. Rooms can be made up as a twin or a king. Facilities include ceiling fans, air-conditioning, in room safe and wifi.

All of Waterside’s luxurious freestanding suites are linked up to the lodge’s reception, dining areas, library and spa via paths that are illuminated at night.

Baobab Suite and Waterside House

The Baobab Suite is a two-bedroom suite offers two bedrooms (of 60m2) with a bathroom and central lounge with private deck, indoor fireplace, outdoor showers, and plunge pool.

Waterside House is a private four bedroom Villa; spacious and elegant with vibrantly natural furnishings. Light floods into the four en-suite bedrooms, each of which enjoys a private deck. Antique furniture, plush silk furnishings and Persian rugs create an exotic and luxurious feel. Waterside House comes with a private guide, tracker, and own vehicle.

Opening July 2022

Waterside at Royal Malewane on the map


Fully Inclusive

Family Suitability

Family-friendly all ages

Malaria Rating

Low risk and/or seasonal malaria

Good For

Big 5, Gourmet, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife