I fancy it's like watching a 3D safari film from within palace walls - seriously! Situated in the heart of the Thornybush Reserve, The Royal Malewane is adjacent to Kruger National Park in the Limpopo Province, are all the comforts your discerning self needs - fine dining (the lodge is the first to be awarded a Chaine des Rotisseurs Blazon) accompanied by the tinkle of silver and crystal, soft Persian carpets underfoot, four-poster beds to sleep in and deep claw-foot baths and plunge pools to soak in, while being completely surrounded by untamed wilderness and creatures that go bump in the night. Accommodation is just limited to 20 which is perhaps why the guest list is as star studded as the African night sky, with Elton John and partner David Furness among some of the famous names who've played Tarzan (and Jane?) in Malewane's Royal Suite.
The spa which was voted one of the 101 Best Spas in the World by Tatler UK (2008)